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Doctoral student wins two travel awards to annual gerontology meeting

Janelle Fassi, a second-year gerontology student at UMass Boston, has won two competitive travel awards from the Gerontological Society of America to attend its fall 2022 national meeting. Fassi is one of 10 students chosen by the GSA and its… Continue Reading →

Undergraduate gerontology program gets new name, new leader

Jeff Stokes named director of Aging Studies undergraduate program Jeff Stokes may be as excited about returning to campus this fall as any student looking forward to a fresh new school year. Stokes, PhD, an assistant professor of gerontology at… Continue Reading →

Lighting a spark: Fueled by scholarship, MAS student embraces return to higher ed

Early in the pandemic in 2020, Doreen Connelly decided she wanted to advance her education past her undergraduate degree. Searching online, she found UMass Boston’s Management of Aging Services graduate certificate program. The five-course program is designed for professionals who… Continue Reading →

For lifelong learners, OLLI offers free talks, workshops this summer

Explore history, politics, art, and more topics as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UMass Boston offers online and in-person presentations and workshops this summer. The programs are free to OLLI members and prospective members, age 50 and older,… Continue Reading →

Interdisciplinary UMass Boston team leads research on Age-Friendly Universities

In 2017, UMass Boston became the third American university to join the AFU Global Network. In 2019, the five-campus University of Massachusetts system became the first university system to join the network. How well do universities meet the needs of… Continue Reading →

Seeking impact: Two new gerontology PhDs share their experiences, goals

In early March 2022, Claire Wickersham and Meghan Hendricksen successfully defended their UMass Boston gerontology doctoral dissertations. The two new PhDs faced the added challenge of researching and writing their dissertations during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dissertations are inherently isolating, so… Continue Reading →

Gerontology team to develop, pilot reframing aging curriculum with UMass Boston students

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ action plan for creating an age-friendly state includes reframing aging as one of six goals. The plan seeks to “change the conversation about aging from a ‘challenge’ to an ‘asset,’ increase literacy about issues related to… Continue Reading →

UMass Boston Gerontology Program Creates Doctoral Scholarship Focused on Under-Represented Communities

Frank Caro Scholarship for Social Justice in Aging honors former gerontology department chair, journal editor, and mentor The Gerontology Institute and Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston have created a scholarship for doctoral students who are dedicated to prioritizing under-represented… Continue Reading →

A COVID-19 Response: Intergenerational Tutoring Program Matches OLLI Members, Young Children for Online Learning

Mike McCormick was talking about the unlikely meeting of a bumble bee and a bear. Actually, he was reading aloud about characters featured in a children’s book. McCormick was connected online via Zoom with a boy of kindergarten age who… 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 →

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