CNN: Penn State is tracking those in contact with a 21-year-old student who died of Covid-19 complications

CNN: Penn State is tracking those in contact with a 21-year-old student who died of Covid-19 complications. “Penn State University announced 21-year-old student Juan Garcia died of respiratory failure from coronavirus complications last month. ‘We are profoundly saddened to learn about Juan’s untimely death during this pandemic,’ Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims said in a statement.”

Penn State News: New website helps K-12 teachers tackle remote learning

Penn State News: New website helps K-12 teachers tackle remote learning. “The K-12 Media Repository provides a comprehensive list of links to educational resources that provide information on varied topics related to online education. The posts are organized into categories such as individual grade levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12), early childhood education, family literacy, special education, and technology tools for teaching.”

Penn State News: Emotion expression database new resource for researchers

Penn State News: Emotion expression database new resource for researchers. “The ability to understand facial expressions is an important part of social communication. However, little is known about how complex facial expression signal emotions related to social behavior and inner thoughts. To answer these questions, Penn State researchers developed the Complex Emotion Expression Database (CEED), a digital stimulus set of 243 basic and 237 complex emotional facial expressions.”

Penn State News: Citizen scientists may be an untapped resource for water quality improvement

Penn State News: Citizen scientists may be an untapped resource for water quality improvement. “Raising awareness and offering technological tools to the thousands of citizens groups in the U.S. that monitor water quality might help community leaders tap these volunteers as a way to improve access to plentiful, clean water and possibly avoid water-related crises, according to a team of researchers.”

Penn State: Gifts to Penn Libraries enrich Judaic scholarship and digital humanities

Penn State: Gifts to Penn Libraries enrich Judaic scholarship and digital humanities. “The most recent gifts coincide with the release of a new website, The Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica, offering free access to nearly 7,000 digital copies of items from the collection for viewing and downloading. Digital copies of recent acquisitions will be made available in the coming year, and all future items will be made available as well.”

Penn State News: Grant will support expanded use of artificial intelligence for crop health

Penn State News: Grant will support expanded use of artificial intelligence for crop health. “A research team developing artificial-intelligence-based solutions for diagnosing and managing threats to crop health has received a grant to expand the technology to assist more smallholder farmers around the world.”

Phys .org: Researchers identify seven types of fake news, aiding better detection

Phys .org: Researchers identify seven types of fake news, aiding better detection. “To help people spot fake news, or create technology that can automatically detect misleading content, scholars first need to know exactly what fake news is, according to a team of Penn State researchers. However, they add, that’s not as simple as it sounds.”

Daily Collegian: How thrift Instagram accounts cater to Penn State students’ vintage needs

Daily Collegian: How thrift Instagram accounts cater to Penn State students’ vintage needs. “A recent fashion trend — thrifting and repurposing clothing items — has taken over Penn State in a big way. Vintage clothing accounts have taken over Instagram, with their target audiences being teens and young adults in college.”

ScienceBlog: Clickbait Secrets Exposed! Humans And AI Team Up To Improve Clickbait Detection

ScienceBlog: Clickbait Secrets Exposed! Humans And AI Team Up To Improve Clickbait Detection. “Humans and machines worked together to help train an artificial intelligence — AI — model that outperformed other clickbait detectors, according to researchers at Penn State and Arizona State University. In addition, the new AI-based solution was also able to tell the difference between clickbait headlines that were generated by machines — or bots — and ones written by people, they said.”

Newswise: Using deep learning to improve traffic signal performance

Newswise: Using deep learning to improve traffic signal performance. “Urban traffic congestion currently costs the U.S. economy $160 billion in lost productivity and causes 3.1 billion gallons of wasted fuel and 56 billion pounds of harmful CO2 emissions, according to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard. Vikash Gayah, associate professor of civil engineering, and Zhenhui “Jessie” Li, associate professor of information sciences and technology [both at Penn State], aim to tackle this issue by first identifying machine learning algorithms that will provide results consistent with traditional (theoretical) solutions for simple scenerios, and then building upon those algorithms by introducing complexities that cannot be readily addressed through traditional means.”

Penn State News: Partnership allows for the launch of the PA Civil War Deserters Database

Penn State News: Partnership allows for the launch of the PA Civil War Deserters Database. “After years of development, Penn State University Libraries, in partnership with the Richards Civil War Era Center, has launched the Pennsylvania Civil War Deserters Database. Containing more than 24,000 individual records of soldiers, the interactive database allows users to search the compiled records for individual solders by name, but also identify groups of soldiers by specific criteria such as blacksmiths who deserted or number of desertions following the Battle of Gettysburg.”

Penn Medicine News: Penn Medicine Releases Free, ‘Self-Service’ AI Tool for Data Analytics

Penn Medicine News: Penn Medicine Releases Free, ‘Self-Service’ AI Tool for Data Analytics. “The Penn Medicine Institute for Biomedical Informatics has launched a free, open-source automated machine learning system for data analysis that is designed for anyone to use, from a high school student looking to gain insight on their baseball team’s statistics, to trained researchers looking for associations between cancer and environmental factors.”

Penn State: Helping 911 call takers identify actionable information on Twitter

Penn State: Helping 911 call takers identify actionable information on Twitter. “During a 911 call, critical information is gathered that help answer the six Ws: Where, What, Weapons, When, Who and Why. The answers to these questions help to equip first responders with necessary details to approach an emergency scene. But how can that same critical information be collected from online requests for help?”

Penn State News: Researchers to compare Twitter opinions on climate change with real-world views

Penn State News: Researchers to compare Twitter opinions on climate change with real-world views. “In their study, the researchers will construct a Twitter-driven regional opinion heat map, using an opinion-mining pipeline and the social media platform’s geotags, and analyze whether the map represents regional attitudes toward climate change captured in national survey data. Then, they will examine how differences in location, time and occurrences of climate-related events shape people’s opinions toward climate change. The researchers hope to gain a deeper insight regarding public opinion through the lens of social media.”