Benjamin Shaw Named Gerontological Society of America Fellow 

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 21, 2015) -- Benjamin Shaw, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Health Policy, Management and Behavior in the University's School of Public Health and director of the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis, has been named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

The status of fellow -- the highest class of membership within the Society -- is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology, the study of aging. The recognition can come at varying points in an individual’s career and can acknowledge a broad scope of activity including research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the organization.

Shaw studies aging, physical activity among the elderly, and early life trauma as an influence on health in older adults. His research includes a four-year National Institutes of Health-funded study examining how older adults' patterns of physical activity, substance use, and health care utilization change with increasing age. In conjunction, he compares the health lifestyles of older adults in the U.S. to those of elderly Japanese citizens.

The GSA seeks to foster collaboration between biologists, health professionals, policymakers, behavioral and social scientists, and other age studies scholars and researchers, and believes the intersection of research from diverse areas is the best way to achieve the greatest impact and promote healthy aging.

In addition to Shaw, the GSA named 58 researchers and professionals as its newest fellows in 2015. The fellows were formally recognized during GSA’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, held November 18-22 in Orlando, Florida.

About the Gerontological Society of America
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.


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