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Center for Aging presents 23rd Annual Friedman Lecture & Awards, April 5

2018 Friedman Lecture and Awards
Friedman Lecture and Awards

As the world faces the negative consequences of global climate change, environmental challenges are increasing, yet little attention is focused on the enormous threat climate change poses to the health and well-being of our rapidly expanding older population. On April 5, the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging presents the popular Friedman Lecture and Awards. Keynote lecturer, Karl PillemerPhD will discuss Climate Change in an Aging World, which explores key issues at the intersection of climate change and aging. These issues include the impact of extreme heat and climate disasters on older adults; the larger role the aging population plays in contributing to climate change; and how older adults are a critically important resource for environmental solutions. Pillemer will also address successful strategies for engaging older adults in climate change prevention, mitigation and resilience. 

In its 23rd year, the event also honors award winners in three categories for their outstanding service to older adults. A panel of experts discussing timely topics in aging includes a Q&A with the audience. 


Karl Pillemer, PhD
Hazel E. Reed Professor of Human Development
Professor of Gerontology in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine
Director, Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging
Cornell University

Climate Change in an Aging World


Moderator: Dan Giammar, PhD, the Walter E. Brown Professor of Environmental Engineering, McKelvey School of Engineering  

Mitra Naseh, PhD, Assistant Professor, Brown School
Mitra will share her own cutting-edge research at the intersection of aging and climate change specifically, the impact of climate change on migration/immigration among older adult populations.

Ben Senturia, Retired, Activist
Ben provides the perspective of a lifelong activist (on a number of issues including climate change); how his role has changed throughout his lifetime; and activism as an older adult.

Melanie Tobin, Executive Director, EnergyCare
Melanie will provide the perspective of a nonprofit and its advocacy efforts serving St. Louis area older adults impacted by climate change.

Read speaker bios and find more event information on our website.

This event is made possible by the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Endowment for Aging at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and WashU’s Center for the Environment. 

Friedman Lecture and Awards
April 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Emerson Auditorium, Knight Hall