Congratulations to George Mois! George was selected as the recipient of the inaugural CREATE Trainee Pilot Grant Award. The Trainee Pilot Grant program was created to support research by post-doctoral fellows, post-graduate clinical training fellows (PD/MD), or those currently enrolled in a PhD program. The proposed research must have been related to the focus and goals of CREATE. George's proposed research was entitled, “Leveraging Presence through Virtual Reality to Support Social Connectivity”. This was a competitive application process – well done George!
GREAT NEWS! The CREATE Team is proud to announce that the Center has been awarded a five-year, $14.7 million renewal grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health to continue their work on employing emerging and existing technologies to help promote the well-being, quality of life and independence of diverse populations of older adults and provide support for older adults with cognitive impairments. The new grant, CREATE V, is the fifth grant awarded to the CREATE Center since 1999 and will support the research collaboration at Weill Cornell Medicine, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Florida State University, and the University of Miami.
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CREATE's Neil Charness was featured in an article from the American Psychological Association about the leading role that psychologists are playing in creating more age-friendly university environments to expand learning opportunities for older adults. To read more about Dr. Charness and his students' contributions in designing solutions to support aging adults, as well as the work being performed across the U.S. to promote a more age-friendly nation, click here!
The Wireless Networking Proficiency Questionnaire, a useful tool for facilitating wireless network training and assessing proficiency in research, is now available in multiple versions and can be downloaded by visiting the Survey Instruments section of the site! To access the measures after downloading, be sure to contact the website administrator by emailing Kenneth Blocker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to CREATE graduate student Andrew Dilanchian on his first publication, based on work he completed as an undergraduate honors thesis student in the CREATE lab at Florida State University! The paper, entitled, "A Pilot Study Exploring Age Differences in Presence, Workload, and Cybersickness in the Experience of Immersive Virtual Reality Environments", can be found by clicking here!
CREATE's Neil Charness represented North America at an international conference Friday on digital equity for people of all ages, part of the celebration of the UN International Day of the Older Person. The remote conference, sponsored by International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, brings together aging experts from across the globe to discuss a variety of topics related to digital equity.
The CREATE Workshop in Bordeaux, France, was a great success! CREATE hosted a hybrid meeting from September 23-24th in which attendees learned from the Team about the aging process, issues relevant to design and implementation of technology for older adults in real world settings, and how to help foster the development of early-stage researchers in aging and technology. For a summary of the event, click here for the CREATE Workshop program! For photos of the team at the event, click here! And as always, keep an eye out for any future events or workshops hosted by the CREATE Team!
CREATE's Wendy Rogers has been named the 2021 King McCristal Distinguished Scholar in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign! Her McCristal lecture focused on designing robots that support successful aging related to the different kinds of activities older adults may need support with in maintaining or improving their quality of life. To read more about her lecture, click here. Congratulations, Wendy!
An APA Monitor article about optimizing technology for older adults and featuring the great work of the CREATE team has just been posted! To read the article and learn about the important work being done to make technologies more accesible for aging populaitons, click here!
CREATE's Dr. Wendy Rogers recently gave an invited address entitled "Designing Technology to Support Healthy Aging" at the Regenstrief Institute SAM (Scientists Advancing Medicine) Talk. The presentation was uploaded to YouTube and can be viewed by clicking here!