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People explore options, then selectively represent good options to make difficult decisions

Posted on May 21, 2019

The researchers found that when participants faced complex choices, they often showed a burst of exploration before settling into preferred options of higher value. This strategy may be one way that people can conserve their cognitive resources and solve problems that exceed their working memory capacity. Read more

 

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Map reveals that lynching extended far beyond the deep South

Posted on May 15, 2019

Although often thought of as unique to states in the southern U.S., lynching was practiced across the country and, although Southern blacks were by far the most common victim, the violence left few races and ethnic groups unscathed. Read more

 

Gravitational forces in protoplanetary disks push super-Earths close to stars

Posted on May 10, 2019

A team of Penn State-led astronomers found that as planets form, the orbits of these planets eventually get in synch, causing them to slide — follow-the-leader style — toward the star. Read more

 

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Supercomputer cluster donation helps turn high school class into climate science research lab

Posted on May 9, 2019

A group of Bald Eagle Area High School physics students are using supercomputer equipment to explore the world as real climate scientists. Read more

 

Believing machines can out-do people may fuel acceptance of self-driving cars

Posted on May 8, 2019

In a survey, people who had no trouble believing that machines can outperform humans – also called posthuman ability -- were more likely to accept the presence of driverless cars on the highway. Read more

 

People more likely to trust machines than humans with their private info

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When it comes to private information and access to financial data, people tend to trust machines more than people, which could lead to both positive and negative online behaviors. Read more

 

IBM donates system to Penn State to advance AI research

Posted on April 24, 2019

IBM will donate a system based on the technology that is used in the world’s most powerful supercomputer to Penn State. The system will give researchers a chance to work with the same computing architecture that handles research studies at the government’s national laboratories. Read more

 

ICS Seed Grants to power projects that use AI, machine learning for common good

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ICS's 2019 seed grant awards, which total $367,632.20, will fund projects that promote uses of and research into machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). The projects include research utilizing AI to: explore the human-technology frontier, understand human behavior, benefit the social good and also probe the limitations of AI and machine learning. Read more

 

Penn State Berks team advances to MVP Phase of Nittany AI Challenge

Posted on April 11, 2019

The Penn State Berks Resilient Resumes team was one of 10 finalists in the Prototype Phase of the Nittany AI Challenge. Backed by an ICS seed grant, the project is now moving onto the last phase of the competition. Read more

 

Creepy computers or people partners? Working to make AI that enhances humanity

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Technology can be used as a tool... or a weapon. Penn State researchers are working to make sure AI, a powerful technology, is used as a tool to enhance humanity. Read more

 

Sky is clearing for using AI to probe weather variability

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Machine learning and other AI tools are increasingly being used to help understand weather and climate variability. That information may help people and policy makers be better prepared for emergencies and opportunities. Read more

 

‘AI will see you now’: Panel to discuss the AI revolution in health and medicine

Posted on April 3, 2019

This month’s CyberScience Seminar, organized by the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), will be held from 1:30–3 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, in 233B HUB-Robeson Center and will feature a panel of Penn State experts who will discuss the benefits — and the risks — of using AI in the healthcare industry. Read more

 

Privacy law scholars must address potential for nasty satellite data surprises

Posted on March 26, 2019

In a session at the Penn State Law Review annual symposium held today (March 22), the researchers and Dickinson Law professors said that immediate focus is needed on how vast quantities of data, collected from sensors embedded in smart devices combined with both government-owned and privately owned satellite mapping technologies, is aggregated, used, disseminated, and bought and sold. Read more

 

Researchers take aim at hackers trying to attack high-value AI models

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Because machine learning creates such valuable models, that also makes those models targets of hackers and malicious attackers, according to Patrick McDaniel, William L. Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Penn State and an Institute for CyberScience associate. Read more

 

Girls, economically disadvantaged less likely to get parental urging to study computers

