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Faculty wins NSF CAREER Award to model structure of extreme weather events

Posted on July 17, 2018

University Park, PA– One Penn State professor is seeking to create spatial statistical models for extreme events such as large forest fires, floods and heavy rainstorms to help make better decisions on infrastructure, preparation and mitigation. Benjamin Shaby, assistant professor of statistics and Penn State Institute for CyberScience faculty co-hire, has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for […] Read more

 

ICS Affiliate working in team to better understand migraine origins

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Bruce J. Gluckman, an ICS affiliate, Penn State professor and associate director of the Center for Neural Engineering, is working with fellow Penn State researchers and an international team to learn more about migraines and their origins. The team has not cured migraines yet, but they are working on understanding the mechanisms which cause these types […] Read more

 

Penn State researchers part of team to discover source of high-energy neutrino

Posted on July 13, 2018

Doug Cowen, ICS affiliate and professor of physics and astronomy and astrophysics and founding member of the IceCube collaboration; Derek Fox, associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics; and Azadeh Keivani, a postdoctoral scholar have assisted the IceCube Observatory in identification of high-energy neutrinos. Together with a new analysis of the IceCube team’s full dataset, there is strong […] Read more

 

ICS Affiliate Murali Haran named head of Department of Statistics

Posted on July 10, 2018

Story originally published on Penn State News. Written by Gail McCormick July 9, 2018   UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Murali Haran, professor of statistics, has been named the new head of the Department of Statistics at Penn State, effective July 1. Haran succeeds David Hunter, professor of statistics, who had served as head of the […] Read more

 

Seven ICS faculty receive promotions

Posted on June 29, 2018

ICS would like to congratulate the following co-hires receiving promotions beginning July 1: Chad R. Hanna has been promoted to associate professor. Hanna is a part of the Department of Physics in the Eberly College of Science. Hanna focuses on gravitational-wave astrophysics, black holes, and neutron stars. John Harlim has been promoted to professor. Harlim […] Read more

 

Mars dust storm may lead to new weather discoveries 

Posted on June 26, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Mars is experiencing an estimated 15.8-million–square-mile dust storm, roughly the size of North and South America. This storm may not be good news for the NASA solar-powered Opportunity rover, but one Penn State professor sees this as a chance to learn more about Martian weather. Steven Greybush, an assistant professor of meteorology […] Read more

 

Engineering students worldwide learn new skills using Penn State’s supercomputer

Posted on June 22, 2018

Using Penn State's supercomputer, known as the Institute for CyberScience Advanced CyberInfrastructure, engineering students are learning ways they can simulate and test car crashes, new materials and products in one Penn State World Campus course. Read more

 

Renowned cyber, privacy law scholar joins Dickinson Law, CyberScience Institute

Posted on June 4, 2018

CARLISLE, PA. — Penn State’s Dickinson Law and the Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) have announced the joint appointment of Anne Toomey McKenna as a distinguished scholar of cyber law and policy and professor in practice. McKenna is an attorney and author with more than 24 years of practice experience in cyber, privacy, electronic surveillance and […] Read more

 

CyberScience co-hire awarded ACS OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

Posted on May 17, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — Edward O’Brien, assistant professor of chemistry and an Institute for CyberScience faculty co-hire, has been awarded the American Chemical Society (ACS) OpenEye Outstanding Junior Faculty Award in Computational Chemistry for his work “Origins of the Mechanochemical Coupling of Peptide Bond Formation to Protein Synthesis.” The ACS Computers in Chemistry Division awards […] Read more

 

Mechanical force controls the speed of protein synthesis

Posted on May 16, 2018

  UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — As cells create proteins, the proteins modulate synthesis speed by exerting a mechanical force on the molecular machine that makes them, according to a team of scientists who used a combination of computational and experimental techniques to understand this force. Proteins power many of a cell’s vital functions, from providing […] Read more

 

Congratulations to the ICS Seed Grant 2018 Recipients!

Institute for CyberScience announces 2018 ICS Seed Grant recipients

Posted on April 2, 2018

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) has announced the recipients of the 2018 ICS Seed Grant awards. This year, 18 researchers will receive funding from ICS. More than $413,000 is being awarded through this program. Read more

 

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National Science Foundation Budget Update for FY18 and FY19

Posted on March 27, 2018

First and foremost, as you’ve probably read in the media, Congress passed a spending bill for FY 2018 (the current fiscal year, ending on September 30, 2018) this past week, which was signed into law on Friday by the President. Under this FY 2018 budget,  NSF’s funding will grow by approximately $300 million as compared to FY 2017, to approximately $7.8 billion. Read more

 

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Penn State Startup Week set for March 26-30

Posted on March 19, 2018

The University Park campus will once again play host to dozens of entrepreneurs and innovative thought leaders during Penn State Startup Week from March 26-30. The campus-wide initiative is an expansion of the College of Information Sciences and Technology’s IST Startup Week, which the college created in 2012. Throughout the week, students, faculty, staff and […] Read more

 

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Researchers create tool to better geographic projections in atmospheric modeling

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Open-source code developed by a Penn State graduate could improve weather forecasting and a range of other research endeavors that rely on pairing atmospheric models with satellite imagery. Read more

 

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Does your code stand up to scrutiny?

