Research News

Penn State Harrisburg to hold Faculty Research Day

The Office of Research and Outreach at Penn State Harrisburg will hold Faculty Research Day from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. via Zoom. Ann M. Schlenker, director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory, will deliver the keynote address.

Berenson to discuss his book 'The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town’

Edward Berenson, professor and chair of the history department at New York University, will present a lecture based on his 2019 book, “The Accusation: Blood Libel in an American Town.” The event will be held via webinar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. His book is about a rare instance of blood libel in the United States that happened in Massena, New York in 1928 when a child went missing and the local Jews were blamed.

Faculty book highlights the dark side of organized labor

“Murder in the Garment District: The Grip of Organized Crime and the Decline of Labor in the United States,” a new book by Penn State Harrisburg faculty Catherine Rios, associate professor of humanities and communications, and David Witwer, professor of history and American studies, delves into corruption, coercion and crime and its effects on American organized labor, as well as the country’s complicated relationship with organized labor.

Ten Penn State research teams earn Manufacturing PA Innovation grants

Penn State was awarded 10 grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Manufacturing PA initiative. The initiative awarded $2.8 million, across 43 grants in total, and will bring together government, industry, and higher education in holistic collaboration to spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.

Keeping water and energy secure

Javad Khazaei, assistant professor of electrical engineering at Penn State Harrisburg and affiliate professor of architectural engineering in the College of Engineering, is leading a 15-month seed grant-funded project that will investigate the vulnerability of infrastructure systems and develop detection methodologies to counteract such criminal acts.

New data examines Pennsylvanians’ trust in public officials amid pandemic

Continuing its analysis on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Pennsylvania, the Institute of State and Regional Affairs at Penn State Harrisburg has released new data examining Pennsylvanians’ trust in key public figures to provide information related to the coronavirus, finding that while generally, Pennsylvanians trusted state leaders to provide information more than national leaders, political affiliation played a large part in levels of public trust.