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Behrend student athletes excel in uniform and in the classroom

Student athletes at Penn State Behrend are running up the score — on their grade-point averages.

Sept. 13: Speaker Series

Becky Hammon, the first woman to coach full-time in the NBA, will discuss her career path, which included two Olympic teams.
Clare Porac

Behrend researcher reconsiders the advantage of left-handed pitchers

Baseball fans have long believed that left-handed pitchers have an advantage. They might, says Clare Porac, a professor of psychology at Penn State Behrend, but not just because they're rare. Batting averages are lower when more lefties are throwing, she says.
Penn State Behrend professor Clare Porac

Clare Porac

Clare Porac, a professor of psychology at Penn State Behrend, studies laterality, or handedness. She says baseball players hit less often when more left-handers are pitching.

Want to win in the NHL? Score first - but not until the third

A statistical analysis of NHL scoring patterns has found a clear advantage for the team that scores first: They win 66.7 percent of the time, according to Samantha Key, a senior at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.
Samantha Key, a senior at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Samantha Key

Samantha Key, a senior from Freeport, analyzed the scoring patterns in 12,000 NHL games. She found that the team that scores first wins 66.7 percent of the time.