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Zhang: Blending a career in IT with gerontology studies to improve the aging experience

The way she sees it, Kunyu Zhang has climbed a few mountains in her career. Not literal ascents, but long journeys just the same. After earning degrees in physics and applied physics in her native Beijing, she came to the… Continue Reading →

Justice in Aging creates fellowship with LTSS Center to focus on data and equity

Justice in Aging, a national legal advocacy nonprofit that fights senior poverty through law, has formed an innovative partnership with the Gerontology Institute’s LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston to support research while enhancing the nonprofit’s capacity to interpret data. The… Continue Reading →

PhD student gains ‘invaluable’ experience helping COA win 2 grants

Like many who enter the gerontology field, Brittany McFeeley was drawn to studying aging because of a personal experience: As a child, she watched her grandmother suffer with Alzheimer’s disease. She is passionate about research, specifically any studies that build… Continue Reading →

GSA honors alumni Bei Wu with Pollack Award for Productive Aging

The Gerontology Society of America has honored Bei Wu, MS ’97, PhD ’00, with its prestigious Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging. The award, funded by The New York Community Trust, recognizes an individual who has distinguished themselves by… Continue Reading →

Doctoral candidate wins grant from family fund dedicated to studying aging in Asian-Americans

Gerontology doctoral candidate Cindy Bui will spend the summer of 2023 interviewing older Vietnamese immigrants in Greater Boston about their caregiving experiences—if they’ve cared for their own older family members and what they expect for their own care as they… Continue Reading →

Elisabeth Stam named a Woman of Distinction in New York City

New York State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright has honored UMass Boston gerontology doctoral student Elisabeth Stam with a New York State Assembly 2023 Woman of Distinction Award. Seawright, who represents the 76th District of Manhattan (Upper East Side, Yorkville, and Roosevelt… Continue Reading →

Gerontology programs to join health sciences college on July 1, 2023

UMass Boston’s gerontology program—including the academic department, research institute, and four centers—will join the Robert and Donna Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences on July 1, 2023. The transition comes as part of a campus-wide reorganization effort led over… Continue Reading →

Mentor, researcher, friend: Gerontology professor Nina Silverstein retires

Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, professor of gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, retired on May 31, 2023. Highlights of Silverstein’s three decades at UMass Boston include mentoring hundreds of students, co-authoring three books, and spearheading research on aging and… Continue Reading →

Quach, PhD ’17, wins 5-year VA award to study home care for older veterans with dementia

The Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Services Research and Development has awarded Emma D. Quach, PhD ’17, with a five-year career development award to conduct mentored research on home care for older veterans with dementia. Quach is a research health scientist… Continue Reading →

Department awards four doctoral students for scholarship and service

The Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston has awarded four doctoral students with annual departmental honors. The 2022-2023 honorees are: The Book Award Committee chose Taylor Jansen, PhD ‘23, for the 2022-2023 Book Award based on her dissertation, “Town-Level Risk… Continue Reading →

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