The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Barbara J. Bowers, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the 2014 recipient of the Task Force on Minority Issues in Gerontology Outstanding Mentorship Award.
This distinguished honor is given annually to an individual who has exemplified outstanding commitment and dedication to mentoring minority researchers in the field of aging.
The award presentation will take place at GSA's 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 5 to 9 in Washington, DC. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process. Visit http://www.geron.org/annualmeeting for further details.
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing, Bowers is the associate dean for research and sponsored programs, the Charlotte Jane and Ralph A. Rodefer Chair, and the Helen Denne Schulte Professor. She also serves as the director of education, community academic partnerships in the university's Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and holds an adjunct professor appointment at Australian Catholic University.
Bowers' research focuses on frail, older adults in both community and residential settings. She is interested in how public policies and organizational practices influence quality of care and quality of life. She also is interested in work life quality for workers in long term care systems. Her work has examined causes of staff turnover, the relationships among organizational structure, organizational culture and management practices, and care outcomes.
Throughout her career, Bowers has been a mentor to future leaders in the efforts to improve quality of care and quality of life for older adults. She has served as an advisor to students of minority groups from inside and outside the U.S.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA's structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
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