On April 12, the Population Association of America (PAA) announced that NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes had been awarded the PAA Excellence in Public Service Award. Created in 2008, the award honors federal, state, and local policy makers and staff who have been especially supportive of demographic or population research and the federal agencies that fund it.
|NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes (center) accepts the Excellence in Public Service Award from the Population Association of America. Also pictured are (left to right): Georgeanne Patmios, NIA; Dr. Richard Suzman, NIA; Mary Jo Hoeksema, PAA; Dr. Christine Bachrach, PAA; and Dr. John Haaga, NIA.|
In presenting the award, PAA President Christine Bachrach noted Dr. Hodes’ “tremendous leadership of the NIA,” as well as the critical role he has played in encouraging investment in the behavioral and social sciences at the NIH overall.
“You have been an outstanding supporter of the population sciences,” Ms. Bachrach said. “You’ve supported the development of invaluable large-scale longitudinal studies, such as the Health and Retirement Study, and infrastructure programs like the Demography of Aging Centers. Your willingness to support the good science that has come to the NIA has made it possible for population scientists worldwide to make important contributions toward understanding the complex implications of an aging population.”
“I am honored to receive this award from the Population Association of America,” Dr. Hodes said. “When I was named NIA Director, I came to the Institute with a background in cancer research, at the cellular level, as an immunologist. I have come to fully appreciate the importance of demographic research that looks at individuals, families, and societies, encompassing a national and international view of population aging. I am grateful for this award and share it with Dr. Richard Suzman and our Division of Behavioral and Social Research, which has been so innovative in NIA’s approach to population studies.”