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National Society Honors Three Penn Nursing Professors

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the country’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — is honoring three Penn Nursing Professors with awards for their outstanding research, distinguished leadership in teaching and service, and for fostering new ideas in gerontological science.

Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, Professor of Nursing and the van Ameringen Chair in Nursing Excellence; and Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, the Anthony Buividas Term Chair in Gerontology, Professor of Nursing, and Chair of the Department of Biobehavioral Health Sciences, will both receive the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award. This award is presented by the Society-Wide section of GSA and is given to a member of the Society in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to geriatric nursing research.

Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, GNP, BC, FGSA, FAAN, the Ralston House Endowed Term Chair in Gerontological Nursing and Professor of Geropsychiatric Nursing, will receive the Joseph T. Freeman Award. This award acknowledges a prominent clinician in the field of aging, both in research and practice.

The award presentations will take place at GSA’s 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held from November 10 -14, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Bowles, Hodgson, and Cacchione will each present special lectures during the annual meeting. The conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process.