News and Events in College of Health and Human Development

2010

Penn State faculty co-author major recreation research monographs
Penn State faculty members co-authored two of five important papers commissioned by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), which were released at the end of October. The goal of the papers is to help park and recreation agencies across the nation better align their services with the key challenges faced in their communities to encourage active, healthy living.
$10-million center innovating research in drug abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment
Penn State’s Methodology Center received a five-year, $10.8-million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The research center grant (P50), which is its third renewal, focuses on four initiatives to innovate methodological and statistical techniques related to the prevention and reduction of HIV incidence, substance abuse, and associated risky behaviors.
Brand recognition can help hotels survive economic downturns
Brand named hotels fare better than independently operated properties in economic downturns, according to a team of international researchers.
New Penn State research tackles drug use, HIV in South African youth
The researchers aim to reduce drug use, risky sexual behavior, and violence among South African youth by expanding a leisure education and life skills program to reach fifty-six South African high schools. The project received a $2.8-million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Susan McHale wins National Council on Family Relations' Ernest Burgess Award
The award recognizes a distinguished career in the field of family research and scholarship.
"To the Best of My Knowledge" explores healthy aging
On the next episode of "To the Best of My Knowledge," Drs. Steven Zarit and Martin Sliwinski will discuss the variety of mental, physical and social changes that come with aging, and how we can age well. The live call-in program will air at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7, on WPSU-TV, WPSU-FM, and the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).
Relationship-strengthening class improves family life years after baby is born
Expecting parents who completed a brief relationship-strengthening class around the time their child was born showed lasting effects on each family member’s well-being and on the family’s overall relationships, according to a recent Penn State study.
Report sets new dietary intake levels for calcium and vitamin D
The majority of Americans are getting enough vitamin D and calcium, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine that has updated the nutritional reference values known as Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for these interrelated nutrients.
Penn State researcher investigates how consuming fewer calories can lead to longer life
If you ask Penn State researcher Dr. Roger McCarter how to live longer, he’ll give you one piece of advice: consume fewer calories. McCarter has shown this in rat and mouse models, and other researchers have duplicated this in spiders, yeast, worms, and humans. To fully take advantage of caloric restriction, McCarter, a professor of biobehavioral health, and several other researchers around the world are trying to understand why eating less can lengthen a life span.
Penn State researcher selected for Kaiser minority leadership program
Dr. Shedra Amy Snipes, assistant professor of biobehavioral health, is one of six researchers across the country selected to participate in the newly established Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Awards Program. The program supports junior minority researchers with two-year leadership development awards.
Students take charge of hotels, build team decision-making skills
In one hospitality management course, students assume the role of manager through a computer simulation known as Hotel Operational Training Simulation (HOTS). The experience gives them a sneak peak at the complex decisions hotel managers have to make.
Heard on Campus: 'Rock star nutritionist' Jill Jayne at the Forum
"I use the same model that helps sell music to sell health to kids. We focus on the cross-curricular. When I'm teaching about drinking eight glasses of water a day, there's also eight notes in a musical scale. The key to my success is bringing subjects together in a rock and roll show." - Jill Jayne, a 2004 Penn State graduate who educates children about nutrition through her rock and roll nutrition show, "Jump with Jill," speaking Friday (Nov. 19) at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.
Child Development Lab kids celebrate volunteer Grandma Norene’s 95th birthday
Children at the Child Development Lab (CDL) surprised one of their favorite volunteers—Norene Bigelow, affectionately known as “Grandma Norene”—on Thursday, November 18, with a special song, which they wrote and performed with local children’s musician Mark Ross. They also presented her with an apron decorated with their handprints and a finger-painted serving dish. Grandma Norene has been volunteering at the CDL for eight years.
Nursing faculty member selected for national leadership program
Gwen McGhan, RN, former project administrator for Penn State’s Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence in the School of Nursing, has been selected to participate in the Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program, starting in fall 2010.
Obesity Society honors two Penn State nutrition researchers
Dr. Barbara Rolls and Dr. Leann Birch are the recipients of awards honoring research contributions.
Master’s degree in Nursing to be offered at Mont Alto and Worthington Scranton campuses
Beginning fall 2011, the Penn State School of Nursing will expand its master’s-level Nurse Practitioner (NP) program to Penn State Mont Alto and Penn State Worthington Scranton. The program is currently offered at four other Penn State campuses.
Patricia Farrell, professor emerita of leisure studies, dies at 76
Farrell was the first participant in the University’s Administrative Fellows Program and was instrumental in building the University's leisure studies program and participated in numerous other administrative activities of the University.
Master of Health Administration students reach semi-finals at case competition
Students Schaeffer Charles, Gabriel Oshode, Latoya Tatum, and Joe Hwang competed in mid-October at the fifteenth-annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition in Memphis, Tennessee. The competition was sponsored by the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE).
Restaurant customers willing to pay more for local food
Not only are restaurant patrons willing to pay more for meals prepared with produce and meat from local providers, the proportion of customers preferring local meals actually increases when the price increases, according to a team of international researchers.
Pennsylvania state parks contribute $818 million in sales and over 10,000 jobs to the Commonwealth
Researchers in Penn State’s Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management finished an analysis of 112 of Pennsylvania's 117 state parks and found that 33.6 million state park visitors boosted the Commonwealth's economy.
Rotheram-Borus to present 2010 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science
Dr. Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus, Bat-Yaacov professor in child psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and director of both the Global Center for Children and Families and the Center for HIV Identification Prevention and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will be the 2010 Bennett Lecturer in Prevention Science.
Impact of PORH pool pesticide applicator certification program far-reaching
Nearly 140 individuals received or renewed their pool pesticide applicator certification by participating in training programs offered this fall by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH).
Professor teams up with MADD to fight underage drinking
Penn State researcher Dr. Rob Turrisi is lending a hand to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in a new campaign called Power of Parents, It’s Your Influence, the goal of which is to prevent underage drinking and drunk driving.
