FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday November 18, 2011
New Aging Studies Institute Established at Syracuse University
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research institute will consolidate research and training on age-related issues
University has announced the formation of the Aging Studies Institute (ASI), a
collaborative initiative of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public
Affairs and the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. The All-University Gerontology Center, a
prominent aging studies research and training ground for nearly 40 years, will
provide the foundation for the new Institute.
its beginning, the Gerontology Center’s interdisciplinary faculty members have
been dedicated to community practice, research, and teaching focused on
aging-related issues and collaborative partnerships locally, nationally, and
internationally,” says Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean of the Falk College. The Center also has provided a means for
students from any college at SU to pursue a concentration in aging, and it
still does today.
build on the Center’s existing strengths to coordinate and promote
aging-related research, training, and engagement at Syracuse University. Its thematic areas will include age-based
public policy and well-being; population aging; health and functioning; family
dynamics, care work, and intergenerational support; and aging design,
engineering, and technology.
to Maxwell Dean James Steinberg, "The social, economic, political and
human challenges posed by aging will have enormous consequences not just for
the elderly, but for society as a whole, in America and around the world. The new Aging Studies Institute will put
Syracuse University at the forefront of scholarship and policy development on
these critical issues by bringing together scholars and practitioners from a
broad range of disciplines at Maxwell, Falk, and across the SU community to
conduct cutting edge research, professional training, and innovative
partnerships with governments, NGOs, and the private sector."
Institute will be home to the Center for Aging and Policy Studies, one of 14
centers funded through the National Institute on Aging’s Demography and
Economics of Aging Centers. Sociology
Professor Janet Wilmoth, a leading expert on issues related to aging, health,
and demographic trends,
has been named ASI’s first director; for the past three years, she has served
as director of the All-University Gerontology Center.
Aging Studies Institute will be a signature community of experts for Syracuse
University,” says SU Chancellor and President Nancy Cantor. “By broadening and deepening SU’s already
widely recognized efforts to catalyze collaboration across the spectrum of
issues related to our rapidly aging population, the ASI will stand as a superb
example of how we can leverage our strengths to share expertise across
disciplines and sectors, and make a difference in tackling some of the most
pressing issues of our time.”
be housed in Lyman Hall on the SU campus beginning in fall 2012.
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The Maxwell School of Syracuse University is the premier academic institution in the United States committed to scholarship, civic leadership, and education in public and international affairs. Maxwell is home to Syracuse University’s social science departments and to numerous nationally recognized multidisciplinary graduate programs in public policy, international studies, social policy, and conflict resolution. Maxwell's graduate program in public administration -- the first of its kind in the nation -- is ranked consistently the leading graduate public affairs program in the country.