President's Opening Plenary Session

Thursday, November 14
10:00 to 11:30 a.m. 

Join GSA President, S. Michal Jazwinski for the Opening Plenary Session. GSA will recognize the recipients of the 2019 Donald P. Kent Award and the Robert W. Kleemeier Award. The Donald P. Kent Award is given to a member who best exemplifies the highest standards of professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society. The 2019 Kent Award recipient is Terry Fulmer, PhD, of The John A. Hartford Foundation. The Robert W. Kleemeier Award is given to a member in recognition for outstanding research in the field of gerontology. The 2019 Kleemier Award Recipient is Steven Zarit of Pennsylvania State University. After the award presentation, we will hear from our Opening Plenary Speaker, Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, MPH.

Christakis NicholasNicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD, MPH, is a social scientist and physician whose lab explores human nature.  He is the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. Using experiments involving many thousands of people in online networks, in developing world villages, and in for-profit firms, his group has demonstrated how social connections shape our health, wealth, productivity, and security. His startling findings present intriguing new evidence that our real-life social networks shape virtually every aspect of our lives.

By applying what Dr. Christakis has uncovered about the mechanics of social networks, organizations and businesses gain useful—and profitable—insights into the behavior of their employees, customers and partners. Named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" by Time Magazine, Dr. Christakis has also made Foreign Policy’s "Top 100 Global Thinkers." list.  

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