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The Penn State Center for Healthy Aging will host “Voices of Experience: Results From Community Conversations About Aging” as part of its Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series.

Faculty and graduate students in Penn State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies will present at the 2015 Society for Research and Child Development biennial meeting March 19-21 in Philadelphia. The event draws child development professionals and researchers from across the country.

Sara Widener, a senior majoring in human development and family studies through Penn State’s World Campus, is the recipient of the 2015 Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award, a award that recognizes a junior, senior or graduate student for outstanding efforts to enhance the understanding of diverse cultures and create a community where all individuals are accepted and valued equally. The award is named for its benefactor, a Penn State alumnus.

Penn State has honored 10 students with the 2015 Harold F. Martin Graduate Assistant Outstanding Teaching Awards. The award recipients are Alphonso Grant, art education; Shahrzad “Sara” Jamshidi, mathematics; Jin-Kwang Kim, physiology; Kyle King, English; Andrew Linden, kinesiology; Jaclyn Maher, kinesiology; Matthew Moreau, pathobiology; Lauren Philbrook, human development and family studies; Devin Pohly, computer science and engineering; and John Price, American studies.

Lynn Martire, associate professor of human development and family studies and faculty affiliate in the Center for Healthy Aging at Penn State, will present at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology’s annual convention, Feb. 26-28 in Long Beach, California.

Penn State is investing $12 million in an endowment, proceeds from which will advance the University’s academic mission of research, education and service, focusing on child maltreatment. These additional funds originated from $60 million that the University dedicated to assisting children who have experienced abuse or neglect and to prevent further child abuse from occurring. The remaining $48 million will help provide services to child victims across the Commonwealth.

Susan McHale, director of the Social Science Research Institute, has been named a Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies.

Headstrong elderly parents and their adult children may be able to find common ground with proper intervention, according to researchers in human development.

The Penn State Center for Healthy Aging will host a number of lectures this spring as part of its Healthy Aging Community Lecture Series. The first event will be held Jan. 29 at The Village at Penn State.

Penn State researchers want to know if victims of child sexual abuse age faster than their counterparts. Though the physiological effects of early life trauma receive considerable attention, many of these victims are not followed up on, and long-term outcomes are not always studied.

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