2020 Friedman Lecture and Awards is April 8th!

February 5, 2020

2020 Event Focuses on Entrepreneurship and Innovation for an Aging Society

The 20th Annual Friedman Lecture and Awards is just ahead, and this year, the event features an exciting keynote by an expert in what our aging population wants; a new award for graduate student researchers in the field of aging, two traditional award presentations for excellence in service to older adults and poster presentations. Read more about the event and register.

This year’s keynote speaker is Joseph Coughlin PhD, founder and director of AgeLab, author, and a senior lecturer at the Department of Urban Studies & Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His keynote, entitled, Writing a New Story for Old Age in Today’s Longevity Economy, centers on opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurship and innovation as we age.

According to press materials, for the past 20 years, Dr. Coughlin “has been busting myths about aging with groundbreaking multidisciplinary research into what older people actually want—not what conventional wisdom suggests they need.” His current research explores how global demographic transitions and technology are converging to shape the future of transportation, the multi-generational workplace and real estate development. Read more.

In addition to the exciting keynote address, new to the 2020 Friedman Lecture event is the presentation of the Mark S. Wrighton Graduate Student Research Award on Aging. The award, named after WashU’s Chancellor Emeritus, recognizes graduate students who show outstanding promise as researchers on topics relevant to older adults and our aging society.

To win the award, graduate students will compete in a three-minute thesis (or “3MT”) competition at which they will present their research within three minutes to a general audience. A panel of multi-disciplinary researchers will select the “Judge’s Choice,” who receives a $1,000 cash award, and the audience will select the “People’s Choice,” who receives a $500 cash award, both will be honored April 8th at the Friedman Lecture and Awards. Read more and register.

As is customary, two additional awards will be presented: The Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award for Excellence in Service to Older Adults and The Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology. These winners were nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of Washington University Faculty and students and members of the St. Louis Community. Read more.

Poster session at the 2019 Friedman Lecture and Awards

The Friedman Lecture and Awards presented by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health, takes place April 8th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Clark-Fox Forum at Hillman Hall on the Danforth Campus. The event is free and open to the public, however registration is requested.

The Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund.

The Alene and Meyer Kopolow Award for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology is supported by the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Alene and Meyer Kopolow Fund for Geriatrics, Psychiatry and Neurology.

The Mark S. Wrighton Award and 3MT competition is supported by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital from the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Fund.

The 20th Annual Friedman Lecture and Awards is supported by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging, the Center for Health Economics and Policy at the Institute for Public Health and the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Endowment for Aging at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital.