News from the College of Health and Human Sciences

Nutrition Science alumna’s new cookbook battles heart disease through plant-based recipes

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021


By Tim Brouk, tbrouk@purdue.edu A new cookbook by a Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences alumna aims to eradicate heart disease using tasty ingredients straight from the garden. Registered dietitian and author Katie Reines (BS nutrition science ’15) released “Heart Disease Cookbook” on May 25.  A vegan for 10 years and counting, Reines […]

Challenging behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder increased significantly for households facing income and food insecurity during COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, June 16th, 2021


By Tim Brouk, tbrouk@purdue.edu Routine and structure are often essential in the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, those key elements were upended in most parts of their lives. From schools shifting online to the temporary unavailability of favorite foods, many families experienced significant […]

Sa Liu, right and assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences, stands at “ground zero” of the Martinsville superfund site, which saw a dry-cleaning company illegally dump gallons of PCE into a well in 1991, with Tom Wallace, founder of a Martinsville PCE task force. The groundwater as well as the air inside homes and businesses near the site still contain amounts of the dangerous chemicals 30 years later.

Purdue researchers uncover contaminants in water, soil and indoor air in Indiana communities

Tuesday, June 15th, 2021


Pictured above: Sa Liu, right and assistant professor in the School of Health Sciences, stands at “ground zero” of the Martinsville Superfund site, which saw a dry-cleaning company illegally dump gallons of PCE into a well in 1991, with Tom Wallace, founder of a Martinsville PCE task force. The groundwater as well as the air […]

Purdue Nursing researcher striving for better protection of the elderly nationwide, during and post-pandemic

Monday, June 14th, 2021


Years before the coronavirus upended the nation, about 1 in 10 older Americans were victims of physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuses and/or neglect. According to an April 2020 survey, elder abuse in the United States rose sharply early in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wayne and Helen Townsend Writing Excellence Fund grants awarded to HHS faculty

Monday, May 17th, 2021


Written by: Rebecca Hoffa, rhoffa@purdue.edu The Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) Teaching Awards Committee has selected two proposals for 2021 Wayne and Helen Townsend Writing Excellence Fund grants. The endowment was established by Purdue alumni W. Wayne Townsend and Helen Hardin Townsend to encourage the enhancement of undergraduates’ written communication skills, […]

Can dogs live longer?

Monday, May 17th, 2021


Professor’s search for dogs’ healthier living, longevity drives Dog Aging Project WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Audrey Ruple loves Great Danes so much that, while in the middle of Texas on a family vacation in 2012, she made the decision to get another one. “We were lucky that we had a vehicle large enough to hold […]

Dietetics Learning Community serves students fresh opportunities

Friday, May 14th, 2021


Written By: Rebecca Hoffa, rhoffa@purdue.edu Instructors Rachel Clark, Dinah Dalder and Donna Zoss want students in Purdue University’s Dietetics Learning Community to know a career in dietetics goes beyond encouraging hospital patients to eat their vegetables. The two-time award winning trio of Purdue Learning Communities’ Real-World Experience Award introduces the realm of career possibilities through […]

New research from Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences revealed that young adults’ sex, medications and physical activity affect their falling patterns. (Unsplash)

Watch your step: Purdue researcher finds sex, medications and physical activity affect fall frequency

Friday, May 14th, 2021


Written By: Rebecca Hoffa, rhoffa@purdue.eduPhoto: Unsplash/Jeffrey Grospe Falls are a leading cause of injury in almost all ages in the United States, according to nonfatal injury data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but falls in young adults have been insufficiently researched. New research from the Purdue University College of Health and Human […]

Purdue addiction studies concentration awards its first graduate

Thursday, May 6th, 2021


Written by: Rebecca Hoffa, rhoffa@purdue.edu As Gabby Palazzolo sat in HDFS 10000 (Orientation To Current Issues In Human Development And Family Studies), her first class in the human services major she’d recently transferred into, the then Purdue University sophomore from Fort Wayne, Indiana, had no idea her education plans were about to change again. After […]

