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Three students in the global health minor spent five weeks, as part of their required fieldwork, in northern Minnesota working with the population of the Ojibwe, a Native American people. The first two weeks were spent immersing in the culture of the Leech Lake Reservation and the Red Lake Reservation, while the last three weeks consisted of academic research at White Earth Reservation.

Kashia Quay, daughter of Melissa Rugh of Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, and Roger Quay of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, will be the Health and Human Development college marshal for the summer 2017 commencement ceremony.

The College of Health and Human Development announces its 2017 student recipients of the Francis Hoffman Award for Excellence in Writing.

Biobehaviorial health major Alexandra Wagner's experiences on a trip to South America planted a desire to learn about and help large populations.

Thomas J. Gould, head of the Department of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State, has been named a fellow of the Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT) for his contributions to nicotine research and his service to SRNT.

Twenty-two students will complete six weeks of fieldwork in either Senegal, South Africa or Tanzania this summer as part of their 21-credit Global Health minor capstone project. To help prepare them for the trip, health care coordinators from each of the countries visited campus last month.

Researchers in the Penn State College of Nursing are testing an intervention that involves family members in the recovery process for individuals with dementia, following their short-term hospitalization for acute medical conditions.

Penn State is offering students new study-abroad opportunities in Sweden and Denmark. Students can now study with DIS, a reputable provider of study-abroad programs, at either its Stockholm or Copenhagen location. DIS Copenhagen offers 24 academic programs and DIS Stockholm offers seven. The programs might be particularly beneficial to students in the College of Health and Human Development as it offers coursework directly related to such majors.

For the first time in modern history, the suicide rate of active-duty service members exceeds that of the civilian population. A recent study conducted by the Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness at Penn State and supported by a grant from the U.S. Navy, examined non-deployment related factors that precede military suicide, and the impact of those suicides on spouses and families.

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.