Aging Exchange_Purdue University_Spring 2024


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An Aging Demographic: Upcoming Challenges and Potential Solutions

By Laurel Williams

exemplify qualities that promote active aging. According to the International Council on Active Aging, active aging promotes a life with engagement in the seven dimensions of wellness including emotional, environmental, cognitive, physical, professional, social, and spiritual health, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, or current health⁵. WHO outlines eight different aspects that are indicative of age - friendly cities: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services.

The world ’ s demographic is aging, but what does that mean? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the proportion of people aged 60+ in the global population will double from 11% in 2006 to 22% by 2050¹. For the United States, adults aged 65+ will outnumber the number of children by 2034². There are many factors that play into why our population is aging, many of which are positive effects of advancing technology and health care such as extended life expectancies, higher standards of living, and improvements in medical services, education, and public health. Other important factors include falling female fertility and low birth rates³. The effects of an aging demographic are far reaching, impacting many aspects of society, and requiring thoughtful preparation. In human history, children have always outnumbered older adults¹. The shifting demographic calls for significant changes in social structures and infrastructure to support older adults. Because an estimated two - thirds of people will live in urban areas within the next 20 years, there have been guidelines established on methods to create age - friendly cities⁴. WHO issued a publication in 2007 detailing important characteristics of age - friendly cities, based upon cities that currently

There are a number of challenges that arise

when considering an aging demographic:

One of the major concerns is that, with an aging demographic, there will be fewer people in the working population to support dependents. This does not bode well for social programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. As of now, Medicare spending makes up 15% of total federal spending and 20% of national health spending⁶. With a growing number of older adults, it ’ s likely that number will continue to grow. In 2018, spending for Medicare was at $583 billion and is projected to grow

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to $1,260 billion by 2028⁶. Furthermore, it ’ s estimated that greater than 40% of the federal budget will go towards social programs for seniors by 2053⁷. However, as the population ages, there may also be changes in trends within the workforce. It ’ s estimated that future populations will be more educated and thus, will have a higher percentage of workers who will work longer and with increased productivity. Additionally, it ’ s likely that future older workers will be more active in the economy than current older workers⁸. Following the WHO guide for age - friendly cities, we can encourage active aging by making employment opportunities more accessible in urban areas via reliable, affordable public transportation. Cities should encourage businesses to hire older adults for flexible, part - time, or seasonal employment. Moreover, retirement should be a choice for adults, not mandatory¹.

affordable, appropriate, and safe housing with readily available modifications designed with the intention to integrate older people into the community and with proximity to essential services and facilities¹. One solution that some families have turned to are accessory dwelling units (ADUs). These are smaller living spaces that share property with a larger main house—usually 800 square feet or less. While ADUs are not cheap to build, costing low to middle six figures, this is a promising idea promoting intergenerational housing that will help nurture ties between older adults and younger families¹⁰. Combined with a wide range of accessible community events, activities, and volunteer opportunities, better housing for older adults will help the US adapt to a changing demographic and promote active aging and aging in place¹.

One last issue to consider is the physician workforce. Currently, it is projected that the demand for physicians will significantly increase more quickly than the supply, creating a physician shortage. In the US, it is projected that the number of physicians needed to fulfill demand will increase from 750,000 to 850,000 in 2030 with the number of physicians increasing from 700,000 to only 725,000¹¹. The shortage also varies depending on geographic region. The West will have the greatest shortage, followed by the South and the Midwest. The Northeast will be the only region with a surplus¹¹. Not only will there be a physician Cont. on p. 11

Another challenge that many experts have considered concerns caring for older adults -

specifically, who will be caring for them and where. Recently, an “ aging in place ” approach has become popular among older adults. This approach, driven by older adults ’ preference to remain in their homes as long as possible as well as concerns about the price of nursing homes and assisted living, aims to keep older adults in their living spaces and modify their surroundings as needed as they age. We can encourage aging in place by supporting policies that implement active aging into physical and social infrastructure⁹. WHO recommends a wide range of



Xinyue holds a bachelor ’ s degree from Duke Kunshan University. She is interested in research on the biological process of development, particularly diseases related to musculoskeletal health and cancer among aging populations.

