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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.


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.


Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, professor of psychiatry and behavioral health at Ohio State University College of Medicine, will present the keynote lecture, “How stress kills: The damage and some remedies,” at 3:30 p.m. on April 24 in the Ruth Pike Auditorium, room 22, in the Biobehavioral Health Building on the University Park campus. The lecture is part of the Second Annual Founder's Endowment for Excellence and Innovation Research Day, hosted by the Department of Biobehavioral Health (BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development.


Penn State's Department of Biobehavioral Health will host a research symposium to honor the memory of world-renowned scientist Gerald “Jerry” McClearn on July 21. The Gerald E. McClearn Memorial Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Ruth Pike Auditorium in the Biobehavioral Health Building on the University Park campus.


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.