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Penn State faculty hone teaching skills at annual entrepreneurship retreat
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More than 40 faculty and staff members from eight colleges and four campuses came together Aug. 16-17 at University Park for the fourth annual ENTI Minor Faculty and Friends Summer Gathering. ENTI is Penn State’s Intercollege Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Penn State Smeal summer student marshal starts businesses, earns two degrees
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In nine semesters at Penn State, Manaswini Rajaram earned two bachelor’s degrees, piloted a lunchtime yoga service, built a posture-sensing chair, and founded a business with two partners. Clearly, she sacrificed much of the typical free time many college students enjoy. To her, though, it was her parents’ sacrifice that made all of that possible.

The Penn State Smeal College of Business named Rajaram as the student marshal for summer 2016. She led the college’s procession during the summer 2016 University-wide commencement ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 13, in the Bryce Jordan Center.

Data on taxi routes and points of interest may improve crime predictions
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Data on how taxis travel through communities and on how people label points of interest on social media could help analysts and criminologists better understand neighborhood crime rates in a city, according to Penn State researchers.

Analysis of data from points of interest in Chicago -- including restaurants, shops, nightclubs and transit stations -- designated by members of FourSquare, a social media site, along with the city's taxi flow information, offered significantly more accurate estimates of crime rates compared to traditional means. Crime analysts currently mainly rely on demographic and geographic data to study crime and predict trends.

Education professor developing AI-driven virtual classroom
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Ann Clements, associate professor and the graduate program chair formusic education in Penn State's School of Music, is exploring how a virtual reality classroom featuring artificial intelligence (AI) "students" can be used as a training tool for pre-service student teachers. The AI-driven virtual classroom offers opportunities to practice various student engagement techniques that these pre-service teachers may not have had before.

State College named one of 15 best U.S. cities for entrepreneurs
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Entrepreneur magazine cites town for proximity and collaboration with Penn State

State College has been named one of the “15 Best U.S. Cities for Entrepreneurs to Live and Launch” by Entrepreneurmagazine, citing the town’s “promising unemployment rate and business growth rate” and proximity to Penn State’s University Park campus.

Penn State IST student awarded Gilman Scholarship
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Alyssa Loera, a student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, is one of more than 850 American undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities across the United States who have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to study abroad during the fall 2016 semester. Loera will study abroad in South Korea with CIEE. Loera is the only student from Penn State to receive the award for fall 2016.

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The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology will host the International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM 2016) from Aug. 4 to 6. The event include tutorial sessions on Aug. 3.

ICCM 2016 is the premier conference for research on computational models and computation-based theories of human behavior.

Penn State named No. 1 ‘powerful college network’ by College Magazine
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 Penn State has been named No. 1 by College Magazine in its recent ranking of the “10 Most Powerful College Networks,” citing the University as top among institutions whose graduates “continue to shape their school’s reputation through career success, fame, and mentorships.”

Websites with history can be just as conversational as chatting with a person
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A website with search and interaction history can be just as engaging as chatting with an online human agent, or robot helper, according to Penn State researchers.

Abstracts sought for fall workshop on cybersecurity law and policy
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Authors are invited to submit abstracts addressing the policy and legal aspects of information security, privacy, data protection, cybersecurity-related legislation and critical cyber-infrastructure protection for a Penn State workshop on cybersecurity law and policy scheduled for this fall in Washington, D.C.

The invitation-only workshop, “Legal and Policy Dimensions of Cybersecurity,” will be held Sept. 28-29 at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs. The event is the 13th in a series of workshops organized by Penn State’s Institute for Information Policy in support of its Journal of Information Policy, published with Penn State University Press.