News and Events in College of Health and Human Development

2011

Women with celiac disease suffer from depression, disordered eating
Women with celiac disease—an autoimmune disorder associated with a negative reaction to eating gluten—are more likely than the general population to report symptoms of depression and disordered eating, even when they adhere to a gluten-free diet, according to researchers at Penn State, Syracuse University and Drexel University. People with celiac disease often suffer from abdominal pain, constipation, decreased appetite, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting in response to ingesting gluten. The disease affects somewhere between one in 105 to one in 1,750 people in the United States and is typically controlled by avoiding gluten-containing foods such as those made with wheat, barley and rye. more >>
Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Presents 2011 State Rural Health Awards
A community health advocate, a Critical Access Hospital administrator, two rural family physicians and a farm rescue training program were the recipients of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s (PORH’s) 2011 Pennsylvania Rural Health Awards.  The award winners were honored at a luncheon ceremony during The Power of Rural: Celebrating Rural Health in Pennsylvania conference held to commemorate the first National Rural Health Day celebration on November 17, 2011. more >>
Grant Supports Undergraduate Research on Cardiovascular Disease
A new grant from the American Heart Association will support the formation of a Summer Translational Cardiovascular Sciences Institute (STCSI) for the training of undergraduate students who are interested in conducting research on cardiovascular disease. The new grant—which totals $40,000—will provide funds for five undergraduate students for two years to conduct research related to cardiovascular disease, focusing in particular on the cellular mechanisms of cardiovascular disease pathology and the determinants of cardiovascular disease risk across the lifespan. more >>
Increased arm swing asymmetry is early sign of Parkinson's disease
People with Parkinson's disease swing their arms asymmetrically—one arm swings less than the other—when walking. This unusual movement is easily detected early when drugs and other interventions may help slow the disease, according to Penn State researchers who used inexpensive accelerometers on the arms of Parkinson's disease patients to measure arm swing. "Scientists have known for some time that people with Parkinson's disease exhibit reduced arm swing during the later stages of the disease, but no one had come up with an easy way to measure this," said Stephen Piazza, associate professor of kinesiology. "We found that not only do people with the disease exhibit reduced arm swing, but they also exhibit asymmetric arm swing, and this asymmetric arm swing can easily be detected early in the disease's progression." more >>
Communication Sciences and Disorders student Jamie Meta named student marshal
Jamie Meta, a communication sciences and disorders major, has been named College of Health and Human Development student marshal for fall 2011 commencement ceremonies to be held Saturday, December 17. Jamie was a member of the HHD Honor Society and received the Evan Pugh Scholar Award. She was also a member of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a member of the THON committee, and a research assistant in the Speech Science Laboratory.
Gerald McClearn Retires After 30 Years in Health and Human Development
Gerald McClearn
Gerald McClearn, Evan Pugh Professor of Health and Human Development and Biobehavioral Health, retired from the Department of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development on July 1, 2011.
McClearn’s research focuses broadly on how genes and the environment influence complex biological traits. In particular, he studies the effects of genetics and the environment on aging, using both mice and human twins as research subjects. Human twins are ideal for exploring nature-in-collaboration-with-nurture questions, as the roles of inherited and environmental influences are much clearer between twins than between those who do not share the same genetic blueprint. His famous study on octogenarian twins living in Sweden countered the prevailing assumption that as we age, environmental factors play a greater role in what we know and how we know it. Instead, the study demonstrated that as we age our genes contribute at least as much to our cognitive functioning as does our environment.
Sanders to present 2011 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science
Bennett Lecture
Matthew Sanders, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, will be the 2011 Bennett Lecturer in Prevention Science. The lecture, “Making a Public Health Approach to Parenting Support Really Work,” will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, in The Nittany Lion Inn. Sanders is an experienced clinical researcher in the prevention and treatment of child and adolescent mental health problems. He has received many competitive grant awards and has published extensively in international peer-reviewed journals on the nature, causes, prevention, and treatment of behavioral and emotional disturbance in children and adolescents. He is the founder of the Triple P—Positive Parenting Program. Triple P was the first evidence-based public health model of parenting intervention to be experimentally tested and has now been disseminated to 22 countries worldwide and translated into 16 languages, with 58,000 practitioners having delivered the intervention to over 7 million children.
