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IST News News Archive 2011

News Archive 2011

Collection of news items from 2011 that are no longer published on the home page on main news splash page.
TEDxPSU looking for speakers and presenters for 2011 event
The 2011 TEDxPSU event will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2011 on the Penn State University Park campus, following a successful first run last year. The Executive Team for TEDxPSU is encouraging potential speakers and presenters with the desire and motivation to broadcast their unique messages to complete the 2011 Speaker Application. The application will remain open from Monday, July 11, until FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 (EXTENDED DEADLINE), and first round interviews will begin the following week. Those interested in applying should complete the application, which can be found at by the listed date. A nomination form is also available online, which will remain open during the application process. Speakers will be chosen based on their expertise in a specific discipline and their ability to trigger conversation and inspire action. A list of past speakers and presenters is available online.
Young adults struggle with online political participation
Young adults who are Web-savvy but lack knowledge about federal government may struggle to use the Web for political participation, according to a team of researchers, including IST Assistant Professor, Jens Grossklags.
Hat trick: Penn State named a military friendly school for third year
G.I. Jobs magazine has designated Penn State a military friendly school for 2012. It is the third straight time the Pittsburgh-based publication has recognized the University's programs and services designed specifically to help active-duty military servicemembers and veterans pursue an education online through Penn State's World Campus.
IST field trip gives students glimpse of their future
IST camp sparks middle school girls’ interest in STEM careers
For the past eight years, the College of Information Sciences and Technology has been sharing its resources with middle school girls in an effort to spark interest in STEM careers. This year’s Tech Savvy Camp for Girls, a free camp that is designed to build foundation skills in computing as well as supporting other curricula, was held June 13-17 in the IST Building. Seventy-five girls in grades 6-8 took classes in animation and game design, and created their own avatars and video games. The camp also featured presentations by female professionals working in the technology field.
DHS to double cybersecurity staff
DHS recently announced that it plans to increase its cybersecurity workforce by more than 50 percent so that it can lead government-wide efforts to secure federal networks against cyber attacks as outlined in President Obama’s recently proposed cybersecurity plan; DHS plans to hire 140 additional cybersecurity experts by October 2012 bringing the agency’s total to 400; under the president’s proposed legislation, DHS would act as the lead agency in coordinating cybersecurity measures across the government and would also be responsible for ensuring that private operators of critical infrastructure have adequate security measures in place.
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