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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.


A triple major is currently spending the year abroad at Ibaraki University in Japan. Nolan McCormick took the initiative to seek out funding opportunities and ended up being awarded more than $29,000 for his year abroad. Students interested in studying abroad have until March 1 to do so.


A team of Penn State researchers is working with the National Park Service to measure and improve its impact on people’s health.


Researchers in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State found that sleep quality and quantity at night is affected by that day’s stressors, and that -- in a cyclical effect -- sleep hours and quality affect daily stressors the next day. The findings, from two separate studies, may have implications for both individuals and families, especially families in which one or both parents work outside the home.


Researchers in the Penn State's Department of Biobehavioral Health studied 89 Latino farmworkers in Texas over the course of five months and found -- based both on their observations and on the perceptions of their subjects -- that Latino farmworkers regularly felt discriminated against, most often at the hands of the farm owner.


Fourteen Penn State faculty members have been honored with the title of "distinguished professor" in recognition of their academic contributions to the University.


The Global Health Minor, offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health and open to all Penn State students, includes a capstone six-week field work requirement in Senegal, South Africa, or Tanzania.


The Global Health minor, offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health and open to all Penn State students, includes a capstone six-week field work requirement in Senegal, South Africa, or Tanzania.