School of Science

October 6: Astronomy Open House, Gravitational Waves

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Gravitational Waves imageIn 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected what Albert Einstein had predicted nearly 100 years earlier: gravitational waves.

This groundbreaking discovery opened the door to a new way of observing the universe and will be the topic of discussion when Open House Nights in Astronomy returns to Penn State Behrend on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Pre-Health Instructions for Committee and Recommendation Letters

In recent years many health professions schools have stated a preference for a summative committee letter of evaluation in addition to input who know the applicant. A Committee Letter of Evaluation (CLE) will be offered to students applying to medical, allopathic, osteopathic, dental, podiatry, or optometry schools.

If you desire a Committee Letter from the Behrend College Pre-professional Evaluation Committee, follow the instructions listed below.

Nursing Students Learn Basics of Evidence Collection

Criminal investigations often begin away from the crime scene, in a curtained hospital room, where nurses treat and counsel the victims of violent crime or abuse.

“When victims need medical attention, they are brought to nurses first,” said Amy LeSuer, a lecturer in nursing at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College. “We help them before law enforcement officials can.”

Linda Frederick, M.A.

Lecturer in Mathematics
Office Location: 
175 Benson
(814) 898 6978


August 31: 'Dance of the Planets' Astronomy Open House

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An image of the planet Venus.Ever wonder why Mercury and Venus are best seen just after sunset and just before sunrise? Why is it that other planets can only be observed during specific times a year?

While all planets circle the sun, their movements often change drastically. These movement patterns will be the topic of discussion when Open House Night in Astronomy returns to Penn State Behrend on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

March 30: Adult Learner Open House

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Penn State Behrend  invites adults who are considering starting college or returning to their studies to attend an admissions open house on Thursday, March 30.

The open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. with an exhibit fair in the college’s Science Complex. Seminars on adult learner services, admissions and financial aid will follow.

Representatives from student support offices, including Admissions, the Academic and Career Planning Center and Veterans Affairs, will be available to meet with prospective students.

Larson Texts Creates $500K Scholarship Fund for Penn State Behrend Students

Erie-based Larson Texts, one of the country’s top publishers of math textbooks, will provide $500,000 in scholarship funding to support students at Penn State Behrend beginning in 2017. Once fully funded, the scholarships – the first at the college designed primarily for math students – will award $5,000 to at least four students every year.

Students Explore Academic Majors at High School Academy

High School Academy was held Wednesday, June 29, at Penn State Behrend.“OK, here’s a question for everyone: What was not in some way built by engineers?”

M. James Ross, Ph.D.

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


May Chemistry Grad Receives Prestigious Research Award

Ian Campbell, a May Chemistry graduate, has been awarded the Ernest B. Yeager Award for research in spectroscopy. The award is given annually to one undergraduate in the northeast Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania region by the Cleveland section of the American Chemical Society. Campbell will receive $400 in cash and a one-year membership to the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.