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IST Career Spotlight: Nick Leghorn keeps NYT applications secure

IST Career Spotlight: Nick Leghorn keeps NYT applications secure

Nick Leghorn is using his Penn State degree in information sciences and technology to help The New York Times provide high-quality journalism while ensuring the digital experience can be tailored to the reader’s needs. As the news outlet’s director of application security, Leghorn is helping the company make a transformation from a company that focuses on print publications to one that offers online experiences.

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IT students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre get experience in cybersecurity lab

IT students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre get experience in cybersecurity lab

Cybersecurity is a growing field full of career possibilities, and students at Penn State Wilkes-Barre are able to study the field firsthand thanks to an on-campus lab. The lab allows faculty at Penn State Wilkes-Barre to apply the principles they are teaching in lecture courses to real-world examples and scenarios.

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IST Career Spotlight: Megan Tucker flies ahead with Boeing

IST Career Spotlight: Megan Tucker flies ahead with Boeing

As an IT business partner for Boeing, Megan Tucker is the focal point for one of the company’s new defense helicopter programs. She works between the program and the enterprise to ensure all IT requirements are met and communicated.

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Beyond memorization: Text generators may plagiarize beyond 'copy and paste'

Beyond memorization: Text generators may plagiarize beyond 'copy and paste'

Language models, possibly including ChatGPT, paraphrase and reuse ideas from training data without citing the source, raising plagiarism concerns, according to a Penn State-led research team that conducted the first study to directly examine the phenomenon.

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Virtual Symposium Lite designed to complement in-person TLT Symposium

Virtual Symposium Lite designed to complement in-person TLT Symposium

Teaching and Learning with Technology will offer a new virtual complement to the TLT Symposium this year. Symposium Lite is a half-day event on March 23, which will feature prerecorded presentations and live discussions.

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A focus on leadership helps World Campus IST student make a difference

A focus on leadership helps World Campus IST student make a difference

Being a leader is both a goal and a mission that College of Information Sciences and Technology student Daniel Serfass has set out to accomplish. Now student body president for the World Campus Student Government and founder of Penn State World Campus for THON, Serfass is putting his strongest suit into practice.

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IST Career Spotlight: Keith Duemling protects and supports health care tech

IST Career Spotlight: Keith Duemling protects and supports health care tech

In his role as director of cybersecurity technology protection for the Cleveland Clinic, Keith Duemling oversees all cybersecurity protection platforms for the clinic’s facilities throughout North America and Europe.

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Information Sciences and Technology faculty, staff recognized with annual awards

Information Sciences and Technology faculty, staff recognized with annual awards

Faculty and staff in the College of Information Sciences and Technology were recognized at the college’s annual awards event this week. Recipients were nominated by their IST colleagues and selected by a review committee for their excellence in teaching, research and service.

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IST Career Spotlight: Heather VanGorder maps Pepsi’s path

IST Career Spotlight: Heather VanGorder maps Pepsi’s path

Heather VanGorder, who earned a bachelor’s degree in information sciences and technology in 2020, currently works as an IT analyst at PepsiCo Inc. Her team is responsible for setting up the mapping that gets PepsiCo products to their final destinations. 

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New AI tool helps provide better care to pregnant women in Kenya

New AI tool helps provide better care to pregnant women in Kenya

A new AI-based tool developed by a team of researchers from Penn State and Jacaranda Health has been shown to improve health outcomes for new and expectant mothers in Kenya by providing better and more immediate access to maternal health care services.

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IST Career Spotlight: Ryan Hartzfeld

IST Career Spotlight: Ryan Hartzfeld

As a lead software engineer at Disney Streaming, Ryan Hartzfeld is leading efforts to make impactful changes to a variety of streaming services offered by the Walt Disney Co.

