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Nilam Ram, associate professor of human development and family studies in the College of Health and Human Development, has received the 2016 Graduate Faculty Teaching Award. The award, established in 1992 by the Graduate School, is presented to faculty members in recognition of outstanding teaching performance and advising of graduate students.


Lowering the risk for heart disease with healthy foods and recommended dietary patterns, monitoring fetal growth in pregnant women, and analyzing the impact of concussions in athletes are just some of the major health questions investigators analyze through studies at the Penn State Clinical Research Center.


Bethany Latten, daughter of Darlene Latten, of Cortland, New York, will serve as the college marshal for the Penn State College of Health and Human Development at its spring 2016 commencement ceremony on May 7.


Bethany Latten, daughter of Darlene Latten, of Cortland, New York, will serve as the college marshal for the Penn State College of Health and Human Development at its spring 2016 commencement ceremony on May 7.


Bruce McEwen, professor of neuroscience at Rockefeller University, will present the keynote lecture, “Experience Shapes the Brain Across the Lifecourse: Towards a Scientific Basis of Policy and Practice,” as part of the first Founder’s Endowment for Excellence and Innovation Research Day on April 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Ruth Pike Auditorium, room 22, in the Biobehavioral Health Building on University Park campus.


Sexual health research focused on men who have sex with men is lacking, according to health researchers, even in the midst of rising rates of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, in this population.


Penn State World Campus is offering a new degree online that is aimed at helping health science professionals solve problems of human health and illness.


Idan Shalev, assistant professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State, is a 2015 recipient of the Rising Star Award, presented by the Association for Psychological Science. Shalev has been recognized for his innovative work in genetic markers of stress and aging.


Students at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, in partnership with students from the College of Nursing and the Department of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development, recently devised technological solutions to help children and their parents navigate complex medical conditions during the mHealth Challenge, held Nov. 17 at Penn State’s University Park campus. Part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Penn State mHealth Challenge is an engaged scholarship event where undergraduate students from three colleges compete in a cross-college idea pitch contest.


Students in the College of Health and Human Development often find careers in fields that serve the homeless. Whether they are administrators of health care facilities, managers of social services, physicians, counselors, or any number of other service-related careers, students will likely, at some point in their career, work with people wrestling with homelessness.