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Peng Liu reappointed to cybersecurity professorship

Peng Liu has been reappointed as Raymond G. Tronzo, MD Professor of Cybersecurity in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. The professorship — named for late Penn State alumnus Raymond G.

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Justin Silverman recipient of Tronzo Medical Informatics Endowment

Justin Silverman, assistant professor, is the recipient of the prestigious Raymond and Diana Tronzo Medical Informatics Endowment in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, effective July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2027. The funds will support Silverman as he engages faculty and students in innovative research related to medical informatics. 

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IST faculty member Hong Hu receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award

IST faculty member Hong Hu receives 2024 NSF CAREER Award

Hong Hu, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, earned a five-year, $654,681 U.S. National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award for a project titled, “Enhancing Practical Defense Mechanisms Against Memory Errors and Attacks.”

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IST researcher Sharon Huang named David Reese Professor

IST researcher Sharon Huang named David Reese Professor

Sharon Huang, professor in the College of IST, is the new holder of the David Reese Professorship of Information Sciences and Technology. 

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Lisa Lenze named IST’s associate dean for undergraduate studies

Lisa Lenze named IST’s associate dean for undergraduate studies

Lisa Lenze has been named associate dean for undergraduate studies in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, effective Aug. 1. She has served as the college’s director of Teaching, Learning and Assessment since 2019. 

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User control of autoplay can alter awareness of online video ‘rabbit holes’

User control of autoplay can alter awareness of online video ‘rabbit holes’

A new study by Penn State researchers suggests that giving users control over the interface feature of autoplay can help them realize that they are going down a rabbit hole of extreme content. The work — which the researchers said has implications for responsibly designing online content viewing platforms and algorithms, as well as helping users better recognize extreme content  — is available online and will be published in the October issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Stu

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Penn State designated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Penn State designated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense

Penn State has once again been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense for the College of Information Sciences and Technology's security and risk analysis major, information and cyber security option, program.

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Cindy Brewer named College of IST’s associate dean for faculty affairs

Cindy Brewer named College of IST’s associate dean for faculty affairs

Cindy Brewer has been named associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, effective Aug. 1. She has served as a faculty member in the Department of Geography in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences since 1994, earning the rank of professor in 2007.

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Three IST doctoral students accepted to linguistic diversity fellowship

Human technology, such as smart voice assistants or computer-based intelligent tutoring systems, is largely based on standard American English and the misconception that there is a single, idealized variety of American English. This conflicts with the linguistic diversity of language users. 

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New scholarship supports IST students transitioning from Penn State campuses

New scholarship supports IST students transitioning from Penn State campuses

A $100,000 gift from Penn State Altoona alumnus Stephen Pace and his wife, Rita Pace, has endowed a new scholarship for students in the College of IST. The Pace Family Scholarship will support full-time IST undergraduate students who have demonstrated a financial need and are transitioning from a Penn State campus to University Park.

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Penn State Delegation advances partnerships with universities in Kazakhstan

Penn State Delegation advances partnerships with universities in Kazakhstan

In early June, a delegation led by Penn State Global traveled to Kazakhstan to meet with five partner institutions in Almaty, Astana and Kokshetau.

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Q&A: In ChatGPT we trust?

Q&A: In ChatGPT we trust?

Combining artificial intelligence (AI) and online search engines may make AI more trustworthy and search results easier to use, according to Penn State researchers.

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ICDS associate director's work driven by unanswered fundamental questions in AI

ICDS associate director's work driven by unanswered fundamental questions in AI

The work of Vasant Honavar, associate director of the Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, is driven by answering fundamental questions using machine learning. He has helped expand the institute's focus beyond high-performance computing into data sciences and artificial intelligence. As part of this expansion, Honavar launched the Penn State Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Scientific Applications, which he currently leads. 

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Claim replicability may help prevent harms caused by ML

The ability of a model to duplicate its performance is how machine learning (ML) scientists traditionally justify the validity of their research claims. But according to one graduate student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), this model performance replicability may not be enough to align ML with the goal of machine learning for social good. 

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Data science pioneer and IST icon C. Lee Giles to retire after 24 years

Data science pioneer and IST icon C. Lee Giles to retire after 24 years

C. Lee Giles, the David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, will retire from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, effective June 30. Giles will end his teaching career but continue to pursue his research and advise graduate students. 

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Henry Moeller led National Guard detachment at memorial service

On May 19, U.S. soldiers and airmen with the Pennsylvania National Guard represented their units at the 28th Infantry Division Memorial Service at Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. Gold Star families, retired veterans and local residents attended the service, which is held each year to honor those who gave their lives to protect the nation. 

