AGHE President Janet Frank with NIA Deputy Director Dr. Marie A. Bernard. Photocredit: Gerontological Society of America
NIA Deputy Director Dr. Marie A. Bernard was named the 2013 winner of the Clark Tibbitts Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), the educational arm of the Gerontological Society of America. She delivered the award lecture, “The Nexus: Gerontology/Geriatrics Education and Aging Research,” aka “Living Long and Well in the 21st Century: Strategic Directions for NIA Research on Aging,” on March 2 at the AGHE annual meeting in St. Petersburg, FL.
The award is given by AGHE each year to an individual or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics education. Awardees have been significantly involved in and made a national impact on gerontology or geriatrics education.
Clark Tibbitts was an early pioneer and advocate for geriatrics education. The awardee becomes an honorary fellow of AGHE in addition to delivering the lecture at the annual meeting.
“I am honored to receive this award,” noted Dr. Bernard. “In the 1950s and '60s, Clark Tibbitts recognized the need for structured programs of geriatric education. Today, that need is more urgent than ever as we address the aging of our society.”