Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center Named Ohio Center of Excellence

COLUMBUS—Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Eric D. Fingerhut today joined Miami University President David Hodge and State Representative Tim Derickson in announcing the third Ohio Center of Excellence in the category of Cultural and Societal Transformation, the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University.

Cultural and Societal Transformation, the sixth and final category to be announced as an Ohio Center of Excellence, recognizes programs which, in significant and innovative ways, study factors that affect the human condition and community welfare and offer solutions leading to the greater social and economic prosperity of individuals and communities.

"By helping raise the standard of living for Ohio's older citizens, Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center models how an academic program can focus understanding across an institution to make progress on a major societal concern," Chancellor Fingerhut said. "Today's designation recognizes that contribution and calls on the university to continue growing the quality, reputation and strength of this important scholarship."

The Scripps Gerontology Center brings together research and faculty across nine disciplines to help understand how to improve the lives of older people and the communities of which they are a part. Spanning the work of gerontology, demography, social welfare policy, sociology, economics, human development, psychology, anthropology and business, the Scripps Gerontology Center offers lessons to Ohio's policymakers and service providers on how to structure and target many programs more effectively.

"As the older population dramatically increases, the research, education and services provided by Miami's Scripps Center become increasingly important to society," said David Hodge, president of Miami University. "We are proud at Miami University to be working to make a difference in the lives of older people, their families, and their communities, and in developing financially sustainable approaches to supporting an aging population."

State Representative Tim Derickson remarked: "As a graduate of Miami and a Representative of the 53rd district, I am proud to recognize Miami University's Scripps Gerontology Center as an Ohio Center of Excellence. The research and many accomplishments this program offers is an asset not only to our communities but also to my colleagues and I as policy-makers."

About the Centers of Excellence

Ohio's Centers of Excellence, as outlined in the state's 10-year "Strategic Plan for Higher Education", will position the University System of Ohio to be a magnet for talent and a leader in innovation and entrepreneurial activity. The centers will accomplish this by developing distinct missions for each institution that are recognized by students, faculty and business leaders, while eliminating unnecessary competition for resources, students and faculty within the state.

This Centers of Excellence category focuses on contributions to culture and society. Five additional categories are specific to Ohio's growth industries – advanced energy, biomedicine and health care, agriculture, food production and bioproducts – technologies that cross-cut Ohio's growth industries such as advanced materials and sensors, and aerospace, transportation and logistics.

Today marks the third announcement in this category of Ohio Centers of Excellence. In October 2009, Ohio's Centers of Excellence in Advanced Energy were announced at eight of the state's universities. Ohio's Centers of Excellence in Biomedicine and Health Care at 14 universities were announced in February. In March, the Ohio's Center of Excellence in Agriculture, Food Production and Bioproducts was announced at The Ohio State University's Food Industry Center. Ohio's Centers of Excellence in Enabling Technologies: Materials and Sensors at five universities were announced at The University of Akron's Goodyear Polymer Center in April. In July, six centers in the Advanced Transportation and Aerospace category were announced at the University of Cincinnati's College of Engineering, Herman Schneider Quadrangle. Finally, the announcement of the centers in Cultural and Societal Transformation has begun with the designation of Ohio University's Scripps College of Communication and Immersive Technology at Shawnee State University.

Ohio Board of Regents Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487
Email: jrobinson@regents.state.oh.us

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