March 2010, Volume 4, Number 3

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging

News and Events

Center on Aging Research Retreat A Success

The CoA 2010 Research Retreat wrapped-up successfully, thanks to all who participated in this year's event March 9 and 10. Tuesday evening kicked-off with a reception and poster session where just over 20 posters were displayed, and about 50 attendees mingled, enjoying food, drinks, music and discussion.

Wednesday morning, Timothy Smeeding, PhD, from the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented his keynote address "Policy Analysis and Entitlement Programs for Older Americans: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security" to a crowd of about 60, followed by a panel discussion including Dr. David Sundwall, Executive Director, Utah Department of Health, and Dr. Richard Sperry, Director, Matheson Center for Health Care Studies. Presentations by the 2009 pilot grant recipients followed.

To view a video of Smeeding's keynote and the panel discussion, click
The keynote Powerpoint slides are available at
The keynote address and panel discussion will be available at iTunesU in April.

Careers in Aging Week April 12-16

The Center on Aging is co-sponsoring the annual Careers in Aging Week, which is intended to bring greater awareness and visbility to the various-ranging career opporunities in aging and aging research. Tuesday, April 13 Mark Supiano will be one of the experts on a panel regarding career/job trends in aging, noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Goodwill Humanitarian Building, Rm 155 (Social Work).

Wednesday, April 14 there will be an expo with educational, service and industry representatives from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Saltair Room of the A. Ray Olpin Union. The CoA will have a table and display and will discuss general information about the organization and its goals.

Thursday, April 15 will feature a screening of the award-winning documentary Young@Heart at the College of Law in the Moot Court Room at 2:30 p.m., followed by a discussion panel.

If you have any questions about the University of Utah Careers in Aging Week, contact Scott Wright at

Pilot Grant Program Proposals Due This Week

March 31 is the deadline for proposal applications for the Center's 2010 pilot grant program. To download the complete request for proposals with detailed application information, visit the Center's home page,

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