The Gerontological Society of America has chosen Dr. John R. Nesselroade of the University of Virginia's Psychology Department to receive its 2003 Award for the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology. This prize is given annually to an individual whose theoretical contributions have helped bring about a new synthesis and perspective or have yielded original and elegant research designs addressing a significant problem in the literature.
The award presentation will take place at GSA's 56th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 21st-25th, 2003 in San Diego, California. The meeting is organized to foster interdisciplinary interactions among gerontological health care clinical, administrative, and research professionals.
The breadth of Nesselroade's influence is arguably unmatched in the field of life-span development. Early in his career, along with a handful of others, he established the field of life-span development as a legitimate area of study in the social sciences.
His biggest contribution to the field has come in the domain of understanding intra-individual variability in behavior, how it can be measured, and how it can be used as a predictor variable in forecasting differential long-term outcomes. He holds degrees from Marietta College and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
To be eligible for the Career Contribution Award, papers must have been published within the past five years by a GSA member in the Behavior and Social Sciences section.
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