Research and Outreach

Erie Leading Index Suggests Local Economy has Stalled

The Erie region’s economic recovery stalled in late 2015, and planned layoffs at GE Transportation, Lord Corp. and other major employers could make conditions even rougher, said Ken Louie, director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie and an associate professor of economics at Penn State Behrend’s Black School of Business.

Pa. Sea Grant Exhibit to Focus on Lake Erie Shipwrecks

Lake Erie’s richest history is 60 feet beyond our reach – in the wreckage of the Canobie, the Abyssinia, the Dean Richmond and the S.K. Martin.

Penn State President Eric Barron Dedicates Innovation Commons

Penn State Behrend’s Innovation Commons – an idea laboratory, maker space, technology playground, legal office, marketing agency and entrepreneurs’ gathering spot rolled under one roof – has opened to support small businesses and start-ups.

2016 Undergraduate Student Spring Semester Research Grants

Each grant lists individual student researcher(s) with respective cooperation faculty member(s) in parentheses. 



Marissa Baker (Kenneth Louie) - $700
“Examining Factors Influencing Business Establishment Openings and Closings”

 Natalie Szalajko (Kenneth Louie) - $700
“Gas Prices in Erie”


December 11: 'Simple Gifts' Concert from the Young People's Chorus of Erie

Behrend Section: 
School of Humanities
Young Peoples Chorus
Research and Outreach

The Young People's Chorus of Erie will hold its holiday concert on Friday, Dec. 11.During the holiday season, gifts are given to friends and loved ones to remind them that you care. They’re an extension of many central holiday themes: love, peace and joy.

That’s also the thinking behind “Simple Gifts,” this year’s holiday concert from the Young People’s Chorus of Erie, northwest Pennsylvania’s only comprehensive youth choral music program.

Slow Growth of Erie's Economy Not Cause for Alarm, Professor Says

The Erie region’s economy appears to have hit a plateau, said Ken Louie, director of the Economic Research Institute of Erie and an associate professor of economics at Penn State Behrend’s Black School of Business. Though six of the eight economic indicators he tracks with the Erie Leading Index showed growth in the second quarter of 2015, the index itself rose by just 0.05 percent.

October 13: Brasil Guitar Duo to Perform in Logan Series

Behrend Section: 
School of Humanities
Student Activities
Research and Outreach

The Brasil Guitar Duo will perform Tuesday, Oct. 13, at Penn State Behrend.The Brasil Guitar Duo is known for its mature musicianship, and that’s not by accident. João Luiz and Douglas Lora have known one another since adolescence, and their performances are indicative of that.

TaaSera Labs Partnership Puts Students at Front of Computer Security Initiative

Corporate computer security tends to be reactive: When threats are detected, system managers work to limit the damage by strengthening firewalls and patching vulnerable sections of code. It’s hacker Whac-A-Mole.

September 19: National Astronomy Day Activities

Behrend Section: 
School of Science
Yahn Planetarium
Research and Outreach

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will host an afternoon of solar observations and planetarium shows in recognition of National Astronomy Day on Sept. 19.

The activities begin at noon in room 21 Witkowski of the School of Science Complex and are free and open to the public. The day’s events are hosted by Darren Williams, professor of physics and astronomy, and Jim Gavio, director of the Yahn Planetarium at Penn State Behrend.