Monthly Archives: October 2016

Adding Controlled Courses: NUTR 360

Attention Sophomores and Freshmen needing a full or controlled nutrition class for Spring 2017. (i.e. NUTR 360)

Seats are currently available in Nutr 360, but it is controlled for students officially in the major. If you are a pre-major student (HHD status) and would like to take Nutr 360 this spring, you may do so, but must take the following steps:

  1. Make sure you’ve completed NUTR 251
  2. Download and complete the Registration Drop/Add form
  3. Obtain a signature on the form from the instructor, Lynn Parker Klees or one of the advisers, Brenda Eissenstat or Shawnee Kelly (Located in 119 Chandlee suite)
  4. Return the completed form to 110 Chandlee Lab–there is a slot at the front desk to drop the form. You will then be added within a few days time.


Filing Deadline for Final Exam Conflicts – November 7

Filing Period Deadline for Overload Final Exam Conflicts Extended

October 26, 2016 – The deadline to file an overload final exam conflict for the fall 2016 semester has been extended from October 31, 2016 to November 7, 2016.

Students at the University Park, Behrend, and Harrisburg campuses can file a final exam conflict resolution request by completing the Overload Conflict Exam Request Form on the Office of the University Registrar website. Students at all other Penn State campuses should contact their campus registrar to request relief from an exam overload conflict.

An overload conflict occurs if a student has three exams scheduled within one calendar day or in three consecutive exam periods (University Faculty Senate Policy 44-25: Conflict Final Examinations). Students may choose to take their exams as scheduled or may choose to have a final exam rescheduled. Requests for rescheduling must be made before the filing deadline. If a request is made, the Office of the University Registrar determines which of the three exams will be rescheduled and notifies the student and the instructor by email.

Students can view their fall 2016 final exam schedule in the LionPATH Student Center by selecting “Exam Schedule” from the “Other Academic” drop-down menu.



Mentoring Program for HHD Students – Applications Due 10-28-16

Current Juniors who are interested in being mentored by a PSU grad in the Nutrition major should apply for the College of HHD Mentoring Program.

Mentors can give you personal advise on your career goals, may write recommendations for you, or help you find internships and employment.  The simple application process will take only a few minutes, but the rewards could be invaluable.  See the links below for additional information

The College of Health and Human Development Mentoring Program connects HHD students and alumni by matching students who are juniors in their academic department with professionals in their field(s) of interest who can offer advice and information about career options or other issues relevant to particular fields. The mentoring program includes an initial orientation and goal setting face-to-face meeting, followed by 15 months of ongoing interactions as students can explore internships, course choices, and plans after graduation with their mentor. All mentors and protégés are required to attend a Mentoring Kickoff Lunch or Dinner and Workshop where mentors and protégés meet in person, learn more about the expectations of the mentoring program and are provided one-on-one time to work on developing goals and action steps for the mentoring relationship


Metabolic Diet Study Center hiring Research Diet Aides!

Research Diet Aides Needed!

The Metabolic Diet Study Center in the Department of Nutritional Sciences has an immediate need for students to prepare meals for human controlled feeding studies.

The ideal candidate will be able to accurately weigh and measure food, properly handle and store food items and enjoy working in a fast paced environment.  Previous food service or food prep experience a plus.  Available hours/days are anytime between 6:30 am and 6:30 pm Monday through Friday. Must be willing to work a minimum of 10 hours per week.

Please contact Marcella Smith at 814-863-9745 or for more information.

Opportunities in HHD Ambassadors & Associate Dean’s Student Advisory Board

Associate Dean’s Student Advisory Board

The Associate Dean’s Student Advisory Board is a group of students selected to assist the Health and Human Development Student Council and the College of Health and Human Development by providing an organized voice for student issues and concerns, representing students to key committees of the College, developing student leadership capabilities, and identifying and collaborating on projects to improve educational, co-curricular, and other programs for undergraduates in the College of Health and Human Development.

Student Advisory Board members are selected through an application process (see application on reverse side). The selection tries to ensure that the Student Advisory Board is representative of all the college’s educational programs, as well as important other student characteristics (e.g., racial and ethnic diversity, Penn State campuses, Schreyer Honors students and more).

