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The Larson Transportation Institute (LTI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lesley Ross, associate professor of human development and family studies at Penn State, to chair the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine standing committee on Safe Mobility of Older Persons, as selected by the Transportation Research Board.


Penn State York students in the Council on Family Relations (PSY-CFR) Club, and members of other human development and family studies (HD FS) classes are preparing for the seventh annual candlelight vigil for child abuse awareness set for Thursday, April 5 at the campus. The vigil takes place at 5:30 p.m., but other programming and information will be available beginning at 4 p.m. as part of the weekly Coffee Hour on campus.


Penn State York students in the human development and family studies program will be conducting self-report survey research during the Diabetes Expo that will be held on campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 24. The free event, open to the public, is sponsored by the Diabetes Coalition of York, and will be held in the conference center of the Main Classroom Building.


"Building Resilience and Hope," an annual awareness event presented by Penn State's Child Maltreatment Solutions Network and the Human Development and Family Studies Vladimir de Lissovoy Program Support Endowment for the Protection of Children, will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, in the Founder's Room of the Bryce Jordan Center at University Park.


Nilam Ram, professor of human development and family studies, will present “Data Mining Basics: Unsupervised Learning” at the next Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Recent Topics in Research Methods Seminar Series on March 20.


Robert Roeser, Bennett Pierce Professor of Caring and Compassion and professor of human development and family studies at Penn State, will take part in a panel discussion with the Dalai Lama on March 15 at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, India.


Prenatal exposure to androgens is not associated with girls spending more or less time with other girls, but was associated with an increased interest in activities that have traditionally been thought of as masculine, according to Penn State researchers, who say it supports the idea that gender development is complex and does not solely rely on either biological or social factors.


“Building Resilience and Hope,” an awareness event about foster youth, will be held on April 7, in the Founder’s Room of the Bryce Jordan Center, University Park. Learn about Penn State’s new Fostering Lions Program, hear from students regarding their college journey, get updated on legislation, and engage in the discussion of foster youth from care, to graduation, and on to economic independence and healthier lives.


Moms who continue to co-sleep — by sharing either a room or bed — with their infants past six months were more likely to feel depressed, worried about their babies’ sleep and think their decisions were being criticized, according to Penn State researchers.


Prenatal exposure to androgens is not associated with girls spending more or less time with other girls, but was associated with an increased interest in activities that have traditionally been thought of as masculine, according to Penn State researchers, who say it supports the idea that gender development is complex and does not solely rely on either biological or social factors.


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