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6/13/12

Human observations are playing an increasingly important role in gathering information related to a wide range of phenomena, including natural and man-made disasters, environmental changes over time, law enforcement, and efficient energy utilization. Jeff Rimland, a research technologist and doctoral candidate at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), is exploring how combining information from human observations (“soft data”) and data from physical sensors (“hard data”) could help military personnel and emergency responders gain a more comprehensive understanding of crisis situations.

6/13/12

Diversity in higher education is widely viewed as desirable, but how to achieve it is a hotly debated issue. Eileen Trauth, professor of information sciences and technology, believes that equality can be realized in the areas of science technology, engineering and math (STEM) and in society at large, by acknowledging differences among groups rather than pretending that they don’t exist.

6/13/12

Mary Beth Rosson, professor of information sciences and technology, is among five Fellows from the Penn State ranks recently named to the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's (CIC) Academic Leadership Program.

The CIC is the academic consortium of the Big Ten universities plus the University of Chicago. Through its leadership program, participants who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise are aided in further developing their leadership and managerial skills.

5/10/12

Curtis Cain, a doctoral student at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), is the first IST student to be awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is receiving funding from NSF over a three-year period to support his project, “Black Males in STEM Higher Education,” in which he examines how race, in addition to gender, impacts people’s views on technology and their interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

5/02/12

In his new book "The Neighborhood in the Internet," Jack Carroll, the Edward Frymoyer Professor of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, describes the groundbreaking research in Web-based community networks that he and his former colleagues at Virginia Tech conducted in the early years of the World-Wide Web, and provides an analysis of how those frameworks can be further developed with the technology that has since become available.

4/26/12

If you want to keep your plant operators performing at optimal levels, how many alarms should you try to hold your system to? A commonly quoted number is 10 alarms in 10 minutes. But how do you know whether that's right for your group? What's the best way to present procedures to those operators so they know what to do when they do face an alarm situation? And what's the best way to train them how to follow those procedures?

4/20/12

Successful young entrepreneurs from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) are making a tremendous impact in the technology field with start-up companies fueled by the right mix of creative vision, perseverance and passion.

4/13/12

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) has received a $400,000 gift -- the largest from a graduate in its 13-year history -- from San Francisco CEO and IST alumnus David Rusenko. The gift will create the David Rusenko Scholarship for Entrepreneurship, which will help IST students to launch their own companies while they are still in school.

4/06/12

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Exceptionally talented young entrepreneurs from around the country, including alumni from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), will be visiting Penn State to share their strategies for success during IST’s Start-up Week, taking place April 9-13. The week’s events, many of which will be open to the entire Penn State community, will include classroom talks on various topics related to information technology as well as opportunities to meet and mingle with the featured speakers.

3/28/12

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. -- Online privacy has become a hot-button issue in recent years, as people are increasingly sharing their lives and conducting business on the Internet. With $30,000 in funding from Google, two professors at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology are investigating the factors that influence individual privacy preferences, and how they can be used to develop services that are in tune with consumers’ needs.

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