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By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
February 1, 2021

GSA is now accepting abstract submissions for this November’s Annual Scientific Meeting! This is your chance to advance the science of aging — and as we take stock of the past year’s upheavals, we find that science was one of few arenas that brought us significant hope.

While the development of new COVID-19 vaccines may be the achievement most people remember from this time, there were critical advances in other important areas, too. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director, Dr. Francis Collins, recently authored a blog highlighting many of them.

Read more: Science Again Proves Itself a Winning Investment; Share Yours at GSA 2021!

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
January 28, 2021

The U.S. is back as a full-fledged member of the World Health Organization (WHO) — and that bodes well for bringing a quicker end to the pandemic, the success of the “Decade of Healthy Ageing,” and many other things.

One of the first acts of Joe Biden’s presidency was to retract the withdrawal from WHO enacted by the previous administration. And for the icing on the cake, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci has been tapped to represent the U.S. on the WHO Executive Committee.

Read more: With U.S. Back in WHO, Decade Ahead Looks More Promising

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
January 18, 2021

This week will witness the inauguration of our 46th president, Joseph R. Biden Jr. The Biden transition team has been navigating the normally delicate transition process made even more complicated by the COVID-19 pandemic and an uncooperative outgoing administration.

The new administration finds itself preparing policy responses to multiple policy crises on day one. While acute policy responses will fill the initial weeks of the administration, there are longer-term aging issues that will need to be considered in the year ahead.

Fortunately, GSA has assembled the work of some top scholars to help illustrate many of these issues in the latest Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR), titled “Policy Considerations for a Post-COVID Presidency.”

Read more: Policy Considerations for a Post-COVID Presidency

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
January 15, 2021

Happy New Year! If one of your resolutions is to make a positive difference in people’s lives, the first new resource we’ve added to the GSA website in 2021 is an essential tool: COVID-19 vaccine information for older adults.

We recognize that our members are working with older adults and may get questions from family, friends, and colleagues about the COVID-19 vaccine. This fact sheet gives answers to common questions so that GSA members can share accurate information.

Read more: Promote Vaccine Awareness and Change the Course of History

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
January 4, 2021

The GSA family begins 2021 mourning the loss of our friend, colleague, role model, and Board Chair Kathryn Hyer, MPP, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE.

Many of you had the opportunity to work with Kathy over her more than 30 years of active involvement in GSA. Kathy served as AGHE treasurer, SRPP Section chair, and member of the GSA Executive Committee. And she had the distinction of serving as the first GSA president under the Society’s new governance model.

Read more: Undaunted: A Tribute to Kathy Hyer

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
December 17, 2020

GSA is offering emerging scholars the opportunity to be immersed in aging-related policy development and participate in this process at the national level! We’re now accepting applications for the 2021 cycle of the Greg O’Neill Student Policy Internship, which will be conducted remotely in the summer months. I invite you to apply or help spread the word! The application deadline is January 29.

Read more: GSA’s Policy Internship Will Go Virtual in 2021; Apply Now!

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
December 14, 2020

As of January 1, GSA welcomes three new editors-in-chief to its peer-reviewed journals! I extend my congratulations to these successors who are about to embark upon four-year terms, and thank the outgoing editors for their tremendous contributions which have led to the journals’ continued growth as leading journals in the field of gerontology and associated disciplines.

Read more: GSA’s Journals Continue Tradition of Strong Stewardship

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
November 7, 2020

To the 4,000+ researchers, clinicians and educators who’ve joined us so far for the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Online: Thank you for making a difference.

In the middle of a pandemic, the science and insights you presented moved the field forward. You made the meeting a success and paved the way for GSA to host more online conferences for you in the future should the need arise.

The content on the meeting platform will be accessible through the end of this year. (We’re still accepting new registrations through the end of the year, too.) This new format brought a valuable alternative to in-person meetings. Chief among the benefits is the easy access to so much scholarship.