Smoking Cessation Program Plus Physical Activity May Curb Teen Smoking
A study by researchers at Penn State and West Virginia University shows that adding physical activity to tobacco cessation programs for teens may enhance cessation success. The study will be published in the October 2011 issue of Pediatrics. The 233 teens in the study were regular daily smokers, smoking about half of a pack a day during the week and up to a pack on weekends, and they were addicted. Most started smoking around age 11. The researchers assigned randomly selected West Virginia high schools with more than 300 students to brief intervention programs, the teen-cessation program Not on Tobacco (N-O-T), or the N-O-T program plus physical activity (N-O-T program + FIT). N-O-T was developed at West Virginia University.
Peter Kemper Appointed a Deputy Assistant Secretary in Department of Health and Human Services
Peter Kemper
Peter Kemper, a professor of health policy and administration at Penn State, has been appointed a Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He will lead the Office of Disability, Aging, and Long Term Care Policy, one of four units within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. To assume the full-time position, Kemper retired from Penn State at the end of August. An expert on long-term care services and supports, Kemper has led a number of studies on the cost of care for the elderly as well as on the lifetime risk of needing long-term care services and supports. His research on home care includes an evaluation of the channeling demonstration, a large, randomized experiment that tested the effects of public financing of home care for the elderly. He also analyzed state options for the design of home care programs, case management in home care, and the effects of state Medicaid home care spending on the unmet need for personal care. Most recently, his research has investigated options for improving the jobs of direct care workers and of reducing turnover in these jobs.
Sex segregation in schools detrimental to equality
Students who attend sex-segregated schools are not necessarily better educated than students who attend coeducational schools, but they are more likely to accept gender stereotypes, according to a team of psychologists. "This country starts from the premise that educational experiences should be open to all and not segregated in any way," said Lynn S. Liben, Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Human Development and Family Studies, and Education, Penn State. "To justify some kind of segregation there must be scientific evidence that it produces better outcomes."
Mammograms on the rise for foreign-born women living in the U.S.
Fewer immigrant women receive mammograms than native-born American women, according to Penn State researchers, who note that more immigrant women are getting mammograms now than a decade ago. "Lack of access to health care persistently contributes to mammography screening disparities among immigrants," said Nengliang Aaron Yao, graduate student in health policy and administration. Yao, working with Marianne Hillemeier, associate professor of health policy and administration, reviewed data on women over 40 who received mammograms in the United States from the years 2000 and 2008. He reported these statistics to attendees at the American Association for Cancer Research conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved today (Sept. 19) in Washington, D.C. The data came from the National Health Interview Survey.
Randell Smith
Randell Smith named 2011 PSHRS Hospitality Executive of the Year
Randell A. Smith, chairman and co-founder of STR, has been named 2011 Hospitality Executive of the Year by the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society. Smith will receive the award during the 50th Hospitality Executive of the Year Award Dinner, which will take place Nov. 13, 2011 in conjunction with the annual International Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Show in New York. As part of the honor, Smith also will be inducted into the Penn State Hospitality Hall of Fame, located at The Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park.
Alumnus to discuss voice disorders as part of speaker series
2011 Distinguished Speaker
Robert E. Hillman ’74, ’75g S P A is the Research Director of the Center for Laryngeal Surgery and Voice Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. On September 22 at 7:00 p.m., Hillman will be presenting "Preserving and Restoring the Human Voice: Current Innovations and Future Directions" as part of the Distinguished Alumni Speaker Series, established and sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society. The event is free and open to the public. View more details of Hillman's presentation at www.hhdev.psu.edu/alumni/speaker series.
Faster progress through puberty linked to behavior problems
Children who go through puberty at a faster rate are more likely to act out and to suffer from anxiety and depression, according to a study by researchers at Penn State, Duke University and the University of California, Davis. The results suggest that primary care providers, teachers and parents should look not only at the timing of puberty in relation to kids' behavior problems, but also at the tempo of puberty -- how fast or slow kids go through puberty. "Past work has examined the timing of puberty and shown the negative consequences of entering puberty at an early age, but there has been little work done to investigate the effects of tempo," said Kristine Marceau, a Penn State graduate student and the study's primary author. "By using a novel statistical tool to simultaneously model the timing and tempo of puberty in children, we present a much more comprehensive picture of what happens during adolescence and why behavior problems may ensue as a result of going through these changes."
