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A group of Penn State students have started a program to bring awareness of and encourage the use of health and wellness services among minority students on the University Park campus. A new component of HealthWorks, the Minority Health Initiative was created to educate students on the resources available to them by HealthWorks, and to provide them with a safe place to talk about unique issues and concerns.


Erika Exton, daughter of Ralph Erik Exton and Debra Exton, both of Horsham, Pennsylvania, will be the Health and Human Development college marshal for the spring 2018 commencement ceremony.


Andrew Miller of Emory University School of Medicine will present the keynote lecture “Immune System Targets in the Brain in Depression: Impact on Neurotransmitters and Neurocircuits” on April 23 as part of the Third Annual Founders Endowment for Excellence and Innovation Research Day, hosted by the Department of Biobehavioral Health.


Black and Hispanic U.S. adults are half as likely as whites to drink tap water and more than twice as likely to drink bottled water, according to a recent Penn State analysis. The findings support past research that indicates that minorities and more vulnerable populations have a higher distrust of tap water in America, and that those who instead consume bottled water are at greater risk of health issues and financial burdens.


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.


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