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Three years ago, Aida Santos, a senior at Penn State York, was attending a Sunday school program at her church, and was inspired by the message being delivered: help others. “It was a like a light bulb went off in my head, and I decided there was a way to make a difference in my community,” said Santos.

A crowd of about 100 gathered for the “Lest We Forget Candlelight Vigil” for child sexual abuse awareness and prevention held at Penn State York on Nov. 13. The fourth annual vigil was sponsored by the Penn State York Council on Family Relations (PSY-CFR) Club and the Student Veterans Association.

Penn State's researcher for the Family Life Project finds the transition from elementary to middle school a critical time for children when it comes to future academic success.

Caregivers who employ adult daycare services to help care for individuals with dementia have fewer emotional ups and downs, and that may protect the caregivers’ health, according to Penn State researchers. A study that investigated emotional fluctuations in caregivers of individuals with dementia by researchers in the College of Health and Human Development has been published in the journal Health Psychology. Yin Liu, a doctoral candidate, is the first author. Additional authors include Steven H. Zarit, distinguished professor of human development and family studies (HDFS); David M. Almeida, professor of human development and family studies; and Kyungmin Kim, postdoctoral scholar.

Sy-Miin Chow, associate professor of human development and family studies, has been awarded the Cattell Early Career Research Award.

HDFS student Kenya Crawford spent two weeks at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa to learn from their programs and share her knowledge about HIV/AIDS, safe sex and other sensitive issues through coursework and counseling. While abroad she also developed and implemented a variety of programs geared toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer students.

A paper on caregivers of those with dementia by Steven H. Zarit, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) in the College of Health and Human Development, has been published in the Journal of Health and Aging.

Penn State’s Center for Healthy Aging will host “The Speedometer of Life: Daily Stress, Health and Well-Being,” at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 in the Dreibelbis Auditorium at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Teresa M. Smith, outreach and training coordinator with Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center (NRCAC), will present the third annual de Lissovoy Lecture at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building.

A study by researchers in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development, which focuses on the relationship between positive events and inflammation, has been published in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, the official journal of the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.

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