In February 2020, a group of Penn State Schuylkill's Microbiology 107 students took soil samples from the campus grounds. After securing their samples that day, they returned to the lab where they diluted their soil and smeared it on petri dishes to search for naturally occurring antibiotics. From left to right: Marleigh Cressley-Lipinski, Melissa Crenko, Courtney Foster, and Rachel Strohl.
Former INTERPOL officer and current Penn State Schuylkill professor Hakan Can lives to give back. After retiring, Can saw an opportunity to conduct research and improve policing techniques by becoming an educator. Can recently was invited by the United Nation in Egypt to lead a workshop for police officers aimed at improving relations between police and international communities.
Hakan Can, professor of administration of justice at Penn State Schuylkill, feels fortunate to have gained so many international survey responses from uniformed police officers during his visit to Cairo, Egypt. The United Nations was impressed by his research related to police stressors and police/community conflict, prompting them to invite him to lecture at a workshop in the North African nation. He took advantage of the opportunity to gain perspectives from international police officer responses.
Charles Cantalupo, distinguished professor of English, African studies and comparative literature at Penn State Schuylkill, has translated a multitude of poems from African languages to English. Recently, his translations have been used to translate African-language poetry into even more languages, amplifying voices that have been censored by colonization and war.
Dr. Charles Cantalupo, distinguished professor of English, comparative literature, and African studies, translated "Freedom's Colors" from Tigrinya, a language native to Africa, into English. His translation has since been used to translate the poem into Hebrew. In this image, the poem is shown in both the Hebrew language on the left and its original Ge'ez, the ancient characters used to pen the Tigrinya language, on the right.
Michael Gallis, associate professor of physics, has been working as part of a global team of 18 individuals on the Open Source Physics Project, which aims to provide high-quality, computer-based curricular resources to engage students in physics, computation and computer modeling. The team’s work has earned them the 2020 Excellence in Physics Education award from the American Physical Society.
Penn State IT awarded the 2019 Learning Tool Interoperability (LTI) Advantage Contributors Institutional Leadership Award at the IMS Global Learning Impact Institute in San Diego on May 23, 2019. Pictured (left to right): Tony Anderson, Penn State learning tools and learning management system manager, TLT director of operations Terry O’Heron, and learning tools project manager Kristen Lytle at the IMS Global Learning Impact Institute in San Diego.
Tom Sandridge, instructor and program coordinator of radiological sciences at Penn State Schuylkill, has co-authored and edited a textbook in partnership with Doctors Without Borders, addressing basic radiology practices for people of developing nations. “This is my way of giving back to the profession I’ve loved for the past 30 years," he said.