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Penn State IST students ready for finals of National Cyber Analyst Challenge
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Penn State’s Competitive Cyber Security Organization (CCSO), a collection of students from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has advanced to the finals of the National Cyber Analyst Challenge (NCAC), set for Oct. 27-28 in Reston, Virginia. The competition identifies the best students pursuing cyber-related degrees in the country through a three-phased interdisciplinary competition.

Vasant Honavar, professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
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Penn State has received $1.5 million of a $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Penn State and Rutgers University, in partnership with several other institutions, to develop, deploy, and evaluate the Virtual Data Collaboratory, a distributed data infrastructure to support data intensive science.

The Penn State component will be led by Vasant Honavar, professor of Information Sciences and Technology and Computer Science; associate director, the Institute for Cyberscience; and director, Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics.

networking option of the associate’s degree in information science and technology that has been offered at several of the University’s campuses.
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Penn State World Campus is now offering an online version of the networking option of the associate’s degree in information science and technology that has been offered at several of the University’s campuses.

Applications are being accepted for admission in Penn State’s spring 2017 semester, which starts in January. The program will be offered online through World Campus, and the networking courses will be taught by faculty from the Penn State DuBois campus and the College of Information Science and Technology.

2016 Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference
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For all those people who find themselves grasping for words when it comes to meeting new people or starting conversations, Andrew Simpson, a senior in criminal justice, has the answer.

Simpson started Someonew — an app to connect people with similar interests — this summer, and he plans to make it his full-time job when he graduates in December. He made the pitch for his startup as part of the Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference, held at the Penn Stater Hotel Conference Center Oct. 6 and 7.

The app was developed by IST researchers and doctoral students as part of an ongoing research study on how connected communities are built.
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A new smartphone app developed by researchers in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is enhancing interactions between students and constructing a more connected community through everyday activities.

WithShare, which is free and available for download in the iOS App Store, is built around service coproductions where individuals collaborate to pursue an activity that aligns with their hobbies and interests, such as meeting for lunch or taking a walk. The app is being released as part of a research effort coordinated by IST faculty Jack Carroll and Benjamin Hanrahan; IST doctoral student, Jiawei Chen; and IST post-doctoral researcher, Chien Wen Yuan.

Penn State club gets competitive about cybersecurity
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The members of the Penn State Competitive Cyber Security Organization (CCSO) are embroiled in a game of capture-the-flag. They’re in hot pursuit of the pennant, hoping to find it before their competitors.

mobile eye-tracking device captures eye gaze information that could lead to a better understanding of anxiety disorders in children.
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Every child experiences anxiety and fear at one time or another, but some children seem to experience fear more frequently than others. As part of a new project being funded by the National Institutes of Health, Penn State researchers are looking into emerging evidence of a link between fearfulness and anxiety, or lingering apprehension, in young children.

Mark Poblete '07 IST, center, received the 2016 Outstanding IST Alumni Award for his professional achievement and commitment to Penn State.
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Since graduating from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in 2007, Mark Poblete has successfully followed two paths: a professional career focused on information systems management and a personal passion for supporting his alma mater. In honor of his achievements, he was recently recognized by the college as this year’s recipient of the Penn State Outstanding IST Alumni Award during the board’s annual meeting on Sept. 30 on the University Park campus.

Marissa Sheva wins with dual athletics and a full academic schedule
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With one year at Penn State under her belt, Marissa Sheva feels confident and relaxed at juggling academics with her role as a member of both the women’s soccer and track and field teams. Scheduling isn’t easy, but Sheva has adjusted to her busy campus life and is succeeding on the field and in the classroom.

The sophomore majoring in security and risk analysis (SRA) in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) said she considers it a “huge honor” to represent Penn State Athletics and is working hard to do so both on and off the field.

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In 2007, Weebly co-founders Dan Veltri, David Rusenko and Chris Fanini were looking to grow their three-person team.

"We were hiring our first person. We knew it was a critical hire and we couldn't make up our minds," Rusenko, CEO of the web publishing start-up, tells CNBC. "So we thought, well why don't we bring them in for a week and work with them? We'll pay them and just see whether it works."