Monthly Archives: March 2016

Research Assistant at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

We have a full time position for a Clinical Research Assistant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in our Nutrition and Growth Lab. 

View the job posting from CHOP’s online job application site.CHOP NGL RA Job Description March 2016 (1)

This is a FULL TIME position, seeking a recent nutrition graduate.

We are looking for a candidate with a  nutrition background to become a member of our research staff. We need an individual who loves children, is fascinated by research and interested in growth to join or team conducting a variety of state of the art nutrition and anthropometry measures and research studies.

Please send your resume directly to Eileen Ford at:

Contact Information:

Eileen Ford, MS, RDN

Program Manager II, Infant Growth & Microbiome Study (I-GRAM)

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

3535 Market Street, Suite 1572

Philadelphia, PA 19104

O: 267-426-5647

C: 215-437-2013

Attention Seniors – Emphasis Area Evaluations due now

Attention Seniors:

Students planning to graduate Spring or Summer 2016 who have completed requirements for an emphasis area should complete the Request for Evaluation of Emphasis Area Coursework form as soon as possible.  Certificates will be presented to you during the Senior Reception on April 19.

Congratulations to all of our Spring and Summer Graduates!

Penn State Student Farm Initiative Summer Internship opportunity

Come join us for our first growing season on the One Acre Student Farm! The Student Farm Initiative at Penn State is offering paid internship opportunities for current students interested in working for the farm, under the guidance of the program coordinator. For summer 2016, we are seeking up to four half-time (20 hours/week) or two full-time (40 hours/week) interns. Start and end dates are approximately May 9-August 19.


All interns will participate in the many aspects of production, harvest and marketing, including:

  • Sow seeds in greenhouse and field, transplant plants in field.
  • Manage production including irrigation, fertilization, pest management and weeding.
  • Harvest and wash crops in a timely way for various markets.
  • Maintain the overall landscape of the site.
  • Market produce to individual and institutional customers.
  • Maintain records of all production, harvest and sales activities.
  • Host volunteers and other visitors at the farm.

Each intern will have an area of focus within the overall responsibilities. In your cover letter, please specify whether you would prefer to focus primarily on production, marketing, or volunteer engagement. Please also indicate in your cover letter whether you would prefer to be considered for a full-time, half-time, or either position.

Some weekend and/or evening work is required, and schedules will be adjusted according to the events and programs of the farm. Work is primarily outdoors but will involve weekly planning and evaluation meetings, record-keeping, marketing and outreach activities. Own transportation is required.


Applicants should have strong written and personal communication skills, a demonstrated willingness to work in a team environment, and a strong work ethic. Applicants must also be quick learners and able to prioritize multiple projects, meet deadlines and enjoy a fast-paced work environment. Must be able to work outdoors in varied weather and be able to lift 40 pounds. Highest preference will be given to candidates who have an interest in sustainable agriculture and food systems, and can explain how this opportunity will help them to reach their career goals. Previous experience in food production or related fields is welcome but not as necessary as the motivation to learn.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Student Farm Coordinator Leslie Pillen, by March 31. Interviews will begin March 25, so applicants are encouraged to apply early

Careers in Government and Policy Careers & Networking Event

Career Preparation and Networking Event

Thursday, March 31, 2016 Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building Considering a career in government or policy? Get advice from Penn State HHD alumni who are working in these fields.

7:00 p.m. – Alumni with careers in government and policy will share their experiences and advice.

7:45 p.m. – Meet and network with alumni.

Alumni Participants: Steve Landes ’74 Recreation and Parks, Muhlenberg Township Manager (retired)

Vic Gladstone ’68, ’69g Speech Pathology and Audiology, Chief Staff Officer for Audiology, American SpeechLanguage-Hearing Association (retired)

Devon Trolley ’09 Health Policy and Administration, Health Insurance Specialist, Department of Health and Human Services

Russ McDaid ’90 Communications, ’95g Master of Health Administration, President, Pennsylvania Healthcare Association

Debra Miller ’96g Biobehavioral Health, Director, Public Policy Development, Nutrition, Health and Food Safety, The Hershey Company

John Soubik ’85 Individual and Family Studies, Agency Workforce Planner, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Jennifer Leary Jabara ’07 Nursing, Registered Nurse, National Cancer Institute/NIH

Julie Obbagy ’07g Nutrition, Nutritionist, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Register: To register for the event, please contact Abby Diehl at or 814-863-2207 by March 25.

Light refreshments will be served. Business casual attire is requested.

Sponsored by the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society


LION PATH: How to Get Started

Dear Students,
As you may know, Penn State is phasing out eLion and moving toward a new student information system called LionPath. You can access LionPath at (Mozilla Firefox is recommended. Chrome may work as well. Try to avoid Internet Explorer.) Lion Path Survival Guide (with screenshots) attached below.


STEP 1: Check your degree audit on eLion to find your registration date (it’s on the first page of your degree audit). Prepare yourself for this date by taking the following steps well in advance.

STEP 2: Complete your Pre-Registration Activity Guide.

The Pre-Registration Activity Guide can be accessed using the direct link in the body of the email sent to you recently by LionPath or through the Student Center at Click the Student Task WorkCenter link in the body of the email or click the Pre-Registration Activity Guide link in the Student Center To Do List. Note: The Financial Responsibility hold appears above, in the Holds box, and will be released when you have completed the activity guide.

STEP 3: Visit for a better understanding of the transition between eLion and LionPath.

STEP 4: In order to become familiar with the enrollment (registration) process on LionPath, watch the Course and Class Search video modules at

STEP 5: Review the following videos and documents under the Enrollment section at
• Adding a class
• Dropping a class
• Swapping a class
• Waitlist FAQs
• Using the Shopping Cart

The transition to LionPath will be challenging as we all get acclimated to the new system.

If after following the steps above you feel “stuck,” here are some suggestions:
• What browser are you using? LionPath may function best in Mozilla Firefox, possibly Chrome (avoid Internet Explorer).
• Click the HELP link in the top right corner on LionPath and complete the relevant module(s).
• Ask peers for assistance if they have successfully navigated the system.
• Request assistance from the ITS Service Desk by going to


LionPath Survival Guide to Scheduling for Fall 2016