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October 2013 Issue | Volume 7, Number 10

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging


Prestigious Award Received

Our own Center on Aging member Dr. Mike Castera, was honored at the October 2013 Utah Aging Alliance Conference with the prestigious Pioneer Award for excellence in teaching, research, and community service throughout his career.






Congratulations, Mike!

Spring Retreat 2014 - Save The Date! March 24-25

On Monday, March 24th we will hold our Poster Symposium, and on Tuesday, March 25th, our retreat's keynote address will be given by Diana Kuh, PhD, the Unit Director for the Medical Research Council Unit for Lifelong Health and Ageing in the UK.  Dr. Kuh is the Principal investigator for HALCyon, a cross cohort research program on healthy aging. She is internationally recognized for the advancement of the field of life course epidemiology, studying how biological, psychological and social factors at different stages of life, independently, cumulatively or interactively affect adult physical capability with aging.  
Keeping with a theme of "Successful Aging: Years to Life and Life to Years" we will soon be sending out a request for symposia ideas that will be presented by CoA faculty following Dr. Kuh's keynote. More details and information will be released soon! 

Utah Commission on Aging

The guide New Trends in Housing For Utah's Aging Population is now available for free download at the Center on Aging Website, on the Utah Comission on Aging hompage. This new brochure is the product of the Senior Housing Workgroup, chaired by Commission member Alan K. Ormsby, executive director of AARP Utah. The brochure was written, designed and illustrated by doctoral and master's students in Planning and Architecture, Andrea Garfinkle-Castro and Tracey Bushman. 


If you are interested in obtaining a hard copy of this brochure, please contact Holly Abel.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Wednesday December 4th, 2013 Commission Bi-Monthly Meeting and Holiday Luncheon: from 12:00 - 2:00 PM at the University of Utah Olpin Union Building, Parlor A. - 200 So. Central Campus Drive, SLC, UT 84112 *attendees should please RSVP for luncheon*
  • 2014 Meeting Schedule: Meetings will be held bi-monthly on Wednesdays, from 12-2 PM or 1-3 PM: Feb. 12th, April 9th, June 11th, August 13th, October 15th, December 10th

For more info about the Commission, visit our web page, or contact Anne Peterson, Executive Director, at

College of Nursing

Sarah Llanque and Catherine Dingley began as post-Doctoral students in the University of Utah College of Nursing Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence this September under the Cancer, Aging and End-of-Life program.

Ginny Pepper, Director of the University of Utah College of Nursing Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, was elected the President of the National Centers of Gerontological Nursing Excellence Board of Directors on October 1, 2013.

Calling All Students & Trainees

Given the new academic year, we invite CoA faculty to provide us with the names of their students and trainees so that they can recieve CoA communications.  Please send the student's name, email address and program information (including level of training - eg. undergraduate, masters, PhD or post-doctoral trainee) to Holly Abel at  As a reminder, you are also encouraged to have your trainees apply for CoA student membership with your sponsorship. Please let Holly know if you wish to initiate this application process.

Upcoming Events

November 13, 2013 - Utah Geriatrics Society

Utah Geriatrics Society Logo

Healthcare reforms will have a significant effect on the practice of geriatric medicine, and this is the focus of the Utah Geriatrics Society which is holding its fall event:

Wednesday, November 13 from 5:00-7:00 PM
The Alta Club
100 East South Temple SLC, UT.

Free for UGS members.
Only $20 for non-members
RSVP by Nov. 1 to: Jill Driesel at

Membership in UGS is open to professionals interested in the health and wellbeing of older Utahns. It is an opportunity to network with others who share interest in the care of older persons and the education of those who provide that care.

One purpose of the state affiliate to the American Geriatrics Society is recruiting local leaders as advocates.  Local leaders are urging professionals in the field of aging to “Be at the table … or be on the menu!”

November 20-24 - Gerontological Society of America

The 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the GSA will be held Nov. 20-24 in New Orleans, LA. All program details and registration information can be found on their website

2013 Fall ESS/UVRL Colloquium Series

We have a great group of speakers. Please attend when possible and spread the word to your colleagues! All lectures take place on the last Friday of each month. 1:00-2:00pm - The location is HPR-N 238 [Click here for a 2013 series flier]


October 25, 2013 
Kevin E. Conley, Ph.D. 
“Does Exercise Cure What Ages Us? 
Professor, Radiology, Bioengineering, Physiology, and Biophysics 
Co-Director, Translational Center for Metabolic Imaging 
University of Washington
November 22, 2013
Benjamin T. Bikman, Ph.D
“The Role of Sphingolipids in Metabolic Disruption”
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Developmental
Biology - Brigham Young University


NOTE: This is not necessarily a comprehensive list. Please Search for additional opportunities at

**Note: Due to the Government Shutdown, Grant postings, status and deadlines are still being revised. For the most accurate and updated information please go to the official website**

Newly Posted

Open Date Title and Link to More Information Funding

Advancing the Science of Geriatric Palliative Care (R01) also R03 and R21 available



Paul B. Beeson Clinical Scientist Development Award in Aging (K08) 


8/28/2013 Paul B. Beeson Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award in Aging (K23)  RFA-AG-14-014 
8/13/2013 Audacious Goals Initiative High Priority Research Area: Intersection of Aging and Biological Mechanisms of Eye Disease (R01) PA-13-332


Deadline Approaching

Title and Link to More Information
(due to the U's subscription with SciVal, some of these links may only be accessed when on campus or if you have already registered on SciVal)
Funding Number, Sponsor, & Type
10/03/2013 Macroeconomic Aspects of Population Aging (R01) PAR-12-186

Grants for Early Medical/Surgical Specialists’ Transition to Aging Research (GEMSSTAR) (R03)

See more at:

12/16/2013 Glenn/AFAR Breakthroughs in Gerontology Award The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
12/16/2013 The Julie Martin Mid-Career Award in Aging Research The Ellison Medical Foundation
12/16/2013 The New Investigator Awards in Alzheimer's Disease The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR)
1/07/2014 Short Courses on Innovative Methodologies in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R25) RFA-OD-13-009


Center on Aging Membership Directory

As a mostly virtual Center, we depend on the accuracy and timeliness of our Web presence. Center members are urged to review and update their membership directory information. Please view your information on the Center’s Web site . Please send any updates or requests for changes to

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The bristlecone pine tree (Pinus longaeva) - the earth’s oldest inhabitant with a life span of almost 5,000 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.

Mark A. Supiano, MD
Executive Director - Center on Aging
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Last Updated: 6/9/21