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Revitalizing the Rust Belt

The Public Policy Fund at Penn State Behrend will launch with two days of programming, including lessons from redevelopment in Detroit’s urban core.
A man works with a 3D printer.

NSF grant will provide STEM training for teachers in three states

A $554,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will create a manufacturing and automation research site at Penn State Behrend.
A man works with a 3D printer.

RET site planned at Penn State Behrend

The manufacturing systems lab at Penn State Behrend will be equipped with advanced machinery, including 3D printers and production robots.

Tiffany Beers, a senior innovator at Nike, poses with the company's HyperAdapt 1.0 shoes.

Tiffany Beers and Nike's HyperAdapt

Tiffany Beers developed Nike's self-tying "Back to the Future" shoe. Beers, a 2002 graduate of Penn State Behrend, discussed the project at the campus' Fasenmyer Engineering Desgin Conference.

A portrait of Tiffany Beers, a senior innovator at Nike.

Behrend alumna builds Nike's "Back to the Future" shoe

'I like being on the cutting edge,' says Tiffany Beers, the keynote speaker for this year's Fasenmyer Engineering Design Conference.
The actress Jessica Biel

History professor details family story for actress Jessica Biel

TLC program features Behrend's Joseph Beilein, who tells actress about her ancestor, who died trying to escape from a Civil War prison.
A portrait of the actress Jessica Biel

Penn State Behrend professor details actress Jessica Biel's family story

The ballad of Francis Marion Brazier ends badly: Brazier, the great-great-great grandfather of the actress Jessica Biel, was killed while attempting to escape a Civil War prison. Joseph Beilein, an assistant professor of history at Penn State Behrend, helped tell the story on a recent episode of TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are?"
The actress Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel on "Who Do You Think You Are?"

A recent episode of TLC's "Who Do You Think You Are?" explored the family history of the actress Jessica Biel. The experts she consulted included Joseph Beilein, an assistant professor of history at Penn State Behrend.

A portrait of Joseph Beilein, assistant professor of history at Penn State Behrend

Joseph Beilein

Joseph Beilein, an assistant professor of history at Penn State Behrend, was featured in the TLC program "Who Do You Think You Are?" He helped the actress Jessica Biel trace a family legend about her great-great-great-grandfather.

Former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover

FBI actions during 2016 election 'unethical and unprecedented,' historian says

FBI Director James Comey's disclosure in the final days of the 2016 election that the bureau had revived its investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails was "unethical and unprecedented," said Douglas Charles, associate professor of history at Penn State Greater Allegheny, during a program Feb. 6 at Penn State Behrend in which he discussed his study of the FBI and its handling of sensitive information.

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