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New scholarship sends student to Boston to participate in conference on aging

Pictured Jacklyn Kohon and Dr. Terrie Fox Wetle

The College is pleased to announce that the Dr. Terrie Fox Wetle Scholarship has been established to help students affiliated with its Institute on Aging (IOA).

Dr. Wetle is an alumna, who earned her B.S. and  M.S. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Urban Studies at Portland State University.  She also did a Macy Fellowship in Health Policy at Harvard and received an Docteure Honoris Causa from the University of Geneva, School of Medicine in Switzerland.  She is currently the Associate Dean of Medicine for Public Health and Public Policy at Brown University, as well as a professor of health policy research and practice. Throughout her academic and professional careers, Dr. Wetle has dedicated her research to the health and care of aging populations.

“Portland State and particularly the PSU Institute on Aging were so important in my own career development that it is a pleasure to be able to support students in the IOA in this way.  When I was a graduate student working in the IOA, my travel to the Gerontological Society meetings provided rich opportunities for networking, for learning more about aging science and health policy, and for my first organizational leadership experiences.  I hope that this gift will provide these same opportunities to future leaders in aging,” says Dr. Wetle.

Dr. Wetle’s scholarship allows graduate students studying gerontology to attend the annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.  The annual meeting brings together over 3,000 individuals to engage in academic discourse on the topic of aging both on a national and international level.

The 2011 annual meeting took place in Boston in November and thanks to Dr. Wetle’s support the College was able to provide a travel scholarship to the first recipient, Jacklyn Kohon. Jacklyn is a doctoral student in Urban Studies and Planning and a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute of Aging at Portland State University. Her research has contributed to studies in aging, mental health, substance abuse, and health disparities-related research projects in Hawaii and Oregon.

The College thanks Dr. Wetle for her support of our students and their endeavors in the field of aging.