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Why state funding matters: Affordability of in-state tuition is 'life-changing'

Why state funding matters: Affordability of in-state tuition is 'life-changing'

June 22, 2022

State funding allows Penn State to offer an in-state tuition discount that saves the average Pennsylvania resident student more than $13,000 per year. For student Nora O’Toole, attending Penn State wouldn’t have been possible without the affordability of in-state tuition.

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Heard on Campus: Alumni share diverse perspectives in IST Identity Talks series

Heard on Campus: Alumni share diverse perspectives in IST Identity Talks series

June 9, 2022

More than 40 Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology alumni from underrepresented backgrounds have participated in IST Identity Talks panel conversations, where they shared their unique perspectives and experiences of navigating the significant diversity gap that exists in the t

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Sharing source-backed information can help reduce COVID-19 misinformation online

Sharing source-backed information can help reduce COVID-19 misinformation online

June 9, 2022

If you see fake news about COVID-19 circulating on your social media feeds, say something — if you have a reliable source to back it up.

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Real-time, accurate virus detection method could help fight next pandemic

Real-time, accurate virus detection method could help fight next pandemic

June 2, 2022

A method of highly accurate and sensitive virus identification using Raman spectroscopy, a portable virus capture device and machine learning could enable real-time virus detection and identification to help battle future pandemics, according to a team of researchers led by Penn State. 

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DoD honors rising second-year IST, Schreyer student with SMART scholarship

DoD honors rising second-year IST, Schreyer student with SMART scholarship

May 31, 2022

Sydney Vachino, a rising second-year Schreyer Honors Scholar studying cybersecurity analytics and operations in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has been awarded a Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship. 

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SSRI funding boosts interdisciplinary research

SSRI funding boosts interdisciplinary research

May 31, 2022

Three Penn State research teams were recently awarded Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) pilot funding to foster interdisciplinary research that addresses human and social problems.

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IST assistant professor Hadi Hosseini receives NSF CAREER award

IST assistant professor Hadi Hosseini receives NSF CAREER award

May 23, 2022

Hadi Hosseini, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, is the recipient of a 2022 Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation, which supports junior faculty members who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outs

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IST announces 2022 Dean's Circle of Teaching Excellence recipients

IST announces 2022 Dean's Circle of Teaching Excellence recipients

May 19, 2022

Five faculty members in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology have been selected as recipients of the college’s 2022 Dean’s Circle of Teaching Excellence award.

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Mark Campbell named associate vice president for Penn State IT infrastructure

Mark Campbell named associate vice president for Penn State IT infrastructure

May 18, 2022

After serving as interim associate vice president for Penn State IT Infrastructure, Mark Campbell has been named to the position permanently, effective June 1.

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Peer-led learning: IST course enriches academic experience

Peer-led learning: IST course enriches academic experience

May 10, 2022

After positive experiences as learning assistants in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, Erica Mi and Carrigan Morabito knew

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Institute for Computational and Data Sciences names new associate director

Institute for Computational and Data Sciences names new associate director

May 10, 2022

Penn State’s Institute for Computational and Data Sciences announced that Mahmut Kandemir, distinguished professor of electrical engineering and computer science and one of the world’s foremost experts on cyberinfrastructure, has been named an associate director of the institute. 

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26-year-old IST student to earn second doctorate this spring

26-year-old IST student to earn second doctorate this spring

May 5, 2022

This weekend, as thousands of Penn Staters earn their degrees, one 26-year-old graduate of the College of Information Sciences and Technology will be presented with not her first, but second, doctorate.

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Penn State College of IST experts showcased at 2022 CHI Conference

May 2, 2022

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology is represented across multiple areas of the 2022 Association for Computing Machinery’s CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, the premier international conference of human-computer interaction.

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Penn State student-developed app aims to redefine Black motherhood

Penn State student-developed app aims to redefine Black motherhood

May 2, 2022

A group of Penn State students is working to support a global initiative to redefine Black motherhood. Blending interdisciplinary expertise from across the University, the students are building a mobile health application designed to support the mental and physical health of Black moms.

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College of IST announces spring 2022 student marshals

College of IST announces spring 2022 student marshals

April 29, 2022

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology will honor Schreyer Honors Scholar Kaitlyn Bridge as student marshal and Charles Hickey as the ROTC student marshal at spring 2022 commencement, which will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Pegula Ice Arena.

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A flip of a coin leads to lifelong Penn State involvement for IST alumnus

A flip of a coin leads to lifelong Penn State involvement for IST alumnus

April 28, 2022

Nikita Page’s decision to attend Penn State was literally left to chance. The now alumnus of the College of Information Sciences and Technology was intent on attending a different university in the region. But his mom suggested that he at least visit Penn State before making his decision.