Dawei holds a master ’ s degree in Kinesiology from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, and a bachelor ’ s degree in mechanical engineering from California State University - Sacramento. Prior to joining CALC, he worked as a PT technician and physical education instructor. MiKaila holds a bachelor ’ s degree from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience. Her research interests focus on aging couples, particularly how early life stressors impact later life relationships.

Xinyue Lu Nutrition Science

Dawei Guan Health & Kinesiology

Rong earned a bachelor ’ s degree from Shanghai

International Studies University. She previously served weekly as a hospice volunteer. Rong ’ s research interests include the psychological aspects of aging.

Rong Ren Consumer Science

Juwen earned a BA in Sociology from National Taiwan University. She has six years of experience utilizing the Health and Retirement Study, which focuses on health - related topics among older adults in the United States. Juwen ’ s research interests focus on aging and health. Olivia holds a bachelor ’ s degree from Chang Gung University and a master ’ s degree from Boston University. During her undergraduate years, she took courses in the Healthy Aging Research Program. Olivia ’ s research interests include social isolation and ageism.

MiKaila Leonard HDFS

Juwen Wang Sociology


Dr. Panjwani is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition Science. She holds a PhD in Human Nutrition from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Panjwani studies neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders.

Olivia Zhou Nutrition Science

Anita Panjwani Nutrition Science


2019 Research Excellence Award The Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccine

By Laurel Williams The COVID - 19 pandemic brought about a lot of change to society. One positive thing that came from the pandemic was that we were able to utilize new technology to rapidly respond to the need for a vaccine. Following the success of the vaccine, scientists have been developing new vaccines using the same technology for other common viruses. One example is Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV). RSV causes flu and cold - like symptoms, and it is the most dangerous for infants and older adults 1 . Those at higher risk of infection include people who suffer from chronic illness, especially heart and lung disease, have a weakened immune system, and/or are living in long - term care facilities 1 . Globally, in 2019, there were 5.2 million cases of acute respiratory infections brought on by RSV with more than 470,000 hospitalizations and 33,000 deaths during hospitalization 2 . Typically, RSV season starts mid to late November and ends early to mid - May 3 . However, after the COVID - 19 pandemic, the seasonal pattern of common viruses such as the flu and RSV have changed. During the 2020 - 21 fall and winter season, RSV infection rates fell drastically—it had nearly disappeared for the year 3 . The near disappearance was due to non - pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as social distancing and masking that were common during the COVID - 19 pandemic 3 . As NPIs were reduced in the spring of 2021, we saw increased rates of out of season RSV infections 3 . In 2022, RSV peaked earlier and circulated longer as well 4 . The likely explanation for the increased rates of out of season infections is that the lack of the presence of RSV for a year may have caused reduced immunity within the population. This potentially led to a higher number of people who are susceptible to RSV, causing infection rates to spike. RSV and other viruses are expected to eventually return to pre - pandemic seasonal patterns but will be unpredictable for about the next two years 4 .

RSV vaccine research has been ongoing since 1965, following the success of the polio vaccine 5 . As new technology became available, researchers would apply new ideas and techniques to further their research. In 2006, the focus became attempting to “ solve ” the structure of the virus in order to find vulnerabilities in areas that could be Graph 1: Weekly test positivity rate for RSV over 5 seasons; the red box highlights the lack of RSV during fall and winter of 2020 - 21 and the green box highlights an out of season spike in the spring and summer of 2021 3 .


