Friday, August 30, 2019

Assistant Professor Clara Berridge was chosen by the Gerontological Society of America to receive the Carroll L. Estes Social Research, Policy and Practice Rising Star Award. Clara’s research interests focus on the intersections of gerontology, bioethics and health care technology. She is currently developing a first-of-its-kind tool to help adults with cognitive impairment and their families make better-informed decisions about remotely monitoring activities to ensure the safety of their aging parents who are in nursing homes. 

Clara will receive her award in Austin, Tex., in November during the 2019 meeting of the Gerontology Society of America, the country’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. The conference attracts scores of researchers, educators and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process.

The National Institutes of Health’s Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) selected School Professor Karen Fredriksen Goldsen to receive its inaugural 2019 Distinguished Investigator Award. Karen received her award in September at NIH headquarters in the Washington, D.C., area. She also gave a lecture, webcast live, at NIH based on her research on the health and well-being of LGBTQ older adults.  

In making the announcement, Karen L. Parker, director, SGMRO, cited Fredriksen Goldsen’s achievements in, and her commitment to, multiple areas of sexual and gender minority-related health research. This is the first year that the organization will recognize a distinguished senior-level investigator; last year, awards were conferred only for early-stage investigators.