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

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

The College of Information Sciences and Technology recently announced four new additions to its Dean’s Advisory Board: David Brannon, Greg Dracon, Karen Presley and Greg Roszyk. They join the 12-member board of Penn State alumni, friends and corporate leaders in providing strategic guidance and counsel to shape the future of the college. Each will serve a three-year term.

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CTSI seed grants awarded to exploratory AI-enabled biomedical research projects

CTSI seed grants awarded to exploratory AI-enabled biomedical research projects

Four research teams have been awarded funding through Penn State’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute Seed Grant Program for 2024-25. The goal of this seed grant program is to establish collaborations needed to realize the promise and potential of artificial intelligence in biomedical and health research.

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Wall Street meets Reddit: What are the upsides and risks of social investing?

Wall Street meets Reddit: What are the upsides and risks of social investing?

Online stock trading communities can offer users loads of fun — and confusing financial advice for those unfamiliar with the community's language practice. Penn State News spoke with Yubo Kou and Xinning Gui, both assistant professors in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, and doctoral student Sam Moradzadeh about their research into WallStreetBets, social investing and what retail investors should know before turning to social media for financial advice.

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Major Gift Creates Student Success Center in IST 

Thanks to the generosity of Penn State benefactors Gene and Roz Chaiken, the College of Information Sciences and Technology is gaining a new student success center.  

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IST research showcased at top human-computer interaction conference

IST research showcased at top human-computer interaction conference

The College of Information Sciences and Technology sent five faculty members and more than 20 graduate students and recent alumni to the Association of Computing Machinery Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems in Hawaii. The conference accepted 15 full papers and seven late-breaking works, the most ever for the college.

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Research tackling climate change with machine learning wins best paper award

Research tackling climate change with machine learning wins best paper award

Romit Maulik, Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences co-hire and assistant professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, is a co-author on a study that won the best paper award at the Tackling Climate Chance with Machine Learning Workshop at the International Conference on Learning Representations. 

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Gene and Roz Chaiken establish new centers, become 2nd largest Penn State donors

Gene and Roz Chaiken establish new centers, become 2nd largest Penn State donors

The Chaikens have once again made a landmark contribution to the University. While the amount of the gift is not being disclosed publicly, it will make them the second-largest donors in Penn State history. The gift extends their impact beyond the College of the Liberal Arts and builds upon and extends existing academic support services.

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Peng Liu reappointed as the Raymond G. Tronzo, MD Professor in Cybersecurity

Peng Liu has been reappointed as the Raymond G. Tronzo, MD Professor in Cybersecurity. The professorship is named for late Penn State alumnus Raymond G. Tronzo and is funded through a $1 million gift from his wife, Diana. 

Liu was the inaugural recipient of this honor in 2018. This three-year appointment renewal will enable him to continue his important cybersecurity research and leadership. 

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Priya Kumar honored with PNC Career Development Professorship

Priya Kumar honored with PNC Career Development Professorship

Priya Kumar, assistant professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, has been awarded the college’s PNC Technologies Career Development Professorship, effective July 1. The endowed position helps to attract and retain outstanding faculty who can make significant contributions to the college, Penn State and the world through their research and interactions with students. 

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IST researcher Yubo Kou awarded Haile Family Early Career Professorship

IST researcher Yubo Kou awarded Haile Family Early Career Professorship

The Haile Family Early Career Professorship in Information Sciences and Technology has been awarded to Yubo Kou, assistant professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State, effective July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2027.

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IEE seed grants awarded to 11 interdisciplinary projects

IEE seed grants awarded to 11 interdisciplinary projects

Eleven interdisciplinary research teams have been awarded funding through Penn State's Institute of Energy and the Environment’s Seed Grant Program for 2024.

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Penn State student combines film and IST majors at summer internship

Penn State student combines film and IST majors at summer internship

When double-majoring, it’s not easy to find an internship that fits both majors — especially when they’re as different as film production and information sciences and technology. Penn State senior Shreya Narsinghani found one this summer just a short bike ride away.

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IST faculty member accepted to inaugural computing research leadership program

IST faculty member accepted to inaugural computing research leadership program

The Computing Research Association has selected Shomir Wilson, assistant professor in the Penn State College of IST, to participate in the new Future CRA Leaders Program.

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Children’s visual experience may hold key to better computer vision training

Children’s visual experience may hold key to better computer vision training

A novel, human-inspired approach to training artificial intelligence (AI) systems to identify objects and navigate their surroundings could set the stage for the development of more advanced AI systems to explore extreme environments or distant worlds, according to new research from an interdisciplinary team at Penn State.

