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Great Gerontology Student Happenings in 2010
  • Julie Brown, Gerontology Student, was elected as the Tech Chair for the Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization of the Gerontological Society of America
  • Amber McIlwain, Gerontology Candidate, received a Dissertation Enhancement Award.
  • Amanda Sokan, Gerontology Candidate, spearheaded World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Event in Lexington, KY on June 15th. The mayor was present and made a proclamation, several speakers were involved, and the elders present shone flashlights commemorating those who are/were abused.
  • Courtney Ortz, Gerontology Candidate, accepted a position at Western University in Bowling Green. We wish you all the best, Courtney!
  • Fran Vorsky, Gerontology Student, was selected for an adjunct faculty member position at Transylvania University. Great work, Fran!
  • Tina Kruger, Katie York, and Amanda Sokan have hung artwork from the Donovan Scholars in the hall outside the gerontology suites. The work is not to be missed. Please come by for a viewing when time permits. The exhibit will be a changing one. It has added much to the third floor Wethington hallway. Many thanks for the time and effort it took you three!
  • Niki Munk, Tina Kruger, Katie York and Shani Bardach all received a Donovan's Scholarship Award.
  • Niki Munk received a UK Women's Club Award and the Lee and Everett Smith Award at the Student Mentoring Conference.
Great Core Gerontology Faculty Happenings
  • Graham Rowles spent seven weeks in Europe where he spent time in Heidelberg , Germany (at a conference), Newcastle University, England (as a visiting scholar), and in Plymouth, England (visiting with his family).
  • Rodney Guttmann received a Holsinger Teaching Award in the College of Medicine and a pilot Alzheimer’s Disease Center research award with Harry Levine.
  • Joy Jacobs-Lawson has been invited to give the Distinguished Alumni Lecture at Oklahoma State University (September) and a keynote for the Oklahoma Teaching of Psychology Conference (September).
  • John Watkins, Faika Zanjani, and Amy Hosier (former UK Gerontology Ph.D. Student and new Faculty Affiliate) received a grant award for Memory Banking (USDA and UK’s HEEL Program).
  • Brock Symons is an investigator on the grant Contribution of Altered Muscle Hemodynamics to Fatigability in Older Persons with and without Fibromyalgia.
  • Pam Teaster received the Kentucky Gerontology Association for Gerontology Award for Distinguished Educator, an award for Collaboratively Combating Elder Abuse in Kentucky (UK Commonwealth Collaborative Award, a 4th year renewal for Empowering Elder Abuse Organizations Through Local, State, and National Efforts (Administration on Aging); and an award for Financial Elder Abuse Redux (MetLife Mature Market Institute).
Great Gerontology Programmatic Happenings
  • Brian Downer, Twilla Parr, and Stephen Perry will begin pursuing the Ph.D. in Gerontology this fall semester.
  • John Kim and Joanna Aalboe will begin pursuing the new Dr.PH with a concentration in gerontology this fall semester.
  • Jennifer Newton, Pamela Phares and Emily Vaught are new Graduate Certificate in Gerontology students.

Gero Seminar (pdf format)

Spring Semester 2011

Justice Center for Elders and Vulnerable Adults 

January 25th   

Teaster et al.

Futures Committee Meeting

Spring 2011

Teaster, Simons, Rowles, Guttmann

Association for Gerontology

March 17 – 20

Rowles and Company, Cincinnati

Justice Center for Elders and Vulnerable Adults

April 19th 

Teaster et al.

May Commencement

May 8th


Justice Center Conference on End of Life                   

May 24th


Fall Semester 2010


Welcome Back Party

August 20th

Teaster Home

Wednesday Professional Development

Every Wednesday

Jacobs-Lawson & Zanjani

Alzheimer’s Walk

September 19th

Applebee’s Park

CPH Grand Rounds

October 8th

LaVona Traywick & Amy Hosier

Justice Center for Elders and Vulnerable Adults

October 19th 

Teaster et al.

CEPH Mock Site Visit

March 8, 2010

Various Faculty & Students Involved

Justice Center for Elders & Vulnerable Adults

March 22, 2010

Teaster et al.

Brown Bag #1: What’s New at the NIH

October 21st 

Kathy Gzrech

Spooky Halloween Breakfast 

October 29th

Gerontology Staff, Faculty, and Students

Halloween Party (Theme: Harry Potter)

October 30th

Guttmann et al.

The Bowling Challenge

Still TBD

Teaster and Crosby Negotiating

American Public Health Association

November 6th-10th

Attendees (Theme: Social Justice, Denver, CO)

CPH Grand Rounds

November 12th

6x5x5  (starring our own TBS)

Brown Bag #2: The Life of a CPH  Grant

November 17th

CPH Business Office Folk

Gerontological Society of America

November 19th-23rd

Attendees (Theme: Transitions of Care, New Orleans, LA)

CPH Grand Rounds

December 3rd

Linda Van Eldik

Outstanding Affiliate Recognition

December 2nd

Mentorship Committee

Annual Pudding Party

December 4th

Rowles et al. @ Blueberry Hill

Brown Bag #3: Meet the New Cancer Biostatisticians

December TBD  

Brent Shelton and Co.

Gerontology Faculty Holiday Party

December 17th

Core Gerontology Faculty and Staff

December Commencement

December 17th

Singletary Center for the Arts





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