School of Science

Penn State Behrend Funds $41K in Spring Research

Penn State Behrend is funding more than $41,000 in undergraduate research this spring. Sixty-two students will participate in the studies, working directly with faculty mentors.

Students in the Black School of Business will study the effectiveness of product placement in massively multiplayer online role-playing games, such as “Splinter Cell” and “Rainbow Six: Lockdown.”

Alumna Uses Residency Elective to Work in Health and Wellness Center

Dr. Meaghan Johnson, a Behrend alumna, has chosen to use one of her residency electives to work in the Health and Wellness Center at the college.

Dr. Meaghan Johnson remembers college as a time for change and growth. It’s one of the reasons she says she enjoys working with people of that age group so much.

Talia Finotti

Administrative Support Assistant
Office Location: 
P-1 Prischak Building
(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)

Larry Eckroat, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology (Emeritus)

Kelly Miller, Ph.D.

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


James Henderson, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Mathematics
Office Location: 
18 Prischak
(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.