Student Advisory Board members must be active individual members of the Health and Human Development Student Council, as Student Advisory Board is established as a committee of the HHD Student Council.

What does the Associate Dean’s Student Advisory Board do?

  • Meets regularly with the Associate Dean and, on other occasions with other members of the College leadership, to bring student issues requiring the attention of the College to the Associate Dean and other leaders for discussion and problem solving
  • Identifies 1 or more projects to improve student life for HHD students and collaborates with the Associate Dean’s Office to accomplish the work needed for the project

If you are interested in being part of the Associate Dean’s Student Advisory Board, please fill out the application on the other side.  Applications can be scanned and emailed to Heather Zimmerman ( or mailed/dropped off for her in 344 Health and Human Development Building, University Park, PA 16802.

HHD Ambassadors


The mission of the HHD “Ambassadors” is to assist the HHD Student Council and the College of Health and Human Development by representing students at events involving prospective students, alumni and other friends of the college. The goal is to promote a positive image for HHD and to develop strong relationships that enhance the overall mission of the College of Health and Human Development. Students will be asked to be part of College events like Majors and Minors Night, Accepted Students Programs, Alumni Board meetings and other activities as requested by the Dean and other members of the college leadership team.

HHD Ambassadors Application


Penn State Orientation Team opportunity

Interested in welcoming new students to Penn State? Consider joining our Orientation Team! OTeamers can come from all walks of life and all backgrounds at Penn State. If you are a new Penn Stater who is passionate about your school and want to help share that passion with others – this opportunity is for you. If you are new to campus as a first-year student, transfer student, or started your Penn State career at a different campus, and are looking for your chance to become involved at University Park – this opportunity is for you. #KhakiUp and apply today at or attend an interest session in 131 HUB on the following dates:

  • Monday October 17 at 1:30pm
  • Thursday October 20 at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday October 26 at 8:30am

If you’d like to learn more about the OTeam, read about us in Penn State News. Applications are due October 28.

Courses to consider for Spring 2017

There are a variety of interesting special topic courses related to Nutrition and Health being offerred this spring.  All would be appropriate for supporting courses.  The English and History courses could be petitioned for GH credit.  These courses were brought to my attention by the Penn State Science newsletter, an excellent resource for any of you interested in Health Care careers.  Premedicine and Prehealth E-Newsletter


Hist 197, Sec 001: The History of Epidemics | In the 14th century, a disease that came to be known as the Black Death emerged in Asia and spread along trade routes to Europe, killing an estimated two thirds of the population in one year. Using the Black Death as a starting point, this course will examine the history of epidemics 1350 to the present day through five case studies from across the globe: Black Death (14th century); smallpox (1775-82); cholera (1832-23); influenza (1918); and HIV/AIDS (1980s to the present). A central focus of our course is examining how epidemic and infectious diseases have shaped our world history socially, politically, environmentally, and economically to the present day. We will also examine human responses to epidemics and the ways in which their philosophical and moral implications were debated in artistic, cultural, and intellectual realms. This means that a significant portion of our work will center on analyzing primary sources from women and men who witnessed epidemics, treated the sick, lived and died during various epidemic outbreaks, and attempted to understand them from a range of perspectives. Questions will be investigated concerning epidemics and revolutionary change, social beliefs about disease and danger, the impact of epidemics on economic and social stratification, violence and scapegoating, and the relationship of political philosophies and legitimization of structures of public health and welfare. The final weeks of the course analyze contemporary “pandemic preparedness” policy and responses to health threats including vaccine controversies, the 2014 ebola outbreak, and the ongoing zika outbreak.

Engl 297, Sec 001: Narrative Medicine: Stories and Comics |  Narrative medicine emphasizes stories of illness, with a focus on recognizing, interpreting, and absorbing the needs and experiences of patients.

