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12/10/19

 A 2003 College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) graduate plans to draw on his Penn State experience and education to help strengthen his community through his new job title: mayor of Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Derek Slaughter was elected to the position on Nov. 5, after serving two years on city council. While he never sought to get involved in local politics, his experience as a high school math teacher and girls’ basketball coach opened the door for him. Through those roles, he saw opportunities to build bridges between the school district — and the students he was teaching and coaching — and the community.


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12/10/19

Students from across the state traveled to University Park on Nov. 2 for HackPSU, a 24-hour hackathon in which students compete for prizes by developing ideas that use software to solve real-life problems.

This year’s overall winners were Joel Seidel (junior, information sciences and technology and economics), Jack Quinn (junior, computer science and economics), and Casey Waverka (junior, information sciences and technology). Their winning software program was designed to help strengthen communication between employees or members of an organization.


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12/05/19

When Jason Yakencheck was among the first classes of graduates of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology in 2005, he had no idea how the opportunities he took part in as a student would shape his career.


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12/03/19

Placentas can provide critical information about the health of the mother and baby, but only 20 percent of placentas are assessed by pathology exams after delivery in the U.S. The cost, time and expertise required to analyze them are prohibitive.


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11/25/19

 “I was very interested in working on something that no one else in the world has been doing. That was my number one motivation to get into a Ph.D. program.” Those are the words of Xin Lu, who earned her doctoral degree from Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology in 2016.


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11/22/19

 As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, undergraduate students from the College of Nursing, the College of Information Sciences  and Technology (IST), and the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development participated in the annual mHealth Challenge. Students formed seven teams with the goal of identifying and finding a way to alleviate a health-related need or concern through a mobile technology solution.

Tom Range, 1989, internship coordinator and career coach at the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has co-authored three books on the history of Penn State and the Blue Band.
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11/20/19

 Penn State alumni find various ways to stay connected to their alma mater. Some give time and money to support their favorite programs, while others join alumni groups and represent Penn State in their local communities. For Thomas Range, 1989, internship coordinator and career coach at the College of Information Sciences and Technology, he remains involved through his connection to the Penn State Blue Band.


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11/19/19

On Oct. 30, the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Army/Air Joint Cyber Team held a Cyber Wi-Fighter Hacking Challenge at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology. The three-hour event introduced students to STEM occupations in the National Guard and promoted military and civilian partnerships to advance Pennsylvania’s overall cybersecurity position.


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11/12/19

This past spring, as part of a three-year program, a cohort of Penn State students participated in an innovative research study to examine the potential for Internet of Things devices on a farming community in Rwanda.


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11/11/19

First as a Penn State World Campus student and now as an alumnus, Chase Kelly has fully immersed himself in the University community.

As an undergraduate student, he traveled to State College multiple times a year, attended football games, served as president of the Blue & White Society, participated in the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, and was one of the first members of the World Campus Tech Club.

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