News and Events

January 3, 2015  

Thanks to the generosity of his family and to honor the foremost pioneer in the field of aging policy, we are pleased to announce the Robert N. Butler Student Intership Program for Columbia University third and fourth-year students with a strong interest in lifecourse/lifespan and aging research and policy.  With this ten-week summer internship program, the Columbia Aging Center seeks to inspire talented students to become part of a vital pipeline of future leaders who are able to master the challenges societies and individuals must face as the world’s citizens live longer lives. Our Robert N. Butler Interns will have rare access to the Columbia Aging Center’s diverse scholars, an intellectual hub of the field. 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. Training will include behavioral and social science research, policy analysis on specific issues, literature reviews, data collection, engagement with local businesses and organizations, event planning, and more.

December 9, 2014  Center Director Ursula Staudinger delivered a plenary speech “Demographic Change and Growth: A Paradox?” at the Nobel Week Dialogue in Stockholm on December 9, 2014, the eve of the presentation of the 2014 Nobel Prizes.  Dr. Staudinger also moderated a panel featuring Nobel Laureate Daniel McFadden entitled "Implications of an Older World."  The video may be viewed here.

This all-day series of panels devoted to the topic of aging was geared to provide new scientific and cultural perspectives on societies of longer lives. As with past "dialogues," this Nobel Week event convened distinguished participants from a range of disciplines including past Nobelists Elizabeth Blackburn, Aaron Ciechanover, Eric Maskin, Daniel McFadden, Craig Mello, and Columbia's Eric Kandel. To see all panelists for the December 9th event, please click here and for "The Age to Come" Nobel Week Dialogue program, please click here.

November 30, 2014  A brand new website launched and will be a useful resource available to elder artists to help with estate planning.  It was created by a collaboration of Columbia Law School's Lawyering in the Digital Age Clinic, the Research Center for Arts and Culture at the National Center for Creative Aging, the City University of New York Elder Law Clinic, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. For more information, please visit The Elder Artists' Legal Resource.

November 21, 2014  Columbia Aging Center Director Ursula M. Staudinger received the Braunschweig Research Prize for her investigation of the plasticity of the aging process and its consequences for demographic change.

The Braunschweig Research Prize honors internationally outstanding research performed in the fields of technology, the life sciences and cultural sciences. The transfer and use of science for business and society are a prerequisite for the nomination.

Braunschweig’s Mayor Ulrich Markurth said: "It is important to Dr. Staudinger that employers recognize and promote the skills which older people have. This is a key issue for the future: will we succeed in integrating and recognizing the skills and experience of older employees and harness these? It is therefore important to me that we honor the work of Dr. Staudinger with the Braunschweig Research Prize."

Novemer 18, 2014  The Milken Institute released its 2014 index and report on the best U.S. cities to grow old in.  And New York was in the top 20 for large cities. Dr. Linda P. Fried, Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia Aging Center Faculty member,  Milken Institute advisor and member of the Age-Friendly NYC Commission noted “It is particularly gratifying that older adults in NYC are benefiting from the great commitment in New York City to making the city an even greater place to grow old, especially in terms of healthy eating, exercise, and low obesity rates. The core public health commitments lead to healthy aging for the population – and the many dimensions of an age-friendly city support engagement, inclusion and well-being.”

November 18, 2014  Dr. Ursula Staudinger will give a talk at Columbia's Lifecourse Epidemiology Cluster Seminar.

The seminar will take place from 12:30 to 2:30 pm in the Allan Rosenfield Building, 11th Flooor EHS Classroom. Her talk is entitled "More years, more life: The plasticity of aging."

November 11, 2014  The Mortimer B. Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Initiative and the Columbia Aging Center join forces to present "The Aging of Mind, Brain and Behavior in Context" -- the first Columbia Aging Workshop for invited Columbia faculty.  Together with Executive Vice President for Research Michael Purdy and MBBI Co-Director Thomas Jessell, program committee members Thomas Di Prete, Franck Polleux and Ursula Staudinger have planned a rich three-session afternoon that will elicit a dialog among investigators of three major axes of human aging -- biological, behavioral and contextual.  The Columbia Aging Center looks forward to reporting about the outcomes of this invitational workshop later this year in this space.  For further information, please contact the Columbia Aging Center.

November 3, 2014  Associate Director Ruth Finkelstein wrote a letter to the Editor of the New York Times on October 28th to praise business owners who understand the value of older workers.  Winners of the Age-Smart Employer Awards, she said, "know the value of a worker with...experience and commitment is priceless."  Dr. Finkelstein's letter was in response to Rachel L. Swarns's piece "The Deli Business Is Still in His Bones, Two Decades Into Retirement."

Funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Age Smart Employer Award program is an initiative of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center and the New York Academy of Medicine. These awards, now in their second year, honor New York City employers who value workers of all ages.

October 29, 2014  Dr. Ros Altmann will deliver the 2014 Robert Butler Memorial Lecture on October 29, 2014, at Local Government House in London on the occasion of the ILC Global Alliance's upcoming meetings in the United Kingdom.  Associate Director of the Columbia Aging Center, Ruth Finkelstein, will co-present a paper with Geoff Greene on the future of public transport in an aging society and the attendant complexities of governance.

To read about Dr. Butler's legacy, please click here.  To read about our ILC work, please click here.

October 29, 2014  In Hartford, Connecticut, the Center's Dorian Block will deliver the keynote address at the Connecticut Association of Area Agencies on Aging annual conference "Creating Livable Communities for All."  Her talk is entitled "How We Move Livable Communities from Aspiration to Reality: Strategies from Around the U.S.

For more information, please visit C4A's site.