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Home About Us Press Room Archived Press Releases 2011 Press Releases The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2011 Fellows

For Immediate Release
July 15, 2011

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The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2011 Fellows

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named 37 exemplary professionals as its newest fellows.

Fellow status — the highest class of membership within the Society — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. This recognition can come at varying points in an individual’s career and can acknowledge a broad scope of activity. This includes research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the organization. Fellows are chosen from each of GSA’s four membership sections.

The new fellows will be formally recognized during GSA’s 64th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 18 to 22, 2011, in Boston, MA. Full details of this conference are available at

Biological Sciences Section
Andrzej Bartke, PhD, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine; Matt Kaeberlein, PhD, University of Washington; Warren C. Ladiges, DVM, MS, University of Washington; Charlotte A. Peterson, PhD, University of Kentucky; LaDora V. Thompson, PhD, University of Minnesota Medical School; and Jeanne Y. Wei, MD, PhD, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section
Charles F. Emery, PhD, Ohio State University; Helene H. Fung, PhD, Chinese University of Hong Kong; Gillian H. Ice, PhD, MPH, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Jyotsna “Josi” M. Kalavar, PhD, Pennsylvania State University; Bo Malmberg, PhD, Jönköping University and Pennsylvania State University; Benjamin T. Mast, PhD, University of Louisville; Jutta Heckhausen, PhD, University of California, Irvine; Jennifer A. Margrett, PhD, Iowa State University; Jason T. Newsom, PhD, Portland State University; Robert W. Schrauf, PhD, Pennsylvania State University; Debra Umberson, MSW, PhD, University of Texas, Austin; Ning Jackie Zhang, MD, PhD, MPH, University of Central Florida; and Richard Zweig, PhD, Yeshiva University Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Health Sciences Section
Cathy A. Alessi, MD, University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine; Meg Bourbonniere, PhD, RN, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital; Barbara W. Carlson PhD, RN, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Diane E. Holland, PhD, RN, Mayo Clinic; Laurie M. Kennedy-Malone, PhD, GNP-BC, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Christine Mueller, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Minnesota; and Diana Lynn Woods, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, University of California, Los Angeles

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section
Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD, MSW, MA, University of Iowa; Kathy Black, PhD, University of South Florida at Sarasota-Manatee; Ellen A. Bruce, JD, University of Massachusetts Boston; Debra Dobbs, PhD, University of South Florida; Lauren D. Harris-Kojetin, PhD, National Center for Health Statistics; Terry Y. Lum, PhD, University of Minnesota; Thomas M. Meuser, PhD, University of Missouri – St. Louis; Philip A. Rozario, PhD, Adelphi University; Kathy Segrist, PhD, Ball State University; Margaret H. Teaford, PhD, Ohio State University School of Allied Medical Professions; and Deborah P. Waldrop, LMSW, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,400+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Recognition

Presented to C. Joanne Grabinski, PhD, Eastern Michigan University, and Mary Alice Wolf, PhD, Saint Joseph University.

This award honors colleagues who are near retirement or recently retired. Recipients are individuals who have been actively involved in AGHE through service on committees, as elected officers, and/or have provided leadership in one of AGHE’s grant-funded projects.

Administrative Leadership Award

Presented to Tammy M. Bray, PhD, Oregon State University

This award honors administrators on AGHE member campuses who have made exceptional efforts in support of gerontology or geriatrics education.

David A. Peterson Gerontology & Geriatrics Education Best Paper of the Volume Award

Presented to Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston; Elizabeth Johns, MS, University of Massachusetts Boston; and Judith A. Griffin, MA, MS, University of Massachusetts Boston, for the article “Students Explore Livable Communities.” Honorable mention is given to Emily J. Robbins, MS, Miami University; Jennifer M. Kinney, PhD, Miami University; and Cary S. Kart, PhD, Miami University, for the article “Promoting Active Engagement in Health Research: Lessons Learned from an Undergraduate Gerontology Capstone Course.”

The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in scholarship in academic gerontology in AGHE’s official journal, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

Graduate Student Paper Award

Presented to Deborah Gray, MBA, University of Massachusetts Boston, for the paper “Weight and Wealth: The Relationship between Obesity and Net Worth for Pre-Retirement Age Men and Women.”

This award acknowledges excellence in scholarly work conducted by an AGHE Annual Meeting student attendee.

Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging

Presented to Caitlin Dale Nicholson and Leona Morinn-Nelson for “Niwechihaw/I help” in the primary reader (pre-K to 2nd grade) category, and Ann Grifalconi and Jerry Pickney for “Ain’t Nobody A Stranger to Me” in the elementary reader (3rd to 5th grade) category.

This award recognizes portrayals of meaningful aging in children’s literature.