Ever wondered what it would be like to attend a college class at Penn State Behrend? Get a virtual front-row seat with these special lessons from Behrend faculty members.
While we can't invite you to sit in on a live class right now, this will give you a taste of the Behrend student experience. Plus, you'll get to meet our professors, and maybe learn a little something new!
Click the links below to register for any or all of the lessons. Registration is free, and the talks will be offered on Zoom.
Can't make the live talk? Don't worry—we'll post video from the lesson online, so you can watch it later at your convenience.
How Psychology and Computer Science Create Robots
March 8, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. EST
A.I. is becoming commonplace. But not too long ago, robots were in their infancy, with their development happening at the intersection of engineering and psychology. Learn about how research into human behavior was essential to creating some of the technological advancements we now take for granted.
With Dr. Lisa Jo Elliott, assistant teaching professor of psychology
Sports Operations and Project Management
March 10, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. EST
Behind all competitive sports—whether pro or varsity—are management decisions that have to be made. Games and practices must be scheduled, equipment ordered, travel arranged, and rosters updated, and it’s all the work of sports operations managers. Hear how common business principles—including operations and project management—are the behind-the-scenes powerhouses of your favorite teams.
With Dr. Seth Powless, lecturer in project and supply chain management
How to Rank Anything, Especially Sports
March 30, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
Before the championship game, before the postseason matches—even before the draft days and fantasy picks—there are player and team rankings. Learn more about mathematics behind the sports rankings that are so important to fans, pundits, and pros. You’ll also hear about home-team advantage and margins of victory, plus learn how to create your own sports rankings.
With Dr. Michael Rutter, associate professor of statistics
Three Stress Management Tools You Can Use Anytime, Anywhere
April 13, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
You’re juggling school, friends, activities, work, college decisions—not to mention a global pandemic. That’s an enormous amount of stress to deal with. But did you know that there are easy stress management tools that you can learn, practice, and use in your daily life? Hear more about how relaxation breath work, positive mantra use, and guided imagery can keep your stress in check and improve your whole-body health.
With Dr. Cate Stiller, assistant teaching professor of nursing
Wireless and Battery-Free Detection of Bio Signals
April 14, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. EDT
We’re used to wearable devices like a FitBit or Apple Watch giving us our heart rate and other health information at a glance. But what if these devices didn’t rely on batteries or wired connections to download data? Hear about research into wireless-free, battery-free wearable devices that can be used for the detection of biological signals from the body.
With Dr. Timothy Kurzweg, director of the School of Engineering
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