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Mathematician's Visit Leads to Academic Paper

The paper she began in May, during a residency in South Africa, first took shape a year earlier, in the Hammermill Building, where Papiya Bhattacharjee hosted three days of discussion about ordered algebraic structures.

Bhattacharjee, an assistant professor of mathematics at Penn State Behrend, is an expert in point-free topology. That’s the study of the properties that allow geometric figures to bend or stretch without breaking. It’s how computers are programmed to make decisions.

Penn State Behrend Funds More than $53K in Fall Research

Penn State Behrend is funding more than $53,000 in undergraduate research this fall. Students from more than 30 majors are participating in the studies, working directly with faculty mentors.

Biology students will begin a four-year effort to catalog insect species collected on the 854-acre Penn State Behrend campus. DNA samples will be extracted from each insect and shared with the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, where DNA barcodes are used to improve species discovery and identification.

PBS Series Features Work of Penn State Behrend Anthropologist

A new PBS series about a research team that uses laser technology to examine key archeological sites, including the Egyptian pyramids, features the work of Leigh-Ann Bedal, associate professor of anthropology at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

Bedal appears in the final episode of “Time Scanners,” a three-part series that originally aired on the National Geographic channel. She discusses her work at a unique garden and pool complex in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra, which once was part of the Nabataean kingdom.

YPC Erie to Hold Summer Choir Camp

The Young People’s Chorus of Erie will hold its annual Summer Choir Camp on Monday, August 4 through Friday, August 8.

The camp, which will be held at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, 134 West Seventh Street, focuses on developing singers’ voices through interactive workshops and expert instruction. The day camp is open to all children, ages 7 to 13, and it meets from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with morning drop-off at 8:30 a.m.

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