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Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Faculty Receives International Prize for Aging Research

The Board of Trustees of The Industry-Club Düsseldorf with scientific support of the Heinrich-Heine University will honor Dr. Ursula Staudinger, Director, Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, with its international, endowed prize for Aging Research, the Seneca Medal. A lifespan psychologist and an internationally acknowledged aging researcher, Dr. Staudinger, studies the plasticity of the aging process, as well as the opportunities and challenges of increases in average life expectancy. The award is in recognition of her outstanding research in the social and behavioral sciences of aging and will be presented at a ceremony in Fall 2017.

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[Photo: Dr. Ursula Staudinger]

Dr. Staudinger, who is Robert N. Butler Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, joined the Mailman School in July 2013 as founding director of the Columbia Aging Center, a global hub for interdisciplinary aging research. Additionally, Dr. Staudinger leads the renowned International Longevity Center (ILC) USA, part of the 14-member, multinational ILC – Global Alliance consortium. Prior to coming to Columbia, Dr. Staudinger was the vice president of Jacobs University Bremen in Germany and Founding Dean of the Jacobs Center on Lifelong Learning and Institutional Development at Jacobs University Bremen, an interdisciplinary research center investigating productive aging, with a focus on education and the labor market. Earlier in her career, she was a professor of developmental psychology at the Technical University Dresden and was Senior Scientist of the Max Planck Institute of Human Development in Berlin, Germany.