doctor first 1 . Because experts are unsure when RSV and other viruses will emerge, they recommend getting your vaccines early -- between September and October each year -- and to get your COVID - 19 and flu shot at the same time 4 . The vaccines should be free for those with insurance. Works Cited 1 - news/articles/2023 - 06 - 29/ older - americans - can - get - rsv - vaccine - this - fall - after - speaking - with - their - doctor - cdc - says 2 Papi, A., Ison, M. G., Langley, J. M., Lee, D. - G., Leroux - Roels, I., Martinon - Torres, F., Schwarz, T. F., van Zyl - Smit, R. N., Campora, L., Dezutter, N., de Schrevel, N., Fissette, L., David, M. - P., Van der Wielen, M., Kostanyan, L., & Hulstrøm, V. (2023). Respiratory syncytial virus prefusion F protein vaccine in older adults. New England Journal of Medicine, 388(7), 595 – 608. https:// 3 Hu, W., Fries, A. C., DeMarcus, L. S., Thervil, J. W., Kwaah, B., Brown, K. N., Sjoberg, P. A., & Robbins, A. S. (2022). Circulating trends of influenza and other seasonal respiratory viruses among the US Department of Defense personnel in the United States: Impact of the COVID - 19 pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(10), 5942. ijerph19105942 4 - covid - rsv - vaccines.html 5 Graham, B. S. (2023). The journey to RSV Vaccines — heralding an era of structure - based design. New England Journal of Medicine, 388 (7), 579 – 581. 6 Walsh, E. E., Pérez Marc, G., Zareba, A. M., Falsey, A. R., Jiang, Q., Patton, M., Polack, F. P., Llapur, C., Doreski, P. A., Ilangovan, K., Rämet, M., Fukushima, Y., Hussen, N., Bont, L. J., Cardona, J., DeHaan, E., Castillo Villa, G., Ingilizova, M., Eiras, D., … Schmoele - Thoma, B. (2023). Efficacy and safety of a bivalent RSV prefusion F vaccine in older adults. New England Journal of Medicine, 388(16), 1465 – 1477. Original photo source; Experimental respiratory syncytial virus vaccine prompts antibody surge | National Institutes of Health (NIH) Laurel Williams is the CALC undergraduate student service Program Assistant. She is completing her degree in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences at Purdue.

RSV Vaccine cont.

targeted by a vaccine 5 . The success of this structure - based vaccine design became useful during the COVID - 19 pandemic. Technical advances in RSV research, that had taken decades, were able to be rapidly utilized to develop a safe and effective vaccine for COVID - 19 in a much shorter timeline.

After the success of the COVID - 19 vaccine, new RSV vaccines have been developed and were approved by the FDA for adults aged 60+ in May 2023 4 . There are two vaccines made by GSK and Pfizer, AREXVY and ABRYSVO. Both companies have found that their vaccine is effective against typical, acute, and severe RSV - associated lower respiratory tract infections 2,6 . Like most vaccines, the efficacy increases with severity of the disease; the vaccine is most effective at preventing severe infections 6 . Both vaccines were also shown to be effective in the prevention of RSV related infections for one viral season 2,6 . The CDC recommends that those 60 years and older who are eligible for the vaccine discuss it with their Image 1: Electron Microscope Image of RSV colorized blue with anti - RSV antibodies colorized yellow being cast off from human lung cells 1 .

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Outstanding Professor Award

Mary Marshall, PhD (‘18 Dual - title PhD) was the 2023 recipient of the CALC Outstanding Professor Award. An Assistant Professor of Gerontology at Long Beach State University, Dr. Marshall teaches graduate level aging courses that cover policy, dementia, dying, and health assessments. She manages students engaging

in internship and is the faculty advisor for the Gerontology Club. Dr. Marshall received the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics Emerging Leader Award in 2019 and the Purdue University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Research Award in 2021. She also completed a Micro - Credential in Promoting Active Learning Online and is certified in Mental Health First Aid for college students. Her research explores how older adults adjust to various living situations, the role and

culture of grandparenting, and how to promote wellness in assisted living facilities. Dr. Marshall advises multiple graduate students in her lab collecting, organizing, and publishing data. She received the Dual - title PhD in Human Development and Family Science & Gerontology from Purdue University in 2018. It was a pleasure to present Dr. Marshall with this award in recognition of exceptional teaching and mentoring of emerging scholars in aging.

