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July 15, 2015

Maitland named co-director of Institute for Information Policy
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A Penn State faculty member with expertise in information and communication technology use in humanitarian and international development organizations has been named co-director of the Institute for Information Policy (IIP) at the University.

Carleen Maitland is an associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and an affiliate professor with the School of International Affairs. She’s also associated with Information Communication Technology for Development Consortium, housed in the College of Communications.

July 13, 2015

Penn State researcher stresses the need to involve end users during design phase
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John Carroll, Distinguished Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, discusses how he involves the end user in design for the "Third Eye Project."



July 8, 2015

New version of Arts Festival app enables users to create own experiences
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The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts will once again bring more than 125,000 people to downtown State College and the University Park campus on July 9-12. With the aid of an app developed by researchers at the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), attendees of this year’s festival will also have an opportunity to create their own activities and connect with other festival goers through a “meetup” format.

“The meetup gives attendees a chance to create part of the program,” said Jack Carroll, Distinguished Professor of information sciences and technology and director of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

June 30, 2015

Center for Online Innovation in Learning
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) has announced it will fund seven new projects through its Research Initiation Grant program.

The goal of the grant program is to provide seed money for Penn State researchers to gather preliminary evidence in the hope of pursuing external funding for larger studies that enhance teaching and learning through online innovation.

April 23, 2015

Teens who are exposed to minimal risks can, over time, develop coping strategies and be more resilient as new, more risky situations arise.
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SEOUL, Korea -- Boosting teenagers' ability to cope with online risks, rather than trying to stop them from using the Internet, may be a more practical and effective strategy for keeping them safe, according to a team of researchers.

In a study, more resilient teens were less likely to suffer negative effects even if they were frequently online, said Haiyan Jia, post-doctoral scholar in information sciences and technology.

April 8, 2015

Bitcoin, a peer-to peer online payment system that was conceived in 2008, has experienced considerable growth in popularity and increasingly has been adopted as a viable payment scheme in mainstream electronic commerce. Now researchers — including Jens Grossklags, an assistant professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology — are working to provide guidelines for ensuring that the currency remains long-term viable and trustworthy.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Bitcoin, a peer-to peer online payment system that was conceived in 2008, has experienced considerable growth in popularity and has increasingly been adopted as a viable payment scheme in mainstream electronic commerce. However, according to researchers, the decentralized and quasi-anonymous nature of Bitcoin renders it vulnerable to self-interested parties that seek to exploit the system.

March 31, 2015

St. Patrick's Day, 2015, brought a once-a-decade display of the aurora, here in "shamrock green."  Credit: NASA
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Dance of the spirits, it's known by the Cree, one of North America's largest groups of Native Americans. The phenomenon, called the aurora borealis in the Northern Hemisphere and aurora australis in the Southern Hemisphere, is indeed a dance of particles and magnetism between the sun and the Earth.

The sun continuously produces a solar wind of charged particles, or plasma. As that "breath" reaches Earth, it causes our planet's magnetic field to shapeshift from round to teardrop--with a long tail on the side farthest from the sun.

March 26, 2015

From left, Pamela Wisniewski, Haiyan Jia, and Jack Carroll, researchers at Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), are part of a team that is studying how different parental mediation strategies can help keep teens safe online. Image: Emilee Spokus
Image: Emilee Spokus

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Many parents struggle with the age-old question of when to give their children the space to navigate their own lives and learn by trial and error, and when to take a more proactive role in guiding them to sound decisions. In recent years, the widespread use of social networking sites among teens has introduced a new set of privacy and safety threats. According to researchers at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), the ideal parental mediation strategy may be a combination of both approaches – taking some preventative measures without being too restrictive and taking reactive measures when teens put themselves at risk online.

March 26, 2015

IST researchers explore technology use in Syrian refugee camp
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The Syrian Civil War has caused millions of citizens to flee their homeland, but many refugees have persevered and are seeking to rebuild their lives. Researchers at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently traveled to a thriving Syrian refugee camp inJordan, where they surveyed people as part of a study they are conducting on how  the refugees are appropriating technology into their daily lives.

“Jordan is an interesting place in that it has been welcoming of refugees, first from Iraq and now from Syria,” said Carleen Maitland, an associate professor at the College of IST.

March 25, 2015

Modeling data: Using technology to predict fashion trends
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In fashion, combining contrasting fabrics, colors and textures is what brings an outfit to life. In Heng Xu’s career, combining science and art has brought a new way of interpreting data to life — an innovation that might help consumers understand, follow and afford tomorrow’s fashion trends.

Xu, an associate professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State, is collecting and analyzing data to gain insight into the needs, motivations and behaviors of the fashion industry, retailers and consumers.