Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work
In This Issue

Exciting Opportunities for Network Members Ahead!

GSA, 2016

As you all know by now, we have been offered a day-long special session at the GSA, 2016 meeting in New Orleans. Many of you submitted proposals for papers and symposia. When you receive notice of acceptance, please let us know as soon as you can-- that we can determine which presentations can be slated for the special session and which will be scheduled through the regular GSA process.

GSA, 2017

In collaboration with Drs. Nancy Morrow-Howell and Linda Harootyan and with additional funds from NIA and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, we will host a pre-conference workshop at GSA, 2017 on the state of knowledge about workplace-based policies and practices that make it possible for older adults to extend their labor force attachment. We will be joined in this effort by Network Steering Committee member Philip Taylor, director of the Productive Ageing Centre, Australia, and convener of the Older Worker Interest group, who is working toward a better understanding of how to communicate research knowledge to business leaders.

If you have work that can be considered "translational," i.e. policies, programs, and practices that have been shown to be effective in the context of aging and work, please watch for an RFP in the coming days. The 2017 conference will be combined with the IAGG 2017 (International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics) and will be taking place July 23-27, 2017 in San Francisco, California, rather than the traditional GSA November conference date.

New Publication Effort

Soon, in collaboration with Professor Lisa Berkman, Network Member and Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies at the Harvard University School of Public Health, we will be sending out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a special Network initiative to develop research based on the following theme: Is There an App for That? Removing Constraints to Later Life Work. Watch for it and be thinking about planned work that relates to this theme!
SteeringSteering Committee Updates
New Steering Committee Member:

We are thrilled to announce that Ruth Kanfer, Professor of Psychology (Industrial/Organizational) at Georgia Tech School of Psychology has joined the Steering Committee. Ruth adds depth on adult development to our team as well as a unique research focus on personnel selection, training, work performance, and worker well-being You can review a summary of Ruth's research: .  

New Book Series by Steering Committee Member Phil Taylor

Philip Taylor and Catherine Earl are the Series Editors for the "Ageing Work and Welfare Series". Edward Elgar Publishing Limited announced that the new series is focused on contemporary issues and debates in ageing, work and welfare. The Editor also requested that if you are writing or editing a book that you would like to be considered for the series please contact Emily Mew, to find out how to submit a proposal. Books can be ordered by contacting:

NetworkNetwork Membership Growth!
Good News- Network membership has grown to over 140 members! We are actively pursuing new members for the network and appreciate any recommendations you would like to share, for us to invite your colleagues focused on Aging & Work research.

Just a reminder...this is YOUR network, and I welcome your suggestions, comments and feedback at any time.  Send your thoughts to me at

Jacquelyn James
Director, Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work
Boston College

*Network Steering Committee: Ruth Kanfer, Christina Matz-Costa, Phyllis Moen, Alicia Munnell, Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Sara Rix, Ursula Staudinger, Harvey Sterns, Philip Taylor, Julie Zissimopoulos