May 202013
Congratulations, Class of 2013!

Once again, the USC Davis School graduated its largest class. This year’s graduates shared a special honor: earning a heartfelt send-off from Pinchas Cohen in his first commencement as dean. “As you well know, the USC Davis School is continuing to innovate and explore what it means to be on the cutting edge of aging [Continue Reading...]

May 162013
One Step Closer to the Alzheimer’s Magic Bullet…Maybe

Imagine: a pharmaceutical prevention, treatment or even cure for Alzheimer’s. It is almost impossible to overstate how monumental a development that would be, and how it would answer the prayers of millions. Although science isn’t there—yet—a new study published in The Journal of Neuroscience spearheaded by USC Davis School of Gerontology researchers offers a tantalizing [Continue Reading...]

May 162013
Mice, Men, and Fate

Almost fifteen years ago, in a book called “Chance, Development, and Aging,” the gerontologists Caleb Finch and Thomas Kirkwood described a truly elegant study of biology: a batch of roundworms, all genetically identical, raised on identical diets of agar. [Continue Reading...]

May 162013
The Fight to End Elder Abuse

USC Davis School doctoral student Marguerite DeLiema served as the keynote speaker for Fresno’s “Elder Abuse Prevention Conference 2013: Protecting an Aging Population,” held on May 8. “I was very pleased to present on our 2012 study on the prevalence and risk factors of elder abuse among low-income Latino elders,” DeLiema said. “The topic of [Continue Reading...]

May 132013
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A Graduate’s Gratitude

I’m graduating this year with a master of science degree in gerontology from the USC Davis School. As I reflect on my time in the department, I am filled with gratitude for the professors who positively influenced my collegiate experience and extended their support in academic mentorship and collaboration. At the end of last year, [Continue Reading...]

May 102013
The Psychology of Aging

On a magnitude unthinkable to most Americans, China is rapidly undergoing a total transformation due to its population’s aging. The rest of the world looks to the east as these aging-related challenges and opportunities become reality in Asia. Accordingly, as part of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA)’s ongoing initiative to increase collaborations between the [Continue Reading...]

May 092013
Two Top-Tier Scientists

In honor of their outstanding accomplishments and limitless potential, two USC Davis School doctoral students ended the school year with a major reason to celebrate. Krista Garcia was one of only two social scientists in the last seven years to win the R36 National Institute on Aging (NIA) Aging Research Dissertation Award, which supports two [Continue Reading...]