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Clark Tibbitts Award and Hiram J. Friedsam Mentorship Award Lectures 

Thursday, November 14 | 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

The Clark Tibbits Award lecture will feature an address by the 2019 award recipient, David Burdick, PhD, of Stockton University. AGHE's Clark Tibbits Award was established in 1980 and named for an architect of the field of gerontological education. The award is given each year to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics education.

The Hiram J. Friedsam Award lecture will feature an address by the 2019 award recipient, Dr. Bradley Fisher of Missouri State University. Hiram J. Friedsam was the professor, co-founder, and director of the Center for Studies in Aging and dean of the School of Community Service at the University of North Texas. Dr. Friedsam was an outstanding teacher, researcher, colleague, and mentor to students, faculty, and administrators, as well as a past president of AGHE. The purpose of this award is to recognize those who emulate Dr. Friedsam's excellence in mentorship.

Maxwell A. Pollack Award Presentation and Lecture 

Thursday, November 14 |  7:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Coffee and bagels served at 7:00a.m. Award presentation and lecture will begin at 8:00a.m.

The Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging Award lecture will feature an address by the 2018 Pollack Award recipient, Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, of the University of Washington, titled Linking Lives: Promoting Health Equity to Disrupt the Cycle of Social Isolation. The session will also include the presentation of the 2019 Pollack Award. The Pollack Award recognizes instances of practice informed by research and analysis, research that has directly improved policy or practice, and distinction in bridging the worlds of research and practice. The 2019 Pollack Award recipient is Karen Lincoln of the University of Southern California. This award is generously funded by The New York Community Trust.

Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology Award, Presentation, and Lecture 

Thursday, November 14 | noon to 1:30 p.m.

The Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology lecture will feature an address by the 2018 Baltes Award recipient, Frank Infurna, PhD, of Arizona State University, titled Utilizing Principles of Lifespan Developmental Psychology to Examine Resilience to Adversity. This session will also include the presentation of the 2019 Baltes Award. The Baltes Award recognizes outstanding early-career contributions in behavioral and social gerontology. The 2019 Baltes Award recipient is Allison Bielak of Colorado State University. The award is generously funded by the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation.

Joseph T. Freeman and Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award Presentation and Lecture 

November 14 | 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

The Joseph T. Freeman Award lecture will feature an address by the 2019 Freeman Award recipient, Anne Newman, MD, MPH, of the University of Pittsburgh. The Joseph T. Freeman Award is a lectureship in geriatrics awarded to a prominent physician in the field of aging, both in research and practice. The award was established in 1977 through a bequest from a patient's estate as a tribute to Dr. Joseph T. Freeman. 

The Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award lecture will feature an address by the 2019 Excellence in Rehabilitation Award recipient, Neil Alexander, of the University of Michigan. The Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award is designed to acknowledge outstanding contributions in the field of the rehabilitation of aging individuals.

Minority Issues in Gerontology Award Presentation and Reception 

Thursday, November 14 | 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

The Minority Issues in Gerontology Committee Outstanding Mentorship Award recognizes individuals who have exemplified outstanding commitment and dedication to mentoring minority researchers in the field of aging. Join us as we honor the 2019 recipient, Tamara Baker, PhD, of the University of Kansas, as well as the Minority Issues in Gerontology Poster Award recipient. 

Distinguished Faculty and Rising Star Early-Career Faculty Award Lectures 

Friday, November 15 | 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

The Distinguished Faculty Award lecture will feature an address by 2019 recipient Gayle Doll, PhD, of Kansas State University, titled TBD. The Distinguished Faculty Award acknowledges individuals whose teaching stands out as exemplary, innovative, or influential—or any combination thereof. 

The Rising Star Early-Career Faculty Award lecture will feature an address by 2019 recipient Katarina Felsted, PhD, of the University of Utah, titled TBD. The Rising Star Early-Career Faculty Award acknowledges new faculty whose teaching and leadership stand out as influential and innovative.

Powell Lawton Award Presentation and Lecture

Friday, November 15 | 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

The M. Powell Lawton Award lecture will feature an address by the 2018 Lawton Award recipient, Carol Whitlatch, PhD, titled Following in the Footsteps of a Great Applied Gerontologist (While Simultaneously Forging Your Own Path)." The session will also include the presentation of the 2019 Lawton Award. The Lawton Award is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions from applied research that has benefited older people and their care. The 2019 Lawton Award recipient is Barbara Resnick of the University of Maryland. The Lawton Award is generously funded by the Polisher Research Institute of the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life.

Irving S. Wright and Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award Presentation, Lecture, and Reception 

Friday, November 15 | 5:00 to 8 p.m. 

The Vincent Cristofalo Rising Star Award in Aging Research lecture will feature an address by the 2018 recipient, Nathan K. LeBrasseur, PT, PhD, of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, titled Biomarkers of Senescent Cell Burden.”

The Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction Lecture will feature an address by the 2018 recipient Pinchas Cohen, MD, of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, titled Mitochondrial System Biology as a Window Into Diseases of Aging.”

These awards are given by the American Federation for Aging Research, Inc.

Kent and Kleemeier Lectures 

Saturday, November 16 | 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.

The Donald P. Kent Award lecture will feature an address by the 2018 Kent Award recipient, Lewis Lipsitz, MD, of Hebrew SeniorLife, titled The Virtue of a Life of Complexity: The Key to Healthy Aging. The Kent Award is given annually to a member of The Gerontological Society of America who best exemplifies the highest standards of professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society. The 2019 Kent Award recipient is Terry Fulmer, PhD, of The John A. Hartford Foundation. 

The Robert W. Kleemeier Award lecture will feature an address by the 2018 Kleemeier Award recipient, Keith E. Whitfield of Wayne State University, titled How Networks Powered My Career Studying Aging in African Americans. The Kleemeier Award is given annually to a member of The Gerontological Society of America in recognition for outstanding research in the field of gerontology. The 2019 Kleemier Award Recipient is Steven Zarit of Pennsylvania State University.

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