Purdue HHS to bestow honorary doctorate during spring commencement

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021


Jack Calhoun, senior advisor at McKinsey & Co., will receive an honorary doctorate during this year’s spring commencement ceremony May 15 at Ross-Ade Stadium. Written by: Bella Vina, ivina@purdue.edu Jack Calhoun will receive an honorary from the College of Health and Human Sciences. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in technology from Purdue in 1987. He serves as […]

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Research with babies and their families fuels early ASD detection research for HHS faculty

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021


Written by: Tim Brouk, tbrouk@purdue.edu Sleep health is key for optimal development in children but especially for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). According to research by A.J. Schwichtenberg, an associate professor in Purdue University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies, sleep problems for children with ASD are more than just a […]

Deconstructing dreams: Purdue researcher investigates the networks we create while our eyes are closed

Friday, April 23rd, 2021


Written By: Rebecca Hoffa, rhoffa@purdue.edu You’re sitting at your desk, scrolling through emails, and suddenly your teeth start falling out. You wake up in a panic, hands immediately flying to your still-intact teeth. Relief washes over you. It was all a dream. Teeth falling out is one of the most common themes in dreams; among […]

Want to improve your child’s math skills? Read them a book

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021


Written by: Tim Brouk Parents can improve their preschool child’s math skills by reading specially designed math picture books to them, according to a new study at Purdue University. Through a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation, David Purpura, associate professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, and his colleagues collaborated with a […]

Purdue offers the perfect blend of ingredients for HTM chef Dawn Sieber

Friday, April 16th, 2021


Written By: Rebecca Hoffa, rhoffa@purdue.edu Coming from a family of mostly doctors and lawyers, chef Dawn Sieber took off in a new direction as she followed her passion in the culinary arts. From the moment she was first introduced to cooking, she knew she’d found her path. “I loved to cook from the time I […]

Purdue HDFS graduate creates hope from hardships with cancer nonprofit

Friday, April 16th, 2021


Written By: Rebecca Hoffa, rhoffa@purdue.edu In 2008, Purdue University Department of Human Development and Family Studies alumna Tricia Rausch found a lump under her skin during a self-examination. At 31 years old, cancer seemed unfathomable, but a trip to the doctor confirmed it was an aggressive stage-two breast cancer. “Everyone knows someone that’s been touched […]

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Purdue Public Health study focuses on COVID-19’s effect on area homeless

Friday, April 16th, 2021


Written by: Tim Brouk Among the many unforgettable news media images during the COVID-19 pandemic were images that depicted cities’ treatment of their homeless populations. Painted boxes spaced six feet apart for homeless individuals to sleep in a Las Vegas parking lot to tiny house villages erected in Seattle showed some metropolitan areas’ varying responses […]

Purdue graduate students juggle parenthood during a pandemic

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021


Written by: Tim Brouk Rigorous studies, teaching undergraduate classes, hours and hours of research: The lives of graduate students are strenuous and often spread thin. Then, add changing diapers and lining up daycare during a pandemic. For some Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences graduate students, the pursuit of PhDs and master’s degrees […]

HHS Faculty promotions approved by Purdue board

Monday, April 12th, 2021


Purdue University’s Board of Trustees on Friday (April 9) approved faculty promotions. The following College of Health and Human Sciences promotions are effective with the 2021-22 academic year. Exact dates are noted by campus or individual. WEST LAFAYETTE CAMPUSEffective Aug. 16, 2021, except as noted COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SCIENCES To Associate Professor Audrey […]

Purdue HHS Parkinson research explores exposure risks, effects on speech and swallow

Monday, April 12th, 2021


Written by: Tim Brouk When Allison Schaser joined Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) in fall 2020, she brought a unique expertise to a strong Parkinson disease research group. Her perspective — and mouse line — is already playing a vital part in the investigation of this complex disease. An assistant professor […]

