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Alayna Spriggle selected as IST college marshal for summer commencement

July 28, 2021

The College of Information Sciences and Technology will honor Alayna Spriggle as student marshal for its summer 2021 commencement, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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Honeypot security technique can also stop attacks in natural language processing

July 28, 2021

As online fake news detectors and spam filters become more sophisticated, so do attackers’ methods to trick them — including attacks through the “universal trigger.” In this learning-based method, an attacker uses a phrase or set of words to fool an indefinite number of inputs, which could lead t

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Intern interprets big data and builds entrepreneurial skills

July 27, 2021

Shubham Mishra, a rising sophomore studying data sciences in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, believed that if he was hardworking and willing to find an internship, he could be hired even though he had only just completed his first year at Penn State.

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On the Bridge – July 2021

July 22, 2021

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

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Six elected to Graduate School Alumni Society Board of Directors

July 21, 2021

The Graduate School announces the Penn State alumni who have been elected to serve a three-year term on the Graduate School Alumni Society Board of Directors beginning July 1.

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Students use AI to support mental health, address unanswered calls for help

July 16, 2021

Penn State students Bill Chen and Howard Hong are working with a team of fellow students to make sure that during a crisis no one else feels alone by developing an active listening application called PsySpace while competing in the Nittany AI Challenge.

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Networking and collaboration lead to best paper award for IST doctoral student

July 15, 2021

At the College of Information Sciences and Technology, doctoral student Jeongwon Jo has benefited from having access to an interdisciplinary network of experts and scholars to help advance her research.

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IST instructor keeps students engaged remotely with interpretive discussions

July 14, 2021

How does modern digital technology shape our world and our perceptions? That is a question investigated by students in an emerging issues and technologies course this spring in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Penn State Security Center announces Fall 2021 Grant Program

July 14, 2021

The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education is announcing its Fall 2021 Grant Program to support security-related scholarship and educational programs at Penn State. University faculty and researchers are eligible to apply by Sept. 30.

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World Campus IST graduate heads security engineering for Disney+

July 12, 2021

Jacob Meissner never imagined he’d work in technology after obtaining his bachelor’s degree in English from Penn State.

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Busy student's patience leads to another valuable opportunity

July 8, 2021

Erica Mi, a rising junior at Penn State, is working for IBM this summer as part of a project management internship — the latest endeavor she’s exploring during an ambitious college career.

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Women and lower-education users more likely to tweet personal information

July 7, 2021

When it comes to what users share on Twitter, women and users who never attended college voluntarily disclose more personal information than users from other socioeconomic and demographic backgrounds — potentially making these populations more susceptible to online privacy threats, according to a

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IST intern leverages computer vision to inform PepsiCo manufacturing operations

July 7, 2021

When Nia Anderson started thinking of career paths as she nears graduation, she saw herself as a business analyst.

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IST alumnus creates scholarship to honor family legacy

July 2, 2021

As a member of the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s first graduating class and a long-time alumni volunteer, Steve Pipino has established the Pipino Family Annually Funded Scholarship in the college to benefit first-generation students and students with demonstrated need.

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Student creates software solutions to help users be more efficient

June 30, 2021

Penn State senior Jason Nucciarone is using the skills he gained through the human centered design and development program at the College of Information Sciences and Technology to make technology more efficient for users.

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Presidential Leadership Academy announces new class

June 29, 2021

The Presidential Leadership Academy at Penn State recently announced its Class of 2021.

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Susser awarded Haile Family Early Career Professorship at IST

June 25, 2021

Assistant Professor Daniel Susser has been awarded the Haile Family Early Career Professorship in Information Sciences and Technology.

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IST faculty named executive VP of society on computer-human interaction

June 24, 2021

Shaowen Bardzell, professor of information sciences and technology, has been elected as executive vice-president for the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI), the premier international society for all professionals, academics and st

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$1.2 million NSF grant to create search engine for online privacy research

June 23, 2021

A $1.2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will help researchers build a search engine and create other resources for scientists who need to scour billions of online documents to improve online privacy.

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IST research well-represented at top Communities and Technologies conference

June 22, 2021

A research group from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology is well-represented at the virtual 10th International Conference on Communities and Technology, which began June 21.

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Clickbait headlines might not lure readers as much, may confuse AI

June 18, 2021

A Penn State team of researchers found that clickbait often did not perform any better and, in some cases, performed worse than traditional headlines. They also found that artificial intelligence systems designed to spot clickbait struggled with the task.

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Parenting teens: Is there an app for that?

June 17, 2021

Penn State researchers, with funding from the Mental Research Institute, are developing a smartphone app to promote positive, engaged family relationships that support healthy development for adolescents.

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Treating non-humans as stakeholders key to sustainable technologies

June 11, 2021

Researchers from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology made a methodological contribution toward a potential answer to the challenging problem of how to operationalize posthuman concepts into practice for human-computer interaction through the art of noticing — specificall

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Gamrat co-authors book chapter on state of microlearning in higher ed

June 11, 2021

Chris Gamrat, instructional designer at the College of Information Sciences and Technology, is co-author on a chapter in the new

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Essential workers' tweets show surprising positivity during pandemic

June 9, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, essential workers tweeted less often than general users about COVID-19 but more about overall mental health issues, according to researchers at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Talk to explore power of taxonomy and embedding in text mining

June 8, 2021

Jiawei Han, Michael Aiken Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present a talk as part of the Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence Distinguished Lecture Series at 11:30 a.m. on June 14 via Zoom.

