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May 8: Commencement to Award Over 600 Degrees

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spring 2014Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will award over 600 degrees at its spring commencement on Friday, May 8.

The ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Erie Insurance Arena, 809 French St. It is open to the public and no tickets are needed to attend. Detailed information for candidates and their guests can be found here.

April 23: Pluto to be Discussed at Open House Night in Astronomy

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This is a 3-D rendering of the planet Pluto.Since its discovery in 1930, the planet Pluto has gone unseen to the human eye, but that will change come July. That’s when the New Horizons spacecraft will reach the planet after a nine-and-a-half year journey.

April 11: Math Seminar: A Physical Method to Compute e^x

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In a first-year calculus course it is often difficult to see how the standard and important transcendental functions such as sin x, cos x, e^x, and ln x are computed. Later, we learn that they can be expressed as Taylor series and hence can be approximated by polynomials. The trig functions, of course, have a physical interpretation in terms of trigonometry and therefore can be computed physically.

April 11: Pi Mu Epsilon Induction Ceremony

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The Penn State Behrend Math Department will hold its fourth annual Pi Mu Epsilon (PME) induction ceremony on April 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Otto Behrend Science Building. Students who show excellence in the mathematical sciences will be awarded and recognized for their achievements.

Pi Mu Epsilon is an honor society whose main mission is awarding and promoting excellence to students in the mathematical sciences at universities with PME chapters.  

March 26: Astronomy Open House to Highlight James Webb Telescope

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When it launches in October 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will allow us to observe some of the most distant objects in the Universe.

Before then though, the telescope must undergo a rigorous testing and assembly process, much of it conducted by Exelis Inc. Ronald Broccolo, an aerospace engineer, integration manufacturing engineer and product integration manager for Exelis Inc., will discuss that process when Open House Night in Astronomy returns to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Thursday, March 26.

March 25: Science Career Roundtable

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A science-focused Career Roundtable will take place on Wednesday, March 25, in McGarvey Commons. The annual event enables students to talk to professionals and alumni in their desired fields.

Professionals and alumni in science careers will discuss with students the tasks, challenges, and requirements of the jobs they perform every day. Students will be placed into groups of six to eight people and will have ten minutes to interact with each professional.

350 Middle- and High-School Students Attend Science Olympiad

More than 350 middle- and high-school students attended the Science Olympiad at Penn State Behrend on Tuesday, March 10.Shyler Abbey’s science project – a knot of K’NEX rods, switches and fishing line – was built to ring a buzzer, which Shyler, a senior at Seneca High School, had set near the bottom of a cardboard box.

Students Celebrate Pi Day Early

To celebrate Pi Day early, members of Penn State Behrend's Math Club handed out pies on Friday, March 6.Pi Day — a day to celebrate one of the most well-known principles in mathematics — may fall during spring break, but the Penn State Behrend Math Club still found a way to celebrate it.