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Steven Zarit, distinguished professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, was presented a Certificate of Appreciation by the PA Adult Day Services Association (PADSA) at their annual conference on May 1. 


Allison Doub, a doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in nutrition, has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.


Penn State alumna Lori Frank, program director of research integration and evaluation at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington, D.C., will give a talk, titled “Research and Infrastructure Development from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute,” at 4 p.m. April 1, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center on the Penn State University Park campus.


Older parents frequently give help to their middle-aged offspring, and their perceptions about giving this help may affect their mental health, according to a team of researchers.


Martin Sliwinski, professor of human development and family studies and director of the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State, will give a lecture, titled "Expanding on the Science of Healthy Aging," at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, at The Village at Penn State.


Leann Birch, distinguished professor of human development and family studies and director of the Center for Childhood Obesity Research in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State, is retiring effective Dec. 31 after 21 years at Penn State.


Peter C.M. Molenaar, distinguished professor of human development in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, has received the 2013 Sells Award for Distinguished Mulitvariate Research from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology (SMEP).


Cynthia Stifter, professor of human development and family studies in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, has received two grants, totaling nearly $2 million to investigate the relationship between children's temperament and their risk of becoming obese as well as the relationship between children's temperament and their abilities to experience joy.


Patricia Hillkirk, a 1982 graduate in the individual and family studies program at Penn State, and founder/director of Camp Dreamcatcher, will give a presentation, titled "Catching a Dream: My Journey Helping HIV/AIDS-Impacted Youth," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, as part of the College of Health and Human Development Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series. The talk, which is sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society, will be held in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building, on the University Park campus. It is free and open to the public.


Twenty-six residents of The Village at Penn State, a State College retirement community, have received a Skype lesson from volunteers Amanda Gresh, undergraduate student in health policy and administration, and Courtney Polenick, graduate student in human development and family studies, since January.


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