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June 2008 Volume 2, Number 5

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

News and Events

Center on Aging 2008 Pilot Grant Awards to be Announced

The Center on Aging Pilot Grant Program received 16 grant proposals this year. Pilot grants are currently under review; the awards are expected to be made in early July.

Center on Aging has Grown to over 80 Faculty Members

We officially welcome the following new members:
Alejandra Bosco (Neurobiology and Anatomy)
Maureen Henry (Commission on Aging)
Joanne LaFleur (Pharmacotherapy)
Raminder Nirula (Surgery)
Jared Rutter (Biochemistry)
Kristine Tanner (Communication Sciences and Disorders)

We continue to expand and develop the individual faculty member web pages. Please go to review your individual faculty page. In some cases, we are missing a high resolution digital photo and CV. To upgrade and update your faculty page, please send materials to

Center on Aging Faculty Member Spotlight: Lee Dibble

Lee Dibble is Co-Director of the Balance and Fall Prevention Program within the Department of Physical Therapy, and has received the 2008 College of Health New Investigator Research Award. Since completion of his PhD, Dr. Dibble has focused on establishing a clinical research infrastructure within physical therapy. His on-going research efforts are funded by NIH, as well as the American Parkinson Disease Association, and focus on mobility/fall risk in the frail elderly or those with neurologic disease. Due in large part to Dr. Dibble's efforts and vision, the division has a successful facility (The University Rehabilitation and Wellness Clinic). The clinical and research model that Dr. Dibble has helped create has fostered collaborations for Dr. Dibble and fellow faculty with researchers in Internal Medicine, Mechanical Engineering, Neurology, Orthopedics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

New Class Offered as Part of the Research Administration Training Series

A new class called Publishing SMART: How to Make Your Article Visible is now being offered through the Research Administration Training Series. Created by librarians at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, it offers participants a chance to consider the best venues for making their articles and other scholarly content as visible as possible to colleagues, students and the general public.

The class focuses on the current publishing picture, emphasizes new technologies and methods for delivering content, and shows class attendees in a hands-on environment how to analyze their own impact in a given discipline. The class covers tools for evaluating journal impact factors, online usage, local online availability, retaining copyrights, and submission to online archives. These tools include ISI's Journal Citation Report, University of Utah online usage reports, Science Commons' Scholar's Copyright Addendum Engine, the NIH Manuscript Submission System / PubMed Central, and submission to USpace (the University of Utah Institutional Repository).

If you want to publish SMART, enroll in this class and learn how to achieve that goal and maximize your scholarly impact. To register for the class, go to For more information, contact, 581-5263.

Bristlecone Pine

About our logo: The bristlecone pine tree (Pinus longaeva) the earth's oldest inhabitant with a life span of 4,000 years is found only in Utah and five other western states. Its extraordinary longevity and ability to adapt and survive in extremely harsh environmental conditions above 10,000 feet embodies the investigative spirit and mission of the Utah Center on Aging.

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Mark A. Supiano, MD
Executive Director - Center on Aging

Last Updated: 6/9/21