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Doctoral candidate aims to help international students attain higher education

May 25, 2021

As a child growing up in Nepal, Bikalpa Neupane never thought he would come to the U.S. for a college education, much less a graduate degree.

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Study of police language aims to find patterns that may lead to tragic outcomes

May 25, 2021

With a new grant from the National Institutes of Health, an interdisciplinary team of researchers aims to examine police radio communications to observe what happens during adverse encounters between police officers and male minority youth and study any patterns of interaction that may lead to un

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University Libraries Research Awards honor 100 students from 19 campuses

May 24, 2021

Penn State University Libraries presented its fourth annual Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy honors to 100 students at nearly all undergraduate Penn State campuses.

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Seminar series to explore how artificial intelligence can improve health care

May 24, 2021

A new seminar series that aims to initiate a dialog between healthcare practitioners, clinical researchers, and artificial intelligence and data science experts on strategies for realizing the promise and potential of AI in healthcare starts June 8.

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Seminar series to explore how artificial intelligence can improve healthcare

May 24, 2021

A new seminar series that aims to initiate a dialog between healthcare practitioners, clinical researchers, and artificial intelligence and data science experts on strategies for realizing the promise and potential of AI in healthcare starts June 8.

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Two faculty members receive Amazon Research Awards

May 19, 2021

Penn State faculty members James Wang, professor of information sciences and technology, and Rui Zhang, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, each received a 2020 Amazon Research Award, which was announced publicly in April of this year.

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Inclusive social network created by alumna to empower young women leaders

May 19, 2021

Penn State alumna Jayme Anne Goldberg is the founder of Consequential Flowers, a social media network designed to help female students and young professionals develop impactful leadership skills.

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Talk to examine network heterogeneity on graph neural networks

May 18, 2021

Philip S. Yu, distinguished professor and the Wexler Chair in Information Technology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will kick off the Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence Distinguished Lecture Series at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 27 on Zoom.

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2021 Guentter Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award finalists, winner named

May 14, 2021

Penn State University Libraries and the Schreyer Honors College recognized the 10th annual finalist presentations and winner of the recently endowed Robert F. Guentter Jr. Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award on May 6, immediately following the three finalists’ remote presentations.

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Observing eco farmers could guide sustainable information technology innovation

May 14, 2021

Cutting-edge agricultural technology has advanced in recent years, introducing innovations from self-driving tractors and laser scarecrows to robotic bees that aid in pollination.

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College of Engineering announces Learning Factory capstone project winners

May 12, 2021

The College of Engineering has announced the winners of the spring Learning Factory Capstone Design Project Showcase, which took place virtually for the second year in a row.

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AI-powered software to improve public health outcomes in underserved communities

May 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a struggle for many students. But for Kareem Jelks, the pandemic has fueled his passion to help others, especially those in underserved communities.

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Virtual conference explores artificial intelligence in a post-COVID world

May 11, 2021

On May 13, the Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence hosted "AI in a Post-COVID World," a virtual conference that will brought together experts from a variety of disciplines to discuss how artificial intelligence has aided in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.<

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Virtual conference to explore artificial intelligence in a post-COVID world

May 11, 2021

On May 13, the Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence will host "AI in a Post-COVID World," a virtual conference that will bring together experts from a variety of disciplines to discuss how artificial intelligence has aided in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Using data science to boost diversity, using diversity to boost data science

May 5, 2021

Data science can only be data science for good when it can be data science for all.

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Twitter data unveils issues nursing mothers face, informs proposed interventions

May 5, 2021

Social media has become a platform for new mothers to openly share their experiences of the joys and challenges of parenthood.

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Penn State participates in virtual social science advocacy day

May 4, 2021

Penn State researchers recently participated in the Consortium of Social Science Association’s annual Social Science Advocacy Day, meeting virtually with Congress and their staff during this annual event.

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IST experience leads to alumnus’ work exploring breakups in the digital age

April 30, 2021

After a romantic breakup, there are often decisions to be made regarding the partners’ shared possessions, such as who takes the house and who gets the cat, and who keeps the friends.

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Lavender Recognition to be held on April 30

April 29, 2021

2021 marks the 20th celebration of LGBTQ+ graduates during the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity’s Lavender Recognition ceremony.

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After change of course, IST alumnus lands career in academics

April 28, 2021

When Porter Jenkins came to Penn State to pursue a doctorate in marketing, he never imagined he’d one day have a full-time career in academics, teaching and conducting research on data sciences and machine learning.

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Amazon Alexa skill offers supportive care to breast cancer patients

April 27, 2021

Penn State researchers have developed an Amazon Alexa skill to remotely deliver validated interventions to metastatic breast cancer patients in the comfort of their own homes.

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AI Hub to help enhance Penn State's global leadership in artificial intelligence

April 23, 2021

Penn State has launched an expanded initiative in Artificial Intelligence (AI), termed the AI Hub, which will bring together the University’s considerable resources and talent in AI to further advance its position as a global leader developing fundamental innovations in AI, in using AI and machin

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Penn State launches new artificial intelligence center for engineered systems

April 23, 2021

A newly founded, interdisciplinary research center established to further foundational and applied artificial intelligence in engineered systems will be housed in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Penn State College of Engineering.

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Penn State center to advance AI tools to accelerate scientific progress

April 23, 2021

A new research center, the Center for Artificial Intelligence Foundations and Scientific Applications, or CENSAI, will unite Penn State researchers to explore the use of artificial intelligence as a tool to dramatically accelerate the scientific process, an initiative that the center’s organizers

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