Stories by Jonathan Riggs:
Tough assignment for a top team
The USC students’ goal was simple: Utilize the techniques of synthetic biology and genetic engineering to design bacteria to perform unusual and uncharacteristic actions.
Bridging the GAP
Rekindling the romantic spark between a 90-year-old wife and her 94-year-old husband was just another day at the office for the Geriatric Assessment Program (GAP), a cross-campus project with interdisciplinary roots at USC.
Davies wins an international honor
USC Davis School of Gerontology professor Kelvin J. A. Davies began the new year on a professional high, winning the Biennial Award from the European Society for Free Radical Research (SFRR Europe).
USC Davis Students Thank Benefactors at Scholarship Luncheon
In the spirit of gerontology – which honors the past while planning for the future – 70 USC Davis School of Gerontology students were acknowledged and their scholarship donors thanked at the 2011 Scholarship Luncheon last month.
Woman of a Certain Age
The floral crown – purple and white, intricately woven – shone in Ph.D. student Maria Siciliano’s dark hair. After chemotherapy, it had grown back thick, wild, exuberant.
Trejo Honored for Award-Winning Service
Laura Trejo MPA ’87, MS ’87 of the USC Davis School of Gerontology was selected by the American Society on Aging (ASA) as recipient of its 2011 Gloria Cavanaugh Award for Excellence in Training and Education.
When silence is not golden
Collecting information and raising awareness of elder abuse can save lives, but it can be difficult for researchers to gain full access to certain communities. Due in part to language and cultural barriers, Latino immigrants are one of these communities and, as a result, are underrepresented in studies of elder abuse.
USC Davis steps into the spotlight
Boston received an uncommon dose of Trojan expertise at the 64th annual scientific meeting of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the premier conference in the field.
A winning team
USC has received justifiable acclaim for its flourishing intercollegiate collaborations.
The Final Frontier
The big sleep. Kicking the bucket. Dying.
Doctoral Student Studies Latino Boomers
As the aging wave crashes upon the country with the first group of baby boomers turning 65 this year, one important component of the boomer generation is often overlooked: Latinos.
International Allies in Aging
The bonds of shared scholarship and science continue to connect the United States and Japan, two countries at the forefront of many of the aging revolution’s developments and breakthroughs.
Symposium to Address Architecture for Older Adults
The shape of the world we create – our buildings, our cities, our homes – can present challenges and dangers for older adults. With an aging population that is rapidly growing, architectural solutions for elder-friendly housing have become more crucial than ever, both in the United States and around the world.
Remembering a Vibrant Volunteer
Lilyan Russell refused to tell anyone her age.
The Future of Aging Policies in America
With two decades of public service under her belt – 18 years in Kansas state government and two so far in Washington, D.C. – Kathy Greenlee is one of the most knowledgeable and powerful figures in the field.
Gerontology and Genoa’s lifestyle
The Italian countryside is a gorgeous backdrop for any Americans abroad, but it also proved to be a fascinating classroom for students who signed up for the USC Davis School of Gerontology’s first study abroad program.
Love and Legacies
Growing up, Kyrsti Harris learned a lot from her grandparents, including their legacies, love and life experiences throughout the aging process.
USC Alumna Earns Health and Aging Fellowship
USC Davis School of Gerontology alumna Dawn Alley PhD ’06 has been named one of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows by The Atlantic Philanthropies, an organization dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged people.
What’s Old Is New Again
The newest USC Davis School of Gerontology class came from as near as Orange County and as far as South Korea. Students, faculty, staff and supporters – rookies and veterans alike – united for Orientation.
Curran Wins New Scholar Award in Aging
USC Davis School of Gerontology assistant professor Sean Curran has won the New Scholar Award in Aging from the Ellison Medical Foundation.
Audience Falls for Monologues
The Fall Prevention Coalition-Los Angeles, which is coordinated by USC’s Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, recently sponsored The Falling Monologues, a collection of stories reflecting the experiences of older adults after they have fallen.
USC Palliative Care Researcher Wins Award
Susan Enguidanos has received a Junior Faculty Career Development Award from the National Palliative Care Research Center.
Helping California crack down on elder abuse
Elder abuse is a devastating but often overlooked problem that can cause emotional as well as physical pain and suffering, shattered trust, financial ruin and even an increased risk of dying. The tragedy of elder abuse was recently brought home by 90-year-old screen legend Mickey Rooney in his dramatic Congressional testimony describing his own experiences.
Documentary raises concerns over aging
At the West Coast premiere of a new documentary, Over 90 and Loving It, viewers were treated to depictions of vibrant older adults getting married, chopping wood and performing in concerts.