Antioxidant spices reduce negative effects of high-fat meals
Eating a diet rich in spices, like turmeric and cinnamon, reduces the body's negative responses to eating high-fat meals, according to Penn State researchers. "Normally, when you eat a high-fat meal, you end up with high levels of triglycerides, a type of fat, in your blood," said Sheila West, associate professor of biobehavioral health, Penn State, who led the study. "If this happens too frequently, or if triglyceride levels are raised too much, your risk of heart disease is increased. We found that adding spices to a high-fat meal reduced triglyceride response by about 30 percent, compared to a similar meal with no spices added."
Two HHD centers train young scientists to help prevent risky behaviors
A new generation of scientists will be able to reduce the likelihood that people will take up smoking, adopt poor eating habits, and engage in risky sexual behaviors, among other unhealthy choices, thanks to a $2.5 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). As health care costs rise, the abilities of scientists to help combat preventable illnesses becomes more critical. The new grant will fund the continuation of Penn State’s Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program. PAMT will train seven graduate and two post-graduate researchers to develop interventions that promote healthy lifestyles and to apply cutting-edge, statistical research methods to such interventions.
Caregivers and their relatives disagree about care given, received
Caregivers and their relatives who suffer from mild to moderate dementia often have different perceptions regarding the amount and quality of care given and received. A study by researchers at Penn State and the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging examined a major source of those differences -- caregivers do not understand the things that are important to their relatives with dementia. "Family caregivers often become the surrogate decision makers of relatives who have dementia, so the two groups need to communicate well and to understand each other," said Steven Zarit, a professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State and the study's leader. "Unfortunately, in our study we found that family caregivers and their relatives often do not understand each other well when it comes to the values they hold about giving and receiving care."
HRIM student selected as Student Marshal for College of Health and Human Development
John C. Schmidt, III, of Clifton Heights, Pa., will be honored as a Penn State College of Health and Human Development student marshal during summer commencement ceremonies on August 13, 2011 at the Penn State University Park campus. A hotel, restaurant, and institutional management major, Schmidt was chosen to represent his class as a student marshal because of his outstanding academic record. During his undergraduate years at Penn State, he earned a 3.99 grade-point average and was on the dean's list every semester. He received an Evan Pugh Scholar Senior Award, a Statler Foundation Scholarship of Excellence, and a Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Scholarship. He also is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
Methodology Center Researcher, Runze Li, honored by United Nations and American Statistical Association
Runze Li, professor of statistics and of public health sciences, and principal investigator at The Methodology Center, recently received accolades from the United Nations’ World Meteorological Association (WMO) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) for his statistical innovations.
Efficiency, not cost, drives value of hospital environmental services
The amount of money that hospitals spend on environmental services, such as cleaning and maintenance services, is not as important for influencing patient satisfaction scores as the way the money is spent, according to Penn State researchers. "By focusing on improving the efficiency of operations, hospitals can contribute to hospital performance while also getting the most out of the financial investments they make toward support services," said Deirdre McCaughey, assistant professor of health policy and administration, who led the research team. The team, which also included master of health administration students Samantha Stalley, Schaeffer Charles and David Lutz, found little relationship between the amount of money that hospitals spend on environmental services and the scores they receive from patients on Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys.
Adult day care services provide much-needed break to family caregivers
Adult day care services significantly reduce the stress levels of family caregivers of older adults with dementia, according to a team of Penn State and Virginia Tech researchers. "Family members who care for dementia patients are susceptible to experiencing high levels of stress," said Steven Zarit, professor and head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. "One way of alleviating that stress is through the use of an adult day care center, which allows them a predictable break from caregiving responsibilities." Not only do caregivers benefit from using such services, but dementia patients also gain from the break. Zarit and his colleagues showed that dementia patients who attend adult day care centers have fewer behavior problems and sleep better at night.
Hiding vegetables in kids’ foods can increase vegetable intake
vegetables in pasta
For parents, getting kids to eat more vegetables can be a challenge. In a new study, researchers at Penn State have found that by adding puréed vegetables to favorite foods, preschool children consumed nearly twice as many vegetables and 11 percent fewer calories over the course of a day. “Childhood obesity rates are on the rise, and at the same time children are not eating the recommended amount of vegetables," said Barbara Rolls. "Vegetables have been shown to help lower calorie intake. The problem is getting kids to eat enough vegetables.”
