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“The next Bill Gates won’t look like him!” declared Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It was a powerful moment for College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) students Angela DeMarco and Kim Saira Sarte, who were among the crowd listening to the presentation. To them, and the six other IST students in attendance, it was a clear message the next technology magnate could – and should – be female.

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The term “tutoring” often has a negative connotation — students, especially at the college level, can be embarrassed to seek academic help because of what their fellow classmates might think. Penn State students Amanda Mahon and Aaron Stricker, co-coordinators of the Peer Tutoring Program in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), want to change that perception.

The program provides one-on-one coaching to help students practice and reinforce concepts in the IST curriculum. Tutors work closely with faculty to understand what is being taught and assigned in their classes, and then work directly with students to clarify concepts. They’re also working to serve a broader range of student needs.

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The power of the crowd builds upon NGA’s open-source platform to better equip first responders with geospatial information

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Obstacles never stopped Jackie Sanchez from pursuing her goals — they only provided her with more opportunities to be a leader.

Sanchez, a junior in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) majoring in security and risk analysis with a focus in cybersecurity, was recently awarded the David S. Suarez Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, named for a 1999 College of Engineering alumnus who died during the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001, provides recognition and financial assistance to eligible juniors. Two students receive the award annually based on outstanding character references.

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“I think the listening sessions will be really critical to collecting what I might call on-the-ground information about where we are in the crisis,” Forster said.

He added he thinks the listening sessions will be an opportunity for people to gather in a nonthreatening environment to discuss the issue of opioid abuse in their communities in more depth.

Forster and the rest of the team are hopeful the information and data they accumulate will be able to help do additional research in not only Pennsylvania, but across other states as well. Ultimately, they hope their work will be able to help law enforcement and other agencies develop strategies that will combat the epidemic.

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Speaking to a group of small business owners, Ed Glantz, an associate teaching professor in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), issued a chilling warning: “You may not realize it, but you are all up against very sophisticated attackers.”

During the “Cybersecurity for Small Businesses” workshop hosted by the Small Business Development Center, Glantz and a group of his students led a discussion to educate small business owners on how to thwart possible hacks through simple cyberdefense strategies. 

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Throughout the United States’ history, American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities have struggled with misrepresented portrayals in media and entertainment, ranging from silly characterizations to harmful stereotypes.

To understand how these communities are taking action on their own behalf, researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) are exploring ways AIAN communities are using social media platforms like Instagram to reclaim “image power” — the ability to visually craft their own narratives about their culture. Instagram is particularly interesting because it emphasizes images.

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Every day, Penn State students go onto the cyber battlefield with no armor whatsoever.

Students often walk into Starbucks, McDonalds and other places to study and drink their favorite coffee – connecting automatically to the free Wi-Fi that’s open to all customers.

This could prove to be a big mistake.

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Penn State’s Center for Enterprise Architecture (CEA) held their annual meeting last month at the Nittany Lion Inn, convening thought leaders, industry professionals, and senior government officials to discuss emerging trends in the growing field.   

“Enterprise architecture (EA) isn’t something that’s on the tip of everyone’s tongue, especially for undergraduates, so having this meeting on campus was great to raise awareness of the field,” said Rosalie Ocker, associate teaching professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and director of the CEA.

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When she returned to the University Park campus this fall as a sophomore, Emma Dodoo had already completed a full college career’s worth of experiences. Now, as a member of the Millennium Scholars Program, a student leader and a seasoned researcher, she is looking forward to taking on even more.