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The College of Health and Human Development has funded several projects and initiatives to faculty members and researchers, made possible through four endowments that support undergraduate education and outreach programs.

Thomas Gould, head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health, has received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of genes in nicotine withdrawal.

The College of Health and Human Development recently honored a number of faculty members with the Teaching Excellence Award in recognition of their outstanding instruction and dedication to undergraduate education.

Thomas J. Gould has been named head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State. In this role, he will hold the Jean Phillips Shibley Professorship of Biobehavioral Health. Gould joins Penn State, effective July 1, after serving as professor of psychology and director of the program in neuroscience at Temple University.

As a Penn State New Kensington student, Josh Karelitz acquired his knowledge via excellent teaching. As a Penn State New Kensington instructor, Karelitz dispenses his knowledge via teaching excellence.

"Sleep across the Lifespan: Family Influences and Impact” will be held Oct. 24-25 at the Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State.

Global Health minor students prepare for their fieldwork in Senegal by speaking with a health care professional in Senegal, who is passing along the message that it’s important to understand the culture of a country in order to treat its patients.

Thanks to the generosity of a former peer leader, Penn State Learning, a no-charge guided study and tutoring service, has selected its first group of Outstanding Guided Study Group Leader Award recipients for the 2015-16 academic year. The inaugural recipients, each provided a stipend of $500, are Ryan Creedon, Natalie Morrissey, Jeff Ross, and Nicole Williamson.

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.