Posted on March 13, 2018

This article originally appeared as an editorial in Nature. Read the original here. Computer code written by scientists forms the basis of an increasing number of studies across many fields — and an increasing number of papers that report the results. So, more papers should include these executable algorithms in the peer-review process. From this […] Read more

 

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ICS to offer additional high-performance computing training

Posted on March 2, 2018

  UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In response to increased demand, the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) will be holding additional training sessions as part of the ICS-ACI Training Series. This series of tutorials and workshops helps Penn State researchers learn to use ICS-ACI, the University’s high-performance computing (HPC) system.   ICS will hold Seminar 1: ICS-ACI […] Read more

 

ICS researchers explore hurricanes through sound

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Written by Eli Kaberon   The most recent hurricane season caused horrific devastation across Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas – flooding streets, damaging property and taking lives. For millions of people in these areas, life will never be the same.   More than 1000 miles away, a pair of researchers are studying hurricanes in a […] Read more

 

ICS Symposium 2018: March 30

Posted on February 27, 2018

  UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — In today’s society, data is being collected everywhere, all the time — from your phone, from your car, in hospitals, in the workplace. Data has the potential to solve major social problems. But to make sense of such massive quantities of data, researchers must find innovative methods to gather and […] Read more

 

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ICS names distinguished visiting researchers for spring 2018

Posted on January 12, 2018

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) will bring two acclaimed researchers to Penn State in spring 2018 through the ICS Distinguished Visiting Researcher Program. The program provides funding for accomplished scholars in computational science fields to visit, deliver seminars, meet students, and discuss potential collaborations with Penn State faculty. The visitors who have been selected for […] Read more

 

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ICS associate director awarded Penn State seed grant

Posted on January 11, 2018

Vasant Honavar, Professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology and associate director of the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), has been awarded a seed grant from Penn State University. The grant will fund the Digital Collaboratory for Precision Health Research, a project focusing on the collection, security, and management of big health data. […] Read more

 

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New data center crunches big numbers, solves big problems

Posted on January 5, 2018

Too much of a good thing. That’s the situation many scientists face in this age of Big Data. With sophisticated sensors and surveys gathering information all the time, everywhere, the pile of data available to researchers is growing at a dizzying pace — so fast, that in many cases it has outstripped our ability to […] Read more

 

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ICS co-sponsors Health, Environment Seed Grant Program

Posted on December 21, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A collection of Penn State research institutes, including the Institute for CyberScience, together with  the College of Medicine have announced seed grant funding for innovative and collaborative research projects in the area of health and the environment. Penn State researchers from all campuses are invited to submit proposals for funding of […] Read more

 

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Flowing towards cleaner rivers

Posted on December 12, 2017

What does a river researcher look like? The question may conjure images of people in leaning over the sides of boats to gather water samples or standing in swirling currents with large nets to catch debris, chest-high waders almost entirely submerged. You’re probably not picturing someone sitting at a computer, writing code and devising complex […] Read more

 

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E-devices may interfere with science reading comprehension

Posted on December 6, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — People who often read on electronic devices may have a difficult time understanding scientific concepts, according to a team of researchers. They suggest that this finding, among others in the study, could also offer insights on how reading a scientific text differs from casual reading. In a study, a group of […] Read more

 

The ICS 2018 Seed Grant Program is now open.

ICS 2018 Seed Grant Program now open

Posted on December 4, 2017

The Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) 2018 Seed Grant Program is now accepting applications. Through this initiative, ICS provides funding for promising computational and data-intensive research projects, with the aim of enabling researchers to apply for larger awards. This year’s program will make $400,000 available to awardees. Individual projects may receive up to $35,000. […] Read more

 

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ICS-ACI Training Series Spring 2018

Posted on December 1, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) will hold a series of training sessions in spring 2018 for researchers who use high-performance computing (HPC). The training will cover HPC best practices and build attendees’ capacity to use Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, the Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI). ICS will offer four different training seminars. […] Read more

 

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IceCube research near South Pole reveals how Earth blocks high-energy particles

Posted on November 29, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — For the first time, a science experiment has measured Earth’s ability to absorb neutrinos — the smaller-than-an-atom particles that zoom throughout space and through us by the trillions every second at nearly the speed of light. The experiment was achieved with the IceCube detector, an array of 5,160 basketball-sized sensors frozen […] Read more

 

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New fish passage will help restore migratory fish populations

