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Gerontology Conference 2017

Making Changes for Healthy Aging

April 19, 2017
9 a.m. - noon

RIC Faculty Center
Main Dining Room

Sponsored by the Gerontology Center, the School of Nursing and the Health and Physical Education Department

Gerontology Conference 2016


Building Age-Friendly Community

April 13, 2016
8:30 a.m. - noon

RIC Faculty Center
Main Dining Room


Winter Party 2015


Current and retired faculty and staff at the Sociology Department Winter Party.

Gerontology Conference 2014


Karina Salazar, Harold D. Sweet award in gerontology winner, 2014, with the Sweet family.

Honors & Awards


RIC alumnus Daniel McCarthy, a 2013 graduate in justice studies with a minor in sociology, recently won the American Sociological Association (ASA) award for a 40-page honors thesis he wrote as a senior. Click here to read more here.


Luis San Lucas '88, '92, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Earl Simpson, and current Justice Studies major Andy Montan at the Alumni Awards Dinner in May 2013. Luis San Lucas, who holds B.A. degrees in both Justice Studies and Sociology from RIC, was presented with the Alumni Honor Roll Award. He is a 24-year veteran of the Providence Police Department, currently a Lieutenant and District Commander for the District 4 Substation. He also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserves and is vice president of the Rhode Island Hispanic Officers Association. Andy Montan was presented with a Alumni Award Student Scholarship for his excellent academic work. Andy is a member of the Latin American Student Organization at RIC and has held two internships with the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.


Donald Buckley, the 2013 recipient of the Lauris Whitman Award in Sociology, and Daniel J. McCarthy III, one of the co-recipients of the Mary Ann Hawkes Award in Justice Studies. Donald is a graduating sociology major with strong academic performance (see below for more information on Daniel). Besides his success in the classroom, Donald has worked as a correctional officer, a police officer, has been involved in community service, and has worked on local political campaigns. In 1991, he was awarded the MADD Officer of the Year Award.


Daniel J. McCarthy III and Heather Neal, co-recipients of the 2013 Mary Ann Hawkes Award in Justice Studies. Both students are graduating Justice Studies majors with excellent academic credentials. Daniel has completed an honors project in Justice Studies, worked as a tutor for research methods, and held internships with the Rhode Island State Police and the Attorney General's Office. He has also been accepted into the American Sociological Association Honors Program this summer in New York City. Heather has worked as a correctional officer and participated in extensive community service, experiences that have given her a deep commitment to working to improve our justice system.


Daniel J. McCarthy III at the 2013 Honors Poster Session, where he displays results of his study "Understanding the Determinates of U.S. District Court Judges’ Decisions on Patriot Act Cases." For the study, Daniel collected an original dataset looking at the results of cases involving the USA Patriot Act to test models of political effects on judicial decision-making. Prior studies had generally considered Supreme Court or Circuit Court decisions, but Dan looked instead at the District Courts, the first level of the federal court system. Daniel's research earned him Honors in Justice Studies.


Susan Wennermark and Assistant Professor of Sociology Roderick Graham at the 2013 Honors Poster Session. Susan worked with Professor Graham on her study, "Did Print Media's Framing & Labeling Change after the Bernie Madoff Scandal?" For her research, Susan conducted a content analysis of newspaper coverage of white-collar crime and criminals both before and after Bernie Madoff hit the news. Sue's researcher earned her Honors in Justice Studies. In 2013, Julie Kessler (photo not available) earned Honors in Sociology for her study, "You Win Some, You Lose Some?: 'Increased' Diversity in DC Comics’ 'New 52,'" a content analysis of racial and gender diversity in contemporary comic books and related television series.


RIC student presents at sociology society meeting in New York

Kelley Conti, a RIC senior sociology major, presented a poster at the Eastern Sociological Society meetings in New York City in February. The poster draws on her independent research as part of the sociology Honors program.

For her project, she has interviewed 42 parents about their experiences with and views about sex education programs. Her research was supported by the DeStefano Fund for Undergraduate Research.

“I've been her faculty adviser this year, and while her data analysis is still ongoing, I am quite excited about the potential that this project has,” said Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur, assistant professor of sociology at RIC.

Conti also won a travel award from Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international honors society for sociology, which supported her travel to present her work.​

Gerontology Conference


Previous Conferences:

Finances and Aging
April 25, 2012

Click here to view information/pictures from 2012 conference.

Food, Fitness, and Falls among Older Adults
April 27, 2011

Click here to view information/pictures from 2011 conference.

Underserved Elderly Populations of Rhode Island
April 28, 2010

Click here to view presentation from 2010 conference.

Civic Engagement and Aging
April 22, 2009

Click here to view information/pictures from 2009 conference.

Technology and Aging
April 23, 2008

Click here to view information/pictures from 2008 conference.

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