Two Penn State graduate students, with the assistance of two faculty members, have developed a tutorial for speech-language pathologists designed to better include parents and other family members in communication interventions for children whose speech does not adequately meet their communication needs due to autism or other disorders.

Anthony Keith, an HDFS major at Penn State Worthington Scranton, wants to use his education and personal experiences to help individuals who are fighting the same battles he fought earlier in his life.

Catharine Ross has been named head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Ross, professor of nutritional sciences and physiology and holder of the Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, has served in the department for 21 years.

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, will present on the relationship between healthy child development and public spending to leaders at the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C., on March 23.

Penn State sophomore Matthew Roda's concussion-screening device earned high marks during a national student startup competition in Austin, Texas. His startup, Reflexion Interactive Technologies, also is involved in a clinical study with Penn State researchers in the Center for Sport Concussion Research and Service.

Dining out a lot may not make people more savvy consumers, according to Penn State researchers. In fact, people who dine out frequently -- especially workers who dine out of the office for lunch -- tend to overshoot their mental budgets for eating out. While a few dollars here and there for lunches and dinners at restaurants and convenience stores may not seem like much, researchers suggest food is a major part of the household budget.

Each year, Penn State honors several students for the highest levels of academic excellence, outstanding leadership and meritorious service. The 2017 Student Award recipients reach across campuses and colleges, and exemplify best practices and achievements among Penn State students, reflecting the University's mission of teaching, research and service. The honorees will receive their awards at a ceremony on Sunday, April 2, at Eisenhower Auditorium. The award recipients are listed below by category.

Penn State students David Goodwin and Abby Smucker have been selected as the 2017 recipients of the Ernest B. McCoy Memorial Award.

Five Penn State students in their respective areas of leadership have been honored with the 2017 John W. Oswald Award. Awards were given in the following fields: Jaden H. Rankin-Wahlers, social services, religious activities and student government; Courtney A. Testa, journalism, speech and mass media; Adam A.Uliana, scholarship; Walker Konkle, creative and performing arts; and Kirsten Gochnauer, athletics.

While it has long been known that maltreatment can affect a child’s psychological development, new Penn State research indicates that the stress of abuse can impact the physical growth and maturation of adolescents as well.

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