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Penn State senior Anna Canova is pairing her illustration and storytelling skills with her research goals for a food literacy project.

In a national study of urban teenagers, researchers in the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State and colleagues found that high school start times after 8:30 a.m. were associated with later wake times and longer time in bed.

The College of Health and Human Development recognizes the 2017-18 Teaching Excellence Award recipients.

Researchers in the College of Health and Human Development contributed to the 2017 Women’s Health Research Day Conference by sharing research and moderating panel discussions.

Joshua Smyth, distinguished professor of biobehavioral health and medicine in the College of Health and Human Development, has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

The Biomarker Core Lab in the Department of Biobehavioral Health is a wet lab specially designed for ELISA, Multiplex assays, and Telomere length analysis. A seminar on its offerings will be presented on Nov. 9 in the Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building, at University Park.

Removing electronic media from the bedroom and encouraging a calming bedtime routine are among recommendations Penn State researchers outline in a recent manuscript on digital media and sleep in childhood and adolescence.

Biobehavioral Health alumni Ariella Camera believes health workers are the backbone of the health system. Camera started her career in public service and health care at Rockland County’s Department of Health and Hudson River Healthcare, both in New York. Now, as a public health advisor for Human Resources for Health in the Global Health Bureau at USAID, Camera works to support health systems programming to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.

At University Park and around the world, Penn State students are actively involved in research that supports health and human development.

J. David Creswell, associate professor of psychology and director of the Health and Human Performance Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, will present “Mindfulness Training Interventions and Health” as part of the Biobehavioral Health Colloquium Series on Nov. 13. On Nov. 14, he will visit the Arts and Design Research Incubator to offer a dialogue and workshop on “Mindfulness Training for Health.”

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