May 03, 2019
Inaugural conference to address substance misuse held at Penn State
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Pennsylvania is in the midst of a full-fledged, substance misuse epidemic, with one out of every four families encountering this issue. Penn State is combating the crisis by drawing upon the expertise of researchers, educators, practitioners and policymakers, who gathered recently for the Consortium to Combat Substance Abuse (CCSA) Conference, held April 29 on the University Park campus.Read more.
May 01, 2019
Sleep and exercise affect new moms differently than new dads
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sleep and exercise are vital to the wellbeing of new parents, but these essentials affect new moms differently than new dads, according to researchers.Read more.
April 23, 2019
$1.2 million NSF grant funds interdisciplinary Child Study Center project
Liberal Arts, Engineering, and Health and Human Development faculty collaborate on new model promoting STEM and social-emotional learning skills in pre-school children UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — “STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] skills have not been a priority in early childhood education,” said Evan Pugh University Professor Karen Bierman, director of the Penn State Child Study Center housed in the Department of Psychology in the College of the Liberal Arts. “Preschool play helps children build the foundation skills that support later spatial thinking and numerical reasoning. But most STEM toys are marketed for boys, fueling a gender gap in STEM interests and skills that is evident by school entry.”Read more.
April 18, 2019
Biobehavioral health student receives 2019 Alumni Association Dissertation Award
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Nichole Sell, a predoctoral graduate student in biobehavioral health, received the Alumni Association Dissertation Award for outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research on April 11 at the Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held at the Nittany Lion Inn. The prestigious award recognizes Sell’s research in the social science category.Read more.
April 18, 2019
Annual compassion lecture focused on the need for self-care in challenging times
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Sona Dimidjian, professor of psychology at the University of Colorado Boulder, presented the fourth annual Lecture on Compassion, “Expanding Compassion: Reflections on our Research, Practice, and Lives,” to more than 100 researchers and community members on April 4 at the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center at Penn State, on the University Park campus. Her talk addressed how we can most effectively study and practice compassion in a way that promotes individual healing and social change.Read more.