College is part of Penn State group to receive $27.3 million NIH grant
Penn State, the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and the Penn State College of Medicine have won a $27.3 million, five-year award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) designed to accelerate the translation of scientific findings into methods for improving public health. The competitive Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) will support the Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).
John O’Neill Named Director of the School of Hospitality Management
John O’Neill has been named the director of the School of Hospitality Management at Penn State. He succeeds Bert Van Hoof on July 1, 2011. A member of the Penn State faculty since 2001, his research focuses on strategic management, lodging management and development, real estate valuation, work-life balance in the lodging industry, and hotel branding. “John brings to the job strong ties to industry, an impressive record of research and scholarship, the ability to work well with others, and firsthand understanding of the school,” says Ann C. Crouter, the Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean of the College of Health and Human Development.
Video: Connecting Families and Schools for Healthy Eating Active Living
Penn State Outreach along with researchers from Penn State's Colleges of Medicine, Health and Human Development and Agricultural Sciences are building relationships with children and their parents in the Bald Eagle Area School District in hopes of learning more about childhood obesity. The community-based research project is titled "Connecting Families and Schools for Healthy Eating and Active Living." The study has been under way for about two years and the people involved hope that funding will allow them to follow the participants until high school graduation. So far, the children participating in the study have collectively had their body mass index results decrease by more than 10 percent. The numbers are now lower than the state average of nearly 19 percent. Watch: Connecting Families and Schools for Healthy Eating Active Living.
Healthy Eating, Activity, and Sleep Needed to Curb Childhood Obesity, Report Says
According to a new report from the National Institute of Medicine, limiting television and other media use, encouraging infants and young children in preschool and child care to spend more time in physically active play, and requiring child care providers to promote healthy sleeping practices are some of the actions needed to curb high rates of obesity among America's youngest children. Leann Birch, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and director of the Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Penn State, chaired the NIH committee who produced the report. Read more about the report and the recommendations to curb obesity among young children.
Cancer Survivors Have Lower Employment Rates and Work Fewer Hours
Cancer survivors are less likely to be employed and work fewer hours than similarly aged adults without a history of cancer, even two to six years after diagnosis, according to a study conducted by Penn State researchers. “The finding is significant when you consider that there are nearly 12 million cancer survivors living in the United States,” said John Moran, an assistant professor of health policy and administration, who led the study.
Exercise Interventions During, After Pregnancy Offer Health Benefits
Exercise interventions in pregnancy and postpartum offer numerous health benefits to both mothers and their babies, particularly among women who are at high risk for gestational diabetes and preeclampsia. Danielle Downs, an associate professor of kinesiology and obstetrics and gynecology at Penn State, was one of four speakers invited to discuss their studies related to pregnancy and postpartum interventions at a symposium during the 2011 Annual Meeting and Scientific Session of the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), held in April in Washington, DC.
U.S. News Releases New 'Best Diets' Rankings
Diets go in and out of style as fast the latest clothing trends, but how can we know which are the best? A panel of health experts, including Penny Kris-Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Penn State, helped U.S. News and World Report create a diet ranking.
Dissolving Health Disparities
A prestigious summer internship provides a recent HPA graduate opportunity to to help solve some of the world's health inequities.
Cancer survivors spend more on health care
Approximately 12 million people in the United States are cancer survivors. On average, their medical care costs $4,000 to $5,000 more annually than the care of people who have never had cancer, according to Penn State researchers. Advances in medicine enable more people to survive cancer, but there is little information regarding long-term health and economic effects of cancer. Pamela Farley Short, professor of health policy and administration her colleagues report their work in the current issue of the journal Cancer.
Report recommends ways to ensure affordable insurance through job and income changes
Modifications to current policies could help ensure that health insurance coverage and subsidies provided under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act remain stable even through major life changes, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report released on May 19, 2011. At least 34 million people will gain new coverage under the law, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The report’s authors say that it will be important to ensure that life changes, such as fluctuations in income and job transitions, don’t cause abrupt changes in people’s health insurance coverage or financial responsibilities for their premiums or care.