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Penn State cybersecurity team places third in CyberForce Competition

Penn State cybersecurity team places third in CyberForce Competition

A team of Penn State students recently placed third out of 169 universities in the U.S. Department of Energy’s annual CyberForce Competition. The team, which was comprised of members from the University’s Competitive Cyber Security Organization, also earned third place in last year’s event.

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IST Career Spotlight: Josh Stine

IST Career Spotlight: Josh Stine

As manager of pricing strategy for Elevate Sports Ventures, Josh Stine is drawing on his industry experience to lead a pricing team serving more than 100 professional and collegiate partners. 

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IST student wins Westin Scholar Award for skills in privacy and data protection

IST student wins Westin Scholar Award for skills in privacy and data protection

Alexei Hooks, a fall 2022 graduate from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, was recently awarded the 2022-23 Westin Scholar Award for his outstanding skills and dedication to the field of privacy and data protection.

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IST students create innovative, user-focused technology solutions

IST students create innovative, user-focused technology solutions

Students in the capstone course for the Human-Centered Design and Development program major are asking questions, finding solutions and using knowledge from previous classes to pursue a semester-long group project focused on creating user-centered technology.

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Center for Socially Responsible AI awards seed funding to 6 projects

The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence recently announced the results of its third seed funding competition. The center awarded $145,000 to advance six interdisciplinary research projects that feature researchers from eight colleges and institutes.

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College of IST welcomes two new members to Dean’s Advisory Board

The College of Information Sciences and Technology recently welcomed two new members to its Dean’s Advisory Board: Andy Duffett, senior vice president, Global Revenue Operations at CrowdStrike, and Corey Lee, enterprise security executive for U.S. Education at Microsoft Corporation. 

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Mentors help first-generation IST alum find the right path

Mentors help first-generation IST alum find the right path

Joel Gill Jr. has established himself in a tech consulting career and has learned from a variety of experiences and mentors. Now, with interests that span technology, business, music and cooking, he’s reflecting on his journey and sharing with current IST students the insights he’s gained — including the importance of team dynamics.

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People open up more to smart speakers that listen actively

People open up more to smart speakers that listen actively

Adding random, short expressions of understanding in a conversation may turn smart speakers, such as Alexa and Siri, into robot therapists that allow people to open up more without violating their privacy, according to a team of researchers.

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IST students gain real-world experiences in new distributed team project course

A new course offered by the College of Information Sciences and Technology is helping students prepare for their required internships by focusing on teamwork and real-world projects.

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Researchers propose methods for automatic detection of doxing

Researchers propose methods for automatic detection of doxing

A new automated approach to detect doxing — a form of cyberbullying in which certain private or personally identifiable information is publicly shared without an individual's consent or knowledge — may help social media platforms better protect their users, according to researchers from Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Novel 3D imaging model may show path to more water-efficient plants

Novel 3D imaging model may show path to more water-efficient plants

A new computational pipeline for analyzing three-dimensional imaging data can help biologists more accurately and quickly see how the cells in a plant’s leaves respond to the environment and identify plants that more efficiently use water, according to researchers.

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Arts and Architecture’s fall student marshal is first ever from World Campus

Arts and Architecture’s fall student marshal is first ever from World Campus

Carly Mojica, from Colorado Springs, is the first-ever Penn State World Campus student to serve as student marshal for the College of Arts and Architecture's commencement ceremony. 

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Real-world internship helps IST student make a meaningful impact

Real-world internship helps IST student make a meaningful impact

Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology senior Djante McLaughlin is bringing his knowledge and passion for cybersecurity to life through his leadership with the IST Student Government and his work with the Department of Homeland Security.

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WATCH: Andrew Sears shares perspective on reflecting and realizing opportunity

WATCH: Andrew Sears shares perspective on reflecting and realizing opportunity

As part of the “Perspective: Leaders at Penn State” video series, Andrew Sears, dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology, shares his love for spending time with animals as an opportunity to reflect and gain perspective — and then reengage with his work in a more powerful way.

