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Suitor to receive GSA's 2014 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award
Date:8/1/2014

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging has chosen J. Jill Suitor, PhD, of Purdue University as the 2014 recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award.

This distinguished honor is given annually to an individual whose theoretical contributions have helped bring about a new synthesis and perspective or have yielded original and elegant research designs addressing a significant problem in the literature.

The award presentation will take place at GSA's 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 5 to 9 in Washington, DC. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process. Visit http://www.geron.org/annualmeeting for further details.

At Purdue University, Suitor is a professor of sociology and a faculty associate of the Center on Aging and the Life Course. She joined the faculty in 2004. Her research focuses the effects of status transitions on interpersonal relations, particularly between parents and adult children.

Over the past 30 years, Suitor has pursued a vigorous and innovative program of research that has shed new light on intergenerational relations in the second half of life. Her work has led to major advances in knowledge about the importance of status transitions throughout the life course and their effects on a wide range of outcomes. She has also contributed to theoretical advances in the study of older parent - adult child relations, by extending to intergenerational relations conceptual frameworks that had previously been used in the study of social networks. Through this theoretical innovation, Suitor has made important discoveries regarding the impor
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Contact: Todd Kluss
tkluss@geron.org
202-587-2839
The Gerontological Society of America
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