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IST marks campaign achievements for ‘A Greater Penn State’

April 27, 2022

As the University celebrates the success of its current fundraising campaign, “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence,” the College of Information Sciences and Technology is thanking the 769 donors who have supported its students and programs since the

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Penn State Smeal team wins 2022 KPMG Ideation Challenge

Penn State Smeal team wins 2022 KPMG Ideation Challenge

April 27, 2022

A team of four Penn State Smeal College of Business students and another team member from the College of Information Sciences and Technology partnered to win the 2022 KPMG Ideation Challenge.

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Online marketplace for tenants wins top prize in IdeaMakers Challenge

Online marketplace for tenants wins top prize in IdeaMakers Challenge

April 27, 2022

A digital solution to problems faced by both tenants and property owners was the winning idea in the 2022 Bardusch Family IdeaMakers Challenge, held April 6 during Penn State Startup Week and hosted by the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to 21 interdisciplinary teams

Energy, environmental seed grants awarded to 21 interdisciplinary teams

April 26, 2022

The Institutes of Energy and the Environment awarded seed grants to 21 groups of interdisciplinary researchers for the 2021–22 cycle.

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Women in IST’s Wiki edit-a-thon aim to narrow the platform’s gender gap

Women in IST’s Wiki edit-a-thon aim to narrow the platform’s gender gap

April 26, 2022

A group of eight students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology recently set out to narrow this gender gap on the world’s fifth most popular website by hosting a Wiki edit-a-thon to increase visibility for one of the college’s most prominent female faculty members.

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Alumni Achievement Award recipient Noel Claudio inspires IST students

Alumni Achievement Award recipient Noel Claudio inspires IST students

April 22, 2022

Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology graduate Noel Claudio was one of 11 prominent young Penn State alumni recognized at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on March 18.

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Tech designed to aid visually impaired could benefit from human-AI collaboration

Tech designed to aid visually impaired could benefit from human-AI collaboration

April 19, 2022

Remote sighted assistance technology — which connects visually impaired individuals with human agents through a live video call on their smartphones — helps people with low or no vision navigate tasks that require sight.

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IST academic search engine awarded ‘Best Open Source Project’ by BCS

IST academic search engine awarded ‘Best Open Source Project’ by BCS

April 19, 2022

CiteSeerX, one of the world’s earliest open source academic search engines and co-created by C.

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Software company SAP joins College of IST’s Corporate Associates Program

Software company SAP joins College of IST’s Corporate Associates Program

April 12, 2022

SAP, one of the world’s leading producers of software for the management of business processes, recently joined the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology’s Corporate Assoc

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Penn State announces 2022 University-wide faculty and staff awards

Penn State announces 2022 University-wide faculty and staff awards

April 12, 2022

Each year, Penn State recognizes outstanding faculty and staff with annual awards in teaching and excellence. These awards highlight many of the faculty and staff who go above and beyond.

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IST Assistant Professor Linhai Song honored with NSF CAREER award

IST Assistant Professor Linhai Song honored with NSF CAREER award

April 11, 2022

Linhai Song, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, is the recipient of a 2022 Faculty Early Career Development award from the National Science Foundation.

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Ritter named recipient of 2022 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award

April 11, 2022

Frank Ritter, professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology and director of the Applied Cognitive Science Lab, has received the 2022 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award. 

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Six receive Faculty Scholar Medals

April 11, 2022

Six University faculty members have received 2022 Faculty Scholar Medals for Outstanding Achievement.

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Bardzell honored with 2022 McKay Donkin Award

Bardzell honored with 2022 McKay Donkin Award

April 11, 2022

Jeffrey Bardzell, associate dean of undergraduate and graduate studies in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has earned the 2022 McKay Donkin Award. 

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Huang recognized with Undergraduate Program Leadership Award

Huang recognized with Undergraduate Program Leadership Award

April 11, 2022

Sharon Huang, associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, is the recipient of Penn State's 2022 Undergraduate Program Leadership Award. 

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Fonseca, Harrell-Levy, Schocker named 2022 Penn State Teaching Fellows

April 11, 2022

Fred Fonseca, associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology; Marinda Harrell-Levy, associate professor of human development and family studies at Penn State Brandywine and Jessica Schocker, associate professor in social studies education and women's studies at Penn Sta

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Using tweets to predict real-time food shortages

Using tweets to predict real-time food shortages

April 11, 2022

The sentiments and emotions expressed in tweets on Twitter can be used in real time to assess where supply chain disruptions due to a pandemic, war or natural disaster may lead to food shortages, according to researchers at Penn State and the Hamad Bin Khalifa University in Qatar.

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Lecture on explainable machine learning to be presented April 12

April 6, 2022

Umang Bhatt, a doctoral candidate in the Machine Learning Group at the University of Cambridge, will present a free public lecture titled “Challenges and Frontiers in Deploying Transparent Machine Learning” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12.

