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Zhe He wins $422,382 grant from National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health has awarded Zhe He of the School of Information a $422,382 grant to develop tools researchers could use to gauge the potential to generalize results of their planned clinical studies.

ISL’s Newsletter for December 2018

Read an interview with Anne Collins McLaughlin, an expert in human capabilities at North Carolina State University, who gave the Fall 2018 address in the Institute for Successful Longevity’s Speaker Series. We talk with her about designing technology for older adults in the latest ISL Newsletter.

The ISL Annual Report

The Institute for Successful Longevity’s 2017-18 Annual Report is now available for review.

You can read the report here: 17-18 Annual Report full report.

Transportation Day 2018

Members of the public came to Transportation Day 2018 on Friday (Nov. 30) to learn more about research into how to expand mobility for people of all ages.

Listen as Walter Boot talks about older drivers on WFSU-FM

ISL Faculty Affiliate Walter Boot spoke with WFSU-FM’s Tom Flanigan about older drivers and the challenges they face and the misleading stereotypes that cloud our understanding of driver safety on the road.

If you missed the interview, you can listen to it here.

“Too Much Medical Jargon?” Zhe He’s talk now available online

If you missed Dr. Zhe He’s talk “Too Much Medical Jargon?” you can watch it below or on YouTube at

In his presentation, Dr. He of the School of Information in the College of Communication & Information explored whether there is a language gap between health professionals and consumers.

Breast-cancer survivors can benefit from strength training

Breast-cancer research has resulted in treatment that has greatly improved survival rates. As a result, there are 3.1 million breast-cancer survivors alive in the United States today. The five-year survival rate is about 90 percent. This is great news.

Leaving No Senior without Assistance: Better Evacuation and Shelter Planning for Unpredictable Hurricanes

Hurricane Florence, the strongest hurricane to hit Carolinas in two decades, has shown the vulnerability of older adults when faced with storm-driven evacuations. Among over 30 deaths linked to the hurricane, two-thirds have been older than 55. A number of these deaths were of older adults who died in or around their houses.

Are seniors more vulnerable to fraud?

Given the number of scams that seem to target seniors specifically, a very reasonable scientific question is whether seniors are more at risk for fraud susceptibility than their younger counterparts (middle-aged, young adults). This has proven difficult to research for a number of reasons. My interest in this question was piqued by a series of fraud attempts that hit me within months of turning 65 years old.

Walter Boot honored with APA’s Earl Alluisi Award for Early Career Achievement

Walter Boot, right, receives the award from Robert Proctor, president of Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.
Congratulations to ISL Faculty Affiliate Walter Boot, who has been honored with the Earl Alluisi Award for Early Career Achievement, given by Division 21 (Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.