Read more: Your Hard Work Rewarded: The Scholarship Continues on GSA’s Meeting Platform

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
November 2, 2020

As we countdown to the kickoff of the live portion of the 2020 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting on Wednesday, November 4, please be sure to select which of the Presenter Discussions you wish to attend and “favorite” them so they will appear in your customized daily schedule.

There are multiple ways to explore the Presenter Discussion schedule; we encourage you to visit the Presenter Discussion tile on the meeting home page to view the full schedule.

Read more: New: Engage in GSA Meeting Presenter Discussions (Live Q&A with Speakers)

By CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH
October 26, 2020

As the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online approaches, there are three important dates to mark on your calendars.

Read more: Three Key Dates to Remember

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  3. Need to Upload Your GSA 2020 Meeting Presentation? We’ll Show You How
  4. Submit Your Late Breaker Poster Abstracts by September 3
  5. A GSA Meeting of Expanded Opportunities Awaits You
  6. Ageism Is Rampant, Poll Confirms, But We Can Fight It Together
  7. Infographic Dispels Myths About COVID-19’s Impact on Older Adults
  8. New GSA Fact Sheet Highlights Pathway to Future COVID-19 Vaccine(s), But Let’s Remember Importance of Fully Utilizing Already Available Immunizations
  9. U.N. Reminds Us What’s at Stake as We Collectively Respond to COVID-19
  10. GSA Journals Support Those Adapting and Innovating to Advance Aging Research
  11. Award-Winning Coverage Showcases Value of Members’ Work
  12. Celebrating You and the Aging Field During Careers in Aging Week
  13. Overnight Transition to Distance Teaching? GSA Members and Partners Provide Tips and Resources
  14. OAA Reauthorization Provides Welcome News
  15. New Resources Can Help the GSA Community Navigate the Weeks Ahead
  16. Equipping the 'Reframing Travelers'
  17. Honor Your Outstanding Colleagues Through Award Nominations
  18. A Big ‘Thank You’ to USF for Hosting My Recent Visit
  19. Fostering Development of Age-Inclusive Campuses
  20. Join the Next NACA Meeting via Videocast on Wednesday, January 22
  21. Philadelphia to Host GSA’s 75th Anniversary Meeting in November
  22. New 'Decade of Healthy Aging' Helps Us Measure Research Progress
  23. Say Hello in Boston!
  24. In Memory of Our Friend Greg O’Neill
  25. Supporting the Next Generation of Emerging Scholars
  26. Aging Research Finds New Audiences Through GSA Journalist Fellows
  27. Older Americans Key to Nation’s Future Economic Health
  28. Ten Years After ‘Retooling’ Report, Workforce Demands Remain High
  29. Changing the “Conventional Wisdom” on Aging: the Reframing Aging Initiative Moves Forward
  30. Addressing Social Isolation Among Older Persons is Gaining Momentum
  31. Hats Off to the NIA Leadership and Staff
  32. Listening Session Kicks Off 2018 Healthy Aging Summit Planning
  33. Focusing on “What Works” Improves Immunization Rates
  34. Landmark Research Summit Breaks New Ground
  35. GSA Takes on Key Role in Advancing Nation’s Caregiving
  36. Governance Review Workgroup Helping to Shape GSA's Future
  37. To Help Older Adults in Times of Disaster, New Policies Are Needed
  38. Unnecessary Tragedy Reminds Us of Importance of Disaster Planning
  39. Supporting our Texas Neighbors, Colleagues, and Older Persons
  40. Let’s Remind People of All Ages to Get Their Vaccinations
  41. GSA Hosts Largest Gathering of Aging Scholars Ever!
  42. Science and Persistence — The Right Mix for Improving Access to Hearing Aids
  43. Older Adults Need Better Clinical Trial Representation; NIH Asks for Input
  44. Is Your University Age Friendly?
  45. Proudly Marching for Gerontology
  46. Congratulations to GSA’s Newest Officers
  47. Science is the Driving Force That Improves Lives — Fully Fund It!

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