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IST faculty promotions announced, effective July 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Seven tenure-line and one non-tenure-line faculty members from the College of Information Sciences and Technology are among the academic promotions at Penn State, effective July 1, 2024. 

The following individuals have been promoted to associate professor and awarded tenure: 

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Nick Giacobe leading global education effort with Kazakhstan

In collaboration with Penn State Global, Nick Giacobe, associate teaching professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), will travel to Kazakhstan to meet with cybersecurity students, faculty, researchers and leadership. 

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Shomir Wilson to participate in emerging academic leaders program

Shomir Wilson, assistant professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has been selected as a participant in the Fall 2024 Penn State Emerging Academic Leaders (PSEAL) program.

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'Research Art Collection' showcase in Old Main

'Research Art Collection' showcase in Old Main

"Research Art Collection" is on display in the Office of Senior Vice President for Research on the third floor in Old Main at University Park. The exhibit showcases the art of research and the research of art and is open to the public. 

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Q&A: The increasing difficulty of detecting AI- versus human-generated text

Q&A: The increasing difficulty of detecting AI- versus human-generated text

Dongwon Lee, professor in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, discussed the importance of examining the integrity of AI-generated text found online. 

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ARL awards IST graduate student Walker Graduate Assistantship

ARL awards IST graduate student Walker Graduate Assistantship

The Applied Research Laboratory at Penn State has awarded a Walker Graduate Assistantship to Hope Stylios, a graduate student majoring in cybersecurity analytics and operations in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. 

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IST students win top spots at social engineering competition

IST students win top spots at social engineering competition

Teams from the Competitive Cyber Security Organization in the Penn State College of IST won first and third place at the 2024 Social Engineering Competition at Temple University. 

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Competition highlights believable fake news created with generative AI tools

Competition highlights believable fake news created with generative AI tools

Penn State’s Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence announced the winners of its first-ever “Fake-a-thon.” The competition, held April 1-5, invited Penn Staters to use generative AI tools like ChatGPT to create fake news stories that then underwent scrutiny for clues during the two-part challenge.

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Media Mention: David Hozza

Where: Altoona Mirror, “Ripple effect: Local agencies ramp up security after state, national cyberattacks on water supplies

Who: David Hozza, assistant teaching professor in the College of IST 

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IST announces winners of inaugural capstone showcase

IST announces winners of inaugural capstone showcase

The Penn State College of IST held its first capstone showcase on April 26 in the Westgate Building at University Park. The event was co-sponsored by the IST Alumni Society Board. 

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Lee Giles, Jack Carroll among Research.com best computer scientists

Lee Giles, David Reese Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, and Jack Carroll, distinguished professor, were included in the Research.com 2023 Ranking of Best Scientists in Computer Science, published earlier this month. 

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Dongwon Lee featured in National Academies workshop

Professor Dongwon Lee, acting interim associate dean for research and director of doctoral programs in the College of IST, participated in a virtual National Academies workshop on April 11.

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Doctoral student story discusses digital privacy and data ethics

A story by Sanjana Gautam, a doctoral student of informatics in the College of IST, appeared in Medium on April 27.

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Students using AI for good win $17,000 in Nittany AI Challenge

Students using AI for good win $17,000 in Nittany AI Challenge

Six Penn State student teams using artificial intelligence for good to solve real-world problems were selected by a panel of judges to share a prize pool of $17,000 to continue to develop their projects further as winners of the 2024 Nittany AI Challenge.

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IST alumna Madison Oliver wins CIO award

IST Alumni Society Board member Madison Oliver won the Rising Star Award at the 2024 CIO of the Year Awards from the Pittsburgh Technology Council.

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Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters — April 29

Sending a 'We Are!' to these Penn Staters — April 29

As part of our regular "We Are!" feature, we recognize 16 Penn Staters who have gone above and beyond what’s asked of them in their work at the University.   

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Penn State’s inaugural AI Week brings communities together

Penn State’s inaugural AI Week brings communities together

The inaugural Penn State AI Week event brought students, staff and faculty across the University together through a poster session, workshops, contests and panel discussions to discuss artificial intelligence in academia and around the world. 

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$20M NSF grant to support center to study how complex biological processes arise

$20M NSF grant to support center to study how complex biological processes arise

A $20 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation will support the establishment and operation of the National Synthesis Center for Emergence in the Molecular and Cellular Sciences at Penn State. The center will enable research that uses existing, publicly available data to glean new insights about how complex biological systems, such as cells, emerge from simpler molecules.

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