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The 23rd annual National Symposium on Family Issues, hosted recently by Penn State’s Social Science and Population Research Institutes, featured 18 leading researchers in sociology, demography, psychology, human development and public health, as well as several community organizers and activists.

The College of Health and Human Development announced recipients of its Faculty and Staff Awards for 2015. A reception honoring the awardees will be held Nov. 10 at the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building on the University Park campus.

Cynthia Stifter, professor of human development and psychology, will present the 2015 Schmitt Russell Research Lecture. Her presentation, “Becoming Who We Are: The Role of Temperament in Child Development,” is free and open to the public.

The fall semester is more than halfway over and Penn State students are in the midst of planning and preparing their schedules for the rest of their year in Happy Valley. With thousands of courses from which to choose, Penn Staters can find a class for any interest, be it beekeeping, neuroscience or something in between. The newest courses on the block, however, are those under the purview of the University’s new Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies (CMAS) minor.

Children and Youth Services’ Julia Sprinkle will address changing child protective services laws in the 2015 de Lissovoy Lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 15.

Conrad Tucker, assistant professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, and Timothy Brick, assistant professor of human development and family studies, were awarded a National Robotics Initiative Grant of $342,574 from the National Science Foundation.

Penn State Brandywine student Lauren Lomas is passionate about learning, so she jumped on the chance to do hands-on research in her field. Alongside a faculty member, she's studying the impact of technology on child cognitive development.

Penn State’s new, undergraduate minor in Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies (CMAS) is fully developed and the inaugural course will debut this fall. The course and minor look to deliver critical training to a wide variety of professions from education to medicine.

Nilam Ram, associate professor of human development and family studies and psychology, received the 2015 Margaret M. and Paul B. Baltes Award on behalf of the Gerontological Society of America.

A group of Penn State researchers recently sought input from older adults regarding their experiences and expectations for leisure opportunities at senior centers as a first step to developing programs to meet their specific needs.

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