How does the brain work? The 100-billion neuron question
Faculty in the College of Health and Human Development are advancing several subfields of neuroscience research, looking at topics that include aggression, movement, and iron deficiency.
Biobehavioral Health Building construction to begin October 25
The new building is being situated south of the Henderson Building between the Old Main lawn and the HUB lawn.
Reduced-calorie restaurant foods are possible, chefs say
Restaurants could play an important role in helping to reduce the growing obesity epidemic by creating reduced-calorie meals, according to Penn State researchers. The researchers surveyed chefs, restaurant owners, and culinary executives from across the country in order to assess their perceptions of serving healthy foods in restaurants.
PA Office of Rural Health receives more than $1.4 million in funding
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) has received $1,436,632 in state and federal funding to support programs designed to improve the health and well-being of Pennsylvania’s rural citizens.
PA rural health award established in memory of health care leader
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) has created a state rural health award in memory of a longtime hospital administrator whose innovative leadership skills personified the traits the award seeks to honor.
Lisa Davis elected to PRHA board of directors
Lisa A. Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), has been elected to serve on the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association (PRHA) board of directors.
Health and Human Development graduate programs among nation’s best
Graduate programs in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development (HHD) were ranked among the nation’s best in a study recently released by the National Research Council (NRC). Three of the college’s programs participated in the rankings—Human Development and Family Studies, Kinesiology, and Nutrition.
New podcast series explores Methodology Center research, activities
A new podcast series produced by Penn State’s Methodology Center aims to provide information on the center’s activities, events, and research. The series, “Methodology Minutes,” is available through Penn State’s iTunes U page.
College of Health and Human Development Honors Faculty and Staff
The college will honor eight of its faculty and staff members at a ceremony at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. The awards, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society, honor outstanding work in teaching, research, and other areas. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Alumna to present on brain injury rehab, therapeutic recreation
In the process of overcoming physical challenges early in life, Penn State alumna Joanne Finegan developed a deep appreciation of the value of rehabilitation and exercise. She has devoted much of her life to helping others and raising awareness of traumatic brain injuries. Now the CEO and managing partner of ReMed Recovery Care Centers, a rehabilitation and long-term care provider for people with acquired brain injury, Finegan will present a speech on her career path, titled “Serious Play: A Recreation Therapist’s Journey through Teaching People the Importance of Fun after a Catastrophic Injury.” The event, free and open to the public, will take place at 7:00 p.m., October 21, 2010.
Researchers combine knowledge to understand stress, heart disease
Stress and its role in heart disease was the focus of a one-day conference developed by Dr. William Gerin, professor of biobehavioral health.
Walnuts, walnut oil improve reaction to stress
A diet rich in walnuts and walnut oil may prepare the body to deal better with stress, according to a team of Penn State researchers who looked at how these foods, which contain polyunsaturated fats, influence blood pressure at rest and under stress.
New minor aims to prepare students for careers in global health
Beginning fall 2010, Penn State is offering a new minor, Global Health (GLBHL), which is designed to provide undergraduate students with a multidisciplinary background in the issues affecting the health of populations in various countries and regions of the world. The minor is being offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health.
Envious employees can turn hospitality industry hostile
Guest relationships can become collateral damage when hotel employees envy the relationships co-workers have with their bosses, according to an international team of researchers, including Dr. John O'Neill, associate professor of hospitality management at Penn State.
Center's unconventional services provide unique approach to nutrition research
Researchers in Penn State’s Diet Assessment Center have an unusual approach to conducting research: they like to surprise their participants. They’ve taken this approach since the center was created, and it’s one of the center’s main assets.
School of Hospitality Management names PA Secretary of Health Everette James Conti Professor
The Penn State School of Hospitality Management (SHM) has named Everette James, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, as the Walter J. Conti Professor of Hospitality Management in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development, starting spring semester 2011. James is the seventy-third Conti Professor.
Symposium aims to improve sustainability in the hospitality industry
The School of Hospitality Management (SHM) is holding an event designed to reduce waste and increase sustainability practices in the hotel, waste, and food service industries. The SHM Sustainability Symposium will be held Tuesday, October 5, 2010, at The Nittany Lion Inn, 1:00-5:00 p.m., followed by a light reception.
For many young adults, pain, alcohol/medication use disrupt sleep
Many young adults who appear healthy are plagued by sleep issues at night, according to a new Penn State study. The study, led by Dr. Jennifer Graham, assistant professor of biobehavioral health, found chronic pain and use of alcohol or medications among the leading factors contributing to sleep disruptions for those in the study.
Human development scientist recognized for early career contributions
Dr. Denis Gerstorf, assistant professor of human development, received the Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research on Adult Development and Aging from Division 20 of the American Psychological Association. The award honors researchers who have made significant contributions to understanding adult psychology and development.
College of Health and Human Development Alumni Tailgate
Join fellow College of Health and Human Development alumni at a tailgate before the Penn State vs. Kent State football game: Saturday, September 18, 2010, 9 a.m. to noon, Porter Gardens, Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
Grant-writing seminars aim to help health care organizations
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health will be hosting four upcoming training sessions throughout Pennsylvania on grant-writing basics for organizations in the health care industry. Health care providers and community-based organizations are invited to attend one of the sessions to learn more about how to write an effective grant proposal.
Researchers offer alternate theory for found skull's asymmetry
A new turn in the debate over explanations for the odd features of LB1—the specimen number of the only skull found in Liang Bua Cave on the Indonesian island of Flores and sometimes called “the hobbit”—is further evidence of a continued streak of misleading science, say Dr. Robert Eckhardt, professor of developmental genetics and evolutionary morphology at Penn State and Dr. Maciej Henneberg, the Wood Jones professor of anthropological and comparative anatomy at the University of Adelaide.
Alumni make the difference for golf management internships
This summer, Penn State golf management students were spread across the United States, completing internships at some of the country’s highest-ranked golf courses. Many of these students owe these opportunities to Penn State alumni. Now on the staff at prestigious clubs, these alumni maintain close connections with Penn State and offer opportunities for practical learning to students.
