SAGE KE Bulletin Board

RE: Is biogerontology too scattered?

9 July 2002

Laura L. Mays Hoopes

I have been in biogerontology for almost 30 years now, and the best answer I have found to the need for the biogerontologists to talk among themselves has been the Gordon Conference on Aging that occurs every 1.5 years. Of course, there are times when the organizer does not emphasize biogerontology, but on the average this has been the focus. The small and informal setting helps too, as you can start the conversation you have been looking to hear yourself at any meal. I have been to a number of GSA and AAA meetings over the years and would say that you should look at the symposium program to see how basic/biogerontological it will be: it varies from highly relevant to biogerontology to almost climinal each year. Also, there is a morale issue in going to GSA since biologists are more like a whisker than a tail of the large dog consisting of more social science types. Laura L Mays Hoopes

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