GSA bestows Robert W. Kleemeier Award to University of Virginia's Nessleroade

The Gerontological Society of America has chosen John R. Nesselroade of the University of Virginia as the 2006 recipient of the Robert W. Kleemeier Award. This distinction is given annually to a GSA member in recognition for outstanding research in the field of gerontology.

The award presentation will take place at GSA's 59th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 16th-20th, 2006 in Dallas, TX. The actual conferral will occur on Saturday the 18th at 8:30 a.m. at the Adam's Mark Dallas Hotel. The meeting is organized to foster interdisciplinary interactions among clinical, administrative, and research professionals who specialize in the study of the aging process.

Nessleroade is an outstanding theoretician in the psychometrics of aging. He has pioneered developing methods to represent complex interactions in aging that have largely been ignored by most biomedical scientists according to the reductionalist paradigm.

In four decades of research and publication, Nessleroade has advanced the field of the behavioral sciences and the study of aging in several major areas. He began his career at West Virginia University, where he helped to start the historically important movement of lifespan developmental psychology. His major contributions in the area of research methods focused on how one could apply quantitative techniques, especially factor analysis, to differentiate qualitative vs. quantitative change of the life course.

The award was created in 1965 in memory of a former president of the society whose contributions to the quality of life through research in aging were exemplary. The winner traditionally presents a lecture at the Annual Scientific Meeting the following year. The Kleemeier Award Lecture is traditionally one of the conference's highlights.

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), founded in 1945, is the oldest and largest national multidisciplinary scientific organization devoted to the advancement of gerontological research. Its membership includes some 5,000+ researchers, educators, practitioners, and other professionals in the field of aging. The Society's principal missions are to promote research and education in aging and to encourage the dissemination of research results to other scientists, decision makers, and practitioners.


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