HHS Parkinson disease research extends to patients and their families

Monday, April 12th, 2021


Written by: Tim Brouk Parkinson disease affects millions of Americans, yet there is still much mystery behind the debilitating and incurable disease. Symptoms and progression of the disease are highly variable from person to person. While we often talk of curing Parkinson disease, it is critical to consider how to improve quality of life for […]

Increasing access, community outreach key in Purdue neurological autism research

Thursday, April 1st, 2021


Researchers in Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences rely on human subjects for learning more about genetic and developmental disorders like autism, Angelman syndrome and others.

“Serving people” takes on new meaning for Purdue hospitality graduate

Monday, March 29th, 2021


Written by: Rebecca Hoffa During a year spent navigating the challenges of a global pandemic, Purdue Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) alumna Kier Crites, alongside her team at Food Finders Food Bank, put together creative strategies to continue supporting the food bank’s 16-county service area with the resources it needed during difficult times. This included […]

Health experts address COVID-19 vaccine questions in free webinar

Monday, March 22nd, 2021


West Lafayette, Ind. — As COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out, some Hoosiers are still hesitant about getting their shots. To help assure those on the fence, representatives from the Purdue University School of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and the Indiana University School of Medicine — West Lafayette campus will present “COVID-19 Vaccines: What You […]

Purdue alumnus finds career in selling and sales management is more than a numbers game

Monday, March 22nd, 2021


Many people think of the pushy door-to-door salesperson stereotype when they hear the word “sales,” but for Benjamin George, a Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) alumnus, a career in sales means helping people.

Purdue HHS health expert encourages vaccines, warns against COVID-19 pandemic fatigue

Thursday, March 18th, 2021


As COVID-19 vaccination rates rise and case numbers fall, many Hoosiers are experiencing high levels of optimism — one full year after Indiana’s initial shutdown. However, that optimism must come with caution, according to Purdue University associate professor of nursing Libby Richards.

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Think the Brain is Always Efficient? Think Again.

Friday, March 5th, 2021


If you want to expend energy efficiently, it’s best to tailor your efforts to the final goal. If your devices or network connections can’t display or relay high-resolution images, there’s no point in streaming high-definition movies.

Purdue alumnus stitches lasting legacy

Thursday, March 4th, 2021


A few months after the passing of his wife of more than 50 years, Roger Johnson started cleaning things out in their home. As he was going through a large, blue plastic tub Vicki had stored in their basement, he found an array of fabric: a mostly completed quilt top, several quilt blocks in various stages, and a stack of fabric that was cut into the components to create a quilt block that Vicki had likely designed.

Helen Johnson

Helen Johnson (1914-2001)

Thursday, March 4th, 2021


School of NursingWritten by: Angie KlinkPhotos provided by Purdue Archives. Helen R. Snyder Johnson decided from age six, when she broke her leg and had to have surgery that prompted a stay in the hospital, she wanted to be a nurse. Today, students become nurses at Purdue University because Johnson never changed her mind. Her […]

2020 Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award

Friday, February 26th, 2021


George Hollich, associate professor in psychological sciences (PSY); Jill Gulker, senior lecturer in psychological sciences; and Erin Sparks Ward, senior lecturer in psychological sciences, are the 2020 winners of the Patsy J. Mellott Teaching Innovation Award. Established by Patsy Mellott (HHS’69), the award supports HHS faculty who demonstrate their excellence and leadership as teachers by proposing significant innovations to enhance the quality of HHS educational programs.

Three Siblings’ Call to Nursing

Thursday, February 25th, 2021


By 2030, Indiana alone will need 75,300 regis­tered nurses. Three siblings, all Boilermakers, are doing their part to answer the call.