Posted on March 21, 2019

While perceptions of computing majors among high school students suggest that the geek stereotype is on the way out, a Penn State Lehigh Valley researcher said that universities may want to reach out to parents, particularly parents of female students and ones from lower-income households, to boost support of computer majors. Read more

 

Seed grants awarded to projects using Twitter data

Posted on March 8, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State’s  Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), in collaboration with the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) and the College of Information Sciences and Technology, has awarded over $100,000 in funding to support six new interdisciplinary teams of Penn State researchers whose work is aimed at developing innovative research programs using Twitter data. […] Read more

 

Researchers find features that shape mechanical force during protein synthesis

Posted on March 4, 2019

Like any assembly line, the body’s protein-building process generates a mechanical force as it produces these important cellular building blocks. Now, a team of researchers suggest they are one step closer to understanding that force. Read more

 

A peek at living room decor suggests how decorations vary around the world

Posted on February 11, 2019

Using artificial intelligence to analyze design elements, such as artwork and wall colors, in pictures of living rooms posted to Airbnb, a popular home rental website, a team of researchers found that people tended to follow cultural trends when they decorated their interiors. In the United States, where the researchers had economic data from the U.S. Census, they also found that people across socioeconomic lines put similar efforts into interior decoration. Read more

 

Interactive websites may cause antismoking messages to backfire

Posted on February 6, 2019

Health communicators should be careful selecting interactive features -- like sliders and zooming tools -- because they may interfere with their message among some users. Read more

 

Changing how government assesses risk may ease fallout from extreme financial events

Posted on January 30, 2019

Changing the way government loan programs assess risk may ease taxpayer burden and better prepare the country for extreme economic events. Read more

 

Science of Connection: Researcher to discuss GIS and connected communities

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Understanding how people form relationships can help make better, healthier and more connected communities. Read more

 

Penn State, Monash University joint collaboration announces call for proposals

Posted on May 21, 2019

Proposals on the topic of the intersection of health and the environment are due by June 15 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The partnership between Penn State and Monash University in Australia began just over a year ago, and yet it seems as if the two have been working together for much longer. “It’s a great […] Read more

 

LIGO and Virgo observatories detect neutron star smash-ups

Posted on May 2, 2019

Story originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On April 25, the National Science Foundation’s Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the European-based Virgo detector registered gravitational waves from what appears likely to be a crash between two neutron stars — the dense remnants of massive stars that previously exploded. One day […] Read more

 

NIH grant funds research to pinpoint natural selection’s influence on genomes

Posted on May 1, 2019

Story originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The human genome — roughly 20,000 genes embedded in our DNA — is the result of millions of years of evolutionary forces as humans and humans’ ancestors struggled to survive. But scientists are unsure exactly how much influence natural selection, one of those evolutionary […] Read more

 

Hack event gives students a chance to battle back against simulated cyberattack

Posted on April 25, 2019

by Matt Swayne. Originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Malicious cyber activities — or hacks — cost the United States’ economy more than $100 billion a year, or about .64 percent of the nation’s GDP, according to the most recent figures from the White House. Training the next generation of cybersecurity experts is […] Read more

 

Privacy settings can help ease suspicion of recommendation-making sites and apps

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by Matt Swayne. Originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When people see that they can control their privacy settings on websites and apps that offer entertainment or product recommendations, they tend to be more trusting of those sites, according to researchers. In a study, a mock-up of an online movie recommendation […] Read more

 

Penn State’s Leadership in AI Research

Posted on April 18, 2019

Once the fodder of science fiction books and movies, Artificial intelligence — AI — and machine learning are making an impact on nearly every facet of society. Penn State’s Institute for CyberScience are among Penn State’s research leaders who are both using AI in their work and studying ways to make sure that the technology’s […] Read more

 

Adding human touch to unchatty chatbots may lead to bigger letdown

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By Matt Swayne Article originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sorry, Siri, but just giving a chatbot a human name or adding humanlike features to its avatar might not be enough to win over a user if the device fails to maintain a conversational back-and-forth with that person, according to researchers. […] Read more

