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The National Communication Association (NCA) has named Jon F. Nussbaum, professor of communication arts and sciences and human development and family studies at Penn State, a 2016 Distinguished Scholar. Nussbaum was recognized for his work in actively advancing scholarship in the areas of communication education, communication and aging, health communication, and organizational communication.

An intervention to increase engagement with treatment among African-American/black and Hispanic people living with HIV has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health. The study will target people who are neither taking antiretroviral therapy nor consistently engaged in HIV primary care.

First-time parents are only somewhat satisfied with their sex lives according to Penn State health researchers who checked in with parents regularly after their baby was born. And one factor that appears to be reducing their sexual satisfaction is mothers' stress as a new parent.

"Sleep across the Lifespan: Family Influences and Impact” will be held Oct. 24-25 at the Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State.

Global Health minor students prepare for their fieldwork in Senegal by speaking with a health care professional in Senegal, who is passing along the message that it’s important to understand the culture of a country in order to treat its patients.

Penn State’s Network on Child Protection and Well-Being aims to identify and respond to the unique challenges of childhood trauma in schools with its fifth annual conference, “Trauma Informed Schools: How child maltreatment prevention, detection, and intervention can be integrated into the school-setting”, being held Oct. 10-11 at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus. Registration is now open.

Diana H. Fishbein and Emma Rose will present at the 6th Annual Aspen Brain Forum: The Addicted Brain and New Treatment Frontiers, May 18-20 at the New York Academy of Sciences in New York, New York.

Anthony R. D’Augelli, professor of human and family studies in the College of Health and Human Development, is the 2016 recipient of the Outstanding Service Award (Faculty) presented by Penn State’s Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Equity.

A Penn State intervention program for youth facing chronic stress from problems such as discrimination and poverty is being expanded with new funding from the National Institute of Mental Health.

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.

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