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September 2013 Issue | Volume 7, Number 9

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging


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! 

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.

Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference Recap

We thank everyone who participated in the 11th Annual Rocky Mountain Geriatrics Conference, held from Sept. 10th - 11th, 2013 at Snowbird Resort. We had record attendance this year, and have received praise for its success and excellent feedback for next year. 

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Charlene Weir, BS., PhD., RN was recognized duirng the Rocky Mt. geriatrics Conference for her tireless service spanning the past thirteen years (2000-2013) as the Associate Director of Education and Evaluation for the SL VA GRECC. Charlene has accepted another position in the VA Research Service. Jorie Butler, Ph.D. will be stepping into her shoes as the acting Assoc. Director of Education and Evaluation.

College of Social Work

Dr. Marilyn Luptak, Chair of Aging in Social Work Concentration, College Of Social Work, was selected to moderate a panel on The New Expectations for Health Care during a White House Briefing this month.  Hosted by College of Social Work, the White House Briefing will concentrate on “Addressing the Social Determinants of Health in a New Era: The Role of Social Work Education.”
Marilyn Luptak

The White House Briefing will focus on preparing the next generation of social work practitioners for a new paradigm in health professional education and collaborative practice.  The goal of this White House Briefing is to foster a shared understanding of the future of health care in the United States, broadly defined, and to identify a path forward for social work education in this new era. Please join us in congratulating Marilyn!

College of Nursing

Lifetime Acheivement Award

On Friday, September 6, Ginette Pepper, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate dean for research and PhD program at the University of Utah’s College of Nursing, received the 2013 Lifetime Acheivement Award from her alma mater, the CU College of Nursing at a luncheon in Aurora, Colorado. The Lifetime Achievement Award honors alumni who are "recognized for their contributions to improving the quality of life and impact on the health care system as educators, clinicians or administrators".

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In celebration of Ginny’s vast contributions to the profession of nursing, and in honor of her Lifetime Achievement Award, the University of Utah College of Nursing shared her reflections on her career spanning 35 years. Her interview can be read on the Nursing website, linked here.

Utah Commission on Aging

Helping Shape Senior Housing Options

Graduate students in the College of Architecture+Planning have been instrumental in producing a guidebook to senior housing options, aimed at helping developers and city planners navigate the various types of housing options for Utah's aging senior population. The styleguide: Trends in Utah Senior Housing is the product of the Senior Housing Workgroup, chaired by Commission member Alan Ormsby, executive director of AARP Utah, and written, design and illustrated by doctoral and master's students in planning and architecture.   A secondary focus of the brochure is to help our rapidly aging population and their family members clearly visualize and consider all the many housing options available.  It will be made available on the Center on Aging website. 
The American Planning Association Utah Chapter fall conference will feature a discussion of the styleguide, and other senior housing needs.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Wednesday October 9, 2013 Commission Bi-Monthly Meeting: from 1:00-3:00 PM at Millcreek Community Center 2266 E. Evergreen Ave. (3400 S) Millcreek Township, UT 84109 **attendees are encouraged to come early to eat lunch in the Evergreen Cafe for a nominal fee**

  • 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 *please RSVP for luncheon*
For more info about the Commission, visit our web page, or contact Anne Peterson, Executive Director.



The Utah Aging and Disability Resource Connection has been awarded an additional year of funding! This funding is to continue the NWD/ADRC system efforts to help older adults and people with disabilities to learn about and access long terms services and supports(LTSS). The Utah ADRC will be rolling into our 5th year on October 1, 2013

For more information about the ADRC, please contact Jen Morgan, ADRC Program Manager or Rhonda Hypio, ADRC Project Coordinator.


October 10 - Utah Aging Alliance 22nd Annual Meeting

Announcing the 22nd Annual Meeting & Fall Conference of the Utah Aging Alliance "Building a Better Life for You and Those You Serve"
Oct. 10, 2013 at the Yarrow Hotel, Park City Utah.

The Utah Geriatrics Society will present five breakout sessions during this conference. 

For more information please contact Lynda Oderda or the Utah Aging Alliance –

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]

September 27, 2013
Lawrence I. Sinoway, M.D.
"Blood Pressure Responses to Exercise in Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease"
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Physician Director, Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute Penn State University

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


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

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

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