Honoring African American Nurses During Black History Month

Thursday, February 11th, 2021


When individuals think of nursing history, they typically envision nursing leaders such as Florence Nightingale, Clara Barton and Dorothea Dix. Reverence to these founding mothers of modern nursing is important; however, we must also not forget the contributions of our African American mothers of nursing who greatly influenced the profession.

Purdue HHS Announces New Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Friday, January 8th, 2021


Margo J. Monteith, professor of psychological sciences, has been appointed as associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), effective January 1, 2021.

Purdue Professor to receive 2021 Society of Toxicology Education Award

Monday, January 4th, 2021


The Society of Toxicology (SOT) has chosen Wei Zheng, a professor of health sciences in Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences, to receive the 2021 SOT Education Award for his significant contributions to education in toxicology and his training of toxicologists for more than 25 years as a researcher and educator.

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Pandemic Pivot brings Gen Zs and Baby Boomers together in unique way

Friday, December 18th, 2020


Purdue’s College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) students continued to deliver and receive joy during the fall 2020 semester through a letter writing project conceived at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic by instructor Keith Molter.

Jaya Sunil Bhojwani, an international PhD counseling psychology student, is studying the unique challenges that COVID-19 brought to international students in the U.S. and is developing an intervention to provide mental health support to affected students.

Being an international student during COVID-19

Monday, November 23rd, 2020


Jaya Sunil Bhojwani, a PhD counseling psychology student, conducts research on the socio-political and systemic challenges faced by international students studying in the U.S. It’s not just her research agenda, it’s also her lived experience.

Andrew Exner, a PhD student in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, is evaluating an artificial intelligence system that could enable patients with speech difficulties to be assessed at home.

Evaluating a telehealth platform to keep patients safe

Monday, November 23rd, 2020


Early this year, Andrew Exner, a PhD student in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, was working with the Purdue Motor Speech Lab and the Imaging, Evaluation, and Treatment (I-EaT) of Swallowing Research Laboratory at Purdue.

Yiran Liu, a 2nd-year PhD student in Hospitality and Tourism Management, works as a TA in the John Purdue Room, a restaurant and teaching lab that was temporarily closed in the spring of 2020 due to the pandemic.

Helping the restaurant industry bounce back

Monday, November 23rd, 2020


“I heard about [COVID-19] starting in January of this year. I realized there was a pandemic, but at that time, I wasn’t thinking much about how it would impact our industry or how it would change my research topic,” said Yiran Liu

Laura Murray-Kolb to lead Department of Nutrition Science

Friday, November 13th, 2020


Laura Murray-Kolb, Ph.D., will head Purdue University’s Department of Nutrition Science in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), effective July 1, 2021. Murray-Kolb comes to Purdue from The Pennsylvania State University were she is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the professor in charge of the graduate studies […]

Dean Underwood

COVID-19: A message to the Purdue HHS Community

Sunday, March 29th, 2020


Dear HHS community, There is a lot of uncertainty in all our lives right now. Life as we’ve known it has been uprooted in many ways. Purdue classes are being delivered by remote instruction for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. All students who can move home or to a different location are being […]

David Rollock

Shining a light on ethnic, cultural, and religious divides in scientific research

Friday, February 7th, 2020


Written by Angie Klink. David Rollock was the type of kid to whom other kids told their problems. When he was growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Rollock strove to make his peers feel comfortable. “I tried to welcome new people and was nice to those who weren’t always the most popular,” Rollock said. David […]

Clara Bell, Purdue Nursing faculty - 150 Years of Giant Leaps in Nursing

Clara E. Bell was a trailblazing African American professor of nursing

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020


Written by Angie Klink. Clara E. Bell forged a personal footpath that developed her empathy for the complexities that faced Purdue University’s black students and her black colleagues. She shined a spotlight on the distinct needs of minority nursing students, minority faculty, and what is today Purdue’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion.  Born February 9, 1934, […]

Job outlook for skilled administrators set to spike in the wake of healthcare changes driven by COVID-19