 

First-ever open public alerts are received from LIGO

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Two probable black-hole mergers spotted in first weeks after gravitational-wave detector is updated Two new probable gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of spacetime caused by cataclysmic cosmic events and first predicted by Albert Einstein over 100 years ago — have been detected by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo observatory […] Read more

 

North Atlantic warming hole impacts jet stream

Posted on April 16, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The North Atlantic warming hole (NAWH), a region of reduced warming located in the North Atlantic Ocean, significantly affects the North Atlantic jet stream in climate simulations of the future, according to a team of researchers. Sea surface temperatures (SST) are projected to increase in most of the world’s oceans as […] Read more

 

Predictability limit: Scientists find bounds of weather forecasting

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Fuqing Zhang, an Institute for CyberScience affiliate, is the lead author of the study into the limits of weather predictability. Read more

 

Researchers to compare Twitter opinions on climate change with real-world views

Posted on April 12, 2019

How do regional opinions on Twitter represent real-world attitudes toward climate change? A team of researchers will work to find out, thanks to recent funding from the Institute for CyberScience, the Social Science Research Institute, and the College of Information Sciences and Technology. Read the full story on Penn State News. Read more

 

Researchers to study genetic roots of Parkinson’s Disease with NSF grant

Posted on April 10, 2019

by Miranda Buckheit. Story originally published on Penn State News UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A pair of Penn State professors will be conducting research in a study funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to combine different sources of information to more efficiently identify genes involved in disease progression. Ultimately, discovering genetic modifiers of disease in the […] Read more

 

New website will help researchers navigate cyberinfrastructure resources

Posted on March 1, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Office of the Vice President for Research has launched cyberinfrastructure.psu.edu to help faculty and staff find data, cyber, programming and IT resources available to researchers at Penn State. The site covers broad categories that include, but are not limited to, data storage, cloud computing, networking, research instrumentation software and much more. “This […] Read more

 

Penn State competitive event simulates large-scale hack and system breach

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CARLISLE, Pa. — Data breaches and cyber hacks are a major concern for businesses, organizations, and governments. Hacks disrupt operations, put sensitive information at risk, harm an organization’s reputation, jeopardize national security and cost the economy billions of dollars each year. If your organization was hacked, would you know what to do? Register today to participate […] Read more

 

Coda waves reveal carbon dioxide storage plume

Posted on February 27, 2019

"We usually don't look at coda waves, we usually throw them out," said Tieyuan Zhu, Penn State professor of geophysics and Institute for CyberScience (ICS) associate. "If we look at a carbon dioxide plume underground with P waves we don't see any change in shape, but if we use the late-arriving waves, the coda waves, we see a change." Read more

 

Graduate student receives AMS award for hurricane research

Posted on February 18, 2019

Kelly Nunez Ocasio had the chance to escape the cold Happy Valley winter for sunny Arizona to showcase her hurricane research alongside long-time professionals and the brightest aspiring minds of meteorology. Read more

 

Kraft awarded NSF CAREER Award focused on brain mechanics

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The CAREER Award is the most prestigious award offered by NSF in support of early-career faculty. Read more

 

White mortgage agents may charge minority borrowers higher mortgage fees

Posted on January 28, 2019

White mortgage brokers may pay minorities who are looking for a home loan more in mortgage fees. Read more

 

Researcher studies mobile money system to help developing world’s entrepreneurs

Posted on January 15, 2019

Chris Parker's recent work, based on the study of mobile money operators in Tanzania, focuses on the effect recommendations and training have on outcomes in business, based off research. Read more

 

Differences in genes’ geographic origin influence mitochondrial function

Posted on January 14, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Differences in the geographic origin of genes may affect the function of human mitochondria — energy-generating organelles inside of cells — according to a new study. Mitochondria have their own genome, separate from the nuclear genome contained in the nucleus of the cell, and both genomes harbor genes integral to energy […] Read more

