Dr. Richard Suzman, director of NIA’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Dr. Suzman joins 701 other members who were named Fellows this year because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The Fellows were announced in the November 30, 2012 issue of Science.
Dr. Suzman was cited for “developing the demography and economics of aging, particularly the landmark Health and Retirement Study of cohorts from age 50 to death, now replicated internationally.” Established in 1992, the HRS follows a nationally representative sample of more than 26,000 people over age 50, collecting data every 2 years, from pre-retirement to advanced age. The study provides data about these older Americans to help address the challenges and opportunities associated with population aging in the United States. The study’s unique combination of data allows for better understanding of the nature of health and well-being in later life.