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February 2014 Issue | Volume 8, Number 2

A publication of the University of Utah Center on Aging 

Important Retreat Info

We hope that all of you are planning to attend our 8th Annual Research Retreat on Monday March 24 - Tuesday March 25th at the University Guest House Conference Center. This is going to be an exceptional event you won't want to miss! Help spread the news, and invite your colleagues and students.


This event is being offered free of charge to all faculty, students and general public, however to ensure accurate planning we are requesting ONLINE REGISTRATION!

A new web page devoted to the Retreat includes downloadable fliers, a detailed program with symposia summaries, keynote speaker biosketch, poster submission info, and registration link.

Reminder: Poster Applications Due Monday March 3rd

Retreat Poster submission deadline is Monday March 3. Our Poster session will be held Monday March 24th from 3 - 6 PM in the U Guest House Ballroom. All student submissions will be entered into the judging for awards!


On Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 8:30 am our special guest 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.

In keeping with the theme of "Successful Aging: Years to Life and Life to Years" two sessions offering 3 concurrent symposia will be offered following Dr. Kuh's keynote. 

The full program can now be downloaded at our Retreat webpage:

Members In The News

The Center on Aging is pleased to recognize two notable member achievements!

Katherine Supiano, PhD, LCSW, FT  received funding from the Alzheimer’s Association for her studies on grief experiences of caregivers for patients who had dementia. On Feb. 9th, the Deseret News published a feature story about Dr. Supiano's award. Read it here: 

"Grant awarded to help dementia caregivers handle grief"


Katarina Friberg Felsted, MS - Co-director of the College of Nursing's Gerontology Interdisciplinary Program has been named as an ambassador to The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). She will serve a one-year term representing our University. The GSA Ambassador Program aims to spread awareness of the field of aging as well as serve as a networking tool linking individuals with an interest in gerontology from all over the country and abroad. Congratulations, Katarina! 

New Fellows

We are pleased to introduce two new Geriatric Medicine Fellows; Michelle Keown and Erika Noonan. They will begin their one-year fellowship program in July.

Michelle Keown began her education with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Minor in Dance from the University of South Carolina Honors College in Columbia, South Carolina; graduating Magna Cum Laude in May 2004. She continued to excel in academics, earning a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University in May 2007 and graduating from the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine-University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2011. She matched at Exempla St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver, CO for Internal Medicine and is very excited to begin her Fellowship in Geriatrics. Michelle is also an avid athlete and international traveler who ran the Dallas White Rock Half Marathon in 2009 and loves to cycle and dance in her spare time.

Erika Noonan was born and raised in Salt Lake City. A graduate of Highland High, she received her undergraduate degree at Utah State University majoring in nutrition science. She went to medical school at Saint Louis University then returned to Utah to complete a residency in family medicine at the Utah Valley Family Medicine Residency in Provo. Erika has always taken a special interest in nutrition and with her husband working in the financial side of medicine, has more recently become interested in practices that financially benefit patients and systems. Erika is excited to further her education in geriatric medicine. She lives in Pleasant Grove with her husband and two energetic children. She enjoys running, cooking, and enjoying the outdoors.

Seminar Series On Aging

The Spring 2014 Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Aging theme is "Aging In Place: Addressing Barriers and Empowering Older Adults"

All seminars are open to the public. Location is the University of Utah College of Social Work, Goodwill Humanitarian Building, Conference Room 155-B. The Series may be taken for credit.

Monday, February 24 12-1:30 PM
"Caregiving - Resources and Seervices to Help Keep those You Care for at Home"
Sonnie Yudell, BS
Program Manager of Utah Caregiver Support Program at Utah Division of Aging and Adult Services

Monday, March 3 12-1:30 PM
"A Mental Health Centered Approach to Care Management"
Clara McClane, LCSW
Diretor of Professional Services at Jewish Family Service

Monday, March 17 12-1:30 PM
"How Can I 'Age in Place' Successfully? Step 1: Prevent Falls!"
Natalie Sanders, DO, FACP
Medical Director of the Faint and Fall CLinic at the University of Utah School of Medicine


Upcoming Events

Exercise and Sport Science & Utah Vascular Research Laboratory Colloquium Series

February 28, 2014 1-2 PM, HPR-North 236 "Muscle Blood Flow and Aging Humans"

Michael J. Joyner, M.D.

Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Professor of Medicine, Anesthesiology
Director, Human Integrative Physiology Laboratory
Deputy Director for Research

Developing For 55+: What's Next?

March 20th, 2014 7:30 am - 10:00 am SL County Public Safety Building  / 475 So. 300 E. SLC, UT 84111

This meeting is sponsored by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and will give a comprehensive look at developing for the 55+ demographic. John McIlwain, ULI Senior Resident Fellow will present the keynote address. Panellists will discuss demographics for Utah and the Wasatch Front, national strategies and development examples, as well as local strategies and case studies. Cost is $45. Register at the Urban Land Utah Institute website 

SAVE-THE-DATE April 16th, 2014 - NHDD

The 7th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day will be held on April 16th, 2014. The Utah event will be hosted by Huntsman Cancer Institute. More details will be shared in the March newsletter.


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

Newly Posted

Open Date Title and Link to More Information Funding

Secondary Analyses of Social and Behavioral Datasets in Aging (R03) 



Solid Organ Transplantation: Older Donors and Recipients (R01) also R03 & R21


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


1/5/2014 Pain in Aging (R01) also R03 and R21 PA-13-058 


Deadlines 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
3/4/2014 Biodemography of Aging (R01) also R03 & R21 PAR-12-078
5/08/2014 Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R01) also R03 & R21 PA-11-123


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