Monday, May 3rd, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic has forced sweeping changes on numerous industries, healthcare not the least among them. This has changed the job outlook, creating a larger demand for skilled healthcare administrators.  During the pandemic, health systems have had to quickly implement new capacity-planning methods to balance the availability of beds, staff and hospital resources. The planning models […]

HHS Faculty Profile: Sandra Sydnor

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021


Updated from a 2018 Purdue Today profile written by Joseph Paul. Sandra Sydnor, an associate professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM), works every day to achieve mindfulness in her own life and in the lives of her students. Sydnor is researching how travel, such as studying abroad, can help people become […]

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on HHS Alumni and Students

Monday, August 24th, 2020


Rolyn Clarke (HHS’14), works in the ICU at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA, and has been working on the frontlines with COVID-19 patients. “I work in Atlanta’s busiest hospital with a team of providers and nurses who are completely amazing. I feel like the city came together as a community to fight this epidemic. […]

A decade of success: Purdue HHS celebrates 10th anniversary

Monday, June 29th, 2020


Written by: Aaron Martin Today, Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) is firmly established as a cornerstone of the University and its institutional mission. A decade ago, HHS as we know it didn’t even exist. HHS is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2020, and its growth from a bold idea to consolidate […]

Health and Human Sciences Awards Dinner – CANCELED

Friday, March 27th, 2020


This annual event, co-sponsored by the HHS Alumni Board, honors HHS distinguished alumni and outstanding seniors for their remarkable achievements.

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Health and Human Sciences Alumni and Admitted Students Reception in Westfield

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020


Join us at Wood Wind Golf Club for appetizers and beverages from Sahm’s Catering. Wood Wind Golf Club is part of Cohoat & O’Neal Management group which is owned and operated by Doc O’Neal and Matt Cohoat (MGMT ’82). Colin O’Neal, a 2007 HHS alumnus, is Wood Wind’s director of operations. Sahm’s Catering is a division of Sahm’s Restaurant Group which was founded by Purdue HHS Hospitality and Tourism Management alumni Ed Sahm (HTM ’84) and his son, Eddie Sahm (HTM ’09).

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Health and Human Sciences Alumni and Admitted Student Reception in Broad Ripple

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020


Join us for appetizers and beverages at Liter House in Broad Ripple. Liter House is part of Sahm’s Restaurant Group which was founded by Purdue HHS Hospitality and Tourism Management alumni Ed Sahm (HTM ’84) and his son Eddie Sahm (HTM ’09).

Health and Human Sciences Alumni and Friends Breakfast in Naples

Sunday, February 16th, 2020


Join the College of Health and Human Sciences and HHS alumni and friends at our annual breakfast in Naples.

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Health and Human Sciences Alumni and Friends Reception in Houston

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020


Join us for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at The Union Kitchen Washington. Meet Dean Underwood and fellow Boilermaker alumni and friends living in Houston!

Health and Human Sciences Alumni and Friends Reception in Dallas

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020


Join us for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at The Mercury Dallas. Meet Dean Underwood and fellow Boilermaker alumni and friends living in Dallas!

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

Human Development and Family Studies professor honored with prestigious humanities and social sciences award

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019


Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, professor of Human Development and Family Studies, is the recipient of the 2019 Lu Ann Aday Award—the most prestigious award given by Purdue University in humanities and social sciences.

HHS Family Day Tailgate

Saturday, October 26th, 2019


Registration is closed for this event. We hope to see you there!

From left to right: Holly Schrank, Sandra Sydnor, and Maria Marshall

In Katrina’s Wake

Thursday, October 24th, 2019


While many studies of Hurricane Katrina focused exclusively on the businesses that survived, a group of Purdue researchers studied the ones that failed.

HHS Class of 1969 Reunion Reception

Saturday, October 12th, 2019


Join HHS Dean Marion Underwood and fellow HHS 1969 classmates in the Morse Library following the football game.