Kinesiology student gets microscopic view of finger through research
Jessica Hughes is seeing the human finger in a new light through her undergraduate research project. A recipient of Penn State’s 2010 Undergraduate Discovery Summer Grant, Hughes has spent the summer studying the inner workings of one muscle in the index finger.
Feeling empowered in late life could make you feel younger
People may feel younger if they feel empowered to make changes that will impact their lives, according to a new Penn State study. The study looked at “subjective age”—how old a person feels in comparison to their chronological age, which plays an important role in health and well-being.
Seasoned health care manager/executive joins Penn State faculty
Joseph Dionisio has joined the Department of Health Policy and Administration as professor of practice and director of external relations and master of health administration (M.H.A.) professional development. He comes to Penn State after spending more than thirty-five years in health care financial management, including seven years as president and CEO of New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
On-the-job injuries hurt home health care industry
Training can alleviate some of the pain that occupational injuries bring to the long-term care industry, according to Penn State researchers. The study looked at injuries among home health aides. "In our research, we saw a cascading effect," said Dr. Deirdre McCaughey, assistant professor of health policy and administration. "Employees who had no training or did not believe their training prepared them well had more injuries. Those employees were also much less likely than non-injured employees to recommend their organization as a place at which to work or seek services."
Professor’s work builds heavy metals research in Uruguay
Most scientists see members of their research team on a daily basis, but not Dr. Kasia Kordas. Kordas, an assistant professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State, has always been interested in working internationally and helping other institutions improve their own research programs. For four years she has been building up a research program in Montevideo, Uruguay, and the majority of her research takes place there today. Stationed at the Catholic University of Uruguay, researchers in Kordas’ lab study the effect of iron deficiency and lead toxicity on behavioral and cognitive development in children.
Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society names U.S. Travel’s Roger Dow 2010 Hospitality Executive of the Year
Roger Dow, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Travel Association, has been named the 2010 Hospitality Executive of the Year by the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society (PSHRS). Dow will receive the award during the forty-ninth Hospitality Executive of the Year Award Reception on Sunday, November 14, 2010, at the Rosenthal Pavilion of the Kimmel Center, New York University. As part of the honor, Dow will also be inducted into the Penn State Hospitality Hall of Fame, located at The Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus.
Student befriends rowdy macaws and other animals at zoo internship
When Jennifer Pohl first walked into the macaw enclosures at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, she was bombarded with shrieks and screams. She was a potential threat to the birds. However, after a few weeks of bringing them food, and using calming phrases coupled with visual cues, the shrieking subsided and she was greeted by most of the birds with recognition. As part of her internship experience as a Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management student, Pohl has been building relationships with not just macaws but many other animals from around the world who reside at the zoo in Powell, Ohio.
For infant sleep, receptiveness more important than routine
Many parents understand the challenge of getting infants to sleep through the night. New Penn State research shows that being emotionally receptive with infants and toddlers can reduce sleep disruptions and help them sleep better. “Bed time can be a  very emotional time. It heralds the longest separation of the day for most infants,” says Dr. Douglas Teti, professor of human development and family studies and lead investigator on the study.
Shared nursing, medical education can improve health care delivery
Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State’s School of Nursing have undertaken a new project to improve health care delivery. The units are collaborating to educate nursing and medical students together, in both clinical and classroom settings, with the goal of improving communication between the future health care professionals.
Students look at effects of eating habits
Natalie Pugh and Catherine Adams, two undergraduate students from Leeds Metropolitan University in England, came to Penn State for several weeks to intern with Cook Like a Chef, a College of Health and Human Development outreach project that teaches middle school students the fundamentals of cooking.
Penn State improving treatment of delirium, dementia
Penn State researchers are helping nurses more accurately detect and alleviate symptoms of delirium in persons with dementia, which will improve health outcomes in patients. The project seeks to improve assessment skills and reduce the use of drugs to treat delirium and dementia. The five-year study, a collaboration between several universities being led by Dr. Donna Fick, professor of nursing, received a $2.7-million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research.
Trustees approve plans for Biobehavioral Health Building
Several academic units and research centers in the College of Health and Human Development will be able to enhance their teaching and research in the coming years with the help of new facilities. On July 9, 2010, Penn State’s Board of Trustees approved plans to renovate Henderson Building South and begin construction of a new facility, tentatively called the Biobehavioral Health Building. The new building will house the Department of Biobehavioral Health, the Gerontology Center, the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, and the Center for Diverse Families and Communities.
Video: Eating pistachios lowers cholesterol, boosts antioxidants, more
Pistachio nuts, eaten as part of a healthy diet, can increase the levels of antioxidants in the blood of adults with high cholesterol, according to an international team of nutritional scientists including Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition at Penn State.
A legacy of compassion and leadership continues after retirement
Dr. Fred Vondracek retired on June 30, 2010, after a forty-one-year tenure at Penn State. Now a professor emeritus of human development, Vondracek had a profound impact on the people he worked with and on the University as a whole. He held a multitude of academic leadership roles, helped shape and build a department and a college, broadened Penn State's international reach, and paved the way to improve work-life balance for Penn State employees.
Polyphenols’ antioxidant glitter is not gold for all
Polyphenols’ antioxidant health benefits may come at a cost to some people. Penn State researchers found that eating certain polyphenols decreases the amount of iron the body absorbs, which can increase a person’s risk for developing iron deficiency. The researchers, led by Dr. Okhee Han, assistant professor of nutritional sciences, studied the effects of eating several polyphenols: grape seed extract and EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate), which is found in green tea.
Penn State, government, industry helping children pick healthier foods
Penn State is leading a new initiative to improve children’s nutrition education and increase the amount of healthy foods available in schools. The project is a collaboration among Penn State researchers; Pennsylvania’s Departments of Health, Education, and Agriculture; Pennsylvania food manufacturers and food distributors; and school districts across the state.
Ignoring stress leads recovering addicts to more cravings
Recovering addicts who avoid coping with stress succumb easily to substance use cravings, making them more likely to relapse during recovery, according to behavioral researchers. "Cravings are a strong predictor of relapse," said H. Harrington Cleveland, associate professor of human development, Penn State.
