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March 19, 2019 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Freer House Hoobler | Map
71 E. Ferry
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: None
Audience: Academic Staff, Alumni, Current Graduate Students, Faculty
Recent breakthrough discoveries in the science of aging are transforming the way we think about growing older and stimulating cross-disciplinary research to optimize the aging process. Dr. Ferraro will identify two notable discoveries: 
  • Early origins of adult health — how exposures during childhood have long-term consequences on adult health.
  • Multidirectional change, including the possibility of reversing functional trajectories associated with growing older.
Both discoveries highlight the modifiability of the aging process and are core to the integrative paradigm he articulates in his book, The Gerontological Imagination: An Integrative Paradigm of Aging (2018), Oxford University Press.

WSU Institute of Gerontology Colloquia Series is pleased to present:
Kenneth Ferraro, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Sociology,Director, Center on Aging and the Life Course
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

Dr. Ferraro is the author of 120 peer-reviewed articles on health and aging, and his research has been supported by multiple grants from the National Institute on Aging. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the former editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.
In 2018, Ferraro published “The Gerontological Imagination: An Integrative Paradigm of Aging.” Considered the first book of its kind to identify intellectual common ground among different disciplines studying aging, reviewers have called it a “signal contribution to the field.” The book won the 2018 Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America.
At Purdue, Ferraro served four years as a resident scientist with the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging, part of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan. His mentorship of graduate students was recognized by the 2016 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Graduate Mentor.

Colloquia presented courtesy of the Mary Thompson Foundation

For more information about this event, please contact Gail Jensen at 313-664-2622.