Final thoughts from Dr. David Hall, dean 2009 - 2014
Throughout human history, “community” has been a foundational yet evolving concept. Modern communities are not only defined by spatial boundaries, as in traditional neighborhoods, but also by shared interests, common affiliations, and mutual need. The continuing expansion of the Internet and mobile technology has introduced opportunities for people to not only form new networks, but also foster growth and development in their communities. Jack Carroll, a distinguished professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), along with his fellow researchers, is developing new technologies with the intention of promoting an innovative, vibrant, socially engaged community in the State College, Pa. area.
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.
While a college education is highly valued in society, it is often defined in practical and economic terms. Students typically choose a major, earn a degree, and then either enter the workforce or continue their education. In recent years, however, universities have placed an increasing emphasis on undergraduate students acquiring “real-world” experiences to add context to their studies and make them feel more connected to their academic environments.
Ready for Cyber Combat: SRA students gain the tools needed to fight online terrorism and security attacks
In today’s rapidly changing digital world, individuals and organizations face an increasing number of privacy and security threats. Students who enroll in the Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) program at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) are provided the tools to combat those risks.
A good night’s rest leads to start-up success: IST alum Daehee Park aims to revolutionize the mattress industry
For some aspiring entrepreneurs, the idea of building a business without outside funding may seem like too much of a risk. However for Daehee Park, a 2009 graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), and his business partner, John-Thomas Marino, founding the online mattress company Tuft & Needle with only $6,000 of their personal savings was a risk well worth taking.
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