New course primes undergraduates on diabetes, obesity epidemics
In fall 2010, Penn State undergraduate students can gain a better understanding of the nation’s diabetes and obesity epidemics. In Strategies for Addressing the Obesity & Diabetes Epidemics, students will learn what role they can play in minimizing the effects of these diseases. The course is being offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development in collaboration with the Penn State Institute for Diabetes and Obesity (PSIDO).
Upneja appointed Schreyer Honors College associate dean
Dr. Arun Upneja, associate professor of hospitality management, has been named associate dean of the Schreyer Honors College effective July 1. Upneja has been on the faculty of Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management since 1996. “I’m very excited about working with honors students who are very interested in developing themselves and are motivated,” Upneja said.
Certain mothers more likely to give cow’s milk too soon
Although many adults drink cow’s milk, it can be harmful to infants’ health. A new study by Penn State and the Institute for Children and Poverty (in New York City) has found that certain low-income mothers are more likely than others to introduce cow’s milk too soon and in doing so, they may be putting their children at risk for health complications.
Penn State scientist receives prestigious nutrition research award
Dr. Shannon Kelleher, assistant professor of nutritional sciences at Penn State, was awarded the prestigious E.L.R. Stokstad Award by the American Society for Nutrition. She received the award at the at the Experimental Biology annual meeting in April 2010 in Anaheim, California.
Kinesiology class connects motivation and exercise through research
In Dr. David Conroy’s Motivation and Emotion in Movement class, undergraduate students get a unique perspective on research by being participants in their own experiments. Conroy, an associate professor of kinesiology, is in charge of a kinesiology lab that focuses on psychology, where he studies the intersection of emotion, motivation, and physical activity levels. He studies people of all ages and physical activity levels, which not only means that students are suitable research subjects, but that his research is accessible—and interesting—to many of his classes, particularly for students who want to pursue a career in wellness or fitness.
Master of Health Administration student named ESPN Academic All-American
David Lutz, a Master of Health Administration student and pitcher for Penn State's men's baseball team, was named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America Third Team. Lutz, who maintains a 3.84 grade-point average, led Penn State in innings pitched and earned-run average (ERA) in 2010. He also holds the Big Ten records for single-season and career appearances.
Pistachios offer multiple health benefits
Pistachio nuts, eaten as part of a healthy diet, can increase the levels of antioxidants in the blood of adults with high cholesterol, according to an international team of nutritional scientists.
Student receives fellowship for physiological research
Stephanie Eldred, a Kinesiology student, is the recipient of a 2010 Undergraduate Research Fellowship through the American Physiological Society. She is one of only twenty-four students across the country to receive this honor, and she will be working under the supervision of Dr. Donna Korzick, associate professor of physiology and kinesiology, studying the link between estrogen levels and heart disease in older women.
Health care reform expected to expand job opportunities
The health care reform legislation passed in March is expected to expand insurance to cover 30 million more people, which will open up job opportunities in the field of health care administration. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Department of Health Policy and Administration (HPA) at Penn State are designed to prepare students for these future leadership roles, and the department is finding ways to adapt its curriculum to address the forthcoming changes.
School of Hospitality Management names STR president as Conti Professor
The Penn State School of Hospitality Management named Mark V. Lomanno, president of STR (Smith Travel Research, Inc.) as the seventy-first Conti Professor. Conti Professors visit the school to interact with students and faculty, present guest lectures in hospitality and foodservice management, and speak at graduate and undergraduate colloquia.
Penn State–Pitt collaboration promoting innovative obesity research
Researchers from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh are teaming up to find new ways to prevent and treat obesity. Thirty-five researchers convened on Penn State’s University Park campus on May 3, 2010, to plan the first steps of this new initiative. The network is also seeking to expand its expertise and is seeking to collaborate with researchers interested in obesity research.
First course of veggies may appeal to hungry preschoolers
Increasing the amount of vegetables in the first course of preschool lunch could be a smart way to get children to eat more vegetables, according to Penn State nutrition researchers. "We have shown that you can use portion size strategically to encourage children and adults to eat more of the foods that are high in nutrients but low in calories," said Dr. Barbara J. Rolls, Helen A. Guthrie Chair of Nutritional Sciences.
Fizzy drinks can foil healthy diets
Children who drink soda are less likely to have healthy diets than their peers who don’t drink soda, according to a Penn State study. The ten-year study showed that children who drank soda at the age of 5 had diets that were less likely to meet nutritional standards for the duration of the study—until they were 15. Children who did not drink soda at age 5 also failed to meet certain nutritional requirements, but their diets were healthier.
New book explores benefits of collegiate alcohol and drug use recovery communities
Breaking an alcohol addiction is always a challenge, but the dependency may be even more difficult to escape for a young adult at college. A new book edited and co-authored by Dr. H. Harrington “Bo” Cleveland, associate professor of human development and family studies, explores one successful method for facilitating recovery in college students: alcohol recovery campuses.
Earlier, later puberty may trigger aggression in boys
Puberty that arrives earlier or later in adolescent boys relative to their peers can trigger chemicals that are related to antisocial behavior, according to researchers, whose findings have key implications for parents with aggressive boys. Dr. Elizabeth J. Susman, the Jean Phillips Shibley Professor of Biobehavioral Health, and her colleagues looked at how the timing of puberty affects cortisol, a stress hormone, and salivary alpha amylase, an enzyme in saliva used as indicator of stress.
Fundraising run/walk will benefit professor’s autism research
A fundraising running/walking event will benefit the research of Dr. Janice Light, Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development. The event, which will take place on Sunday, June 6, in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, will be hosted by Equipment Depot.
Grad students recognized for excellence in research
Paige Miller and Laura Wray-Lake, both graduate students in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD), received Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Awards. These awards provide funding and recognition to outstanding full-time doctoral students who have passed their comprehensive exams and have received approval of the dissertation topic, or to M.F.A. students in their final year. They are considered to be among the most prestigious awards available to Penn State graduate students.
