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Genetics play a key role in knee pain sensitivity, according to a team of researchers studying knee osteoarthritis patients.

The importance of demographics in studying the human brain is the focus of the January 2016 issue of Psychophysiology, published today (Dec. 18), and guest edited by Lisa Gatzke-Kopp, Penn State associate professor of human development and family studies.

Students in the College of Health and Human Development often find careers in fields that serve the homeless. Whether they are administrators of health care facilities, managers of social services, physicians, counselors, or any number of other service-related careers, students will likely, at some point in their career, work with people wrestling with homelessness.

To continue to infuse the concept of care and compassion throughout curricula in the College of Health and Human Development, Edna Bennett Pierce and Mark Greenberg have endowed a professorship, lectureship and fellowship.

The 23rd annual National Symposium on Family Issues, hosted recently by Penn State’s Social Science and Population Research Institutes, featured 18 leading researchers in sociology, demography, psychology, human development and public health, as well as several community organizers and activists.

The College of Health and Human Development announced recipients of its Faculty and Staff Awards for 2015. A reception honoring the awardees will be held Nov. 10 at the Bennett Pierce Living Center in Henderson Building on the University Park campus.

Cynthia Stifter, professor of human development and psychology, will present the 2015 Schmitt Russell Research Lecture. Her presentation, “Becoming Who We Are: The Role of Temperament in Child Development,” is free and open to the public.

The fall semester is more than halfway over and Penn State students are in the midst of planning and preparing their schedules for the rest of their year in Happy Valley. With thousands of courses from which to choose, Penn Staters can find a class for any interest, be it beekeeping, neuroscience or something in between. The newest courses on the block, however, are those under the purview of the University’s new Child Maltreatment and Advocacy Studies (CMAS) minor.

Children and Youth Services’ Julia Sprinkle will address changing child protective services laws in the 2015 de Lissovoy Lecture at 6 p.m. Oct. 15.

Conrad Tucker, assistant professor of engineering design and industrial engineering, and Timothy Brick, assistant professor of human development and family studies, were awarded a National Robotics Initiative Grant of $342,574 from the National Science Foundation.

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