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Meet a researcher: Edward Alan Miller

These days, Edward Alan Miller, PhD, wears multiple hats. The gerontology professor at UMass Boston was named department chair in 2021 after serving many years as graduate program director. He guides the continuing growth of the Journal of Aging &… Continue Reading →

Seven things Governor Healey should know about growing older in Massachusetts

By Marc Cohen, Caitlin Coyle, James Hermelbracht, Edward Alan Miller, Jan Mutchler, and Anna-Marie Tabor Older adults are the fastest-growing segment of the American population. In Massachusetts, adults 65 and older will make up nearly a quarter of the Commonwealth’s… Continue Reading →

UMB Gerontology represents at GSA 22

A large contingent of UMass Boston gerontology students, faculty, and staff presented more than 50 talks and posters and collected awards at the 2022 annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, held in early November in Indianapolis. For… Continue Reading →

Dugan honored for service on Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts

Governor Charlie Baker recently honored Beth Dugan, PhD, associate professor of gerontology at UMass Boston, for her five years of service on the Governor’s Council to Address Aging in Massachusetts.  Dugan joined 23 other stakeholders on the council, including co-chairs… Continue Reading →

Miller to run Boston Marathon to support a cause both personal and professional

Next April, Edward Alan Miller plans to line up at the starting line to run the Boston Marathon. Miller, who chairs the gerontology department at UMass Boston, gave up running when his kids were very young but returned to the… Continue Reading →

Meet a researcher: Marc Cohen

Marc Cohen, PhD, worked for decades in private industry before joining UMass Boston in 2016. His transition to an academic setting was nearly seamless, he says, because for all those years, “I was a misplaced academic in the corporate world.”… Continue Reading →

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 →

Gerontology welcomes Jaqueline Contrera Avila to faculty

The Department of Gerontology welcomes Jaqueline Contrera Avila, PhD, to campus this fall as our newest faculty member. Avila is a population health researcher with experience in U.S. and Latin America population-based data. Her research interests include the social determinants… Continue Reading →

Meet a researcher: Jan Mutchler

Many of the doctoral students who have worked with Jan Mutchler over the years tell her they came to gerontology one of two ways—either they were close to a grandparent as they were growing up, or they worked with older… Continue Reading →

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