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HHS Homecoming Tent and Silent Auction

Saturday, October 12th, 2019


Stop by the HHS Homecoming tent to browse our HHS Student Council silent auction items and place a bid. Enjoy a complimentary breakfast sponsored by the HHS Alumni Board.

HHS Homecoming Lunch with Dean Marion Underwood

Friday, October 11th, 2019


This event is sold out!

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Purdue University Women’s Global Health Institute names new leadership

Monday, October 7th, 2019


Dorothy Teegarden, professor of Nutrition Science, is WGHI’s new director. Ulrike Dydak, professor of Health Sciences, is the institute’s new associate director.

Andrea DeMaria

Public Health professor selected as winner of reproductive health award

Thursday, September 19th, 2019


Andrea DeMaria, assistant professor of Public Health, was selected as a 2019 winner of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders, an initiative by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.

Pop Up Clinic: Aches and Pains and Exercise

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019


Concerned about a nagging injury? Trying to start a new exercise program and limited by aches and pain? We’re here to help.

Greg Henderson and Tzu-Wen Cross

Department of Nutrition Science welcomes two new faculty

Friday, August 30th, 2019


Dean Marion Underwood welcomes Tzu-Wen Cross and Greg Henderson to the Department of Nutrition Science this fall.

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Study: travel agents have disappeared and that’s a bad thing

Friday, August 30th, 2019


Research shows that humans benefit more from interacting with people than with computers, and that human interaction is extremely important to travel experiences, said Xinran Lehto, professor in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Mitch Daniels welcomes new faculty

New Health and Human Sciences faculty introduced by Mitch Daniels

Friday, August 23rd, 2019


President Mitch Daniels held a reception for new faculty members on August 13. The College of Health and Human Sciences welcomes 12 new faculty.

Monon Health Clinic operated in partnership with Purdue University School of Nursing

Monon Family Health Clinic celebrates one year in new facility

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019


Monon Family Health Clinic, in partnership with Purdue School of Nursing, is celebrating one year of serving this rural Indiana community in its new facility.

David Rollock

Head of Psychological Sciences honored by APA for contributions to African American community

Friday, August 9th, 2019


Professor David Rollock is the recipient of the Charles & Shirley Thomas Award from the American Psychological Association.

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Have a great year with these 5 back-to-school tips from the School of Nursing

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019


Here are some great tips for parents to make the transition from summer to the school year easy for them and their children.

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Purdue Nursing alumna works at NASA as occupational health nurse practitioner

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019


Caroline Mullen Gerughty, a Purdue School of Nursing alumna, took small steps during her career that led to a giant leap to NASA Ames Research Center.

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Ghosting, enabled by social media, is still just version of ostracism

Saturday, July 6th, 2019


Purdue psychological sciences researcher Dr. Kipling Williams recently spoke to Parade Magazine about ‘ghosting,’ which is ostracism that is enabled by technology and social media.

EPA soil cleanup at USS Lead Superfund Site

Environmental and occupational health professor studying lead exposure in Northwest Indiana children

Friday, July 5th, 2019


Ellen Wells, associate professor of environmental and occupational health in the School of Health Sciences, is studying children in North Lake County and East Chicago, Indiana who may have been exposed to lead in the soil.

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Study: pregnant women may have too much sodium, not enough nutrients in their diets

Friday, July 5th, 2019


A new study led by a Purdue Nutrition Science professor suggests pregnant women may not be getting proper amounts of some vitamins and minerals, while many are getting potentially excessive amounts of sodium.

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Jason Harris named associate dean for graduate programs and online education

Thursday, June 27th, 2019


Marion Underwood, dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, announced Professor Jason Harris’ appointment as associate dean for graduate programs and online education in the following letter to faculty and staff. Dear Colleagues, I am delighted to announce that Jason Harris, associate professor in the School of Health Sciences (HSCI), will become associate dean for graduate programs and online education in […]

PALS participants learn about upper body strength during a session on SHARBADE boards (SHoulders AR BAck DEvelopment). (Purdue University photo)

PALS camp teaches character, encourages STEM, physical activities

Saturday, June 15th, 2019


During PALS (Purdue Athletes Life Success) camp, children spend time at the pool and on the field, make new friends, and receive hands-on experience with STEM projects.

