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Connection to racial identity may boost body image in Black youth

Jan 27, 2022

Adolescence can be a time filled with anxiety and insecurity about body shape and size, but a new Penn State study found that for Black youth, having a strong racial identity may help stave off these worries. The researchers found that among Black youth between the ages of 11 and 19 with high body…

Conference explores role of institutions of higher education in extreme weather

Nov 15, 2019

As the number of extreme weather events associated to climate change continues to grow world-wide, it is becoming increasingly important that institutions of higher education reflect on their role both before and after catastrophic events. The “RISE CONFERENCE 2019: Transforming University…

How Do We Make Evidence Have an Impact? Podcast

Oct 2, 2019

The latest episode of the "Ask the Experts" series features Max Crowley, assistant professor of human development and family studies and director of SSRI’s Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative. 

Penn State faculty, students, and staff participate in pre-semester "R Bootcamp"

Sep 18, 2019

Heterogeneity in student backgrounds is a major hurdle to effective, broad, and inclusive education in areas such as data science. For the most part, traditional university classes are built on the idea that a uniform, linear training program is appropriate and efficient. An alternative perspective…

Researchers analyze use of social media during Puerto Rican uprising

Aug 21, 2019

When the people of Puerto Rico took to the streets after a series of government corruption scandals this past July, a group of researchers took the opportunity to determine the role of social media in the organization and dissemination of the protests, marches and other activities that occurred.…

Administrative Data Accelerator partnering with consumer data company

Jul 16, 2019

Penn State's Administrative Data Accelerator has selected consumer identity management expert Infutor to support research that informs policy and improves lives. Located in the College of Health and Human Development’s Prevention Research Center, and supported by the Social Science Research…

Penn State-led national coalition bringing prevention science to life

Jun 21, 2019

Over the past four decades, prevention science has grown steadily, producing evidence-based practices and policies that prevent negative medical, social and emotional impacts before they occur. Increasingly, the Penn State-led National Prevention Science Coalition to Improve Lives(NPSC) is being…

'A Conference on the Study of Lives through Time' to be held at Penn State

May 20, 2019

The Center for Life Course and Longitudinal Studies (C2LS) will host “It’s About Time: A Conference on the Study of Lives through Time,” on Wednesday-Thursday, May 29-30, at the Penn Stater Conference Center on the University Park campus. All those who are interested are welcome to attend.…

Researchers recognized for innovative work in aging

Mar 12, 2019

The Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging has recently recognized three investigators in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State for their innovative research in aging.  Nilam Ram, professor of human development and family studies and psychology; Lizbeth Benson, a doctoral…

Data+Music concert recently held

Jan 22, 2019

Nilam Ram, associate professor of human development and family studies, and nationally acclaimed percussionists Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron created music and animations from the data collected by researchers at the recent “Playing the Archive” concert. The data was presented by Ram; Denise…

Data+Music concert to be held at Penn State

Jan 7, 2019

Percussionists Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron will join with Nilam Ram, professor of human development and family studies at Penn State, to explore sonic transformations of dyadic data and musical improvisation at the “Data-Musik House Concert”, taking place January 17 at 8 p.m. in the Ruth Pike…

Hormones may affect girls’ interests, but not their gender identity or playmates

Mar 4, 2018

Prenatal exposure to male hormones influences which activities girls are interested and engage in, but the effects of those hormones don’t extend to gender identity or who they socialize with, according to Penn State researchers. The researchers explored how prenatal exposure to androgens —…

Penn State researchers developing startup to help people in addiction recovery

Jan 22, 2018

A group of Penn State researchers is developing a system — WearIT — utilizing wearable devices as tools to help individuals battle addiction. Their idea was the winner of Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central and Northern Pennsylvania’s TechCelerator program, receiving $10,000 in December to…