Kines 497, Sec 901: EKG Interpretation | The course is a combined lecture and lab course, focusing on hands-on skills and EKG packets that reinforce the lectures each week. Five EKG machines in the lab are available to students, who are taught how to read both 12-leads and single channel EKGs as well as several different EKG electrode placement configurations all of which should help them gain employment as EKG techs. A former student, who sent on to PA school, says: “We are taking a lot of content-heavy courses this spring because we are so close to rotations, which has made it a more stressful semester compared to others. I couldn’t imagine going through this semester without at least having a basic understanding of EKGs. Also, being that I’ve always had an interest in pursuing a career as a cardiology PA, I want to thank you so much for offering the EKG class; I can’t tell you how happy I am that I can go into cardiology lectures with a better understanding. They say that PA school is like drinking from a fire hose, which can make some students shy away from specialties that they were once interested in before beginning the curriculum. I can say that I am still 100% interested in going into cardiology, and the ability to read EKGs before I got to school is one of the reasons why.”

BIOL 297, Sec 001: Visual Body Studies in Anatomy | This course uses the field of anatomical illustration to explore the history of medicine and our understanding of the human body. Charting the influence of visual art and imaging systems as essential aspects of medicine, this survey of art and historical imagery connects the study of human anatomy with principles of visual literacy and design. In addition to researching historical publications through writing and discussions, students will produce a research portfolio based on illustrations examined in the course. Lab activities with human cadavers will help students learn the basics of human anatomy within a historical context. No fine arts skills are required to take this course: only an enthusiasm for the study of human anatomy and its visual history.

Soc 297, Sec 001 (AFAM 397): Urban Inequalities | This course provides orientation to the social, structural, ethnic, and ideological dimensions of modern US cities and their linked global environments. Focus is on historical and socio-economic determinants of inequalities including racial/ethnic divisions in economics; law enforcement; education; and environmental resources.  Models for explaining the formation of ghetto or disordered communities; uneven distribution of crime, preventable health problems; environmental hazards, and other social problems are explored.

CHE 497, Sec 2: Drug Delivery | This course will examine the application of chemical engineering principles (thermodynamics, transport, and kinetics) to the analysis of a number of interesting biomedical systems including temperature regulation, drug delivery, pharmacokinetics, and artificial organs. One of the goals of this course is to understand how engineers go about developing appropriate models for complex biological systems.  Emphasis will be placed on identifying the key physical/biological phenomena governing the system behavior; you do not need to have any background in Biology to take the course (I will provide the necessary background material as needed).   Where appropriate, we will also examine some of the social, political, and economic implications of biomedical engineering in our society, including the rapidly growing cost of medical technology.

HDFS 497, Sec 1: Health Technology and Personal Data Collection| In this class, we will examine upcoming health technologies such as wearables (e.g. FitBit, Apple Watch, etc), fitness and motivation apps, and online therapy and rehabilitation tools.  The class will focus on the application of these technologies, the individual data that can be collected from them, and the way that both the tech and the data can be used (and abused) by companies, scientists, health care providers, and the individuals themselves.  Topics will include technologies such as personal data collection tools like FitBits, motivational smartphone apps, and self-quantification web pages; technological modes of health treatment delivery such as robotic surgery, online psychotherapy, and virtual reality-based rehabilitation tools; and online data storage systems like Apple HealthKit and electronic health record systems.  For each of these topics, we will address state of the art and future directions as well the potential advantages and disadvanatages of such systems for personal health, practitioner health care and treatment, individual privacy, scientific research, corporate/business interests, and public policy decision making.


Spring 17 Scheduling Dates Now Posted

The Dates for scheduling your Spring 17 classes have now been posted on lionpath.  You should also be able to start using the Shopping Cart function on lionpath.  A few things are different that prior semesters, so read the message from the Registrar’s office below. Note, you will ALL have a hold on your account until you complete the Pre-Registration Activity Guide.

A couple items to remember –

  • students will have a BFR hold placed each semester and they must complete the Pre-Registration Activity Guide each semester in order to release the BFR hold.  The last step of the Activity Guide is the student Financial Responsibility Agreement.
  • Once enrollment appointments are assigned, they do not change automatically** (i.e. transfer credits come in and bump them to the next appointment).    **This is new from prior semesters.

You can make appointments with your advisors at any time. But, our schedules fill up quickly so don’t wait until the week of your scheduling date to try to obtain an appointment.  Plan ahead.  Most of the advisors are using Starfish, which allows you to choose an online appointment time.  You can also call the Nutrition office during normal business hours, and one of the staff will help you schedule a convenient time.  814 863-0806.

Happy Scheduling!