The fly-fishing course at Penn State, which began in the 1930s, is still offered today as a General Education offering in the Department of Kinesiology in large part due to the Joe Humphreys Student Angling Fund. In an effort to maintain the longevity of the program, Woods and Waters Consulting recently organized a fundraising event, which generated $20,000 for the endowment.

Karen Kotowski, CEO of the Events Industry Council and a Penn State alumna, has joined the Penn State School of Hospitality Management Industry Advisory Board.

Steve Wagman (1982 graduate) became the 80th president of the Penn State Alumni Association on July 1. Randy Houston (1991 graduate) was named vice president. Wagman and Houston will serve two-year terms.

Douglas Teti, head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS), and professor of HDFS, psychology, and pediatrics, has received a $600,000 grant from the National Institutes on Health for his study on coparenting, infant sleep, and infant development.

Penn State Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones advanced the University’s focus on academic integrity earlier this year by creating a task force to assess the current process and structure used to manage academic integrity cases and strengthen a culture of integrity.

Penn State will host Pennsylvania’s Summer Academy for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired from July 8 to Aug. 3 at the University Park Campus. The academy is a three-week intensive program focused on enhancing independence skills for high school students transitioning to post-secondary education.

The Human Health and the Environment seed grants for 2017 have been awarded to a pool of interdisciplinary researchers at Penn State. These seed grants were funded by eight separate Penn State research entities and institutes which collectively contributed over $500,000. “We had an exceptional pool of proposals from faculty across the university,” Tom Richard, director of the Institutes of Energy and the Environment, said. “The projects address emerging contaminants well as legacy environmental problems that seriously impact human health.”

Honoring a family tradition that spans generations, Suzann Tedesco and her husband, Vincent “Vin” Tedesco, both Penn State alumni, recently sponsored a garden at Penn State located between the Henderson and Biobehavioral Health buildings, the same area on campus where Suzann Tedesco spent much of her time as an undergraduate student studying home economics in the early 1960s.

A discussion and question-and-answer session on July 18 will raise awareness about Pennsylvania Summer Academy and the two unique programs offered on the University Park campus that enhance independence skills for students transitioning to postsecondary education.

Women who experience a false-positive mammogram result are more likely to begin medication for anxiety or depression than women who received an immediate negative result, according to a study led by Penn State researcher Joel Segel. The finding highlights the importance of swift and accurate follow-up testing to rule out a breast cancer diagnosis.

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