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Krista Theodore, a 2013 graduate of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
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4/27/17

Krista Theodore, a 2013 graduate of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), always knew a career in technology was in her future.

She was sure when her parents asked what she wanted for Christmas when she was eight, assuming she would want to a "My Size Barbie" like many of her classmates. But instead, she told her parents she wanted a computer, and handed them a sheet of specifications for the custom-designed laptop that she wanted to build. “I eventually got that Barbie for my birthday, but it was nothing like that computer,” she said.

Retiring IST professor Gerry Santoro on his motorcycle.
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4/26/17

When students first meet Gerry Santoro, they know he is not a typical college professor. Casually dressed with a long beard and tattoos decorating his arms, his warm and offbeat demeanor puts people at ease. His youngest daughter once said he had the maturity level of an 18-year-old.

“I told her that was a tremendous compliment,” Santoro said. “And she smiled and said, ‘That’s how I meant it!’” After 40 years of teaching, the 63-year-old is now preparing for his retirement from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in the spring of 2017.

Steve Huffman speaking during Penn State Startup Week on April 21, 2017.
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4/26/17

Steve Huffman, co-founder and CEO of Reddit, will serve as the keynote speaker at the spring commencement ceremony for the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 6, in Eisenhower Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus.

Huffman was named to Inc. Magazine's “30 Under 30” list in 2011 and Forbes “30 Under 30” list in 2012. Today, Reddit is the seventh most visited website in the world, earning more than 290 million monthly global users and 14 billion monthly page views.

Penn State Startup Week
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4/19/17

After a weeklong celebration of ingenuity and inspiration, Penn State Startup Week will culminate with a series of keynote speeches from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the HUB-Robeson Center’s Alumni Hall on the University Park campus. This high-profile event will bring together top entrepreneurs and innovators from across the country to share their stories and to inspire students, faculty, staff and community members.

Penn State Startup Week
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4/14/17

From April 17-21 on the University Park campus, Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and College of Engineering will collaborate to host a series of events aimed at teaching, motivating, and inspiring the next generation of tech entrepreneurs. The effort is one of many during Penn State Startup Week that will connect successful innovators and thought leaders with current Penn State students.

Penn State Startup Week – an expansion of “IST Startup Week” which began in 2012 – is entering its first year as a University-wide event. The initiative includes speakers, workshops, and mentoring sessions around six themed tracks, five of which directly support the University’s current strategic plan.

social media personas
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4/14/17

According to the Pew Research center, the majority of adults on the internet have more than one social networking profile on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Although the core purpose of these sites are similar – to digitally connect with peers and loved ones – new research conducted by researchers in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and King’s College in London, England, found users often adopt different personas unique to each social network.  

The Penn State IST students had a chance to meet and speak with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren while attending the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism (P2P) competition domestic finals in Washington D.C.
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4/11/17

Last month, students from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) attended the Peer to Peer: Challenging Extremism (P2P) competition domestic finals in Washington D.C., to promote their “Stories of the Stolen” campaign to battle online extremism.

Because the campaign was awarded an honorable mention in last semester’s competition, Mason Northrop and McKenzie Powell, two of seven IST students who created “Stories of the Stolen,” were able to present their project to marketplace attendees and hand out informational materials during the finals on Feb. 1.

Penn State Startup Week set for April 17-21 on University Park campus
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4/11/17

 On Monday, April 17, Penn State Startup Week will kick off a weeklong showcase of entrepreneurs and innovators on the University Park campus. Entering its first year as a campus-wide event, the initiative is an expansion of the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s “IST Startup Week,” which the college created in 2012.

Throughout the week, students, faculty, staff and community members can participate in more than 85 unique events focused on teaching, motivating, and inspiring attendees on how to get started with their entrepreneurial ideas. The inaugural week’s events will encapsulate the theme of overcoming perceived barriers to startup success — such as not knowing how to run a company or believing that an idea already exists — and offer encouragement on how to simply get started.

Eileen Trauth, left, and her sister, Suzanne, at the State Theatre at the opening of their play, "iDream."
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4/10/17

After a career spanning 40 years and 15 countries, Eileen Trauth, professor of information sciences and technology (IST) and women's, gender and sexuality studies, will be retiring this spring. Throughout her career, she has made it her mission to analyze and cultivate diversity, especially among women, to the information technology field.

“The field definitely needs more diversity," Trauth said. "My research and other’s shows that when you have diversity, you produce better products.”

Peer-to-Peer: Challenging Extremism
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4/10/17

As part of an international initiative, a group of Penn State students has created a website aimed at countering terrorist propaganda.

Sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, the initiative, called Peer-to-Peer: Challenging Extremism, enlists groups of students at universities around the world to work on ways to deal with online extremism.

The objective is to eventually adopt the best idea and make it a part of counterterrorism policy, said Peter Forster, senior lecturer and associate dean for online and professional education in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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