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Message from MGS Acting Dean
Upcoming Events
Career Corner
Meet The Faculty

UMass Boston Receives $1 Million Grant from Osher Foundation
On December 13, Chancellor Motley announced that the university received a second $1 million gift from the Bernard Osher Foundation to continue funding the OLLI program.
Gerontology Institute to House Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging
Gerontology Professor Edits Book Assessing Affordable Care Act
Edward Alan Miller, has edited a new book, The Affordable Care Act: Advancing Long-Term Care Policy in the United States, published this fall by Routledge. 
McCormack Graduate School Well Represented at National Gerontology Conference
Last month at the 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, more than a dozen faculty and doctoral students traveled to San Diego to present their research.
Different Paths to Politics: Women and Political Leadership in Massachusetts
Not Cropped WPPP  
A nurse and a stay-at-home mom. These were the backgrounds of two women who have stepped up to roles in public service and currently serve in the Massachusetts Legislature.  

Read on... 

Alumni Profile


Susan Kasle 

Program Director, Massachusetts Association of Older Americans  
 Susan Kasle
Susan Kasle started her career as a physical therapist and her interests  led her to work and volunteer with older adults. She entered the Management of Aging Services program to gain more perspective on the elder care network, and knew she wanted  to use her health care background and public health knowledge in the field of gerontology. She now works  at the Massachusetts Association of Older Americans as the aging and mental health program director. 


Tell us about your background.  

 I became involved with the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP), an evidence-based self-empowerment workshop benefiting older adults, just as the program  was being introduced to Metrowest Boston. At the time, I volunteered for JFS Metrowest in their Healthy Partners program.  I was certified and led workshops and subsequently hired as the CDSMP coordinator for the Arthritis Foundation, Massachusetts chapter. Since then I have received certification as a master trainer and have led workshops in Healthy Eating, Diabetes Self-Management Program, and A Matter of Balance. 

What did you enjoy about being in the MAS program? It was stimulating to hear the life and

work experiences and diverse ideas of other students from across the country. This contributed greatly to my learning experience. I found the professors and coursework engaging and relevant.

Rewritten with permission from the editors of MASterpiece, the  
Newsletter for The Management of Aging Services Community

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Message from MGS Acting Dean  


December greetings!   The semester is winding down for many of us here on campus as exams and papers are due.  At the same time, we are all experiencing the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  I hope this note finds you looking forward to spending some time relaxing with your friends and loved ones. 


In this issue of the McCormack Update, we are featuring our Department of Gerontology and the Gerontology Institute.  We have included feature stories on OLLI's new $1M grant, the new Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, Eddie Miller's new book, and the Gerontological Society of America meeting in San Diego at which several faculty/student research teams presented papers and posters

Also, we are profiling Pamela Nadash in a new recurring feature, "Meet the Faculty Corner"
.  Nadash will participate in the next McCormack Graduate School's College Conversations, a discussion of timely policy issues, so stay tuned for more information on this in the spring semester. 

This will be my last update to you as acting dean.  On January 7, 2013, Ira Jackson will begin his appointment as the interim dean of the McCormack Graduate School; I hope you will join me in welcoming him to the MGS community.


It has been a honor to serve as MGS acting dean these past months and I would like to express my appreciation to my staff and the MGS community for your support in 2012.


Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.


Best regards,

Connie Signature



Connie S. Chan

Acting Dean and Professor

Upcoming Events


Women Candidates for Municipal Elected Office: Decisions, Resources, and Structures 

February 12, 2013, 4:30 p.m.

Campus Center, Room 3540


March 5, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom A


Career Expo
March 28, 2013. 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  

Campus Center, 3rd Floor, Ballroom


More upcoming events

Career Corner


Executive Director 

Connecticut Voices for Children
(New Haven, CT)


Vice President 

Global Health Strategies (New York, NY)


Policy Director The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
(Beijing, China)   


Program Officer, Family Economic Security W. K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, MI)  


Executive Secretary (Manager) of International Disaster Response
United Methodist Committee on Relief
(New York, NY)  

MeetTheFacultyMeet The Faculty Corner 

Pamela Nadash, PhD

Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Pamela Nadash  

Pamela Nadash's work centers on policies that enable people with long term care needs to live in the community.  One model of special interest is managed long-term care; she has also been heavily involved in consumer-directed services. 

She teaches policy courses in the PhD program and in the Management of Aging Services program.


Recent News and Notes of MGS Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni

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