Sarah Johnson

Purdue Nutrition Science alumna and Dining Services retiree honored by YWCA

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019


YWCA Lafayette recognized Sarah C. Johnson’s contributions to the community in their annual Salute to Women awards ceremony.

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Health Sciences Fulbright Scholar researching metals affecting human health

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019


Fulbright Scholars award to help Purdue researcher Linda Nie establish innovative lab to identify common exposures to harmful metals, expand education through international alliance.

Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

Military Family Research Institute director receives prestigious awards

Friday, May 17th, 2019


Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, professor of Human Development and Family Studies, received the most prestigious research award for her work in humanities and social sciences.

Purdue School of Nursing has doubled the number of students in recent years

Purdue School of Nursing responds to demand for registered nurses

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019


Purdue School of Nursing has 800 undergraduate nursing students. The school has responded to increased demand for nurses by doubling the number of graduates since last year.

Jessica Huber

Jessica Huber named Associate Dean for Research

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019


Jessica E. Huber, Ph.D. has been named associate dean of research for Purdue University’s College of Health and Human Sciences.

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Getting the perfect Instagram travel photo is a status symbol for ‘influencers’

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019


This summer, iconic destinations are bracing for a wave of travelers desperate for that perfect Instagram travel photo.

2019 Outstanding Seniors in Health and Human Sciences

2019 Outstanding Seniors in Health and Human Sciences

Sunday, May 12th, 2019


Congratulations to the 9 outstanding seniors of 2019 from each of the nine units in Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences. We asked each senior who their biggest influences were while studying at Purdue and what their next giant leap will be.

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2019 Health and Human Sciences faculty awards

Friday, May 10th, 2019


We recognize the achievements of the College of Health and Human Sciences faculty for 2019, including three of the university’s 8 Fulbright Scholars.

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Top Health and Human Sciences students to be recognized during 2019 commencement

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019


Four students from the College of Health and Human Sciences are among the highest achieving students recognized during Spring 2019 commencement.

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HHS on the Road in Washington, DC

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019


Join us for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine with Dean Underwood at The Mansion on O Street, Washington’s most unique venue!
May 2 / 7-9PM

Diet sodas increase sugar and calorie consumption in children

Study: Soft drinks, including diet sodas, contribute to increased sugar intake and total calorie consumption in children

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019


Children who enjoy sweetened soft drinks consume more total calories and sugar compared with their water- and milk-drinking peers, according to a new study by Purdue Psychological Sciences researcher.

2019 Promoted Faculty in College of Health and Human Sciences: Back row, left to right: Scott Lawrance, Arielle Borovsky, Nancy Edwards, Darryl Schneider, Amy Brewster, AJ Schwichtenberg, German Posada, Zoe Taylor Front row, left to right: Ellen Wells, Regan Bailey, Libby Richards, Natasha Watkins, Sara Schmitt Not pictured: Jennifer Coddington

College of Health and Human Sciences announces faculty promotions

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019


Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences is honored to promote 14 faculty members. They have demonstrated their passion for research and commitment to making lives better.

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Have you talked to your daughter about menstruation lately?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019


Dr. Andrea DeMaria from Purdue’s Public Health Graduate Program published findings on menstruation to expose a “culture of silence,” as well as myths, misconceptions, and fear-mongering surrounding periods.

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Veterans face food security issues. Here’s how communities can help.

Monday, April 29th, 2019


A recent study by Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute at 10 food pantries in Indiana and Kentucky suggests there is promise for veterans and their families with food security issues.

