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Inspired by a personal event, a nontraditional student returns to school and earns her degree in human development and family studies to help families in the community.

Infants with inhibited personalities are more likely to turn up their nose at new foods, according to researchers. The study found that infants who were wary of new toys also tended to be less accepting of new foods, suggesting early food attitudes stem from personality.

Penn State researchers have found that self-efficacy -- one’s confidence in their ability to do something -- influences physical activity in osteoarthritis patients, independent from other such factors as pain, mood and support from a spouse.

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.

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