Gordon Jensen Elected Vice President Elect of American Society for Nutrition
Gordon Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and director of the Vanderbilt Center for Human Nutrition, has been appointed head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences in the Penn State College of Health and Human Development.
Gary Fosmire Retires Following Distinguished Penn State Career
Gary J. Fosmire, a member of the Penn State faculty for 33 years, will retire as an associate professor of nutritional sciences effective June 30, 2011. In addition to being an associate professor, Fosmire also is the professor-in-charge of the nutrition undergraduate program.
Participants in Harrisburg Preschool Program score higher on tests
Continued participation in the Harrisburg Preschool Program (HPP) has led fourth-grade students to score higher on Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) literacy and math tests than peers who have not participated in the HPP program, according to a recent evaluation by the Prevention Research Center at Penn State. "This research demonstrates substantial long-term effects of the HPP program on children’s reading and math achievement," said Mark Greenberg, principal investigator of the evaluation and director of the Prevention Research Center. "The fact that this advantage has now been documented on the state’s standardized achievement tests through fourth-grade is additional evidence that preschool is critical for disadvantaged children, not only for their school readiness but for their longer-term achievement. Under former superintendent Dr. Gerald Kohn, this program demonstrated a major change in children’s development."
Celene Domitrovich Wins Joseph E. Zins Award
Celene Domitrovich, assistant director of the Prevention Research Center at Penn State University, has been awarded a Joseph E. Zins Award for Action Research in Social and Emotional Learning. The award is given to one researcher each year by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), an organization devoted to promoting the success of children in school and life.
Study Finds National School Lunch Program Contributes to Weight Gain
A team of researchers at Penn State University has found that participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is associated with rapid weight gain in low-income girls. According to Daphne Hernandez, an assistant professor of human development and family studies and the study’s lead author, the results suggest that low-income girls who participate in the NSLP may be at greater risk of becoming overweight or obese than low-income girls who do not participate in the program. The results, which are published in the April 2011 issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, lend support to the recent movement to create healthier lunch options for children.
Penn State to Focus on Obesity Prevention Training
Sustainable, comprehensive and problem-based training to prevent child obesity will now be possible thanks to a $4.5 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled in the last 30 years. Obesity now affects nearly one in five children. The grant will allow formation of Penn State's Childhood Obesity Prevention Graduate Training Program, a joint effort of the Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Human Development and Family Studies. The grant will provide support for nine graduate students, matched by two graduate fellowships from the University and will have on average 11 students each year split between nutritional sciences and human development and family studies.
Psychological Theorizing is Focus of Upcoming Schmitt Russell Lecture
Dr. Peter Molenaar, professor of human development and psychology, will present the 2011 Schmitt Russell Research Lecture. His lecture, “The Armchair in Psychological Theorizing,” will be given at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, 2011, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building. Molenaar has developed statistical methods to examine issues that span a variety of fields, including psychology, neuroscience, genetics, and human development. His primary research focus is finding ways to apply mathematical theories to solve psychological issues. By studying large data sets that track individual patterns in people, Molenaar is able to see how behaviors change and when it would be appropriate to intervene.
Airhihenbuwa is 2011 recipient of Faculty Outreach Award
Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, professor and head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development, has received the 2011 Faculty Outreach Award. The award honors faculty who have positively and substantially affected individuals, organizations or communities through problem solving or development as a result of extending their scholarship. Read the full story at live.psu.edu/story/52045.
HHD Students Receive University Awards
Sara Kizer, a Health Policy and Administration student, was recently selected as one of two recipients of the 2011 Ralph Dorn Hetzel Memorial Award. live.psu.edu/story/52175
Johnnie Geathers, a Human Development and Family Studies student, was named co-recipient of the 2011 Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award. live.psu.edu/story/52179
Two College of Health and Human Development students -- Stephanie Anzman-Frasca in Human Development and Family Studies and Jennifer Reed in Kinesiology -- were among the recipients of the 2011 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Awards. live.psu.edu/story/52191#nw4
First Sex Linked To Better Body Image In Men, Not Women
Having sex for the first time can improve or degrade your self-image depending on whether you are male or female, according to Penn State researchers. On average, college-age males become more satisfied with their appearance after first intercourse, whereas college-age females become slightly less satisfied. Read the full story at live.psu.edu/story/16597.
