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The Bullying Epidemic: How Speech-Language Pathologists are Positioned to Restore Balance

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Bullying can have devastating impacts on children's well-being, and Gordon Blood may have a way to effectively address the problem.

Bullying has gained national attention recently after the suicides of Phoebe Prince, a high school student from Massachusetts, and Tyler Clementi, a college student from Rutgers University. The problem may be even more widespread than people think, says Penn State professor Dr. Gordon Blood, and certain types of bullying are often misunderstood. Bullying can have lasting effects on children’s well-being and self-confidence, and, because bullying often occurs during school hours, it affects children’s learning. Bullying may be a greater problem for children with disabilities, especially those with communication, developmental, and social disabilities.

Blood, the head of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Penn State, has been studying bullying for years, and he has a solution in mind. Speech-language pathologists (SLPs), he says, can make a difference and restore the balance of power that is disrupted in a bullying scenario.

Read more about Blood's research into how speech-language pathologists can make a difference in bullying.

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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.

Read more about McCarter's research into the link between consuming less calories and living longer.

Professorís Work Builds Heavy Metals Research in Uruguay

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Dr. Kasia Kordas 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.

Read more about Kordas and her research in Uruguay.

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Prevention Research Center Helps Establish Ph.D. Program in Croatian University

Researchers in Penn State's Prevention Research Center have spent the last few years helping to develop and teach a new Ph.D. program in prevention science in the University of Zagreb in Croatia. “We learn as much as we give in these contexts,” says Dr. Mark Greenberg, director of the Prevention Research Center. “It helps us to understand the importance of considering cultural context in developing programs to improve quality of life and well-being.”

Read more about the Prevention Research Center helping the University of Zagreb.

Health and Human Development Alumni Maintain NFL Athletes’ Health

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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.

Read more about HHD Alumni working in the NFL.

How Does the Brain Work? The 100-Billion Neuron Question

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Several researchers in the College of Health and Human Development work to understand different functions and conditions that are influenced by the brain, including aggression, movement, and iron deficiency.

Read more about neuroscience research in the college.

Center's Unconventional Services Provide Unique Approach to Nutrition Research

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Researchers in Penn Stateís Diet Assessment Center (DAC) have an unusual approach to conducting research: they like to surprise their participants. Theyíve taken this approach since the DAC was created, and itís one of the centerís main assets.

Read more about research in the Diet Assessment Center.

A Legacy of Compassion and Leadership Continues after Retirement

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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.

Read more about Vondracek and his contributions to Penn State over the years.

Zinc Pioneers: Mapping the Journeys and Impact of One Little but Important Mineral

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The human body loves zinc. In fact without zinc, humans wouldn’t be able to grow, make babies, feed babies, or fight diseases; over 300 biological functions in the human body rely upon zinc. Even though zinc is incredibly important for our survival, our current understanding is very limited. Only a handful of researchers across the world work on the biology of zinc at the molecular level, and one of those few groups works in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, under the guidance of Dr. Shannon Kelleher, assistant professor of nutritional sciences.

Read more about Kelleher's research.

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