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Black hole at center of the Milky Way resembles a football

The supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way is spinning so quickly it is warping the spacetime surrounding it into a shape that can look like a football, according to a new study led by Penn State Berks Professor of Physics Ruth Daly. That football shape suggests the black hole is spinning at a substantial speed, which researchers estimated to be about 60% of its potential limit.
Headshots of Sadan Kulturel-Konak and Abdullah Konak

Two Penn State Berks professors elected as INFORMS DEI Ambassadors

Penn State Berks announced has that two of its professors have been elected as 2024 INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) DEI Ambassadors. In this role, Sadan Kulturel-Konak, professor of management information systems and director of the college’s Flemming Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center, and Abdullah Konak, distinguished professor of information sciences and technology, will complete a project titled “Innovation in Operations Research: Fostering Equity and Justice in Problem Formulation.”  
Berks dancers hold up diamonds in recognition of THON

Penn State Berks raises over $34,000 for THON 2024

The Berks Benefitting THON student organization raised $34,090.75 and earned the fifth spot among Penn State Commonwealth Campuses. The results were announced at the end of the 46-hour dance marathon to benefit Four Diamonds on Feb. 18.  
Engineers Week 2023

Penn State Berks celebrates National Engineers Week, Feb. 19-23

Penn State Berks is celebrating its history while preparing students for the future through National Engineers Week events and activities, to be held Feb. 19 to 23. While the college’s roots in engineering date back to 1927, Penn State has offered engineering degrees for more than 125 years. 
LaunchBox staff solders a chip for an entrepreneur's prototype.

Berks LaunchBox celebrates fifth anniversary in GoggleWorks Center for the Arts

Since its inception, Berks LaunchBox has made a significant impact on the Berks County community. Over the last five years, Berks LaunchBox has assisted 582 entrepreneurs, taught new skills to 1,100 community members in its Makerspace, offered entrepreneurship classes to 3,800 community members, and impacted 1,042 students (elementary school through college).