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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 →

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 →

Photo album: May 2023 ceremony for graduate students

We celebrated five new gerontology PhDs and our newest master’s degree alumni at the UMass Boston graduate commencement ceremony on May 24, 2023. (Ngai Kwan, PhD ’23, could not attend the ceremony.) Learn more about our newest doctoral alumni and… Continue Reading →

Internships at two gerontology centers open student’s eyes to financial struggles of older adults

Rin Hurd manages the help line at the Pension Action Center and codes survey answers for the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging Rin Hurd, a junior political science major at UMass Boston, admits to not knowing anything… Continue Reading →

Inaugural Caro Scholar aims to honor her immigrant parents by helping older, underserved adults

After earning an undergraduate degree in biology at Lesley University in 2017, Adriana Hernandez worked for a few years at Boston Medical Center, supporting a research study by collecting basic health data from patients. Along the way, she realized she… Continue Reading →

State awards grant to UMass Boston Gerontology to build aging services workforce

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services has awarded UMass Boston Gerontology a $410,000 grant to pilot a program aimed at strengthening the aging services workforce. The innovative program, a collaboration with four Boston-area aging services agencies, is… Continue Reading →

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education names gerontology PhD students junior leaders

UMass Boston gerontology doctoral students Shan Qu and Yan-Jhu Su are serving as junior leaders of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), a program of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Qu, a first-year junior leader, is in… 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 →

Three doctoral students honored for scholarship, service

UMass Boston gerontology faculty have awarded three doctoral students with annual departmental honors. The 2021-2022 school year honorees are: Book (Dissertation) Award: Meghan Hendricksen Scholarship Award: Shayna Gleason Service Award: Alison Rataj The Book Award Committee chose Meghan Hendricksen for… 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 →

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