Everyone has different risks in a family caregiving relationship
Providing care to a family member with dementia—without having formal training—frequently causes overwhelming stress and sometimes leads to breakdowns or depression. Yet the interventions designed to alleviate this stress are inconsistently effective, which can leave caregivers in isolation to deal with their stresses. Researchers from Penn State and the Benjamin Rose Institute recently concluded a study that explains why interventions aren’t always effective—which has implications for what can be done to improve the health and well-being of individuals in this situation.
Researchers examine Pennsylvania’s role in reducing child obesity
Penn State researchers recently concluded an analysis of how Pennsylvania’s school districts responded to federal legislation aimed at reducing child obesity rates. The legislation, passed in 2004, introduced wellness policy requirements  into schools and is expected to be reauthorized by Congress in 2010. The researchers’ findings, published in the March 2010 issue of Health Affairs, are the first report of how school districts have implemented their wellness policies and have implications on the policy’s effectiveness and what can be improved in the future.
Knowledge is power in new blood pressure study at Penn State
Penn State researchers have revived the age-old slogan “knowledge is power” for a new study focused on helping people manage high blood pressure. The project, spearheaded by Dr. William Gerin, professor of biobehavioral health, and Dr. Chris Sciamanna, division chief of general internal medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, received $1.5 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Sport historian receives short-term residency at Musashi University
Dr. Mark Dyreson, associate professor of kinesiology, has been selected by the Organization of American Historians (OAH) to receive an OAH-JAAS Short-Term Residency at Musashi University in American sports history.
Professor’s teaching contributions honored with two awards
Dr. Scott Kretchmar, professor of exercise and sport science, has received two Penn State awards: the President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration and the Graduate Faculty Teaching Award. Each award is presented annually to one faculty member at Penn State.
Caldwell named Penn State faculty athletics representative
Penn State President Graham Spanier has appointed Linda Caldwell, professor of recreation, park, and tourism management, to serve as Penn State's faculty athletics representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). She will represent faculty on all matters related to varsity athletics at University Park. Her appointment is effective July 1, 2010.
Methodology Center researchers author new statistical analysis book
Dr. Linda M. Collins, director of Penn State’s Methodology Center, and Dr. Stephanie T. Lanza, scientific director and senior research associate at the Methodology Center, have co-authored a new book on statistical analysis, titled Latent Class and Latent Transition Analysis: With Applications in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences.
2010 Student Award recipients announced, lauded for achievements
Three students in the College of Health and Human Development—Ashley Griffith, Bridgette Franek, and Lamis Jomaa—received prestigious Student Awards, which honor students for the highest levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership, and meritorious service.
Roadside surveys of drivers to measure drinking and driving levels in State College
Researchers at Penn State, West Virginia University, and the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) are collaborating on a research project that takes a community approach to preventing drinking and driving. In April, University research teams will begin conducting periodic, late-night roadside surveys of randomly selected drivers and pedestrians at locations across State College.
Attitude toward everyday activity important for healthy lifestyle
Exploring underlying attitudes toward everyday physical activity—for example, walking to a nearby co-worker's office rather than sending an e-mail—may open new opportunities for promoting healthier, more active lifestyles, according to Penn State researchers.
GlobeMed’s Global Health Conference connects researchers and students
Students with GlobeMed, a Penn State student organization dedicated to global health issues, recently organized a conference to promote global health. The third-annual Global Health Conference brought together researchers from various disciplines to discuss health issues that impact different parts of the world and ways to increase awareness of global health issues.
Iron Chef fundraiser cooks up over $3,000 for food bank
Twelve teams of students, faculty, and staff from the College of Health and Human Development competed on March 27, 2010, in the second annual “Iron Chef” fundraising event, hosted by the Nutrition Graduate Student Association. The event raised nearly $3,500, which benefitted the State College Area Food Bank.
New health care reform bill is learning opportunity for students
President Obama signed new health care form legislation on March 23, and without skipping a beat, Dr. Dennis Scanlon, associate professor of health policy and administration, saw this as an educational opportunity. Students in a graduate-level course he teaches, HPA 597: Seminar in Health Care Finance and Policy, will be studying the impact of the new piece of legislation in its current form and as it progresses. The class was featured on a local television station, WTAJ. View the video clip of Scanlon and his class.
Golf management students visit golf’s birthplace for spring break
Twenty-two Penn State students in the Professional Golf Management (PGM) option of the Recreation, Park and Tourism Management degree program spent their spring break in St. Andrews, Scotland, where they had the chance to play on some of the oldest golf courses in the world, meet with head golf pros and see different operation styles, and learn about the golf’s history.
Video: Studying altered strides gives kinesiology researcher a leg up
With the use of a unique dual treadmill a team of Penn Staters explore altered strides. The objective: keeping the pace and walking pain-free. Loss of a limb, an injury, pregnancy, and aging are a just a few conditions that can cause people to favor a side or alter their gait, making walking both distressing and painful.
Many factors contribute to adolescents' decision-making autonomy
Decision making within families is an important way for young people to gain independence and responsibility, and adolescence is a time of increasing autonomy. A longitudinal study by Penn State researchers in the College of Health and Human Development concludes that teens have more say in certain areas than in others, and that some teens have more autonomy than others.
New malnutrition strategies could mean improved diagnosis and treatment
A new consensus statement on adult malnutrition could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition. Advocated by an international group of nutrition researchers that includes Dr. Gordon Jensen, head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, the statement outlines a new strategy for diagnosing malnutrition.
Professor to lecture on lessons learned from thirty-one years of teaching
Dr. Gary Fosmire, associate professor of nutritional sciences and professor-in-charge of the Nutrition undergraduate program, will present the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Lecture. His lecture, titled “Lessons Learned During Thirty-One Years of Teaching,” will be given at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building. The event, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development, is free and open to the public.
