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.

Health Policy and Administration student Matthew Roda, and his company, developed the “Edge,” which is comprised of six panels of LED touch screens that can test for brain injury by measuring reaction time, hand-eye coordination, and converting those responses into standardized data.

Penn State has named health economist Christopher Hollenbeak head of the Department of Health Policy and Administration in the College of Health and Human Development. His appointment is effective Aug. 15.

This spring Penn State expects to award 13,894 diplomas to students University-wide who are completing 226 associate, 11,435 baccalaureate, 1,590 master’s, 262 law, 244 doctoral and 137 medical degrees. Following is a compilation of commencement ceremonies and speaker information for Penn State’s 24 locations.

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 Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

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

Emily Southmayd received the Penn State Alumni Association Scholarship for Penn State Alumni in the Graduate School during the annual Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 18 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

The Quell Foundation, as part of its mission to eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health, has committed $12,500 in annual scholarship funding over the next five years by contributing $62,500 to Penn State.

Offering programs to improve social skills and enhance emotional well-being may have far-reaching effects for elementary students, including better academic performance and even improved job opportunities. A brief prepared by Penn State's Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center outlines some of these programs and reviews studies that have explored the effects of social and emotional well-being programs on students.

A Distinguished Honors Faculty Program gave some Penn State Schreyer Scholars perspective on what refugees face before and after they leave their native countries.

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