Posted on November 28, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The addition of a nature-like fish passage to a Susquehanna River dam in Pennsylvania should allow migrating fish to more easily reach spawning grounds, according to Penn State researchers. “The basic idea is to open up part of the dam and then let fishes go through,” said Xiaofeng Liu, assistant professor […] Read more

 

ICS director is AMS president-elect

Posted on November 17, 2017

November 16, 2017—BOSTON, MA—The American Meteorological Society (AMS) announced the winners of its 2018 elections for AMS president-elect as well as five new Council members, based on AMS membership voting. Jenni Evans, professor of meteorology and director of the Institute for Cyber Science at the Pennsylvania State University, will serve as the AMS president-elect during […] Read more

 

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Penn State research expenditures reach all-time high

Posted on November 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s research expenditures reached a record high of $863 million for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, an increase of $27 million, according to Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey. The total included $534 million in federal funds, and $329 million from a combination of private funders, the Commonwealth, and University sources. […] Read more

 

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ICS supports cryo-electron microscope research

Posted on November 6, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new cryo-electron microscope, cryo-EM, that is also a spectrometer will bring life science methods together with materials science practices together to improve both fields and share methods across disciplines. The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) supports this instrument by facilitating the transfer, offloading, and storage of the data it produces. “The […] Read more

 

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Using big data to stop fake news

Posted on October 20, 2017

Dongwon Lee, an associate professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, and S. Shyam Sundar, distinguished professor in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, will speak on “Big Data and Fake News: The Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is hosting the event as part of the ICS CyberScience Seminars, a series […] Read more

 

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ICS affiliate helps ward against cyberattacks

Posted on October 18, 2017

When a computer system is compromised by a cybercriminal, chaos ensues. Not only have attackers accessed the data they’re after, they could also bring the everyday business processes to a grinding halt. Thanks to new research from the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), there may be a new way to help […] Read more

 

Eric Sedlar

Oracle Labs VP to speak on novel programming language interface

Posted on October 12, 2017

Eric Sedlar, vice president and technical director of Oracle Labs, will deliver a talk entitled “Zero-cost multilingual program execution using GraalVM Language-Level Virtualization.” The talk will occur Oct. 24 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 233A HUB-Robeson Center. This event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Institute for […] Read more

 

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ICS part of new interdisciplinary security center

Posted on October 9, 2017

The Institute for CyberScience is part of a new center at Penn State designed to bring together the University’s many strengths in all aspects of national, homeland, and global security. The new Center for Security Research and Education (CSRE) incorporates 10 Penn State colleges, schools, and research units to focus a broad range of academic […] Read more

 

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ICS co-hire joins celebration of 2017 Nobel Prize

Posted on October 5, 2017

Penn State scientists and students on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory team (LIGO) are celebrating three LIGO leaders who have been honored with the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences selected the three — Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne — “for decisive contributions to the LIGO […] Read more

 

Philipp Eller

IceCube Researcher wins poster prize

Posted on September 28, 2017

A postdoctoral researcher in physics, Philipp Eller, has won a prize for research performed using the CyberLAMP HPC system operated by the Institute for CyberScience (ICS). Eller attained first prize for his poster “High-statistics and GPU-Accelerated Data Analysis” at the 18th International Workshop on Advanced Computing and Analysis Techniques in Physics Research (ACAT 2017) in Seattle, […] Read more

 

New gravitational wave hits Earth

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For the first time, three detectors have tracked the gravitational waves emitted by a merger of two black holes — a critical new capability that allows scientists to more closely locate a gravitational wave’s birthplace in space. Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time created when two massive, compact objects such as black holes […] Read more

 

Gang Tan

ICS co-hire receives $1 million in grants for his research

Posted on September 26, 2017

Gang Tan, associate professor of computer science and engineering at Penn State and an ICS co-hire, and colleagues have been awarded two research grants to help them design a software tool chain — languages compilers and runtime systems — that will allow programmers to take advantage of modern memory features, including encrypted memory, transactional memory […] Read more

 

Drew Wham

Forecasting student success with machine learning

Posted on September 20, 2017

Drew Wham, a data scientist for Penn State’s Education Technology Services, will deliver a talk entitled “Using Machine Learning to Forecast Student Outcomes.” The talk will occur Oct. 5 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in 233A HUB-Robeson Center. This event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Institute for […] Read more

 

ICS director to be featured on PBS show: SciTech Now

Posted on August 25, 2017

Jenni Evans, the director of The Pennsylvania State University’s Institute of ComputerScience (ICS), will be featured on the PBS show SciTech Now. The segment will premiere locally on WPSU-TV at 9:00 PM on August 28, 2017. UPDATED 8/30/2017: View the segment. Jenni Evans presents her research at 03:25 Evans will talk about her work on the […] Read more

 

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ICS launches CyberScience Seminar series