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Erica Mi named College of IST student marshal for fall 2022

Erica Mi named College of IST student marshal for fall 2022

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology will honor Schreyer Honors Scholar Erica Mi as student marshal at its fall 2022 commencement, which will be held Saturday, Dec. 17. 

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IST faculty, students develop digital solutions to help mushroom farmers

IST faculty, students develop digital solutions to help mushroom farmers

A team of researchers at Penn State is aiming to speed up and streamline the collection of important environmental data that impacts the mushroom farming industry through a new digital solution.

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On the Bridge — December 2022

On the Bridge — December 2022

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

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IST student helps make Penn State experience positive through UPUA

IST student helps make Penn State experience positive through UPUA

Serving as a representative and advocate for her fellow Penn State students is a responsibility of which third-year College of Information Sciences and Technology student Nora O’Toole is extremely proud. As speaker of the assembly in the University Park Undergraduate Association, O’Toole oversees the legislative branch of Penn State’s student government and facilitates project execution for its five committees as they work to make the Penn State experience positive for every student.

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Penn State shares more stories of faculty and staff veterans

Penn State shares more stories of faculty and staff veterans

This year's Military Appreciation Week celebrated faculty and staff that have served or are currently serving. These members of the Penn State community are an important part of what makes the University special. Three Penn Staters shared their stories about their time in the service and how their journey led them to where they are today.

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Alumni couple pays Penn State experience forward through endowed IST scholarship

Alumni couple pays Penn State experience forward through endowed IST scholarship

Jason Streeter (class of 2007) and Amanda Brown (class of 2008) have been inspired by their individual Penn State experiences in their motivation to jointly support students at the University. The couple has made a commitment to establish the Jason Streeter and Amanda Brown Dean's Advisory Board Matching Scholarship in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. 

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IST resources, technical skills help student expand nation’s terrorism database

IST resources, technical skills help student expand nation’s terrorism database

For Sean Cicchiello, researching radical crimes in the U.S. and determining whether they are acts of terror is part of his job. Through an internship with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terror (START), where he is assisting with expanding the nation’s terrorism database, Cicchiello applies the skills and education he’s gained at Penn State while blending his interests in national security and political science.

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Penn State and Taipei Tech sign memorandums of understanding

Penn State and Taipei Tech sign memorandums of understanding

Penn State hosted a delegation from the National Taipei University of Technology on Oct. 16-18. During the delegation’s visit, the delegation met with Penn State faculty and administrators, and President Neeli Bendapudi and Taipei Tech President Sea-Fue Wang signed two memoranda of understanding between the two universities.

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Penn State Brandywine’s Andy Landmesser named IST Faculty Member of the Year

Penn State Brandywine’s Andy Landmesser named IST Faculty Member of the Year

Andy Landmesser, assistant teaching professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Brandywine, was recently named the College of Information Sciences and Technology Statewide Faculty Member of the Year. He was presented with the award at the fall IST faculty meeting on Nov. 7.

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Berks IST professor honored as INFORMS Volunteer Service Award recipient

Berks IST professor honored as INFORMS Volunteer Service Award recipient

Abdullah Konak, distinguished professor of information sciences and technology at Penn State Berks, received the 2022 INFORMS Volunteer Service Award in October during the annual ceremony in Indianapolis.

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World Campus student makes an impact for veterans through IT internship

World Campus student makes an impact for veterans through IT internship

Michelle Wiemer has had the opportunity to explore different lines of work and meet people from all walks of life through her journey as a military spouse. She recently discovered an industry that inspired her to make a career change, and decided to pursue a bachelor's degree in security and risk analysis through Penn State World Campus.

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Penn State employees and staff share ‘Profiles of Service’

Penn State employees and staff share ‘Profiles of Service’

This week at Penn State features a variety of events including the 11th annual military appreciation football game against the University of Maryland on Nov. 12. Both Centre County and State College Borough also have presented proclamations in support of Military Appreciation Week to recognize veterans and active-duty service members. 

