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September 27: 'Super Moon' Eclipse Viewing

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Every autumn, the full moon takes on an orange color due to its closeness to the horizon. But this year’s “Harvest Moon” will be even more special.

During the late evening hours on Sunday, Sept. 27, the moon will pass through the center of the Earth’s shadow, yielding a rare total lunar eclipse. This will be the last opportunity to see a total eclipse of a super moon until 2033.

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.

“The typical response is to build higher walls and dig deeper moats,” said Ivan Shefrin, vice president of security solutions for TaaSera, a top provider of preemptive computer breach detection systems. “That approach doesn’t work. There is no way to control the boundary anymore.”

October 9: Advanced Manufacturing Forum

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The Advanced Manufacturing Forum will be held Friday, Oct. 9, at Penn State Behrend.For years, OEM has stood for original equipment manufacturer, but Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is prepared to redefine the age-old term.

Students Move in, Bringing Energy, Dreams ... and Guitars

With the bed made and the clothes folded away – thanks, Mom – the Class of 2019 turned to posters and trophies and throw rugs and Keurigs and bubblegum-colored rubber rain boots, all of which said: This is who I am.

The class is one of the largest, most diverse and academically advanced groups ever to enroll at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College: 1,245 students from 26 countries, including China, Vietnam, Somalia and the Maldives. The students come from 30 states, districts and territories, including 50 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

Professor Writes Guide to Life in the Information Age

To guide readers through his new book, “No Bull Information: A Humorous, Practical Guide to Help Americans Adapt to the Information Age,” John Gamble invented a character named Arnbi, a cartoon Aristotle who points to the truth of a given situation. When the “bull” in the book’s title gets deep – when the talk turns to politics, for example – the figure is drawn holding a shovel.

Eight Faculty Members Earn Promotions and Tenure

Eight members of the faculty at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, have been promoted and granted tenure:


Papiya BhattacharjeePapiya Bhattacharjee is now associate professor of Mathematics. She teaches calculus, abstract and linear algebra and topology.





Former Student-Athletes Earn Places in Hall of Fame

Seven former student-athletes will be inducted into the Penn State Behrend Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 3. Three teams also will be honored for their championship seasons.


Students Create Video Games at College for Kids

Ethan McCarthy’s fingers rattled up and down the keyboard as his eyes fixated on the computer monitor. He was trying to move a small, square-shaped character from one platform to another without it falling into a pit of nothingness.

July 29: ERIE Conference, 'Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation'

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School of Business
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How can entrepreneurship and innovation contribute to local economic growth and development? What priorities should the Erie region establish to create and sustain an innovation ecosystem?

New Images Give Astronomers Clear View of Pluto

So that’s Pluto: a lightly pocked gray sphere with a heart-shaped white splotch near its bottom.

A satellite image of Pluto.It looks like a moon. It looks like our moon, if you’re skimming your news feed, moving from Iran and the sanctions to Trump and the Confederate flag and El Chapo in his Bugs Bunny tunnel.