Who We Are
The Gerontology Center is primarily a research unit, but one with an academic and a generative function. Center researchers are interested in all areas of aging, but are distinguished by seminal research in cognition, communication and aging, long-term health care and housing alternatives, and decision making in later life.
The Center's academic function has two dimensions. First, the Center's core investigators hold half-time appointments in academic departments, meeting the mission of those units but also offering courses on age and aging. Second, the Center administers the Gerontology Doctoral Program, a free-standing degree program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences that is governed by affiliated faculty drawn from various academic units.
The Center represents gerontology on the campus, being essentially a local vector for a major field of interdisciplinary research and scholarship. Expertise about age and aging is distributed across the campus; curiosity and initiative also arise independently among faculty and students. We are called frequently to respond to this interest and nurture it as a convener, clearinghouse, catalyst, and advocate for gerontology. Doing this is highly beneficial to our explicit research and educational responsibilities.