Seen and Heard

Jason Cannon (Faculty Associate) was quoted in an article on KSHB - TV on “ Nearly half of US faucets contaminated with harmful chemicals. ” Melissa Franks, Libby Richards, & Rosie Shrout (Faculty Associates) co - authored an article in The Conversation on “ Marriage provides health benefits – and here ’ s why. ” Ellen Kossek (Faculty Associate) was quoted in an article for on “ The worker flexibility premium. ” She also appeared on a podcast episode of Academy of Human Resource Development Masterclass about Anxiety and Burnout. She was also featured as a speaker at the Korea Gender Equality Forum on Gender Equality in the Workplace. Additionally, she was featured in an article in Harvard Business Review on “ Keep Your Team on Track Amid Cost - Cutting, Layoffs, and Uncertainty. ” Marian Liu (Faculty Associate) & Wei - Lin Xue (Dual - title PhD student) collaborated in a study with researchers at University of Connecticut, and their work was featured on UConn Today in an article titled “ New Study Explores Opioid Pain Medication Theft in Long - Term Care Homes, ” as well as in Purdue University ’ s College of Health and Human Sciences News on “ Purdue Nursing Researchers Analyze Medication Theft in Long - Term Care


Facilities. ” Additionally, their work was featured in Purdue University Office of Research ’ s Dimensions of Discovery on “ Drug theft poses significant problem in long - term care facilities. ” Evans Osei (Dual - title PhD Student) was featured in Purdue University ’ s College of Health and Human Sciences News on “ Nursing PhD Student Advances Research in Palliative Care and Financial Decision - Making. ” Brandon Pitts (Faculty Associate) participated in an interview for Purdue Research Foundation ’ s The Line on his team ’ s development of EASI RIDER. Their project was also featured in the Purdue Alumnus “ What can we feel good about? ” section. Shirley Rietdyk (Faculty Associate) was featured on NBC News on “ Young adults fall down stairs surprisingly often. Women exhibit riskier behavior than men, a study found, ” and on Fox News on “ Risky! Walking downstairs is more dangerous for young women than others for key reasons, said study. ” Dr. Rietdyk ’ s research was also featured in Purdue University ’ s College of Health and Human Sciences News on “ Purdue HHS Researchers Uncover New Fall Factors for Older Americans. ” Libby Richards (Faculty Associate) was quoted concerning her research in Purdue University ’ s College of Health and Human Sciences News on “ Purdue HHS Researchers Analyze Best Times to Eat, Exercise in a Day. ” Rosie Shrout (Faculty Associate) appeared in an episode of GRUFFtalk How to Age Better with Barbara Hannah Grufferman on “ How You Talk With Your Partner Affects Your Health and Happiness. ” Preeti Sivasankar (Faculty Associate) was quoted in an article in Purdue University ’ s Purdue Today that highlights programs ranked in the Top 10 or Top 10th percentile on “ No. 3 Speech - Language Pathology Graduate Program in HHS Advances Well - being in Communication, Swallowing. ” Ziran Wang (Faculty Associate) published an article featured in Medium entitled “ Digital twins: An on - ramp to autonomous driving. ” The story was also featured in the Purdue University Engineering Review . Robbee Wedow (Faculty Associate) has research featured on Purdue University ’ s Purdue Today on “ Sociogenomics: The intricate science of how genetics influences sociology. ” Robbee Wedow (Faculty Associate) & Callie Zaborenko (Dual - title PhD Student) were quoted in the Purdue Exponent on “ Gene - typing: Sociogenomics research group makes its way to Purdue. ” Jiayun Xu (Faculty Associate) was featured in Purdue University ’ s College of Health and Human Sciences News on “ Purdue Nursing Research Facilitates Better End - of - life Planning for Families with Parkinson ’ s Disease. ”

Reference Checks

CALC program assistant, Laurel Williams, is available to aid CALC Faculty Associates with reference checks. Reference checks include looking through your reference list for a grant proposal, research article, etc. to (a) make sure that each reference is used in the text and vice versa and (b) track how many times each reference is used throughout the work. Additionally, she is available to help with (re)formatting, adding additional information to references (in text or in the reference list), or any other changes that may be needed for references.

If you are interested in this service, please email Laurel at



Satyajit Ambike (Faculty Associate) was elected to the board of the International Society of Motor Control. Uma Aryal (Faculty Associate) was promoted to Research Associate Professor of Comparative Pathobiology. He was

Jennifer Freeman (Faculty Associate) was appointed Assistant Vice President for Research Development for Purdue to develop, evaluate, implement, and streamline various research programs and processes. Melissa Franks (Faculty Associate) was appointed as the Director of the Center for Families where she aims to carry out programs supporting faculty scholars in their cutting - edge family research and engage undergraduate and graduate students in family research and policy activities.

also awarded the NIHS10 grant for

$600,000 to acquire a trapped ion mobility time of flight mass spec- trometer.

