Passing on a passion for nature

Megan Schall has been fond of nature and the environment ever since she was a kid. Now, as an assistant professor of biology, she is passing her passion on to new generations of young people.

Inspired and energized

After a sabbatical at a German university and research center, an associate professor of engineering at Penn State Hazleton came back impressed by Germany’s leadership in renewable energy and committed to doing everything he can to help renewable energy play a bigger role in meeting U.S. energy needs.

How does solar energy affect the electrical grid?

Just as throwing a stone into a lake creates a ripple effect, creating a solar energy system can have a significant impact on energy supply and prices in big multi-state regions, according to a Penn State Hazleton faculty member whose research focuses on renewable energy.
Through her research studies, Mesude Bayrakci-Boz has examined how solar energy production could affect electricity supply in a region consisting of Pennsylvania and 12 other states.

Put down that phone

Every year, motor vehicle crashes caused by distracted driving kill thousands of people, injure hundreds of thousands, and cost billions of dollars. And yet drivers continue to text and drive, even though they know it’s dangerous.
Now, a new study from researchers at Penn State Hazleton and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) finds that video-based “threat appeals” may be a promising strategy for reducing texting and driving.

Powering through a challenge

When the power goes out, for most of us it’s an inconvenience of losing something we take for granted – the ability to turn on a light, make a pot of coffee or watch TV. But for people with disabilities, power outages can be much more serious, threatening their sole means of connection and information from the outside world or hindering their ability to breathe.

'A life-changing experience'

Nine Penn State Hazleton students traveled to Montreal during this year’s spring break to serve others facing hunger and food insecurity.