News and Events in College of Health and Human Development

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(Dis)connected: Study suggests technology interferes with couple relationships
Technology's interference in everyday life -- "technoference" -- appears to negatively relate to relationship and personal well-being, according to researchers.
Coley Rudnitsky is exercising
Kinesiology students hit the road to promote healthy living, gain experience
Through mobile Exercise is Medicine, kinesiology students travel across the state to give health advice and conduct fitness assessments.
Sara Manetta
Manetta named Health and Human Development student marshal for commencement
Sara Manetta, daughter of John and Susan Manetta, of Yardley, will serve as the student marshal at the Dec. 20 commencement ceremony for the College of Health and Human Development. She will receive a bachelor’s degree in biobehavioral health.
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Voters more inclined than consumers to pay for food safety
Voters are more willing to pay for a decreased risk of food-related illness than other consumers subjected to a market driven price increase, but female consumers are more willing to pay than male consumers, according to an international team of researchers.
Center for Language Science joins global outreach center for bilingualism
Penn State’s Center for Language Science will become the first U.S. chapter of Bilingualism Matters, a Center of Excellence at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The organization serves as an important bridge between outstanding research on bilingualism and successful applications on the ground for parents, teachers, and policy makers. On Wednesday, Dec. 10, Dr. Antonella Sorace, the founder and director of Bilingualism Matters, will visit the Center for Language Science to conduct outreach training with the faculty and students. One session will take place from 10 am-12 pm and a second session from 2-4 pm, both in 127 Moore Building, on Penn State’s University Park campus. On Friday, Dec. 12, Dr. Sorace will give a public lecture at 9 a.m., also in 127 Moore Building. The public is welcome to attend all events.
Larry Baronner
Rural health leader elected to national rural health policy-making board
Larry Baronner, deputy director and rural health systems manager at the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), has been elected to the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Health Congress to represent the State Office Council, the formal council within NRHA for all 50 state offices of rural health (SORHs) in the nation.
Janice Light
Helping kids with autism read, write and communicate
A research-based literacy program teaches children with little or no speech to read, write, and relate to others.
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IST, BBH students compete in mHealth Challenge to foster innovation
Engaged scholarship at Penn State isn’t just an abstract idea. Last month, the initiative -- defined as out-of-classroom academic experiences that complement in-classroom learning -- brought students from two colleges together to nurture entrepreneurial innovation and teamwork in the form of the mHealth Challenge.
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Pa. Rural Health Office, students help rural hospitals track health disparities
The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), based at Penn State's University Park campus, and master of public health students at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey are working to help small, rural hospitals meet federal requirements for tracking and assessing local community health needs.
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Students plan nonprofit fundraising events on zero-budget
School of Hospitality Management students enrolled in Advanced Meetings and Events planned and executed two events to raise funds for Operation: Military Kids, which supports military families living in civilian communities, and Pencils of Promise, which builds schools in impoverished countries. And they did it with $0.
Max Penn State Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic CSD grant 2014
Penn State researchers explore the future of augmentative communication
Penn State’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD), in collaboration with a variety of other health care organizations and research centers, is leading research, training and dissemination of information to improve outcomes for those who rely on alternative communication.
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Penn State launches national search for school of hospitality director
Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM) has launched a national search for a new director, as current Director John O’Neill will lead the school’s new Center for Hospitality Real Estate Strategy starting in July.
Sandberg receives grant to further brain injury research
Chaleece Sandberg, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, received the 2014 New Century Scholars Research Grant from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation to further her research in language therapy for people who have suffered brain injuries.
Doctoral student receives American Public Health Association fellowship
Phylicia Bediako, a predoctoral trainee in the Prevention and Methodology Training program, has been honored with a Student Fellowship from the Maternal and Child Health Section of the American Public Health Association for her work on disparities in sexual and reproductive health outcomes for underserved and minority populations.
Conversations that Matter ESE 2014
Biobehavioral health students share insight, work at Engaged Scholarship Expo
Two students in the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) gave presentations Nov. 17 at Penn State’s Engaged Scholarship Expo in the HUB-Robeson Center as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Penn Staters paying it forward
As a student in Penn State's School of Hospitality Management, Gary Budge gained the organizational skills, sense of pragmatism and professional potential he would need to succeed in New York City's highly competitive hospitality industry. He also gained an early sense of the importance of philanthropy.
Shaping The Future Summit 2015: The Power Of Money
Summit event tackles complexity of managing health care
Dr. William Rouse spoke to a full house Nov. 18 at the Biobehavioral Health Building for his lecture on “Managing the Complexity of Health Care,” a topic that will affect all students in the coming years.
John Peterson
Lion’s Pantry, student food bank, to open doors on Nov. 20
With the cost of education and student debt rising, Penn State has made affordability and accessibility a priority for its students. A multitude of resources are available for all students, including additional resources for historically underserved populations. But even in the happiest of valleys, many students don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Penn State students have created Lion’s Pantry, an on-campus food bank intended to supplement any Penn State student’s food budget by providing them with a weekly assortment of goods donated by community members and corporate partners.
Researchers rely on Pennsylvania families for key insights on children
Penn State researchers with the Family Life Project, a longitudinal study of how children learn and grow in rural communities, are finding the transition from elementary to middle school a critical time for children when it comes to future academic success.
