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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.

The Society for Prevention Research (SPR) has selected Mark Greenberg, Bennett Chair of Prevention Research and founding director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, and Karen Bierman, Evan Pugh Professor of Psychology to receive its 2017 SPR Service Award.

Penn State is offering students new study-abroad opportunities in Sweden and Denmark. Students can now study with DIS, a reputable provider of study-abroad programs, at either its Stockholm or Copenhagen location. DIS Copenhagen offers 24 academic programs and DIS Stockholm offers seven. The programs might be particularly beneficial to students in the College of Health and Human Development as it offers coursework directly related to such majors.

Diana Fishbein, director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and professor of human development and family studies, and Mark Feinberg, research professor of health and human development, are being honored by the Society for Prevention Research at its 25th annual meeting on June 1 in Washington DC.

Over 20 percent of older adults suffer from subjective memory impairment, where a person reports having trouble remembering things with no evidence of actual memory loss. Now Penn State researchers are looking into the growing evidence that subjective memory impairment can lead to Alzheimer’s disease in some older adults.

Gabrielle Matarazzo, daughter of Laura and John Matarazzo, of New Castle, Pennsylvania, will be the Health and Human Development college marshal for the spring 2017 commencement ceremony on May 6.

Ten Penn State graduate students received the 2017 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Award.

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), part of the National Institutes of Health, recently completed a competitive process to fund for the first time ever, an academic institution to serve as a national resource for child maltreatment research and training. Penn State has been selected based on scientific merit to establish the Center for Healthy Children. The award of $7.7 million over five years will support the center as a national resource for child maltreatment research and training. To further this effort, Penn State has committed $3.4 million in funds, to total more than $11 million.

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