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The Penn State Small Business Development Center will help proprietors tackle the complex issue of cybersecurity during an upcoming workshop. Cybersecurity for Small Businesses will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 200 Innovation Blvd. in State College. Penn State researchers will discuss the reasons why companies are at risk for a cyberattack, current and emerging cyber threats, and the steps business owners need to take to secure their online presence.

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Many college students dream of working for an esteemed institution, but some believe that these opportunities aren’t available until later in their college career. For Parker Chambers, however, four days in Seattle was all he needed to get an early start on the future.

Chambers, a sophomore in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), recently completed an externship in Seattle with Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and a leading manufacturer of commercial jet lines and defense products. He secured the opportunity after learning about it during IST’s annual alternative spring break trip, a program that allows freshmen to network with leaders at some of the country’s foremost technology companies.

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The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) hosted a record 68 companies Sept. 11 for the annual Pro Expo career fair, an event held for students studying in the college.

“We were happy to have such a broad and diverse number of companies participate,” said Zoe Meyer, director of IST’s Office of Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement. “It really speaks to the demand for our students to take on careers in business, government, medicine, and a variety of emerging fields.”

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In partnership with the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) Alumni Society, Penn State IT is now accepting applications for the Margaret Hamilton Distinguished Internship with Enterprise IT Software Engineering. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30.

A first of its kind at the University, the internship honors the legacy of Margaret Hamilton, a computer scientist and systems engineer for NASA who developed software solutions for the Apollo and Skylab missions during a time when modern computer science and software engineering were still in their infancy. Hamilton’s work has had a profound effect on the areas of systems design, process modeling, software reliability, and quality assurance.

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Through a $1 million gift, Diana L. Tronzo has endowed the Raymond G. Tronzo, MD Professorship in Cybersecurity in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). The professorship, which will help the college recruit and retain leading faculty in support of its newly created Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations bachelor’s degree program, is named in honor of Raymond G. Tronzo, Tronzo’s late husband and a Penn State alumnus. The professorship is the third established in IST, and the first created for the college since 1999.

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Two doctoral candidates in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) have been awarded the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium IST Graduate Student Award, a grant that allows Pennsylvania graduate students to participate in NASA’s programs by supporting and enhancing scientific programs and research.

The recipients, Priya Anand and Dan Hellmann, received the award based on the relevance of the research each student conducted and the benefit it may have to the agency.

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In Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), many graduate students are researching the computing methods that can make social media more engaging. It’s only natural that Fei Wu, Hongjian Wang and Feng Sun — all doctoral students in the college — were sought out for their expertise with summer internships at Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook, respectively.

By working with Associate Professor of IST Jessie Li on their doctoral research, Wu and Wang have become well versed in expanding the insights drawn from analyzing large databases, a process known as data mining. Sun, whose research focuses on increasing civic engagement through the use of technology, spent the summer at Facebook, though he is not able to discuss his work publicly due to the confidentiality of his project.

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Dr. Jack Carroll explains why technology has the potential to change all our lives for the better, yet many of us are often reduced to hitting screens in frustration.

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This past summer, students from across the University completed internships and added crucial experience to their resumes. For a group of graduate students, they lent their talents to the crown jewel of Silicon Valley: Google

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Thought leaders in industry, government, and academia will convene at the annual meeting of the Penn State Center for Enterprise Architecture (CEA) on Sept. 27 to 28, at the Nittany Lion Inn in University Park, Pennsylvania. The conference is free and open to the public, though attendees are asked to register online and registration is limited.