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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.

Erie Businessman, Philanthropist Joseph Prischak Named Honorary Alumnus

Erie businessman and philanthropist Joseph J. Prischak has been named an Honorary Alumnus of Penn State. He is one of only four people to receive the prestigious designation this year.

Honorary alumni status recognizes individuals who are not graduates of the university but have made significant contributions to Penn State’s welfare, reputation and prestige. The designation has been awarded fewer than 120 times since its creation in 1973.

Supermileage Team Travels 1,020 Miles on One Gallon of Gas

The longest six minutes of Cody Colpo’s summer likely came on Friday, June 6, the final day of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ International Supermileage Challenge. He was watching a timer, waiting for a carbon-fiber test car to clear the far side of the track at the Eaton Corporation’s Marshall Proving Grounds.

Supermileage is a slow-motion race: Drivers try to keep the vehicles at a fuel-efficient 15.1 mph. For the crew – Colpo, a senior from Evans City, is captain of the team at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College – it’s a nerve-wracking wait.

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