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Home About Us Press Room Archived Press Releases 2013 Press Releases Gold to Receive GSA’s 2013 Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award

For Immediate Release
August 15, 2013

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Gold to Receive GSA’s 2013 Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Deborah T. Gold, PhD, of the Duke University Medical Center as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award.

This honor is given to individuals who have not only fostered excellence in the field, but have made a major impact by virtue of their mentoring, and whose inspiration is sought by students and colleagues. To be eligible, the mentor must have had influence on graduate, undergraduate, and professional students as evidenced by the number and accomplishments of these mentees. The winner's influence on the next generation of gerontologists also may be evident through training programs, written materials associated with pedagogy, research supervision, or clinical training. Membership in GSA’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Section also is required.

The award presentation will take place at GSA’s 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 20 to 24 in New Orleans. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process. Visit www.geron.org/annualmeeting for further details.

At Duke University, Gold is an associate professor of medical sociology in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Sociology, and Psychology and Neurosciences; director of the Postdoctoral Research Training Program and a senior fellow in the Duke Aging Center; director of the Undergraduate Program in Human Development; and director of the Leadership in an Aging Society Program. Gold's research focuses on the psychosocial consequences of chronic illness in late life. In particular, she has studied the impact of an exercise and psychosocial intervention on women with osteoporosis living in retirement communities as well as the impact of chronic pain on community-dwelling older women with osteoporosis.

She has had a unique and important role in mentoring dozens of students who successfully completed graduate degrees and went on to take prominent roles in the field of gerontology. She was recognized for her efforts as the 2009 recipient of Duke University’s Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award.

Gold currently serves as the chair of GSA’s Task Force on Mentoring and has been instrumental in the development of numerous mentoring programs within the organization. She helped to develop GSA’s Mentoring Consultancies, which pairs experienced researchers and teachers with emerging professionals in an informal setting. Furthermore, she worked with colleagues to launch the ongoing Behavioral and Social Science Fellows/Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Mentoring Symposium at GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting to provide students and junior faculty with access to the expertise of more senior members of the GSA community. She also is a GSA fellow, which represents the Society’s highest class of membership, and a former chair of GSA’s Behavioral and Social Sciences Section.

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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.