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Home About Us Press Room Archived Press Releases 2012 Press Releases The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2012 Fellows

For Immediate Release
June 7, 2012

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The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2012 Fellows

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named 38 exemplary professionals as its newest fellows.

The status of fellow — 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 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 14 to 18 in San Diego. Full details of this conference are available at www.geron.org/annualmeeting.

Biological Sciences Section
Esther E. Dupont-Versteegden, PhD, University of Kentucky; Heidi A. Tissenbaum, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School; John Tower, PhD, University of Southern California; Elena Volpi, MD, PhD, University of Texas Medical Branch; David J. Waters, DVM, PhD, Purdue University

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section
David Almeida, PhD, Pennsylvania State University; Sara L. Arber, PhD, University of Surrey; Kate M. Bennett, PhD, University Of Liverpool; Paula C. Carder, PhD, Portland State University; Michelle C. Carlson, PhD, Johns Hopkins University; Susan Turk Charles, PhD, University of California, Irvine; Laura H. Coker, PhD, Wake Forest School of Medicine; Ingrid A. Connidis, PhD, University of Western Ontario; Jessica A. Kelley-Moore, PhD, Case Western Reserve University; T.J.  McCallum, PhD, Case Western Reserve University; Christopher R. Phillipson, PhD, Keele University; Gary T. Reker, PhD, Trent University; Ken R. Smith, PhD, University of Utah; JoNell Strough, PhD, West Virginia University; Roland J. Thorpe, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Rebecca L. Utz, PhD, University of Utah; Kimberly S. Van Haitsma, PhD, Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life

Health Sciences Section
Alice F. Bonner, PhD, RN, GNP, FAANP, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services; Mary Cadogan, RN, DrPh, CGNP, University of Calfornia, Los Angeles; Kirsten Corazzini, PhD, Duke University Medical Center; Rebecca L. Davis, PhD, RN, Grand Valley State University; Karen S. Dunn, PhD, RN, Oakland University; Cheryl Riley-Doucet, PhD, RN, Oakland University; Janet Specht, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Iowa; Margaret I. Wallhagen, PhD, GNP-BC, AGSF, FAAN, University of California, San Francisco

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section
Maria P. Aranda, PhD, University of Southern California; Patricia J. Kolb, PhD; Lehman College; Edward A. Miller, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston; Joseph G. Pickard, LCSW, PhD, University of Missouri–St. Louis; Michelle M. Putnam, PhD, Simmons College; Jane K. Straker, PhD, Miami University; Joshua M. Wiener, PhD, RTI International; Scott D. Wright, PhD, University of Utah

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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.