News and Events

January 11, 2016  From January 11 to 13, 2016, the OECD convenes the Global Future Elderly Model meetings (Global FEM) in Paris. Columbia Aging Center Faculty member, Jack Rowe, delivers the keynote address “Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Society.”  The Global FEM is an economic-demographic microsimulation which informs policy questions ranging in scope from economic to health.

January 8, 2016  Columbia Aging Center Faculty Member Jack Rowe wrote a piece for the Huffington Post about the health benefits of volunteering. Volunteering can be especially important for older olders as studies have shown short-term gains in executive function and a possible reverse in neural declines with age. To read the full piece, visit Huffington Post's site.


Faculty Research Fellowships Relating to the Study of Optimal Aging

A University-wide center, the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center seeks to bring together researchers from across the entire to enable the interdisciplinary study of the biopsychosocial nature of the aging process and its modifiability.

Sponsored by the Center under the direction of Ursula M. Staudinger, Ph.D., these faculty fellowships are open to all junior and senior Columbia University faculty members interested in innovative disciplinary and interdisciplinary research on aging and the lifecourse. Recipients will receive an award of $30,000 per year to support salary and/or research expenses for a total possible maximum of $60,000. Five (5), two-year Columbia Aging Center Faculty Fellowships will be awarded each year. The Faculty Fellowships are meant to lay the basis for subsequent larger scale funding efforts.

January 1, 2016  This spring we're offering a series of seven events all devoted to the biology of aging. Full series details are here.

CUMC's Mimi Shirasu-Hiza, PhD, will be our first speaker on Wednesday, January 27th at noon (703 NWC, 550 West 120th Street).


December 21, 2015  On December 21st, the Mailman School of Public Health published a wrap up piece on our Age Smart Employer Awards.  Please see it here.  Below is the December 9th press release about our awards to businesses that know the value of hiring and retaining older workers.  For more, please see the Age Smart Employer Awards website.

December 8, 2015  The Wall Street Journal has published a piece of the finalists lined up for the Age Smart Employer Award, to be announced on December 9th.  The article is here.

December 1, 2015 Thanks to the generosity of his family and in memory of the foremost pioneer in the field of aging policy, we are pleased to announce this call for applicants to our Robert N. Butler Summer Internship Program. The program is for Columbia University third and fourth-year students with a strong interest in lifecourse, lifespan and aging research and policy.

As a university-wide center, the Columbia Aging Center seeks to inspire talented students to become part of a pipeline of future leaders able to master the challenges societies and individuals must face as the world’s citizens live longer lives. Butler Interns will have access to Columbia University’s diverse scholars in the field of aging. Over the course of the 10-week summer internships, students will develop skills and acquire knowledge that will benefit them in pursuit of future studies and careers. Internships will include behavioral and social science research, policy analysis on specific issues, literature reviews, data collection, engagement with local businesses and organizations, event planning, laboratory and site visits, skill workshops, and more.  Butler Interns will become lasting members of the Columbia Aging Center’s community.

November 21, 2015  There are two positions open at the Columbia Aging Center.

Data Analyst for Large-scale Datasets

NIEHS Postdoctoral Fellowship

November 17, 2015 Age Smart Employer has announced the finalists for the 2015 Age Smart Employer Awards and will announce the winners at an awards ceremony on December 9, 2015. Finalists are recognized New York City businesses and nonprofit organizations who use policies and practices that help to hire, retain, and engage four generations of workers. The 11 finalists, based in the Bronx, Manhattan and Queens, were chosen from 52 applicants by a Selection Committee of nine experts in the field of employment and aging. Each finalist is participating in an employees’ survey about their approaches to engaging older workers. After further deliberation, the Selection Committee will identify 3-4 winning organizations in each category. For more information visit Mailman School of Public Health or the Age Smart Employer website


Small Business Finalists: Ben’s Best Kosher Delicatessen · Eneslow Pedorthic Enterprises · Indiana Market and Catering · Metro Optics Eyewear · VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired


Large Business FinalistsAmy’s Breads · Brooks Brothers – LIC Factory · CBRE · North Bronx Healthcare Network (Jacobi) · NYU Langone Medical Center · Sunnyside Community Services, Inc.


November 16, 2015 Columbia faculty member Jamal Joseph was among the six winners of the 2015 Purpose Prize announced on November 16th. Now in its tenth year, the Purpose Prize recognizes and invests in people over 60 who combine passion and experience for social good. The prize is an excellent embodiment of a focal point of the Columbia Aging Center: to embrace the wide range of opportunities inherent in societies of longer lives.