 

Searching the stars: Penn State is growing the global SETI community, looking for intelligent life across the cosmos

Posted on January 4, 2019

Penn State's first graduate-level course in SETI — one of only two in the country — is one way the University is helping discover whether there are signs of extraterrestrial life. program is, itself, one of the few in the world. Read more

 

National experts collaborate at Penn State to address election security

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Experts from across the country met at Penn State to discuss election security. The experts came from a range of disciplines as diverse as public policy and cybersecurity to collaborate on solutions to election security threats. Read more

 

People acquainted with gays and lesbians tend to support same-sex marriage later

Posted on December 12, 2018

People who make friendships with gays and lesbian people tend to support issues that are important to the LGBTQ community. This study lends support to the 'contact theory,' which suggests that developing diverse friendships can spark social transformations. Read more

 

ICS associate helped discover structure of perovskite crystal in NSF and ICS funded study

Posted on December 6, 2018

ICS associate Susan Sinnott, department head and professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and a team of materials scientists from Penn State, Cornel, and Argonne National Laboratory have visualized the 3D atomic and electron density structure of the most complex perovskite crystal structure system. Perovskites are minerals that are of interest as electrical insulators, semiconductors, […] Read more

 

LIGO supercomputer upgrade will speed up groundbreaking astrophysics research

Posted on December 5, 2018

Penn State recently invested in an upgrade to its portion of the LIGO Data Grid, which was part of a network of supercomputer clusters that helped discover evidence for the existence of gravitational waves. The upgrade will roughly quadruple the cluster’s capacity for conducting cutting-edge astronomy and astrophysics research. Read more

 

ICS Affiliate named AGU fellow

Posted on December 3, 2018

Professor Fuqing Zhang in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and ICS affiliate has been elected as a 2018 Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). AGU elects as Fellows members whose visionary leadership and scientific excellence have fundamentally advanced research in their respective fields. Zhang, a professor in Penn State’s Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric […] Read more

 

AI, machine learning focus of Institute for CyberScience seed grant initiative

Posted on November 28, 2018

Now through Jan. 14, 2019, the Penn State Institute for CyberScience (ICS) is accepting applications for seed grant projects focused on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, projects relating to the National Science Foundation’s 10 Big Ideas or other compute-intensive exploratory research projects. “Artificial intelligence has the potential to be a game-changer for research across all disciplines, […] Read more

 

ICS associate director named AAAS Fellow

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Vasant G. Honavar, professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology, and associate director of the Institute for CyberScience, is one of the three Penn State faculty members who have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Read more

 

Professor uses statistics to better assess California wildfire risks

Posted on November 26, 2018

Ben Shaby, a Penn State statistics professor and ICS co-hire, is working to help mitigate the effects of these natural disasters by applying complex statistical models to better understand the likeliness that extreme forest fires will develop. Read more

 

Associate director named 2018 distinguished member of Association for Computing Machinery

Posted on November 9, 2018

Vasant G. Honavar, professor and Edward Frymoyer Chair of Information Sciences and Technology, and associate director of the Institute for CyberScience, has been named a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest and most prestigious association of computing professionals. Honavar, who is one of 49 distinguished members named for 2018, was recognized […] Read more

 

ICS co-hire Eric Ford weighs in on report by National Academies of Sciences

Posted on November 8, 2018

Eric Ford, professor of astronomy and astrophysics, Institute for CyberScience co-hire and director of the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds (CEHW) at Penn State spoke on the report created by the National Academies of Sciences, which was released in early September. The report said in order to answer significant questions about planetary systems, such as […] Read more

 

Panel highlights legal, business side of using human health data in research

Posted on November 2, 2018

In today’s world where information moves at a rapid pace, how do researchers make sure they are following the proper rules, especially when their studies pertain to sensitive information such as health data? Four panelists and one moderator joined together on Oct. 11 to discuss matters of cyber security, privacy and health data for an […] Read more

