A research team at Penn State Behrend is using “smart manufacturing” technology, including machine sensors, to reduce waste and increase product quality at Erie-based Plastek Group, which manufactures packaging for the personal care, food and beverage and cosmetics industries.
The Penn State Board of Trustees approved the final plans for construction of a new fitness and recreation center at Penn State Behrend. The new building will replace the campus’ Erie Hall, built in 1952.
A new biomedical translational research lab at Penn State Behrend will support local medical clinical trials and expand research opportunities for students in the college’s new biochemistry and molecular biology minor.
Penn State Behrend’s 2021 Smith Carillon Concert Series will begin July 8 with a free concert by Tom Gurin. Three more performances will follow, offering a mix of classical music, Broadway standards and pop songs by Beyonce and the Beatles.
Eleven Penn State Behrend faculty members have been promoted and will begin the fall semester with a new academic rank. Two additional faculty members have been granted emeritus status, which recognizes sustained meritorious academic service to the University.
Robert Speel’s summer course typically includes a month in Toronto, at Ryerson University. This year he restructured it, using Zoom, Canadian newscasts and examples of international culture — including bagged milk.
Beginning the second summer session, Penn State students dining on campus will have an easier time identifying food allergen information and dishes that suit their dietary needs and preferences, thanks to new menu item cards featuring a new allergen icon identification system.
The Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE) has awarded seed grants to 22 groups of interdisciplinary researchers for the 2020-21 award cycle. This year, seed grants were awarded to proposals focusing on at least one of IEE’s five strategic research themes — Climate and Ecosystem Change, Health and the Environment, Integrated Energy Systems, Urban Systems, and Water and Biogeochemical Cycles.