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When Sean Penfield’s mother encouraged him to start playing piano while he was in elementary school, she had a substantial reason.

“My mom said that piano lessons will help the right and left sides of your brain communicate with each other, and help them communicate for life,” said Penfield.

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Representatives from two global companies recently presented their experiences with implementing blockchain to students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s (IST) emerging issues and technologies course.

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Three students in the College of Information Sciences recently attended the 2018 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing conference, where they gained inspiration to help advance diversity and inclusion initiatives within the college and in their future careers.

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For many students, Penn State is a place to find their passions. For others, it is a landmark time to discover how they want to make a change for those around them. One student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology is doing both by serving as a University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA) Representative, where she acts as a member of the campus’ student government focused on enhancing the student experience at Penn State.

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As the information age gives rise to new technology, it also is revolutionizing two of the most longstanding and traditional industries: news media and music. Thanks to internships with The Washington Post and Spotify, two doctoral students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology are at the forefront of this digital revolution.

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Penn State’s Institute for Cyberscience, the Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics, and Data Sciences program are co-sponsoring a new Data Sciences Research Seminar Series.

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Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology junior Mason Sosnoski has always been a leader. But through his summer internship at SURGE Business Development, he reached new heights. In addition to his day-to-day internship responsibilities for the State College-based business incubator, he served as lead intern, overseeing 22 of his peers.

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Jimmy Steff was fortunate to have the opportunity to apply the skills he’s been learning through the College of Information Sciences and Technology in a real-world environment halfway across the world this past summer.

Steff, a junior majoring in security and risk analysis, completed an internship with the startup company DREAM Ecosystem through the CRCC Asia program. He was one of three Penn State students selected as a technical specialist intern.

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Teachers, rejoice. A team of Penn State researchers has developed a way to make multiple-choice exam questions easier for instructors to create, yet more intellectually challenging for test takers.

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A record 78 companies participated in this year’s Pro Expo, one of two annual career fairs hosted by the College of Information Sciences and Technology. More than 900 students seeking internships and full-time employment attended the event on Sept. 10 at the Nittany Lion Inn.