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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.


Students from BBH and IST will create and pitch ideas for health technology applications as part of this semester's mHealth Challenger to be held on Nov. 17.


A National Institutes of Health Big Data to Knowledge Program grant to Donna Coffman, research associate professor in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development and principal investigator at the Methodology Center, targets the development of big data methods for biobehavioral change and maintenance. This training grant is for more than $500,000 over three years.


A study by researchers in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, which focuses on the relationship between positive events and inflammation, has been published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the official journal of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.


Francisco Alejandro "Alex" Montiel-Ishino, a predoctoral student in Penn State’s Department of Biobehavioral Health, is a recipient of a 2014 Ford Fellowship by the Ford Foundation Fellowship Program, which provides three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a doctor of philosophy or doctor of science degree.


Penn State biology student Jennifer Dobson, ’16, has been accepted into the Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) program by The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD), for her studies on the neurotoxicity of paraquat, a suspected risk factor for Parkinson's disease, with Neurobiology Professor Byron Jones, professor of biobehavioral health.


Rhonda BeLue and Lori Francis have been accepted into the Schreyer Honors College Distinguished Honors Faculty Program (DHFP) for the 2014-15 academic year.


Eating pistachios may reduce your body's response to the stresses of everyday life, according to a Penn State study conducted by principal investigator Sheila G. West, professor of biobehavioral health and nutritional sciences.


Robert Turrisi, professor of biobehavioral health at Penn State, and developer of the underage drinking prevention effort known as the Power of Parents, will be a featured speaker at the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) news conference on “21 Days in Support of 21,” at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on April 1.


Teenage college students are significantly more likely to abstain from drinking or to drink only minimally when their parents talk to them before they start college, using suggestions in a parent handbook developed by Robert Turrisi, professor of biobehavioral health, Penn State.