Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ doctoral candidate Ms. Han-Jung Ko (Kokoro/Koko) has been appointed to serve on the Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization’s (ESPO) International Task Force.
Beginning November 1, Ms. Koko, who is studying Human Development and Family Studies, will serve as the junior representative and co-chair during the first year of her appointment. During the second year, she will fulfill the position of senior representative and chair mentoring the less-experienced junior representative.
Ms. Koko applied to join ESPO’s leadership team in hopes of increasing involvement of international gerontology scholars at GSA and supporting initiatives that facilitate research collaborations across cultures around the world.
“Pursuing my doctoral training in the U.S., reaching out to international scholars at and beyond GSA meetings and maintaining connections with Taiwanese scholars have inspired me to apply for these ESPO positions,” she says. “I truly believe globalization is important to make GSA thrive.”
The ESPO International Task Force was developed in 2010 to foster connections among ESPO members interested in the study of global aging.