Bing Han (Dual - title PhD Student) received the Lois K. Cohen Graduate Education Endowment for Global Health in Sociology.

Alan Beck (Faculty Associate) retired as Professor Emeritus of Animal Ecology in August 2023.

Mallory Bell (Dual - title PhD Student) was awarded the Robert L. Eichhorn Fellowship Award in Medical Sociology.

Ellen Kossek (Faculty Associate) was appointed to an expert committee by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with the goal of providing leaders with evidence - based guidance on how to implement policies and programs to support students and professionals working in the sciences who have family caregiving responsibilities. Daniel Hirai (Faculty Associate) was selected to receive the Second Century Early Faculty Independence Award for his project “ Home - based heat therapy to improve functional performance in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. ”

Chad Carroll (Faculty Associate) was awarded an NIH grant for $3,066,018 from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases for his project on Serum Advanced Glycation End - Products as Mediators of Tendon Degeneration with Diabetes.

Kenneth Ferraro (Faculty Associate) was awarded the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award by The Gerontological Society of America. Nancy Edwards (Faculty Associate) was awarded the SAC 2023 Health Cluster grant in the amount of $2,416,959.

Ashwini Kulkarni (Dual - title PhD, 2023) is now Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at Old Dominion University.



Marian Liu (Faculty Associate) joined the 2023 - 24 Health and Aging Policy Fellowship as a residential fellow in Washington, DC. She was also promoted to Associate Professor of Nursing. Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth (Faculty Associate & Director of the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI)) received a $5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment to support the MFRI until 2026. Her team of partners at the MFRI also received the Corps Engagement Award from the Purdue Engagement Awards. Dr. MacDermid Wadsworth was also the recipient of the Ernest W. Burgess Award, and was awarded a Lilly Endowment grant of $3.5 million for sustaining support for military families. She was also awarded grants from the Indiana Department of Mental Health and Addiction as well as the US Army Medical Research Acquisition totaling $2.2 million. Ranjini Mohan (Dual - title PhD, 2016) is now Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders at Texas State University.

and the University of Pittsburgh for a Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Physical Access and Transportation project that has been awarded $4.75 million.

Mari Plikuhn (Gerontology minor, 2010) earned a promotion to Professor of Sociology at the University of Evansville. She is the first woman in UE ’ s history to become a Professor of Sociology.

Libby Richards (Faculty Associate) was inducted into the Book of Great Teachers this past September. The Book of Great Teachers is a permanent display in the west foyer of the Purdue Memorial Union. The book bears the names of 428 faculty members, past and present, who have devoted their lives to excellence in teaching and scholarship chosen by their students and peers. She was also selected to be a Fellow in the Academy of Nursing Education. Madison Sauerteig - Rolston (Dual - title PhD Student) was awarded the 2023 - 24 Bilsland Fellowship through the Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs.

Brandon Pitts (Faculty Associate) received the 2023 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for a project entitled “ With Age Comes Wisdom: Leveraging Older Adults ’ Crystallized Decision - Making

Preeti Sivasankar (Faculty Associate) was appointed Assistant Vice President for Strategic Health Research for Purdue. She also received the 2023 College of Health and

Abilities to Develop Adaptive Human - Automation Interfaces for Dynamic Environments. ” He was also awarded the 2023 Stephanie Binder Young Professional Award by the Surface Transportation Technical Group (STTG) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Additionally, Dr. Pitts became Co - PI on a collaboration between Purdue

Human Sciences Career Research Achievement

Award. Additionally, Dr. Sivasankar was featured in the Westwood Lecture Series on “ Can you