 

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States that heavily invest in legislature more influential in public policy

Posted on October 31, 2018

Using more than 100 years of public policy data to pinpoint patterns between any states adopting similar policies, Bruce Desmarais, associate professor of political science and an Institute for CyberScience co-hired faculty member, found that sizable states, such as California, New York or Florida with the income to invest in creating full-time legislative positions, are […] Read more

 

ICS Associate given $10 million grant from NSF for machine learning

Posted on October 29, 2018

ICS associate Patrick McDaniel, distinguished professor of computer science and engineering and the William L. Weiss Chair in Information and Communications Technology in the Penn State College of Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Frontier grant to establish and lead the Center for Trustworthy Machine Learning. This five year grant was awarded through the NSF’s Secure […] Read more

 

Bruce Desmarais named DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor

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Bruce Desmarais, Penn State associate professor of political science, has been named the inaugural William and Monica DeGrandis-McCourtney Early Career Professor of Political Science by the Penn State College of the Liberal Arts. Read more

 

SSRI to use Twitter data to create new innovative research programs

Posted on October 17, 2018

Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute(SSRI) is seeking teams to develop innovative research programs using Twitter data. Researchers are encouraged to submit pilot projects using Twitter data in social science research. Learn more about this competition and its goals on Penn State News. Read more

 

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Former White House National Security Council (NSC) staff joins CSRE

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Herbert O. Wolfe has joined the Center for Security Research and Education(CSRE) at Penn State as its inaugural associate director. Wofle will also serve as a professor of practice in the School of International Affairs. He will work with Director James W. Houck and representatives of CSRE’s member units in planning and executing the center’s strategic mission, […] Read more

 

ICS co-hire Reuben Kraft recognized with Outstanding Teaching Award

Posted on October 9, 2018

Reuben Kraft, assistant professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering and co-hire with the Penn State Institute of CyberScience, is being recognized with the 2018 Penn State Engineering Alumni Society Outstanding Teaching Award. This award distinguishes an outstanding engineering educator for excellence in teaching and for their contributions to the art of teaching. These teaching awards […] Read more

 

NSF funds three-year study of virtual-reality engineering simulations

Posted on October 8, 2018

Researchers at the Data-Driven Decisions lab at Penn State Behrend and the Design Analysis Technology Advancement lab at University Park are developing a virtual-reality simulation that will place industrial engineering students in an interactive and immersive manufacturing environment. Read more

 

New weather model could increase tornado-warning times

Posted on October 2, 2018

A team of Penn State researchers are first to use satellite data from the newly online GOES-16 satellite in numerical models designed to forecast tornadic thunderstorms, which cause 17 percent of all severe weather deaths in the United States. Read more

 

Professor expands scope of data science techniques in new book

Posted on September 24, 2018

John Harlim’s "Data-Driven Computational Methods: Parameter and Operator Estimations" describes data science from the classic mathematical perspective and provides rigorous understanding of many existing new techniques that have been successfully used to analyze data. Read more

 

Putting answers to the test

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Penn State researchers have developed a machine-learning method to automatically generate "distractor" responses in a multiple-choice question, making exams easier for instructors to create yet more intellectually challenging for the test-takers. Read more

 

ICS affiliate uses 3D electron microscopy to study wastewater recycling

Posted on September 19, 2018

 Enrique Gomez, professor of chemical engineering and ICS affiliate, used electron tomography and quantitative analysis of 3D models to study the structure of reverse osmosis membranes widely used for salt water desalination wastewater recycling. Gomez stated that these reverse osmosis membranes are layers of material that screen out 99 to 99.9 percent of salt while allowing water […] Read more

 

Python coding workshops to fill gap for research community

Posted on September 12, 2018

Patrick Dudas and Adam Lavely co-host a workshop series that will focus on the Python programming with hopes of benefitting researchers who are eager to improve their computer programming skills. Read more

