Nov 142012
 
What’s Your Number?

Sorry Los Angeles—you lost to Provo-Orem, Utah (#1), Des Moines, IA (#6) and Toledo, Ohio (#8). In the first-ever “Best Cities for Successful Aging” ranking report, the City of Angels finished a less-than-heavenly #30. Compiled by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank, the report made waves around the country at every professional level, [Continue Reading...]

Nov 142012
 
USC Davis Postdoc Links Air Pollutants to Diminished Senior Brain Function

At first, USC’s large, interdisciplinary series of studies into air pollution and brain health seemed outside the wheelhouse of USC Davis School of Gerontology postdoc Jennifer Ailshire, a sociologist and demographer. After leading researcher Caleb E. Finch tapped her to contribute to the massive project, however, she found an unexpected and extremely valuable niche. By [Continue Reading...]

Nov 082012
 
Pike promoted to full professor

Pinchas Cohen, dean of the USC Davis School, announced this week that longtime researcher Christian Pike, Ph.D., was promoted from associate to full professor. A biogerontologist with a joint appointment in neuroscience, Pike focuses his research on Alzheimer’s disease, specifically the role sex steroid hormones play. Pike has made national headlines for his research into [Continue Reading...]

Nov 082012
 
Student Wins Award for Groundbreaking Paper on Minority End-of-Life Pain Management

End-of-life pain is poorly managed across the board, but why, even with palliative care efforts, do minorities suffer disproportionately? Tackling what he calls the first study to investigate pain experiences among Whites, Blacks and Latinos following inpatient palliative care (IPC) consults, USC Davis School of Gerontology doctoral student Jeff Laguna won the Gerontological Society of [Continue Reading...]

Oct 302012
 
Bacteria Boy Band

Singing bacteria—a veritable Menudo made up of microorganisms—was the latest synthetic biology brainchild of USC’s International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) team. Advised by the USC Davis School of Gerontology assistant professor Sean Curran and grad student Percy Genyk, the team consisted of USC undergrads Megan Bernstein, Rachel Kohan, Ellen Park, Stephan Genyk, Eric Siryj, [Continue Reading...]

Oct 292012
 
From The Netherlands to Los Angeles

From Oct. 8-12, 2012, the USC Davis School of Gerontology welcomed delegates from The School of Applied Gerontology at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in Zwolle, the Netherlands. For one week, Hugo van den Beld, M.A., professor Carolien Smits, Ph.D. and Annelies Harps-Timmerman, MSc, RN met with the School’s faculty, staff and students; toured [Continue Reading...]

Oct 052012
 
In Memoriam: David A. Peterson, Ph.D.

After a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, USC Davis School of Gerontology professor emeritus David A. Peterson died on Thursday, October 4, 2012. Peterson was an expert on lifelong learning who served as director of the USC Davis School from 1978 to 2003. He was appointed the first holder of the Edward and Rita Polusky [Continue Reading...]