School of Science

Talia Finotti

Administrative Support Assistant
Office Location: 
P-1 Prischak Building
Phone: 
(814) 898 6150

Yahn Planetarium at Penn State Behrend Now Open

The Yahn Planetarium at Penn State Behrend, a 55-seat astronomy theater, opens Thursday, Nov. 6, after more than a year of renovations and improvements. The facility, housed in the School of Science at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, expands the original mission of the planetarium, a fixture in Erie since 1959.

The Erie County Historical Society closed the planetarium in 2013 to focus on other holdings. Penn State Behrend took ownership of the equipment, which complements the college’s outreach programs, including the popular Open House Nights in Astronomy.

Donald McKinstry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology (Emeritus)
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Larry Eckroat, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology (Emeritus)
Email: 

Scott Simpson, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Chemistry
Office Location: 
28 Hammermill
Phone: 
(814) 898 6667

Kelly Miller, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Biology
Office Location: 
181 Benson
Phone: 
(814) 898 7269

James Henderson, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Mathematics
Office Location: 
18 Prischak
Phone: 
(814) 898 6306

November 5: 'Science Circus' with Rhys Thomas

Behrend Section: 
School of Science
Student Services

Rhys Thomas will perform "Science Circus" on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the college.The circus is coming to town, and the ringmaster happens to have this show down to a science.

Nationally-known juggling extraordinaire Rhys Thomas will perform “Science Circus” on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. The program, which begins at 7 p.m. in the McGarvey Commons of the college’s Reed Union Building, is free and open to the public.

Students Construct Cardboard City to Raise Money for Second Harvest Food Bank

Sixteen student groups built cardboard homes as part of the Cardboard City fundraiser at Penn State Behrend.Joseph Helbling’s alarm went off at 2:30 a.m. The internal debate immediately began.

“When you wake up at 2:30, it’s easier to hit snooze than it is to roll out of bed and come here for your shift,” he said.