Adult daycare helps caregivers’ emotional stability
Yin Liu
Caregivers who employ adult daycare services to help care for individuals with dementia have fewer emotional ups and downs, and that may protect the caregivers’ health, according to Penn State researchers.
A study that investigated emotional fluctuations in caregivers of individuals with dementia by researchers in the College of Health and Human Development has been published in the journal Health Psychology. Yin Liu, a doctoral candidate, is the first author. Additional authors include Steven H. Zarit, distinguished professor of human development and family studies (HDFS); David M. Almeida, professor of human development and family studies; and Kyungmin Kim, postdoctoral scholar.
Herbs and spices enhance heart health as well as flavor
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Spices and herbs are rich in antioxidants, which may help improve triglyceride concentrations and other blood lipids, according to Penn State nutritionists.
Nothing fishy about health benefits of plant-based omega-3 fatty acid
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Increasing the amount of omega-3s in your diet, whether from fish or flax, will likely decrease your risk of getting heart disease, according to Penn State nutritionists.
Penn State senior instructor receives national outstanding professor award
Patty Kleban
Patricia Kleban, senior instructor and student services/internship coordinator with the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management (RPTM) in the College of Health and Human Development, received the Outstanding Professor Award from the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA).
Graduate students, faculty share the 'PhUn' in physiology at elementary school
During PhUn Week, Easterly Parkway Elementary students learned facts about the heart and used stethoscopes to hear how their own hearts sound when they beat.
During the American Physiological Society's annual PhUn (Physiology Understanding) Week initiative, Penn State graduate students and faculty from the Huck Institutes' Intercollege Graduate Degree Program (IGDP) in Physiology partnered with a local elementary school to help first- and second-grade students explore basic concepts in physiology and better understand the study of how living things work.
Kinesiology professor selected as Institute Resident Scholar for fall 2015
Jaime Shultz Institute Resident Scholar Fall 2015
Jaime Schultz, assistant professor of kinesiology, has been selected as an Institute Resident Scholar for fall 2015 for her project, “Women’s Movement: Sport, Physical Culture and 1970s Feminisms.”
Hospitality management professor recognized for excellence in advising
Breffni Noone SHC Excellence in Advising Award 2014-15
Breffni Noone, associate professor of hospitality management, is the recipient of the 2014-15 Schreyer Honors College (SHC) Excellence in Advising Award, which is presented annually to an honors faculty member who has been nominated for excellence in advising.
Bacterial product could cure viral infections, scientists say
The bacterial protein flagellin could have an important role in preventing and treating viral infections, according to a study involving Penn State researchers.
HDFS professor recognized for multivariate experimental psychology
Sy-Miin Chow Cattell
Sy-Miin Chow, associate professor of human development and family studies, has been awarded the Cattell Early Career Research Award.
Pennsylvania rural health leader receives national mentoring award
Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and outreach associate professor of health policy and administration at Penn State, received the 2014 James D. Bernstein Mentoring Award from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). Davis received the award at an Oct. 28 ceremony during the organization’s annual conference in Omaha, Nebraska.
Something different to digest
Rebecca Fry SNAP Challenge
What’s it like to feed yourself on $29.40 a week? In HPA 410, Principles of Public Adminstration, students took part in the nationally recognized SNAP Challenge held earlier this month, which charges participants to live on the U.S. daily food aid benefit — about $4 a day — for one week, keeping track of their purchases and sharing their experiences. SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society honors 2014 award winners
The College of Health and Human Development Society announced its 2014 award winners at the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Awards Dinner on Nov. 7. All recipients are graduates of the College of Health and Human Development and have distinguished themselves in their careers and service.
College of Health and Human Development announces 2014 faculty, staff awards
The College of Health and Human Development announced its Faculty and Staff Awards for 2014. A reception honoring the awardees will be held Nov. 13 at the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building.
Students visit Hilton Worldwide, learn from corporate executives
Students visit Hilton Worldwide headquarters
Students enrolled in Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM) witnessed first-hand the operations of a major hospitality corporation, Hilton Worldwide, as part of a unique engaged scholarship opportunity.
Studies underway to help children, adults overcome communications obstacles
Seven projects are underway as part of a grant awarded to Penn State’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to enhance communication and improve outcomes for children and adults who rely on augmentative and alternative communication.
Researchers probe link between newborn health and vitamin A
Nutrition researchers
The impact vitamin A has on newborns is virtually unknown, but Penn State nutrition researchers have published two papers that may provide a framework for future investigations of the vitamin and neonatal health.
Associate professor, graduate student recognized for engaged scholarship poster
Careen Yarnal and Hsin-Yu Chen
Careen Yarnal, associate professor of recreation, park and tourism management (RPTM) and co-chair of the Council on Engaged Scholarship, and graduate student Hsin-Yu Chen received a first-place prize for a poster focusing on engaged scholarship.
Critical conversations: Student educates on HIV/AIDS in South Africa
Kenya Crawford UWC
HDFS student Kenya Crawford spent two weeks at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa to learn from their programs and share her knowledge about HIV/AIDS, safe sex and other sensitive issues through coursework and counseling. While abroad she also developed and implemented a variety of programs geared toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students.
Professor's caregiver research featured in Journal of Health and Aging
Kyungmin Kim
A paper on caregivers of those with dementia by Steven H. Zarit, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the College of Health and Human Development, has been published in the Journal of Health and Aging.
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