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March, 11, 2016  Attend a special seminar by Werner Greve entitled "Development of Adaptivity: Toward a Lifespan Perspective on Developmental Regulation."

It will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. in the Rosenfield Building Room 440, 722 West 168th Street.

This talk will present a theoretical framework that attempts to integrate models of developmental regulation in adulthood (in particular the two-process model by Brandtstädter) with results and arguments concerning coping and self-regulation in childhood and adolescence. In a series of empirical studies several facets of this approach were empirical examined (including methods of assessment of adaptation in childhood, functionality of adaptivity in childhood and adolescence, developmental preconditions of adaptivity in adolescence). 

Werner Greve is professor of psychology at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. His main research interests focus on lifespan development, coping processes, evolutionary psychology, criminology, and philosophical psychology. His publications include several monographs and textbooks (e.g., on the adaptive self, psychology of crime), book chapters (e.g., resilience in old age) and journal papers (e.g., self-regulation, human action, evolutionary psychology).



March 8, 2016  The Brunet Lecture has been postponed. To receive information about the rescheduled date, please email:

March 7, 2016  The Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center CAC is a research and knowledge transfer center concerned with population aging and the modifiability of the aging process. The CAC is a university- wide center based at the Mailman School of Public Health it aims to synergize with and foster scholarly activities in the area of aging across the University. The mission of the CAC is to be a significant academic leader in knowledge creation, translation into impact, and education towards win-wins for all ages in the success of longer lives.


The Postdoctoral Research Scientist is expected to have a degree in psychology or sociology or another related discipline, a strong background in working with large-scale data sets, and a strong interest in the behavioral plasticity of aging. Ideally, the candidate also has prior experience with longitudinal data analyses techniques. The Postdoctoral Research Scientist will work on a project investigating the links between activity patterns and cognitive aging across the adult lifespan funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The successful candidate will be mentored by Dr. Ursula M. Staudinger, Robert N. Butler Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Professor of Psychology, who is the PI of the project.

March 4, 2016  Fortune talks to Dr. Ruth Finkelstein about the need for flexible work schedules and the idea that the retirement age is not one size fits all.

“We need to rethink how we understand work, making the concept of retirement age obsolete,” she says. “It should be possible for people to dial up and dial down work across their life course. People shouldn’t turn a switch when they’re old and change everything.”


March 2, 2016  This spring we're offering a series of seven events all devoted to the biology of aging. Full series details are here

The next event in the series is a brown bag seminar with postdoctoral fellow Michael Hart, PhD, from Oliver Hobert's laboratory.  Dr. Hart's talk entitled "A New Model for Studying Neuronal Aging in C. elegans" takes place on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 12 p.m.

Morningside Location: Northwest Corner Building Room 703NWC, 550 West 120th Street and Broadway, 7th Floor. 



February 20, 2016  Faculty member, Dr. Vegard Skirbekk, speaks at ROA Conference on Human Capital over the Life Cycle on February 20, 2016.  His talk is entitled “Faith and human capital at older ages around the world.”

February 11, 2016  [Update: A video of Dr. Joel Cohen's talk is now available]

Situating Old Age – Demographic and Societal Perspectives on Aging Populations
February 18, 2016 11:30 a.m. –1 p.m.
722 West 168th Street, Eighth Floor Auditorium

Joel E. Cohen, PhD, DrPH [BIO]
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor, Director of the Laboratory of Populations
Rockefeller University

Ursula M. Staudinger, PhD [BIO]
Director of the Columbia Aging Center
Robert N Butler Professor of Sociomedical Sciences


Read more about the seminar series and future seminars at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health site. Contact Kim Milian to RSVP.

February 3, 2016  UPDATE: Slides from Dr. Zaidi's February 3rd presentation are downloadable here
“Challenges and Opportunities for a Global Index on Active Aging” Lessons from the EU’s Active Ageing Index
Speaker: Asghar Zaidi, PhD
Discussant: Ruth Finkelstein, ScD
With an introduction by John W. Rowe, MD


A Talk by Ann Burack-Weiss


Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 5 p.m. at Faculty Club, 630 W. 168th Street, New York, NY

In her new book, “The Lioness in Winter: Writing an Old Woman's Life,”  social worker Ann Burack-Weiss, PhD, LCSW, draws on the late-life writing of authors like Maya Angelou, Colette, Joan Didion, Doris Lessing and Adrienne Rich for inspirational and practical guidance as she navigates aging. The longtime social work practitioner, consultant and educator who has taught at the Columbia School of Social Work and is now an associate faculty member at Columbia's Program in Narrative Medicine will talk about her research and revelations while writing this book, which “speaks to pain, illness, reflection, and even suicide,” notes Miami University gerontology professor Kate de Medeiros.

Free & open to the public.  Information here:

February 1, 2016  

Age Boom Academy 2016

The Future of Work and Retirement: June 9-11, 2016

Fellowships for Journalists

 The deadline to apply was Friday, March 4, 2016; applications are now closed.

Journalists from around the United States are invited to apply for fellowships at the Age Boom Academy, an advanced training institute on the economics and science of aging, jointly sponsored by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center.  The 2016 Academy will present leading experts on aging, work and retirement and will include senior journalist facilitators. The Academy will be conducted from Thursday evening, June 9, through Saturday, June 11, at Columbia Journalism School in New York City.