Course Number & Title Change

Jill Suitor (Faculty Associate) was invited to present in the Westwood Lecture Series on “ Maybe Mom Did Always Love You Best, But Does it Really Matter? Mothers ’ Favoritism and Disfavoritism in Later - Life Families. ” Elizabeth Strickland (Faculty Associate) was named the recipient of the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award from Purdue College of Health and Human Sciences and the Provost. protect your voice? Physiological investigations from rats to humans. ” She was also selected to join Provost Wolfe as a member of the Provost Advisory Committee. Catherine Stepniak (Dual - title PhD Student) was awarded as an Outstanding Graduate Instructor by the Purdue Department of Sociology. Nick Turiano (Dual - title PhD, 2012) was awarded a National Institute on Aging R03 grant as PI entitled “ Personality and Mortality Risk in Adulthood: Behavioral and Physiological Mechanisms. ” Sydney Trask (Faculty Associate) was awarded a grant from the National Institute on Aging for $429,409 to study “ Alleviating age - related memory impairment through proteasome stimulation. ”

Attention CALC grad students: HDFS 685, formerly Introduction to Human Development, is now HDFS 606, Advanced Human Development. The course is still taught by Dr. Elliot Friedman, and is part of the approved gerontology curriculum.

New Way to Make a Gift to CALC!

As you plan your charitable donations, please keep CALC in mind, We have a new way to give by QR code. To use, simply hover your smart phone camera on the code below, then click on the link that shows up on the screen, and you will be taken to a webpage where you can input your information. Your contribution helps us further our mission: optimal aging—for life.

Amanda Veile (Faculty Associate) was promoted to Associate Professor of Anthropology.

Robbee Wedow (Faculty Associate) was the PI of a team that was awarded $500,000 in seed funding from the university following the Purdue Life and Health Sciences Summit. Dr. Wedow ’ s project will explore how genetics and the environment contribute to behaviors across species and phyla.



Paige Ebner, Asst. Director; Cathy Liu, Director

Wei - Lin Xue (Dual - title PhD Student) presented a poster at the Midwest Nursing Research Society Competition and won the first place PhD student poster award.


Laurel Williams


Bhavesh Pareek


Aging Demographic cont.

Works Cited

shortage, but current doctors will be forced into geriatric medicine by necessity. Additionally, there is an increase in the specialization of medicine, which could lead to difficulty dealing with multiple pathologies that typically present with older adults¹². To deal with this issue, medical training will need to transform to include training in geriatric medicine to be able to effectively manage the treatment and care of older adults. According to WHO, we can encourage active aging by having health and social services distributed throughout cities to ensure they are conveniently reached by public transport. Additionally, residential care facilities should be located near residential areas and services to promote an integrated, intergenerational community. Another important consideration is to ensure that everyone has access to healthcare by reducing economic barriers. Also, emergency services should consider and prepare for older adults and their needs 1 .

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These are just a few of the issues to consider when assessing the needs of an older population. Overall, there is much to do to prepare for the changing demographic. Fortunately, many of the necessary changes will not only benefit older adults, but others too. Those with disabilities will benefit from greater accessibility and everyone will benefit from policies that allow for active aging. A society that promotes healthy aging will result in healthier and happier individuals throughout all aspects of life.

Laurel Williams is the CALC undergraduate student service Program Assistant. She is completing her degree in Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences at Purdue.


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Friday, January 26, 2024 12:30 - 1:25 pm Eastern STEW 209 and via Zoom

Dianne Little, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Basic Medical Sciences and Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University Yan Cong , PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University Gerontology Graduate Students & Keynote by Riyi Shi , PhD, Mari Hulman George Endowed Professor of Applied

Colloquium: Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering as We Age: The Impact of the Exposome

Friday, March 1, 2024 12:30 - 1:25 pm Eastern STEW 209 and via Zoom Friday, March 29, 2024 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Eastern STEW 279 and via Zoom

Colloquium: Computational Approach to Speech Biomarkers in Aging

Scholars in the Spotlight and Spring Luncheon

Keynote: Tracing the Link between Concussion and Alzheimer ’ s Disease: Miniature Brains for Big Problems

Neuroscience and Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University Robbee Wedow, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Data Science, Purdue University

Colloquium: How Large - Scale Genetic Data Can Aid in Life Course Research

Friday, April 26, 2024 12:30 - 1:25 pm Eastern STEW 209 and via Zoom


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