Greetings from the third floor of Upham Hall! We are excited to share the latest news from the Department of Sociology and Gerontology at Miami. It’s been another exciting and productive year here.
Our faculty continue to produce groundbreaking research, our alumni doing amazing things, and our students are doing impressive work in and out of the classroom. Our students receive university-wide awards, including several that were awarded the Presidents Distinguished Service Award. As usual, they continue to get accepted to prestigious graduate and law schools. Our faculty are also recognized for their outstanding commitment and contributions.
In just this year, Dr. Kristen Budd won the university-wide Knox Distinguished Teaching Award, and Dr. Ryan Gunderson received the received the 2019 Early Career Award from the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences. We also hosted the Ohio Association for Gerontology and Education, with Drs. Jennifer Kinney and Kate de Medeiros leading the efforts. It was a tremendous success!
Several exciting developments are underway in the department. In August, Dr. Saruna Ghimire joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Public Health. The Betty Kent Award continues to fund undergraduate research, and now undergraduate internships. The newly formed Ruth Hill Useem scholarship honors an early graduate of our department who went on to a career researching the role that exposure to global culture has on identity and development.
While preparing this newsletter, I’ve had the chance to catch up with students and alumni, and continue to be amazed by all of the great work they do. I’d love to hear from as many as you (and those I may not have met!) as possible. Please, drop me a note sometime and let me know what you’ve been up to. Our commitment to our students at Miami does not end when the semester is over. One of the most satisfying aspects of the work we do is seeing what our former students accomplish after they leave the friendly confines of Miami’s campus. I hope you’ll read more about the exciting developments among faculty, students, and alumni in this newsletter, and take the opportunity to reconnect with all of them.
Professor and Chair