Daily Stress is Focus of Upcoming Pattishall Lecture
Dr. David Almeida, professor of human development in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, will present the 2011 Pattishall Research Lecture. His lecture, “The Speedometer of Life: Daily Stress, Health, and Well-Being,” will be given at 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 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.
What causes stuttering?
Researchers in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) reveal what is known about the causes of stuttering and ways they are helping to improve the lives of those who stutter. Read more at www.rps.psu.edu/probing/stuttering.html
Key to Better Health Care May Be a Walk in the Park
The payoff for investing in public parks and recreation sites may be healthier, more physically fit residents and a less strained healthcare system, according to Penn State researchers. Investments in parks and recreational services have a dramatic effect on health and fitness, say Geof Godbey, professor emeritus of leisure studies, and Andrew Mowen, associate professor of recreation and parks management.
Read the full story at live.psu.edu/story/51295.
Ritalin May Ease Early Iron Deficiency Damage
Ritalin may help improve brain function in adolescent rats that were iron deficient during infancy, according to a team of Penn State neuroscientists. This may have implications for iron-deficient human infants as well. The researchers found that low doses of Ritalin can help improve the focus of iron-deficient rats. Higher doses proved to hurt rather than help the control animals' focus, making them hyperactive. The control rats that were not iron deficient but received low doses of Ritalin showed no positive or negative change in performance.
Book co-authored by faculty/staff receives award
A book co-authored by four Penn State faculty and staff members was recently awarded the 2010 Book of the Year Award in the Information Technology category by the American Journal of Nursing. The book, titled Integrating Technology in Nursing Education: Tools for the Knowledge Era, was written by Dr. Kathleen Mastrian, associate professor and program coordinator for nursing, Penn State Shenango; Dr. Dee McGonigle, associate professor of nursing, Penn State New Kensington; Dr. Wendy Mahan, instructional designer, College of Health and Human Development; and Dr. Brett Bixler, lead instructional designer, ITS Training Services.
Read more at portfolio.jblearning.com/nursing/2011/2/17/jbl-titles-receive-2010-ajn-book-of-the-year-awards.html.
Penn State ahead of the game for providing breastfeeding support
On January 20, 2011, U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin released a report that aimed to call on health care professionals and the community at large to take concrete action steps to support mothers in reaching their personal breastfeeding goals. Penn State has taken steps to support faculty, staff, and students who want to continue to provide breastmilk to their child(ren) even after returning to work or school at Penn State.
HHD Alumni Society Board of Directors reaches 100 percent participation in giving
One hundred percent of the members of the HHD Alumni Society’s Board of Directors have made a gift to the College of Health and Human Development or the School of Nursing during the current fiscal year, the board’s development committee has announced.
Faculty member named fellow of AAAS
Dr. Gerald McClearn, Evan Pugh Professor of Health and Human Development and Biobehavioral Health, is one of nine Penn State faculty members named fellows of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. McClearn was honored for distinguished contributions in research exploring the interaction of genetic and environmental factors in behavior and aging.
Progress visible for Biobehavioral Health Building
Students, faculty, and staff returning to the University Park campus for the start of spring semester classes will see the first visible signs of progress on the Biobehavioral Health Building construction site since the construction fencing went up back in October. The bridge connecting Henderson Building and Henderson Building South has been demolished—a step necessary before construction on the new building could begin.
HPA senior earns prestigious American College of Healthcare Executives award
Caitlin Grim, a senior Health Policy and Administration student at Penn State, has been honored as a 2010 recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent’s Award.
The bullying epidemic: how speech-language pathologists are positioned to restore balance
Dr. Gordon Blood has been studying bullying for years, and he knows one way to address the issue. Speech-language pathologists can help restore the balance of power that is disrupted in a bullying scenario, he says. In doing this, they can help improve children’s well-being and self-confidence.
Tickets available for breast cancer fundraiser basketball game
On February 27, the Penn State Lady Lions will play Northwestern for the annual Pink Zone fundraising event, which supports breast cancer awareness. The College of Health and Human Development and the School of Nursing have reserved a block of seats at the event; faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to attend and bring family and friends.

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