Former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging to Speak at Penn State

March 17, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Dr. Fernando M. Torres-Gil, professor and associate dean of academic affairs in the School of Public Policy and Social Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will deliver this yearís Sol Kramer Lecture in the Penn State College of Health and Human Development.

Torres-Gilís presentation, “Shifting Paradigms in Aging: Politics, Diversity and Public Policy,” will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11 in the Bennett-Pierce Living Center (110 Henderson Building) on the University Park campus.

Torres-Gil, a recognized expert in the fields of health and long-term care, the politics of aging, social policy, ethnicity and disability, is also director of the Center for Policy Research on Aging at UCLA. He is the author of four books and more than 80 articles and book chapters related to his research, including The New Aging: Politics and Change in America. In recognition of his scholarly accomplishments, he is an elected Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the National Academy of Public Administration, a past president of the American Society on Aging and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Torres-Gil was also appointed by then-President Bill Clinton to serve as the first-ever Assistant Secretary for Aging in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As the Administrationís chief advocate on aging, he played a key role in promoting the importance of aging, long-term care and disability issues, in consolidating federal programs for older persons and in helping baby boomers redefine retirement in a post-pension era.

The Sol Kramer Lecture Series brings visiting scholars to Penn State to lecture on topics in ethology, biobehavioral health, developmental genetics or the biophysical aspects of health and illness. The series honors the memory of Sol Kramer, former research professor of ethology at the University of Florida and a friend and colleague of the late Evan Pattishall, dean of Penn Stateís former College of Human Development.

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