Center for Gerontology Newsletter, Special Edition 2008
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From the Director... Since 1978, the Center for Gerontology has served as the focal point for interdisciplinary research and learning at Virginia Tech, making it one of the oldest university-level research centers on campus. We applaud the Center’s founders for having the foresight to recognize the importance of the study of aging, and thank our current university administrators for their continued support of the Center. Throughout the past 30 years, numerous people associated with the Center, individually and collectively, have made it such a successful and long-lasting enterprise. In this special edition of the Center’s newsletter, we highlight the work undertaken by our core faculty, several of our faculty affiliates, staff, and students during the past five years (see the Spring 2003 issue of the Center’s newsletter for highlights of our first 25 years). In addition to our primary emphasis on applied and basic gerontological research that enhances the quality of life of older adults, the Center also reflects the other missions of the land-grant university through its education and outreach activities. Although not everyone who has contributed to the success of the Center and the study of aging at Virginia Tech is mentioned here, information about all of the Center’s activities and current faculty affiliates is available on our website: www.gerontology.vt.edu. As we commemorate our past and create our future, I would like to acknowledge the faculty, staff, and students involved with the Center each year, and our external colleagues, community partners, and local older adult residents who assist us with our research and educational efforts. To all of you, I am most grateful and look forward to continuing our collaborative efforts to advance the study and practice of aging.