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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.

Penn State 'Science-U' program to hold gravitational wave summer camp
Image: R. Hurt, Caltech / JPL


The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) and the Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos (IGC) will host a free summer camp for local high-school students to learn about detecting gravitational waves. The camp will run from July 19 to 21 at Penn State’s University Park campus.

Leading the camp will be Penn State’s Chad Hanna, assistant professor of physics. Earlier this year, Hanna made headlines for his role in the first-ever detection of gravitational waves — minute ripples in the fabric of space-time. With the finding of these waves, Hanna was finally able to confirm the last part of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

New Version of the Arts Festival App Helps Artists and Attendees Connect
Photo: Emilee Spokus


The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and is expected to top last year’s attendance of 140,000 people. Running from July 14-17, the event will take over parts of State College and University Park to welcome almost 400 unique artists, in addition to musical performances, attractions, and more.

Social exchange app might help turn collaboration into currency
Image: © iStock Photo Jamie Wilson


A focus on symmetrical activities -- and smart technology -- may be critical to creating applications that allow people to negotiate transactions with their time, rather than their money, according to Penn State researchers.

In a study, participants used a mobile application called WithShare to make requests for and volunteer to take part in upcoming activities that matched their interests and hobbies. This type of mobile timebanking app might help overcome some of the limitations of traditional timebanking, a service that values actions based on the time it takes to produce them, rather than based on money, according to John M. Carroll, Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State.

Professor studies how apps can affect productivity
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Research team designed new web app to help users’ productivity

You’ve been working at your computer all morning and decide to take a quick break. You plan to spend five minutes reading a news article here, watching a short YouTube video there. But before you know it, you glance at the clock and realize an entire hour has gone by.


Digital amnesia-Are we handing our memories over to our handhelds?


Are we handing our memories over to our handhelds?

Many people don’t worry about remembering phone numbers, special birthdays or anniversaries anymore; after all, they’re just a cellphone away.  

This phenomenon has been coined “digital amnesia” — the experience of forgetting information you trust a digital device to store and remember for you.

Growing Innovation
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The University’s economic development effort has grown to include thirteen hubs for innovation in Pennsylvania. Penn State Altoona, Berks, Great Valley, Schuylkill, Shenango, and York are the most recent seed-grant recipients funded by the Invent Penn State initiative.

Envisioned as a way to leverage the University’s size and broad research strengths to help drive job creation, economic development and student career success, Invent Penn State debuted with an introduction by President Eric J. Barron in January 2015.

Innovative Penn State program connects online students with alumni
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As online education expands, more and more college and university students are completing their studies without ever setting foot on campus. That creates a challenge for higher education: How do you create lasting relationships with students whose interactions with their schools are taking place largely online?

Penn State researchers study nuances of social media ‘likes’
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The simple act of pressing a “like” button on a social media site can speak volumes about a user’s preferences, relationships and behavioral patterns, according to Penn State researchers, and such findings about a user could help improve and personalize services. The ultimate goal of their multi-year project, LIKEs-R-Us, is to leverage the data they have collected into developing enhanced technologies that assist users in their social networking and online activities.

“The goal is to look at really diverse ‘like’ activities across multiple social networks and understand how likes are made in general,” said Dongwon Lee, an associate professor of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) who is currently on assignment with the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a rotating program director.

Six $50k grants awarded to campuses for entrepreneurship centers and programs
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Today (June 20) in the Capitol Rotunda, Penn State announced the awarding of six additional $50,000 seed grants to jump start entrepreneurial activities across the Commonwealth and celebrate its 13 newly launched entrepreneurship programs in Pennsylvania that are expected to spur economic development, job creation and student career success.