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1/17/18

This past fall, the Nittany Data Labs made its official debut as a student organization in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State. But even in its brief tenure, the group is visualizing a big impact across the University.

“We’re the startup of clubs,” said Sean Parsons, a sophomore majoring in security and risk analysis and the director of finance for the organization. “We have momentum, riding the wave of data sciences.”


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1/15/18

Though computers are becoming better programmed to process information like our brains do, the power of the human mind is unmatched. But what’s the mind without a body?

A new research study being conducted by Frank Ritter, professor in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), asserts that without a physiological complement, “[A computer program modeling the mind] would just be a brain in a vat.”


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1/10/18

Lee Giles, the David Reese Professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State, has been awarded the 2018 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) Neural Networks Pioneer Award.

A testament to his trailblazing work, Giles received the honor in recognition of his early work in neural networks with the creation of CiteSeerX, an academic search engine focused primarily on literature in computer and information science. He will accept the award at the 2018 International Joint Conference on Neural Networks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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1/10/18

After sorting through more than 200 applicants, 16 students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State were selected to travel to New York City recently for a crash course in entrepreneurship, networking and corporate culture.

The trip was organized by IST’s Office of Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement to expose students to the different career paths available for IST graduates. Throughout the day, the group toured LinkedIn headquarters in the Empire State Building and networked with industry leaders.


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1/08/18

Penn State World Campus has once again been recognized by a pair of media publications as a top online school for military and veteran students.

Military Times ranked Penn State World Campus among its top 10 online and nontraditional schools for the third consecutive year in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2018” rankings. U.S. Veterans Magazine named World Campus a "Top Veteran-Friendly School" in its “Best of the Best 2017” rankings. 


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1/05/18

Two graduate students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently won first place for a website they designed during the 2017 HackPSU competition.

During the 24-hour hackathon, Shaurya Rohatgi and Mukund Srinath developed FindViser, a site that helps prospective graduate students find potential faculty advisers.


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12/13/17

Research in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) focuses on understanding and solving complex challenges where information, technology and people intersect. This interdisciplinary curiosity was on full display as the college’s newest doctoral students presented their research proposals during a poster session.

Andrea Tapia, associate professor of IST and the director of the college’s graduate program, explained, “Nothing you saw [at the event] will be pure computer science. At IST, we’re on the edge of all these disciplines.”


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12/07/17

 Noah Unger, the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) student marshal for the Fall 2017 semester, is not only graduating Summa Cum Laude but also has earned the admiration and respect of an esteemed faculty member.

“He’s phenomenal,” said Ed Glantz, IST assistant teaching professor. “He is very self-motivated and he just embraces problems and runs with them.”


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12/06/17

Steven Haynes, associate teaching professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), recently received the 2017-18 George McMurtry Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award. As part of this recognition, Haynes presented the annual McMurtry Award Lecture, titled “Learning Scenarios in IST,” on Nov. 9.

Established in 2002, the McMurtry Award is given annually to an IST faculty member who teaches at least one undergraduate course at the University Park campus. Funded by George McMurtry, one of the founders of IST and former associate dean of the College of Engineering, the award celebrates faculty who demonstrate innovative teaching methods, a commitment to student learning, and creative interaction with students.


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12/05/17

Alejandro Cuevas was a freshman majoring in engineering who simply wanted to learn more about cybersecurity.   

“I was accepted into the Schreyer Honors College, and early on they start telling you to think about your thesis,” he said. “Computer security had always been appealing to me, so I thought this was a good opportunity to explore it in depth.”

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