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Jennifer Glick, Arnold S. and Bette G. Hoffman Professor in Sociology at Penn State, has been appointed as director of the Population Research Institute, part of the Social Science Research Institute.

Douglas Teti, head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), and professor of HDFS, psychology, and pediatrics, has received a $600,000 grant from the National Institutes on Health for his study on coparenting, infant sleep, and infant development.

Penn State’s Zita Oravecz, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and a co-hire of the Institute for CyberScience, is developing an app that can predict your psychological state using data from smartphones and wearable health monitors. The app will help users improve their well-being.

The College of Health and Human Development announces its 2017 student recipients of the Francis Hoffman Award for Excellence in Writing.

The 25th annual National Symposium on Family Issues, “Families and Technology,” will be held Oct. 23-24 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Suzy Scherf, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience, is heading up a five-year project being funded by a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to investigate adolescent-specific changes in face processing before, during and after pubertal development.

Penn State’s sixth annual Child Maltreatment Solutions Network conference, “Scientific Synergy & Innovation from Military Family & Child Welfare Contexts,” will be held in partnership with the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, Sept. 27 to 28, in the Nittany Lion Inn on the University Park campus.

Emily Waterman, a doctoral candidate in Penn State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies and a Prevention and Methodology Training Fellow, was presented with the Centre County Women’s Resource Center Partner in Prevention Award at the Center’s 7th annual Celebration Luncheon on Tuesday, May 23.

Previous research has suggested that moderate drinking may actually be healthy and that not drinking may have health risks. However, both the benefits for moderate drinkers and risks for non-drinkers may be a bit overstated, according to Penn State researchers who examined the drinking habits of middle-aged adults.

The University of the Western Cape in South Africa has appointed Ed Smith and Linda Caldwell as Extraordinary Professors in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences for their contributions over the past 16 years in helping to reduce substance abuse and sexual risk among South African teens.

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