Diversity takes main stage at center’s tenth anniversary celebration events
On April 8 and 9, 2010, the Center for Family Research in Diverse Contexts (CFRDC) is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a two-day event titled “Extending Our Borders: Moving Beyond a Domestic View of Diverse Families and Communities.” The center hopes to engage members of the Penn State and local community on diversity issues through a number of ways, including a faculty research panel, a poster presentation and award ceremony, and an event that focuses on student engagement at Penn State. All events are free and open to the public.
Mayers Lecture centers on population health
Dr. David Nash, the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy and Medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, will be presenting the 2010 Mayers Lecture. His lecture, titled "Population Health and the Path to a Better Health System," will be given on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at The Nittany Lion Inn. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.
Second Annual “Iron Chef” Competition Will Benefit Food Bank
The second annual “Iron Chef” fundraising event will pit twelve teams of students, faculty, and staff in the College of Health and Human Development against each other in a culinary battle. The twist, true to the popular Food Network show “Iron Chef,” is that each team will have to incorporate a secret ingredient into their meals. Two prizes will be awarded, one for most money raised, and one for best overall dish. The event, which begins at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, is free and open to the public.
Doors swing open on new Golf Teaching and Research Lab
Designed to advance golf research and instruction, the Golf Teaching and Research Center (GTRC) opened its doors on November 11, 2009. The center provides a cutting-edge, high-quality learning environment for Penn State students in the Professional Golf Management (PGM) option of the Recreation, Park and Tourism Management undergraduate degree program.
The influence of Penn State's biomechanics program
Through the study of biomechanics, researchers are seeing movement in new ways, and Penn State was one of the first places where the scientific discipline took form. Dr. Richard Nelson first established Penn State's Biomechanics Lab in 1967 in the building on the University Park campus known as the "Water Tower," which was later renamed the Biomechanics Teaching Lab. There, a number of groundbreaking activities took place that would eventually shape the field of biomechanics into what it is today.
Probing Question: Can deafness be cured?
The New Orleans Saints won the Superbowl in February, and the crowd roared. Quarterback Drew Brees brought his 1-year-old son to the field to experience the celebration–muffled through an enormous pair of headphones. Brees protected little Baylen's ears because he knows that repeated exposure to loud noise leads to hearing loss. But what if you're older and already hard of hearing? Can deafness be cured?
Harrisburg Preschool Program improves standardized test performance
Recent standardized test results show that participation in the Harrisburg Preschool Program (HPP) significantly affects children’s literacy and math skills. Third-grade children who had participated in the HPP program scored significantly higher on Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests than their peers who had not participated in the HPP program.
Support group created for people who stutter
A new support group for people who stutter began March 3. The group provides a safe and friendly atmosphere for people who stutter and those affected by stuttering. People attending will meet others who stutter, be able to share experiences, practice speaking skills, and work on moving forward with dignity and respect.
Women's Leadership Initiative collecting quarters for homeless shelter
The Women's Leadership Initiative (WLI) class of 2009-10, which is offered to women students within the college of Health and Human Development at Penn State, is doing a service-learning project to benefit Housing Transitions Inc., a local homeless shelter that offers numerous services to the community.
Nutritional Sciences hosting talks on how to add vegetables to diet
The Department of Nutritional Sciences is organizing two informational discussions as part of National Nutrition Month, which happens every March. Each discussion will focus on ways that people can implement vegetables into their daily lives. The events are free and open to the public.
New Faculty/Staff Committee co-chairs for Health and Human Development named for Penn State campaign
Two former faculty members in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD), Janet Atwood and Dr. Stanley P. Mayers Jr., have been named co-chairs of the Faculty/Staff Campaign Committee for HHD’s part of the Penn State campaign, “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.”
PA Office of Rural Health renames internship in memory of former student
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) has renamed its internship program in memory of Jennifer Cwynar ’08 HPA, who served as a PORH intern in the summer of 2008. Cwynar died on January 6, 2010, as the result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident near her home in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania.
Stress hormone, depression trigger obesity in girls
Depression raises stress hormone levels in adolescent boys and girls but may lead to obesity only in girls, according to researchers. Early treatment of depression could help reduce stress and control obesity—a major health issue. "This is the first time cortisol reactivity has been identified as a mediator between depressed mood and obesity in girls," said Dr. Elizabeth J. Susman, the Jean Phillips Shibley professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State.
M.H.A. students place third in case competition
Three Penn State students in the Master of Health Administration program (M.H.A.), received third place in the annual Health Administration Case Competition hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) on February 11, 2010. “It’s really interesting to be in these competitive situations,” says Jeff Knorr, one of the M.H.A. students from the team, “because it lets us see how great our M.H.A. program is.”
Study to identify early risk factors for cognitive delay in children
Penn State researchers Dr. Marianne Hillemeier, associate professor of health policy and administration, and Dr. Paul Morgan, assistant professor of special education, and Dr. George Farkas from the University of California, Irvine, are seeking a better understanding of the early risk factors for cognitive delays to give early childhood researchers and practitioners important information about a child's cognitive development before entering kindergarten.
To the Point: Penn State expert on the Winter Olympics
Dr. Mark Dyreson, associate professor of kinesiology in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development, is a national expert on sports and culture and the history and impact of the Olympic Games. In this Q&A, Dyreson discusses perceptions and popularity of the Winter Olympics, the "Californication" of the games, impacts on host cities and what makes a memorable moment.
Professor to discuss importance of vitamin A in early life
Dr. A. Catharine Ross, professor of nutritional sciences and Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, will present the 2010 Schmitt Russell Research Lecture. Her lecture, “Vitamin A in Early Life—Why Does It Matter?” will be given at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 2, 2010, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building. The event, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development, is free and open to the public.
New school readiness intervention emphasizes family support
A new Penn State study will target families of kindergarten children at risk for doing poorly in school with an innovative at-home academic and behavioral readiness intervention. The study, led by Dr. Janet Welsh, research associate in the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, received a $3-million grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).
Soothing infants with food is focus of new childhood obesity study
A new Penn State study will look at whether parents who soothe their infants with food may be putting them at risk for obesity or overweight. The study will also be looking at genetics as a factor for obesity. It is funded by a $1 million grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases as part of the National Institutes of Health's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.
