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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A sign-up interface created by Penn State researchers for Facebook apps could help members prevent personal information -- and their friends' information -- from leaking out through third-party games and apps to hackers and identity thieves.


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Students in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology who are interested in protecting data from hackers and saboteurs will soon be able to apply for a program in which they will receive scholarship money and expert training for their chosen field.


Dan Kestranek, a doctoral student in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, thinks that the current procedure to obtain passports is flawed and outdated. He was recently recognized by an online networking community for his proposal to create a “virtual passport” system that he thinks would save time, money and resources.


The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Tech Pack on Enterprise Architecture, a reading list that was edited and annotated by Brian H. Cameron, executive director of Penn State's Center for Enterprise Architecture, is now available to ACM members. This expert reading list includes ACM Digital Library materials and key non-ACM readings, which provide perspectives and insights into the fast-growing enterprise architecture discipline and profession.


Dr. Brian Cameron, a professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology and executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture, was appointed as the first president of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations at a Plenary Meeting on Sept. 27-28 in Falls Church, Va.


UNIVERSITY PARK – Flexible and printed electronics, chemical linguistic analysis and green building projects are targeted to receive $1.3 million in research grants from the Dow Chemical Co.

Penn State was one of only 11 universities nationwide to receive this funding to strengthen research in scientific fields of strategic importance to Dow and the chemical industry.


Don Shemanski, professor of practice in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, teaches students how to combat terrorism by engaging them in a mock simulation of a terrorist plot. He is now sharing his strategy with other instructors through a self-published book.


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Brand names in online search engine advertising campaigns can attract more attention and encourage more sales than campaigns that use generic terms, according to Penn State researchers.

In a study of a major retailer's online marketing campaign, researchers found that more people click on advertisements that appear on search engine result pages and purchase products when those brand names show up in the ads, according to Jim Jansen, associate professor of information sciences and technology.


Jim Jansen, an associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, was recently honored by a jury of peers for his research in two related subfields of information science. “The Seventeen Theoretical Constructs of Information Searching and Information Retrieval,” by Jansen and Soo Young Rieh, an associate professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, was selected as the best paper published in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (JASIST) in 2010. The award will be conferred at a conference in October in New Orleans.


Jack Carroll, Edward M. Frymoyer Professor in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, recently spoke to his peers about the benefits of supporting activity awareness and coordination among partners in complex activities such as emergency management, software development, information analysis, and education.