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During the day, many faculty and staff work together to help shape the future of students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Once the work day ends, a number of them head off to pursue their passions through which they are impacting the community and the world. This is the second in a series of stories that highlights the work of these individuals.



At the start of the fall 2018 semester, researchers in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology have been awarded more than $1.6 million in funding to support new research projects.

According to Andrew Sears, dean in the College of IST, research funding has increased by 60 percent since 2015.

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 Rita Griffith is a Penn State convert. While she hasn’t yet pursued a degree at the University, her husband has earned three and both of her children are currently enrolled as undergraduates. Griffith has, however, spent the last seven years as a staff member in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, where her passion for helping students in their career searches and the impact she makes shines through in her role as assistant director of professional development in the Office of Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement.

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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.