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"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.

Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well-Being aims to identify and respond to the unique challenges of childhood trauma in schools with its fifth annual conference, “Trauma Informed Schools: How child maltreatment prevention, detection, and intervention can be integrated into the school-setting”, being held Oct. 10-11 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus. Registration is now open.

Diana H. Fishbein and Emma Rose will present at the 6th Annual Aspen Brain Forum: The Addicted Brain and New Treatment Frontiers, May 18-20 at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York, New York.

Anthony R. D’Augelli, professor of human and family studies in the College of Health and Human Development, is the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Service Award (Faculty) presented by Penn State’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity.

A Penn State intervention program for youth facing chronic stress from problems such as discrimination and poverty is being expanded with new funding from the National Institute of Mental Health.

Daniel Max Crowley, assistant professor of human development and family studies and faculty affiliate of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State, led a conversation among stakeholders on May 2 in Washington, D.C., regarding "Advancing the Power of Economic Evidence to Inform Investments in Children, Youth, and Families," a consensus report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal in recognition of their outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research in any of the disciplinary areas of fine arts and humanities; social sciences—applied and basic; physical and computational sciences—applied and basic; life and health sciences; and engineering. The graduate students were honored during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Diana H. Fishbein, along with co-editors Ty A. Ridenour, Mindy Stahl and Steve Sussman, outlined the full translational spectrum of prevention science in a special issue of the Springer publication, Translational Behavioral Medicine. Fishbein is director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC), C. Eugene Bennett Chair in Prevention Research, and professor of human development and family studies at Penn State.

Douglas M. Teti, head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, will present the 2016 Pattishall Research Lecture. His lecture, titled "Project SIESTA: A study of bedtime and nighttime parenting, family functioning, and infant-parent sleep," will be given on April 26.

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