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UNIVERSITY PARK – Flexible and printed electronics, chemical linguistic analysis and green building projects are targeted to receive $1.3 million in research grants from the Dow Chemical Co.

Penn State was one of only 11 universities nationwide to receive this funding to strengthen research in scientific fields of strategic importance to Dow and the chemical industry.


Don Shemanski, professor of practice in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, teaches students how to combat terrorism by engaging them in a mock simulation of a terrorist plot. He is now sharing his strategy with other instructors through a self-published book.


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Brand names in online search engine advertising campaigns can attract more attention and encourage more sales than campaigns that use generic terms, according to Penn State researchers.

In a study of a major retailer's online marketing campaign, researchers found that more people click on advertisements that appear on search engine result pages and purchase products when those brand names show up in the ads, according to Jim Jansen, associate professor of information sciences and technology.


Jim Jansen, an associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, was recently honored by a jury of peers for his research in two related subfields of information science. “The Seventeen Theoretical Constructs of Information Searching and Information Retrieval,” by Jansen and Soo Young Rieh, an associate professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, was selected as the best paper published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) in 2010. The award will be conferred at a conference in October in New Orleans.


Jack Carroll, Edward M. Frymoyer Professor in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, recently spoke to his peers about the benefits of supporting activity awareness and coordination among partners in complex activities such as emergency management, software development, information analysis, and education.


Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) had a large presence at the International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response Management (ISCRAM), held in Lisbon, Portugal.

“Penn State was a force at this conference,” said Andrea Tapia, associate professor of IST. “Even though the conference was in Portugal, we had major presenters every day.”


In a competitive job market, it is especially important to have a game plan for finding employment. Students in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology recently had the opportunity to meet with prospective employers who are interested in hiring IST graduates during Pro Expo, a career fair designed specifically for the college.


William “Will” McGill, assistant professor in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), was recently named the winner of the 2011-12 George McMurtry Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award.

Established by IST in 2002, the award is given annually to a faculty member who demonstrates innovative teaching, commitment to student learning and creative interaction with students. The award is funded by George McMurtry, one of the founders of the College of IST and former associate dean of the College of Engineering.


The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) would like to congratulate Pete Forster and Sherry Walk for achieving a career milestone -- 25 years of service to Penn State.

The College of IST honored Forster and Walk by hosting a celebration in their honor on Sept. 12 in the Marc & Cheryl Hansen IST Community Lounge. Members of the Penn State and IST communities, family and friends, were all in attendance.


Several professors in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) showcased the college’s security and risk analysis (SRA) major at an outreach event for the security analysis and risk management community.

The fifth annual Conference on Security Analysis and Risk Management was held Sept. 13-15 at George Mason University School of Law’s Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, in northern Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.  Under the theme of “Security Risk 10 Years After 9/11,” the conference examined what security and risk professionals have accomplished over the past decade and delve into what lies ahead for the profession.