2019 Purdue Day of Giving Thank You

Purdue Day of Giving brings in over $700,000 for Health and Human Sciences

Thursday, April 25th, 2019


On April 24, 2019, the College of Health and Human Sciences ushered in gifts from over 500 donors that will benefit 10 academic units, and several scholarships, programs, and student organizations.

Purdue Day of Giving - April 24, 2019

Giant Leaps on Purdue Day of Giving

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019


We conducted a public sidewalk hopscotch experiment for Purdue Day of Giving. What Giant Leaps will you take for Health and Human Sciences?

Public Health Symposium, April 22, 2019

BREAKING BARRIERS: Improving Access to Health Services for Women and Children in Indiana

Monday, April 22nd, 2019


Public Health Symposium with keynote speaker Kristina Box, Indiana State Health Commissioner, featuring Dr. Judy Monroe, President and CEO of Centers for Disease Control Foundation.
April 22 / Stewart Center, Room 302

Olivia Glowacki

HHS student winner of 2019 Flora Roberts Award for outstanding senior woman

Friday, April 19th, 2019


Olivia Glowacki, a senior in Human Services who is passionate about social work, is already on her way to making lives better.

Preeti Sivasankar

New head of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences named

Thursday, April 18th, 2019


Professor Preeti M. Sivasankar will be the next head of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS), effective July 1, 2019

Purdue Autism Research Center

Interdisciplinary Purdue Autism Research Center established

Thursday, April 18th, 2019


There will be more community programs, resources, collaborations and faculty members researching autism, thanks to an expanded program at Purdue University. The progression of autism support and research at Purdue was triggered by community passions and furthered by administrative support when the Purdue Autism Cluster was created in 2014. It has now culminated in the […]

Get your game on with Goosechase app to win prized on Purdue Day of Giving

Purdue Day of Giving scavenger hunt app available

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019


Starting today, you can complete special Purdue Day of Giving missions in the Goosechase app to win special prizes and bonus funds for Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences.

2019 Alumni and Outstanding Student Awards

Five alumni and nine undergraduates recognized at Health and Human Sciences awards banquet

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019


5 alumni and 9 outstanding undergraduates recognized at 2019 Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences awards banquet.

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Indiana state health commissioner to speak at Purdue women’s health symposium

Thursday, April 11th, 2019


Dr. Kristina Box, Indiana state health commissioner, is the keynote speaker for Breaking Barriers: Improving Access to Health Services for Women and Children in Indiana, a women’s health symposium at Purdue University on April 22.

Psychological Sciences professor wins Trailblazer Award

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019


Sébastien Hélie, associate professor of psychological sciences, wins award for mid-career excellence and impact in research & scholarship.

Purdue students taking giant leaps

What is a Boilermaker?

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019


What does it mean to be a Boilermaker? Watch notable HHS alumni such as Captain C.B. Sully Sullenberger, Ted Allen, and current students, faculty, and staff share their Purdue pride and Boiler Up for #PurdueDayofGiving!

Spring Fest - April 6-7, 2019 Purdue University College of Health and Human Sciences

Spring Fest

Saturday, April 6th, 2019


Spring Fest features interactive, hands-on activities—including Bug Bowl, Horticulture Show, Health and Human Sciences activities, more. FREE / April 6, 2019 / Lyles-Porter Hall

Purdue HHS Making Lives Better

9th Annual HHS Awards Banquet

Friday, April 5th, 2019


Join College of Health and Human Sciences Dean Marion Underwood and the HHS Alumni Board in honoring alumni and outstanding seniors at the 9th Annual HHS Awards Dinner. Learn More 2019 HHS Outstanding Seniors2019 HHS Alumni Award Recipients $35 per person or sponsor a table of 8 for $500Business attirePlease register by March 22, 2019Register

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The science of puberty

Monday, April 1st, 2019


Purdue University Human Development and Family Studies researcher Kristine Marceau examines bibliographic data on puberty research—a critical period of biological & social development.

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