Social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google Crisis Response have the potential to transform crisis management by engaging communities in their own response and recovery. This week, a group of students and faculty members from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the Schreyer Honors College visited the American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they learned first-hand how technology is employed in the most severe crisis situations.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State announced today (March 17) that Andrew L. Sears will become the new dean in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), pending approval by the University Board of Trustees at its March 20 meeting.
“I’m still human -- my dreams didn’t die with my injury,” said Krista Krebs, entrepreneur, marketing director for Innoblue, and a senior in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State.
In April 2014 the Penn State Research Foundation created The Fund for Innovation to promote commercialization of promising new ideas and discoveries generated by Penn State's $800 million research enterprise. The primary goal is to create new companies and new jobs, and by doing so to increase the already sizable positive impact that Penn State has on the economy of Pennsylvania. Last month, a second round of awards went to ideas emerging from the Colleges of Medicine, Information Sciences and Technology, and Engineering. Total investment in the program has now topped $1 million.
Bridging the gap between the languages of technology and policy with TechnoLAWgical, her Pennsylvania-based solo law practice, attorney Megan Costello (IST, Class of 2008) has been named to the Information Sciences and Technology Alumni Spotlight for February 2015.
Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) will once again host its IdeaMaker Challenge to showcase innovation and entrepreneurship and offer students the opportunity to work collaboratively on a problem that leverages information technology as a key component of the solution.
“I had a ‘Penn State Lives Here’ sticker on the car every step of the way,” said alumnus Steve Garguilo, of his adventure participating in the Mongol Rally, a charitable car rally beginning in England, passing through Mongolia, and ending in the city of Ulan Ude, Russia. Taking on a monumental challenge for a good cause is nothing new to Garguilo, a 2009 graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, who helped to found TEDxPSU, an independently organized TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) event, and the founding curator of TEDxJNJ, Johnson & Johnson’s internal TEDx program.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Last year, TEDxPSU speakers told attendees to “Go Further.” Now in its fifth year, TEDxPSU is doing just that -- progressing with the most high-profile speaker lineup yet, a revamped format and a new stage setup. The theme of the March 1 event is “Push to Start” and 16 speakers, including Penn State football coach James Franklin, Penn State biologist David Hughes and ESPN analyst Jemele Hill, will deliver calls to action, in keeping with the TED mission of promoting “Ideas Worth Spreading.” (A complete list of speakers is available at https://www.facebook.com/TEDxPSU.)
David Rusenko, co-founder and CEO of Weebly and class of 2007 graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State will deliver the keynote address at the 2015 IST commencement ceremony this May.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Andrea Tapia, an associate professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), was recently elected president of the American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Communication and Information Technologies. As president, she said, she will promote the use of new technologies in the field.
If the era of minimalist manual design in which we live could be traced back to one person, it would be John Carroll. In 1976, Carroll, a linguistic psychologist, was finishing his Ph.D. at Columbia University and took a job at IBM’s Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. His job was to help make computer programmers more efficient, but that quickly changed to a new focus—making computers more usable for average people. That was a big shift in thinking. “You have to remember,” Carroll says, “IBM was probably the richest computer research facility in the world, but at the time, the idea of focusing on the average everyday user was sort of off the radar.”
This November, for the 12th time since the course was created, students in Andrea Tapia’s Global Trends and World Issues class (IST445H) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in a simulated think tank at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and catch a glimpse of how policy is formed.
Eugene Meidinger, Class of 2010, has been named to the IST Alumni Spotlight for December for his career achievements and philanthropic efforts in the Pittsburgh area. Meidinger, who graduated from Penn State Beaver's information sciences and technology program, was recently named the third annual Pittsburgh Volunteer Citizen of the Year by Direct Energy. The annual award program, currently operating in 11 U.S. cities, has received more than 1,000 total nominations, which showcase the extraordinary efforts and stories of everyday heroes.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Mary Beth Rosson, the interim dean of Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), will serve as the keynote speaker at the Graduate School’s fall commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Engaged scholarship at Penn State isn’t just an abstract idea. Last month, the initiative -- defined as out-of-classroom academic experiences that complement in-classroom learning -- brought students from two colleges together to nurture entrepreneurial innovation and teamwork in the form of the mHealth Challenge. On Nov. 17, students from the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD) joined forces to compete in the fourth mHealth Challenge, a cross-college idea pitch competition to encourage engaged scholarship. The challenge, designed to bring students from different disciplines together to translate technology needs from fruition to effect, had innovative results.
In recognition of their performance in the Google Online Marketing Challenge 2014, four IST World Campus students received Nexus 7 tablets from Google. They were awarded by Dr. Pete Forster, associate dean for online and professional education and information technology in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.
Digital badges have gained a lot of attention over the last several years. Despite this, there is very little published about them in peer-reviewed journals. However, that recently has changed thanks to two Penn State doctoral students and two Penn State faculty members.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the professional science masters degree (PSM) learning community, Gerald Santoro, senior lecturer at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and assistant professor of communication arts and sciences in the College of the Liberal Arts, has been awarded the President’s Award for Excellence from the National Professional Science Master’s Association (NPSMA). Santoro will be presented with the award at the NPSMA annual conference, “Expanding Paths to Professional 21st Century STEM Careers,” in Atlanta on Nov. 14.
Starting today, the public is invited to collaborate with the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State University, NASA-Goddard and the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) in an important research project to help space scientists understand the mechanics behind auroras, the beautiful green and red light phenomenon in the sky. Through a new citizen science platform launched today called Aurorasaurus, anyone with a smartphone or access to the internet can track auroras in real-time and provide crucial data to this scientific collaborative.
Penn State researchers are hosting an event Nov. 10 to showcase innovative technologies developed as part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program is part of a one-year NSF review of Visual Cortex on Silicon, an NSF Expeditions in Computing program.