Posted on August 16, 2017

This fall a new, monthly seminar series from the Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) will explore the frontiers of cyberscience research. The seminars, presented by Penn State faculty who use computational and big data methods in their research, are free and open to the public. ICS aims for the seminars to bring together researchers […] Read more

 

ICS faculty member wins $1.9 million NIH award

Posted on August 10, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Edward O’Brien, assistant professor of chemistry, Penn State and an associate with the University’s Institute for CyberScience (ICS), has received a grant for $1.9 million over 5 years from the National Institutes of Health. The award will support fundamental research on how proteins form. O’Brien’s study, “Modeling the influence of translation-elongation […] Read more

 

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ICS offers training sessions for high-performance computing

Posted on August 9, 2017

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) announces a series of training sessions during the 2017-18 academic year for researchers who use Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, the Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI). The series helps beginning users of ICS-ACI get started and, for intermediate users, showcases best practices for using ICS-ACI efficiently. “ICS-ACI is a powerful and valuable […] Read more

 

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ICS offers training sessions for high-performance computing

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The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) announces a series of training sessions during the 2017-18 academic year for researchers who use Penn State’s high-performance research cloud, the Advanced CyberInfrastructure (ICS-ACI). The series helps beginning users of ICS-ACI get started and, for intermediate users, showcases best practices for using ICS-ACI efficiently. “ICS-ACI is a powerful and valuable […] Read more

 

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ICS invites faculty to collaborate on NSF “Smart and Connected Communities” (S&CC) solicitation

Posted on August 7, 2017

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) will host a collaboration session to bring together researchers interested in an upcoming National Science Foundation (NSF) funding opportunity on “Smart and Connected Communities” (S&CC). The session will take place Friday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon in 233A HUB-Robeson Center. The collaboration session is designed to help researchers […] Read more

 

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Sad! Drifting word meanings may be creating two different political languages

Posted on July 31, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — If the current political discourse sounds a little like people are speaking two different languages, Penn State psychologists, who studied political rhetoric over the past three presidential elections, say that may be close to the case, semantically speaking. In a series of studies, the researchers found a split between the same […] Read more

 

Chuck Pavloski

Choosing the best supercomputer for your research

Posted on July 19, 2017

Free seminar to help researchers choose the best HPC resources to fit their needs. Read more

 

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Choosing the best supercomputer for your research

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Dr. Chuck Pavloski, R&D engineer for earth sciences at the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), will offer a seminar entitled “Big Decision: Choosing Your HPC Resources Wisely” to the Penn State research community. The free seminar will be held August 10 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in W203 Millennium Science Complex. The seminar will help researchers […] Read more

 

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ICS offers graduate student travel awards

Posted on July 17, 2017

The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is accepting applications for the SuperComputing ’17 Student Travel Awards. Through this new program, graduate students can receive funding to attend the SuperComputing 2017 (SC17) conference in Denver, Colorado, this November. Applications are due Aug. 15. Up to three awards of $1,000 will be made to cover student travel costs […] Read more

 

ICS offers graduate student travel awards

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The Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is accepting applications for the SuperComputing ’17 Student Travel Awards. Through this new program, graduate students can receive funding to attend the SuperComputing 2017 (SC17) conference in Denver, Colorado, this November. Applications are due Aug. 15. Up to three awards of $1,000 will be made to cover student travel costs […] Read more

 

Losing Net Neutrality: ‘People Will Notice’

Posted on July 12, 2017

When nearly 200 websites, including heavyweights like Amazon, Netflix, Snapchat and Twitter, as well as those of individuals and start-up companies, combine for the Net Neutrality Day of Action on July 12, a Penn State expert expects people to notice the high-stakes awareness campaign. “A variety of public interest groups and major corporations are joining […] Read more

 

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ICS associate thinks ‘people will notice’ Net Neutrality Day of Action

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When nearly 200 websites, including heavyweights like Amazon, Netflix, Snapchat and Twitter, as well as those of individuals and start-up companies, combine for the Net Neutrality Day of Action on July 12, a Penn State expert expects people to notice the high-stakes awareness campaign. “A variety of public interest groups and major corporations are joining […] Read more

 

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ICS affiliate to demonstrate July 13 at Arts Festival Booth

Posted on July 11, 2017

While data is often used to form a line on a graph describing a phenomenon — think points on a chart — what happens when it comes to life as a musical score? For Mark Ballora, a professor of music technology and an ICS affiliate, sonifying data not only makes perfect sense, it also offers […] Read more

 

2017 Human Health and the Environment seed grant recipients announced

Posted on July 7, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Human Health and the Environment seed grants for 2017 have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. These seed grants were funded by eight separate Penn State research entities and institutes which collectively contributed over $500,000. ICS Associate Director Vasant Honavar, ICS Associate Keith Cheng, and ICS Affiliate […] Read more