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COIL, TLT to build digital badges for NASA

A group in Penn State's Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) — including Chris Gamrat, a doctoral student and instructional designer in the College of Information Sciences and Technology — has been working with TLT for the past 18 months on a Penn State digital badging system called the Lifelong Learning Landscape. The experience has given them the background and software base necessary to take on a digital badging project for NASA, in collaboration with Penn State's Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL).

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IST students use technology to help local museum reach the community

Four interns – all Penn State IST students – undertook a series of projects to make the heritage on display at the Boal Mansion Museum more visible. Filmon Beraki updated the online Boal family genealogy, Lisa Khuu created a virtual tour of some of the museum’s rooms, and Charles Chiang helped Pazamickas create a walking tour map of historic Boalsburg village.

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Penn State among top national public schools in 2015 U.S. News' 'Best Colleges'

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- U.S. News & World Report released its 2015 "Best Colleges" rankings today (Sept. 9), with Penn State ranking No. 14 among national public universities. In addition, the University ranked No. 2 nationally among "Best Colleges for Veterans," schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees.

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New leaders take the helm at IST

While the halls of Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) are once again buzzing with student activity, the arrival of the fall 2014 semester also marks some major shifts in administrative leadership at the college. In addition to an interim dean leading the helm, several IST faculty members have assumed new leadership roles that utilize their talents to further advance the college’s objectives.

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College of IST welcomes new faculty

The College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State welcomes six new outstanding faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year. Hailing from a wide range of backgrounds and specialties – Eun Kyoung Choe, assistant professor; Neelam Dwivedi, instructor; Peggy Fisher, instructor; David Fusco, lecturer; Jessica Kropczynski, instructor and Jeff Rimland, research associate – will add to the wealth of knowledge and diversity inherent in IST.

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IST professors weigh in on how to prevent cyber security breaches

In response to a recent security attack by the Russian crime ring, which resulted in 1.2 billion stolen Internet credentials worldwide, Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology is taking action to help students prepare for these types of threats.

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Postcards from IST: Summer travels broaden faculty reach among global community

Faculty teaching in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) have conducted and participated in international projects and research over the past several years, and continue this summer to explore global opportunities and venues for learning and research. Among those engaged in international collaborative projects is Sandeep Purao, professor of IST and coordinator for international programs for the college.

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First IST World Campus student marshal symbolizes success of online programs

In recent years, online degree programs have become attractive options for professionals who are interested in advancing their careers while continuing to work and maintain family life. The online programs at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) have increasingly been gaining recognition as flexible delivery methods for students to obtain an IST degree independent of location, age or work situation. As a symbol of that success, at the IST Summer 2014 Commencement on Aug. 16, Ryan Bathauer stood as the first World Campus IST student marshal, along with Gary Heberling, the college’s first World Campus faculty marshal.

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Amidst Legos and rocket attacks, IST student earns online master’s degree

Amidst raising 10 children as well as serving a military deployment in Afghanistan, Jim Terwilliger obtained a master’s degree in cybersecurity from Penn State’s World Campus. It might have taken considerable dedication and a great deal of flexibility but, Terwilliger said, “I’m glad I did it, and I would do it again.”

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Penn State moves forward as leader in ethics education

It's often said that a house is only as strong as its foundation. Penn State's research "house" is supported by a solid legacy of ethical integrity and leadership, according to Candice Yekel, assistant vice president for research and director of the Office for Research Protections. Yekel is part of an interdisciplinary team of administrators and faculty who guide the University in strengthening its already robust programs and policies related to ethics education, literacy and compliance.

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Penn State named an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University

The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) has named Penn State an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University in recognition of its strong commitment to economic engagement. Institutions that earn the designation of Innovation and Economic Prosperity University work with public and private sector partners in their states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities, including innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development and community development, according to APLU.

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Yellow fever epidemic presents 200-year-old lesson in crisis management

Among natural and man-made disasters, there is perhaps nothing more baffling and terrifying than an infectious disease outbreak. In 1793, a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia killed about 5,000 people and altered the course of history. According to Ed Glantz, a senior lecturer at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), an outbreak could wreak similar havoc in modern times, and emergency response systems may not be much better prepared than they were over 200 years ago.

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Penn State's free benchmark cybersecurity analytics service delivers new vulnerability management insights

The College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, in partnership with Tripwire, Inc., a leading global provider of risk-based security and compliance management solutions, today announced that the top 25 percent of vulnerability management contributors scanned their networks nearly continuously and had an average aggregate host risk score of 2.14 using the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS).

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Penn State’s Security and Risk Analysis program receives NSA designation

The Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) degree program at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) is designed to prepare students to join the front lines of cybersecurity. In recognition of the program’s strengths and accomplishments, Penn State has been designated by the Committee on Networked Systems Security (CNSS) – a parent organization of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security – as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education for academic years 2014-21.

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Outstanding IST community members recognized for their achievements

Faculty and staff from Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently convened at the Nittany Lion Inn to celebrate and honor members of the IST community who made outstanding contributions to the college during the year and to recognize individuals who have been with the College of IST for five, 10 and 15 years of service.

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Get the 'insider experience' with Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts app

Thanks to a smartphone app developed by researchers at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, this year’s Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts promises to be more interactive than ever before.

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Technology camps at Penn State encourage students’ interest in IST

Four camps being offered this summer at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) through the iTech Academy program are providing area youth the opportunity to learn new technology, have fun and gain an understanding of what IST has to offer.

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IST Dean David Hall to leave legacy of innovation, growth

The first few deans at a relatively young college -- like Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) -- have a unique opportunity to shape the mission of the college and instill a vision for future growth and success. After David Hall concludes his deanship of the College of IST on June 27, he will have left a legacy of innovation, expansion and – perhaps most importantly – a college shaped by his genuine and engaging personality.

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Purao receives Pioneer Award for contributions to design science

Design science -- the creation of novel technology artifacts and their embedding in our physical, economic and social environment -- has been gaining recognition as a distinct field in recent years. Sandeep Purao, a professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has played a leading role in advancing the field of study, and was recently recognized for his pioneering role in the field at a major design science conference.

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Dupont makes the most of his undergraduate experience, from University Park to South Korea

For the majority of college students, freshman year is mostly about getting adjusted to campus life, taking required courses, and exploring interests. However, for Jules Dupont, who will be a sophomore at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in the fall, the highlight of his freshman year was traveling to Seoul, South Korea to present research on social network deviance at a prestigious international conference. Rather than simply meeting the requirements of his major, he is seeking to gain the maximum benefit from his Penn State education by immersing himself in high-level research.

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