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The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education honors new awardees


The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) — the educational branch of The Gerontological Society of America — is proud to announce its awardees.

The presentation of the awards will occur at AGHE's 42nd Annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference, taking place from March 3 to March 6 at The Westin Long Beach in Long Beach, California. This event provides a forum for professionals in the field of aging to present their work and share ideas about gerontological and geriatric education and training. Visit for complete details.

Clark Tibbitts Award
Presented to Case Western Reserve University
Friday, March 4, 4:30 p.m.
This award was established in 1980 to recognize individuals who and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the advancement gerontology as a field of study in institutions of higher education.

Hiram J. Friedsam Mentorship Award
Presented to Jan Abushakrah, PhD, Portland Community College
Saturday, March 5, 8:30 a.m.
This award, named for an outstanding mentor in gerontology, is given to an individual who has contributed to gerontological education through excellence in mentorship to students, faculty, and administrators.

Administrative Leadership Award
Presented to Pinchas Cohen, MD, University of Southern California
This award, honors administrators on AGHE member campuses who have made exceptional efforts in support of gerontology or geriatrics education.

Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Recognition
Presented to Lynne G. Hodgson, PhD, Quinnipiac University; Sheldon E. Steinhauser, Honorary DPS, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Bob G. Knight, PhD, University of Southern California; Barbara Gillogly, PhD, American River College; and Leslie A. Morgan, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Friday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.
This award honors colleagues who are near retirement or recently retired. Recipients are individuals who have been actively involved in AGHE through service on committees, as elected officers, and/or have provided leadership in one of AGHE's grant-funded projects.

David A. Peterson Gerontology & Geriatrics Education Best Paper of the Volume Award
Presented to Ariadne Meiboom (MD, PhD student), VU University Medical Center Amsterdam; Chantal Diedrich (MD, PhD student), VU University Medical Center Amsterdam; Henk de Vries, MD, PhD, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam; Cees Hertogh, MD, PhD, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam; and Fedde Scheele, MD, PhD, VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, for "The Hidden Curriculum of the Medical Care for Elderly Patients in Medical Education: A Qualitative Study"
The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in scholarship in academic gerontology in AGHE's official journal, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

Distinguished Faculty Award
Presented to Elizabeth M. Zelinski, PhD, University of Southern California
Friday, March 4, 8:30 a.m.
This award recognizes persons whose teaching stands out as exemplary, innovative, of impact, or any combination thereof.

Part-Time Faculty Honor
Presented to Gregory D. Bearce, MBA, MAG, University of Southern California
Friday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.
This award recognizes part-time and/or adjunct faculty for their contributions to gerontological education at an AGHE member institution.

Rising Star Junior Faculty Honor
Presented to Pamela Pitman Brown, PhD, Winston-Salem State University
Thursday, March 3, 4:30 p.m.
This award recognizes new faculty whose teaching and/or leadership stands out as impactful and innovative.

Student Leadership Award
Presented to Amy J. Plant, MA, Youngstown State University
Friday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.
This award recognizes students whose leadership has advanced the goals and mission of AGHE as well as the respective goals of their AGHE-affiliated institutions.

Graduate Student Paper Award
Presented to Reath M. Melendez, MLIS, California State University Long Beach
Friday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.
This award recognizes excellence in scholarly work by a student at an AGHE member institution who presents his or her work at the annual meeting.

Book Award for Best Children's Literature on Aging
Presented to Laurence Anholt for "Papa Chagall, Tell Us a Story" (2014) in the Primary Reader Category; Lauren Castillo (honorable mention) for "Nana in the City" (2014) in the Primary Reader Category; and Naomi Shihab Nye for "The Turtle of Oman" (2014) in the Elementary Reader Category
Friday, March 4, 5:30 p.m.
This award recognizes positive portrayals of older adults in children's literature.


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