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2022 Graduate Exhibition Award winners announced

April 6, 2022

Sixty-eight Penn State graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 37th annual Graduate Exhibition. A complete list of winners is available below.

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IST ConnectX

IST ConnectX

April 5, 2022

A special shoutout to College of Information Sciences and Technology alumni who returned to Penn State for IST ConnectX and a Happy Valley Networking Social on Friday, March 25. During the day, alumni speakers presented in two different IST classrooms to share their professional experiences

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IST’s Dongwon Lee receives Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award

IST’s Dongwon Lee receives Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award

April 5, 2022

Dongwon Lee, professor of information sciences and technology, is the recipient of a 2022 Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award. Lee will complete his Fulbright fellowship in the psychology department at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom as part of his sabbatical leave durin

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IST student blends tech and creative skills to help build platform for dancers

IST student blends tech and creative skills to help build platform for dancers

April 5, 2022

Fourth-year cybersecurity analytics and operations student Eugene Ryoo is drawing on the technical and soft skills he's gained in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology to make a positive change in a niche domain: the professional ballet industry.

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Penn State social scientists anticipate Ukrainian refugees’ needs, challenges

Penn State social scientists anticipate Ukrainian refugees’ needs, challenges

April 5, 2022

In one of the largest mass migration flows in recent history, approximately 3.4 million people have fled their homes in Ukraine since late February.

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New model could have ‘Moneyball’-like impact on baseball players’ value

New model could have ‘Moneyball’-like impact on baseball players’ value

April 5, 2022

In the movie “Moneyball,” a young economics graduate and a cash-strapped Major League Baseball general manager introduce a new way to evaluate baseball players’ value.

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College of IST names Garraway assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion

College of IST names Garraway assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion

March 31, 2022

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology has named Jocelyn Bennett Garraway assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion. Holding three degrees from the University, Bennett Garraway has more than 30 years of experience as a counselor, educator and administrator.

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National Guard hosts third annual Cyber Wi-Fighter hacking event at IST

National Guard hosts third annual Cyber Wi-Fighter hacking event at IST

March 30, 2022

On March 16, approximately 45 Penn State students gathered in the Westgate Building to compete in a three-hour Cyber Wi-Fighter Hacking Challenge hosted by the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Army cyber team in collaboration with the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Weebly Founder, IST alumnus David Rusenko speaks on 'Dare to Disrupt' podcast

Weebly Founder, IST alumnus David Rusenko speaks on 'Dare to Disrupt' podcast

March 29, 2022

David Rusenko, founder of Weebly and a 2007 Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology graduate, appears on the latest episode of the "Dare to Disrupt" podcast. 

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Westin Scholar Award strengthens security skills for IST, Schreyer student

Westin Scholar Award strengthens security skills for IST, Schreyer student

March 29, 2022

Kathryn Frankenberg’s exemplary dedication and interest in the world of data privacy is highlighted throughout her experiences both inside and outside of the classroom at the College of Information Sciences and Technology. She recently was selected as a Westin Scholar.

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IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Strength in Diversity’ on April 5

IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Strength in Diversity’ on April 5

March 29, 2022

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join the College of Information Sciences and Technology for “IST Identity Talks – Strength in Diversity,” to be held virtually from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

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Lecture on bias in language technologies to be presented April 5

March 28, 2022

Su Lin Blodgett, a postdoctoral researcher in the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics group at Microsoft Research Montréal, will present a free public lecture titled “Towards Equitable Language Technologies” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5.

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On the Bridge - March 2022

On the Bridge - March 2022

March 28, 2022

A compilation of recent news, highlights and achievements from the College of Information Sciences and Technology community.

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6 student startups each receive $15,000, selected into Summer Founders program

6 student startups each receive $15,000, selected into Summer Founders program

March 23, 2022

Six Penn State student startups with representation across three different campuses plus the Graduate School at Penn State have been selected into the 2022 Invent Penn State Summer Founders program.

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Tech activist Timnit Gebru to deliver distinguished lecture on ethical AI

Tech activist Timnit Gebru to deliver distinguished lecture on ethical AI

March 21, 2022

Timnit Gebru, a widely respected leader in artificial intelligence ethics research who said she lost her job at Google for raising issues about their AI practices and discrimination in the workplace, will present a free public lecture titled “The Quest for Ethical Artificial Intelligence” at 2 p.

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11 prominent young Penn Staters to be honored with Alumni Achievement Award

11 prominent young Penn Staters to be honored with Alumni Achievement Award

March 17, 2022

The Penn State Alumni Association will honor 11 prominent young alumni at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on Friday, March 18. The ceremony will be livestreamed at 6:30 p.m.

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