Society and Culture

Joe Beilein with Megan Mullally (carousel)

The May 28 episode of "Who Do You Think You Are?" on TLC featured Joseph Beilein, right, professor of history at Penn State Behrend. He helped the actress Megan Mullally trace her family's story through the Civil War.

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.

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.

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?"