HPA professor to present at Penn State Law conference on foster youth
Dr. Elizabeth Farmer, associate professor of health policy and administration, will be presenting at an upcoming interdisciplinary conference called "Youth in Transition," which is organized by Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law. Farmer's presentation is titled "Placement Considerations for Youth in Care."
Students network and refine research at grad student conference
Sixteen Penn State graduate students attended the fifteenth annual Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism, held January 7-9, 2010, in Washington, D.C. Penn State students typically attend this conference annually. This year co-hosted by Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management and Virginia Tech’s Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, the conference brings together students, researchers, industry representatives, faculty, and scholars to network and learn about new trends in research.
Alcohol prevention in college is focus of upcoming Pattishall Lecture
Dr. Robert Turrisi, professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State, will present the 2010 Pattishall Research Lecture. His lecture, “High-Risk Student Drinking Prevention: Bridging the gap between scientific research on student drinking and prevention programming on college campuses,” will be given at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 16, 2010, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building. The event, sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development, is free and open to the public.
Web sites aimed at improving literacy and language for children with special needs
Two Web sites launched by members of the Penn State faculty aim to support the development of language and communication skills in children with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or other disabilities. The focus of each site is on children with complex communication challenges who would benefit from augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Each site contains strategies to help family members, teachers, and professionals improve children’s communication. Additionally, the sites feature videos, pictures, and success stories of people benefitting from the strategies.
Professor explores impact of stadiums and Olympics in two new books
Two recently published books co-edited by Dr. Mark Dyreson, associate professor of kinesiology, explore the role of sport in shaping cultures. The Rise of Stadiums in the Modern United States: Cathedrals of Sport examines the history of and perceptions surrounding several stadiums built (or planned to be built) in the United States, and Olympic Legacies: Intended and Unintended explores how the Olympics have changed cities across the world—and how those cities have changed the Olympics. Both books are part of Routledge’s Sport in the Global Society series.
End-of-life care strategies examined in Pennsylvania prisons
Penn State researchers are working with employees from six Pennsylvania prisons and the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections to refine the delivery of end-of-life (EOL) care in a new study. The researchers are developing an intervention toolkit to improve EOL care that can be used by staff at any prison across the country. The project is funded by a $1.27-million grant from the National Institute of Nursing Research.
Participation in preschool program has substantial effect on student achievement
Researchers at Penn State have found that participation in a particular preschool program increases children’s literacy and math skills and cognitive abilities. The researchers evaluated children enrolled in the Harrisburg Preschool Program (HPP), a comprehensive program that provides preschool programming in collaboration with early childhood agencies in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Penn State graduate’s scholarships open up opportunities for Schreyer Scholars
Ken Fasola paid his way through Penn State by stocking shelves at a local supermarket and picking up other part-time jobs. The oldest of five and the first in his family to go to college, Fasola made the most of his time at Penn State. Now a vice president with Humana, Fasola doesn’t regret working his way through college but he says he regrets missing out on the full range of experiences that accompany an education at an institution like Penn State. He and his wife, Tenley, have created two scholarships to benefit students enrolled in both the Schreyer Honors College and College of Health and Human Development
"Drama factor" makes for an engaging class environment
Although she doesn't watch much TV, Dr. Jinger Gottschall, assistant professor of kinesiology, has found that it can be a valuable resource for increasing students' motivation and learning. Using reality TV shows like Survivor as a model, Gottschall taps into students' competitive drives, pitting teams against each other for several weeks. Each week a class gets "voted off," and the last remaining team secures a perfect participation grade for the course. Gottschall use this and other TV-inspired approaches in two of her classes, and they are proving to be a big hit.
Methodology Center partnering in effort to help people quit smoking
Penn State and the University of Wisconsin-Madison have joined forces to help people quit smoking. Penn State’s Methodology Center is providing expertise with innovative research methodology at the Tobacco Intervention Laboratory, a newly established research laboratory that is housed within the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention (UW-CTRI).
Two faculty members honored with distinguished gerontology awards
The Gerontological Society of America presented distinguished awards to two Penn State faculty members at its annual conference, November 18 to 22, 2009, in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Steven Zarit, professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, received the organization’s Distinguished Career Contribution Award. Dr. Gerald McClearn, Evan Pugh Professor of Health and Human Development, received its Robert W. Kleemeier Award.
Students broaden ethical outlooks in biobehavioral health course
Dr. Byron Jones starts his class off each semester by having his students read creation stories and myths: Prometheus stealing fire from the Greek Gods, Adam and Eve eating from the tree of knowledge in Eden. This isn’t a comparative literature or a religious studies course, though. For Jones, the meaning of these stories lies in their ethical implications: whether or not pursuing knowledge is natural, and if so, are our current pursuits ethically sound?

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Health and Human Development Alumni maintain NFL athletes’ health
During football season, many Penn State alumni are competing on television screens nationwide, vying to score or stop the next touchdown and get one step closer to the Super Bowl. But Penn State’s role in the NFL extends beyond the playing field, ensuring that people like Kerry Collins ’94 LIRBS, Robbie Gould ’05 Business, and Bobby Engram ’95 EXSCI stay strong and healthy. As athletic trainers, alumni from the College of Health and Human Development give players across the country the opportunity to make that next touchdown or tackle.
Researchers examining family-strengthening intervention
Penn State researchers are modifying and evaluating an existing family-strengthening intervention to broaden its effectiveness. The study is funded by a $3.3-million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
Alumna receives award for excellence in health care
Joyce F. Jackson ’75 S P A, president and chief executive officer of Northwest Kidney Centers in Seattle, has been named the recipient of Washington’s 2009 Warren Featherstone Reid Award for Excellence in Healthcare. The annual award is presented to health care providers and facilities in Washington that exhibit exceptional quality and value in the delivery of health services.
Professor appointed president of Academy of Leisure Sciences
Dr. Linda Caldwell, professor of recreation, park and tourism management, was elected president of the Academy of Leisure Sciences, effective October 14, 2009. The academy comprises nearly 100 elected members who have made major contributions to the study of leisure sciences.
