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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.

Diana Fishbein, director of the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, will moderate a congressional briefing on evidence-based parenting interventions for children and teens.

Research projects in the College of Health and Human Development focus on the idea that the social and emotional development of children cultivated early on are predictors of success.

Gender dynamics and the future of marriage is the focus of a new publication edited by Penn State faculty.

Aligning with the idea that healthy emotional development in children can predict success later in life, the College of Health and Human Development offers a variety of courses focused on building empathy through skills and experience. One such course has been offered for more than 40 years.

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.

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