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Fitzgerald to lead NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva at the United Nations

Kelly Fitzgerald, PhD ‘08, has been named chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva at the United Nations. From her home in Zurich, Switzerland, she has served as the committee’s vice chair over the last eight years, working… Continue Reading →

Alumni news: Promotions, service, awards, and research

NYU College of Nursing names Bei Wu vice dean for research The Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University has named Bei Wu, MS ‘97, PhD ’00, its vice dean for research. Wu has served as inaugural co-director… Continue Reading →

Reach Out and Get in Touch: a task force’s mission in Massachusetts

In “Reach out and get in touch: a task force’s mission in Massachusetts,” our Dr. Caitlin Coyle spoke with the New York Times about the Task Force to End Loneliness and Build Community, the Commit to Connect campaign, and social… Continue Reading →

100th Dissertation Celebrated by UMass Boston’s Gerontology Program

One in Five Gerontology PhDs are earned at UMass Boston The Gerontology program at UMass Boston (UMB) has recognized a significant milestone: its 100th dissertation defense. With the COVID-19 pandemic still requiring most academic work conducted remotely, Krystal Kittle defended… Continue Reading →

Gerontology MAS Grad Margaret Lutze a “Rising Star” in Eldercare Service

By Taryn Hojlo Many executives with distinguished careers in eldercare services can trace their earliest interest in the field to fond family memories. Count Margaret Lutze among them. Lutze credits the close relationships she had with her grandparents as the… Continue Reading →

UMass Boston Gerontology PhD Alum Elizabeth Chen Named State Secretary of Elder Affairs

Elizabeth Chen came to the field of public health later in life. She’s been making up for lost time ever since. Chen, who had been the chief executive of two companies and a leader in higher education, came to the… Continue Reading →

UMass Boston Gerontology Grad’s Journey From MAS Student to Assisted Living Executive

By Taryn Hojlo After years working in management and hospitality, Catherine Williamson was confident she knew how to serve people. For a decade, she had overseen the care of hotel patrons and spa-goers at The Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons…. Continue Reading →

A Big Year for UMass Boston Gerontology

It’s been a year for the record books. The Gerontology Institute Blog covered every major department and institute event of 2017. But few of those posts could match the impact of coverage of students and their accomplishments filed during commencement… Continue Reading →

UMass Boston Gerontology Alum Elizabeth Chen Named Senior State Public Health Official

  Elizabeth Chen was a woman in a hurry when she arrived at UMass Boston’s Gerontology Department in 2012. Chen had already lived through two highly successful but very different careers, as a biotech chief executive and the president of… Continue Reading →

UMass Gerontology Alum Natalie Leland Receives $4.7M Contract for Dementia Care Research

A research team led by UMass Boston Gerontology alumna Dr. Natalie Leland has received a $4.7 million contract to compare the effectiveness of two care delivery models for nursing home residents living with dementia. The contract from the Patient-Centered Outcomes… Continue Reading →

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