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IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Careers in Consulting’ on Nov. 16

IST Identity Talks series presents ‘Careers in Consulting’ on Nov. 16

Members of the Penn State community are invited to join the College of Information Sciences and Technology for “IST Identity Talks – Careers in Consulting,” to be held virtually from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16.

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High-tech tool to perform low-cost health screening for newborns and mothers

High-tech tool to perform low-cost health screening for newborns and mothers

A new, $1.9 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering will allow Penn State researchers to develop artificial intelligence-based software that can evaluate the health of a newborn and their mother with only a photograph of the baby’s placenta. 

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Grant to explore using computers to help groups make better decisions

Grant to explore using computers to help groups make better decisions

National Science Foundation grants to Penn State and Iowa State could lead to an interactive, computer-aided, decision-support tool that can help groups of people make better choices.

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NSF grant to help reimagine first-year experiences through diverse lens

NSF grant to help reimagine first-year experiences through diverse lens

A Penn State research team aims to meet the unique needs of increasingly diverse student bodies by reimagining first-year learning experiences in technology-related degree programs at U.S. universities, thanks to a new $296,804 grant from the National Science Foundation.  

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New coding tool could aid computer programmers who are blind or have low vision

New coding tool could aid computer programmers who are blind or have low vision

A new tool could help make code reading, navigating and editing more accessible and efficient for blind and low-vision computer programmers, according to Penn State researchers. The tool, called Grid Editor, serves as a modification to traditional code editors that programmers use to add lines of code when updating features and functions in software.

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IST professor to present McMurtry Lecture on Nov. 10

IST professor to present McMurtry Lecture on Nov. 10

William Parquette, professor of practice in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, will present the college’s annual McMurtry Lecture at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, in E202 Westgate Building on the University Park campus.

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IST Q&A: Alumna Mary Ward defines data-driven features for iRobot Home app

IST Q&A: Alumna Mary Ward defines data-driven features for iRobot Home app

As a senior digital product manager for the iRobot organization, Mary Ward defines and drives the strategy and personalized data-driven features for the iRobot Home mobile app. In her role, Ward, who earned a bachelor’s degree in information sciences and technology from Penn State in 2016 and a master’s degree in enterprise architecture and business transformation through Penn State World Campus in 2019, serves to ensure her company’s product meets the desires and needs of customers.

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International consortium to better assess Africa drought risks, boost resilience

International consortium to better assess Africa drought risks, boost resilience

An international, Penn State-led consortium aims to improve drought risk analysis and management and increase societal resilience in Africa, funded by a three-year, $1.1 million grant from the Belmont Forum.

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IST student diversifies wearable tech health data apps through Google internship

IST student diversifies wearable tech health data apps through Google internship

This summer, Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology doctoral student Sahiti Kunchay put her knowledge and skills to the test as a research intern at Google. 

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Researchers to use $1.2 million grant to study early Alzheimer’s detection

Researchers to use $1.2 million grant to study early Alzheimer’s detection

A team of Penn State-led researchers received a $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help fund a project to develop a machine learning system for early Alzheimer’s disease detection.

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Witzig new director of Center for Security Research and Education

Witzig new director of Center for Security Research and Education

Lisa Witzig has been appointed director of Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education. CSRE was created in 2017 to provide an interdisciplinary approach to security-related topics across Penn State and consists of 11 contributing academic and research units from across the University.

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Witzig named director of Penn State's Center for Security Research and Education

Witzig named director of Penn State's Center for Security Research and Education

Lisa Witzig has been appointed director of Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education. CSRE was created in 2017 to provide an interdisciplinary approach to security-related topics across Penn State and consists of 11 contributing academic and research units from across the University.

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IST students celebrate women in tech at annual Grace Hopper conference

IST students celebrate women in tech at annual Grace Hopper conference

Six Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology students attended the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Orlando, Florida, in late September to learn, network and celebrate the contributions women have made in the technology industry.

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