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Home About Us Press Room Archived Press Releases 2013 Press Releases Krause to Receive GSA’s 2013 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award

For Immediate Release
August 15, 2013

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Krause to Receive GSA’s 2013 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Neal M. Krause, PhD, of the University of Michigan as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award.

This distinguished honor is given annually to an individual whose theoretical contributions have helped bring about a new synthesis and perspective or have yielded original and elegant research designs addressing a significant problem in the literature.

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 the University of Michigan, Krause is the Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor and associate chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education within the School of Public Health; a research professor in the Institute of Gerontology; and a research affiliate in the Population Studies Center within the Institute for Social Research.

Krause's work focuses on stress and the resources people use to cope with it. In particular, he is interested in stress and health among the elderly, and religion and health in late life. Since the mid-1990s, his research has focused on the study of religious determinants of physical and mental health and psychosocial outcomes both in older adults and throughout the life course.

He has been an author on nearly 253 peer-reviewed journal publications in the leading journals in gerontology, aging, sociology, and health, as well as written two books and 35 book chapters. He has served as principle investigator on more than 20 externally-funded grants from National Institutes of Health spanning nearly 30 years. Most recently, he was awarded a $8 million grant from the Templeton Foundation to conduct a “Landmark Spirituality and Health Survey,” which is expected to be a definitive national study on spirituality and health.

Krause is a GSA fellow, which represents the Society’s highest class of membership, and was the 2010 recipient of GSA’s Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award for the book “Aging in the Church: How Social Relationships Affect Health.”

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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.