 

Parallel computing boot camp: hundreds learn together, miles apart

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The XSEDE Summer Boot Camp brought 400 students, faculty and staff together for a fast-paced, in-depth online program on parallel computing. Read more

 

Researchers can build supercomputing skills in fall training series

Posted on September 6, 2018

Penn State researchers looking to build their high-performance computing (HPC) skills can get both basic and intermediate training through a series of workshops hosted by the Institute for CyberScience (ICS) this fall. Each session is free but requires registration as seating is limited. The four-part series is designed to give an overview of high-performance computing and its […] Read more

 

Survival on water planets may be possible according to new study

Posted on August 31, 2018

Eric Ford, an ICS co-hire and professor of astronomy and astrophysics, coauthored a study with Edwin Kite, assistant professor of geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago. Through thousands of simulations on the Institute for CyberScience-Advanced CyberInfrastructure and the University of Chicago’s Research Computing Center, the duo determined that life on water planets may be possible. Learn more […] Read more

 

Using social media to solve social problems- study funded by ICS seed grant

Posted on August 20, 2018

Guangqing Chi, an ICS associate and associate professor of rural sociology and demography and public health sciences in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, used his ICS seed grant to help fund his National Science Foundation-funded study on social media and social problems. Chi used geotagged tweets from 2014 to 2017 to compare data to […] Read more

 

Self-control develops gradually in adolescent brain

Posted on August 14, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Different parts of the brain mature at different times, which may help to explain impulsive behaviors in adolescence, suggest researchers from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh. The team discovered that the brain’s salience network, a group of regions that work together to help people assess the importance of stimuli […] Read more

 

ICS-ACI used to study ancient macaw breeding

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Richard George, a graduate student in anthropology at Penn State, utilized the ICS- Advanced CyberInfrastructure to sequence the mitochondrial DNA of bird remains found in the Chaco Canyon and Mimbres areas of New Mexico. Their studies discovered that macaw’s hadn’t been taken from their natural habitats and transported, but there is evidence that the macaws were […] Read more

 

ICS Co-Hire discusses gravitational wave detection and collaboration

Posted on August 7, 2018

Chad Hanna, a Penn State astrophysicist, ICS co-hired faculty, and member of the international research team that studies gravitational waves, reflected on the group’s achievements, “multi-messenger astronomy,” and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in an article titled “Listening to the Universe.” The LIGO Scientific Collaboration includes more than 1,000 researchers from various institutions across […] Read more

 

ICS associate collaborates on research to study interactive media engagement

Posted on August 6, 2018

Shyam Sundar, an ICS associate, distinguished professor of communications and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory, has suggested, through two studies, that online engagement is a sequence of assessments and interactions. The two studies researched four factors such as physical interaction, interface assessment, absorption and digital outreach. Sundar worked with Jeeyun Oh from the University […] Read more

 

Vice President for Research discusses impact of fundamental science

Posted on July 24, 2018

Penn State Vice President for Research Neil Sharkey visited Washington D.C. on July 18 for the “2018 University Senior Research Officer Roundtable: The Economic Impact of Fundamental Scientific Research” that was hosted by the Science Coalition and the Association of American Universities. The event discussed the state of commercialization of innovations derived from fundamental university research; federal investment to support this […] Read more

 

Fantastic plastics: Research collaboration could reshape injection molding

Posted on July 18, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. — As Ralph Colby peers at the microscope image in front of him, he thinks he can make them out — “shish kebabs,” as polymer scientists call them. Nobody knows for sure what they are, but these shapes that appear at seemingly unpredictable times when certain plastics cool have a big impact […] Read more

 

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

 

ICS researchers explore hurricanes through sound

Posted on March 2, 2018

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

 

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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

 

Dongwon Lee and Shyam Sundar

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

 

Rick Gilmore

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

 

Chuck Pavloski

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

 

Mark Ballora

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