H1N1 pandemic gives students a chance to learn and help others
Although dangerous, the H1N1 pandemic is giving three Nursing students and one Health Policy and Administration student a chance to get hands-on experience with epidemiology. The four students are interns with the Infection Control and Prevention department of University Health Services, where they help help others stay healthy, coordinate and run vaccination clinics, and monitor the spread of H1N1.
Study abroad helps student understand Iraqi refugee experience
When a group of Iraqi refugees showed up at her door one evening, Emily Thompson, a Kinesiology major, was not surprised. She had invited them over. In return for helping them perfect their English skills, they would be participants in a qualitative research project she had created. Her goal in the project was to learn about their experiences as refugees—about what it was like to be cast out from their homeland.
New study to give detailed picture of behavior, health, and well-being
A familiar technology is giving Penn State researchers a new view of human behavior and interpersonal interactions. Armed with cell phones, research participants will be submitting data in real time after every significant interaction (five minutes or longer) for three straight weeks. Researchers aim to provide a detailed description of how emotions, physical health, and personal interactions affect each other throughout the day.
Thoughtful words help couples stay fighting fit
Couples who bring thoughtful words to a fight release lower amounts of stress-related proteins, suggesting that rational communication between partners can ease the impact of marital conflict on the immune system. "Previous research has shown that couples who are hostile to each other show health impairments and are at greater risk of disease," said Dr. Jennifer Graham, assistant professor of biobehavioral health. "We wanted to know if couples who use thoughtfulness and reasoning in the midst of a fight incur potential health benefits."
Students become partially deaf for a day in audiology course
Students taking Dr. Judith Creuz’s introduction to audiology course (CSD 230) wear an ear plug for one day to experience what it would be like to have hearing loss. Creuz, who wears a hearing aid because of her own hearing loss, says she wants students to know what it’s like to live in her world. Students in Creuz’s class also have the opportunity to brush up on diagnostic skills in Penn State’s audiology clinic. All in all, the semester gives students a chance to get a first-hand look at audiology through the eyes of both patient and practitioner.
Third annual golf tournament raises $23,000 for professor’s research
For the third year in a row, proceeds from a charity golf tournament sponsored by Equipment Depot, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, were donated to Penn State’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders to benefit the work of Dr. Janice Light, Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders. A total of $70,000 has been donated to Light’s laboratory since the tournament and related fundraising efforts were initiated in 2007.
Culture clash in Africa is focus of free movie
Milking the Rhino, a documentary that explores how past conservation efforts in Africa have disconnected indigenous people from their traditional way of life, will be screened at 7:00 p.m. on November 17, 2009, in 110 Pattee Library (Foster Auditorium). The event is free and open to the public.
Faculty member inducted into American Academy of Nursing
Dr. Donna Fick, GCNS-BC, FGSA, associate professor in Penn State’s School of Nursing, was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), as one of its 2009 fellows. She was inducted along with ninety-seven other nurse leaders at AAN’s annual awards ceremony and induction banquet in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 7, 2009.
Forum Speaker Series to feature Penn State professor of nutrition
Dr. Barbara J. Rolls, professor of nutrition and and the Helen A. Guthrie Chair in Nutrition at Penn State, will continue the 2009-10 Penn State Forum Speaker Series on Monday, Nov. 16 with a presentation, titled "Feeling Full on Fewer Calories." The talk will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the President's Hall at The Penn Stater conference center.
Work-family stress research highlighted at congressional briefing
Penn State researchers are examining how stress at work impacts employees and their families using a data collection method known as the "daily diary." Dr. Susan McHale, professor of human development and director of Penn State’s Social Science Research Institute, and three other investigators on the multisite Work, Family & Health Network presented data at a congressional briefing in October, titled “Workplace Practice, Health and Well-Being: Initial Research Findings from the Work, Family & Health Network.” McHale’s presentation focused on studying the effects of workplace stress using a daily diary.
Conference reveals complexity of NCAA sports–tax exemption debate
Whether or not NCAA sports should be tax exempt was the focus of a recent conference co-organized by the Department of Kinesiology. Several renowned experts convened to discuss some of the complexities of this debate. Participants discussed why NCAA sports are tax exempt, how tax exemptions are regulated in other organizations, and the relationship between financial revenue and colleges’ educational missions.
Longer toes, unique ankle structure aid sprinters
Longer toes and a unique ankle structure provide sprinters with the burst of acceleration that separates them from other runners, according to biomechanists. Dr. Stephen Piazza, associate professor of kinesiology, and his colleague Dr. Sabrina S. M. Lee '06g KINES, postdoctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University, Canada, studied the muscle architecture of the foot and ankle to look at the differences between sprinters and nonsprinters.
Hintz Family Student Center opens its doors to Health and Human Development students
Students in the College of Health and Human Development now have a place in Henderson Building where they can study, check e-mail, or meet up with friends. Room 10 Henderson Building has undergone a large-scale renovation and has been converted into the Hintz Family Student Center.
HPA professor to address impact of health care reform at Penn State Law conference
Dr. Deirdre McCaughey, assistant professor of health policy and administration, will be a panelist at an upcoming conference, "Lifting the Fog on Health Care Reform: Policy and Transactions." The goal of the conference is to "help participants understand the policy issues and assess the potential impact on the business community," said Samuel Thompson, Penn State Law professor.
Health and Human Development Events to Benefit Centre County United Way
Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society names Kimpton’s Niki Leondakis 2009 Hospitality Executive of the Year
Insect Deli serves meal worms, crickets, and global nutrition awareness
At the annual Great Insect Fair, one professor and several students in the Department of Nutritional Sciences cooked and served delicious insects and tried to make it clear why people all over the world are eating bugs.
Collaborative program emphasizes team-based learning between nursing and medical school students
Iron…Works: John Beard Memorial Symposium to be held
Conti symposium to focus on healthy, cost-effective food
Awards ceremony to honor college faculty and staff
"Cook Like a Chef" show wins Mid-Atlantic Emmy

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