Lab of Sages

In conjunction with the Center on Aging the Lab of SAGES hosts a bi-monthly journal club meeting with rotating topics spanning biological, psychological, and social areas. These meetings provide a safe space to hone presentation skills, discuss current aging research, and connect with fellow undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty interested in aging.  All meetings are held in Building 41, room  115 (the 1st floor conference room) and open to the public unless otherwise noted.  Those interested in presenting should contact Dr. Rodney Guttmann (

Meeting dates and topics for are as follows:

Spring 2014:

1/15 - Dr. Hui-Min Chung - “The Fruit Fly as an Aging Research Model”

1/29* - Kimberly Chafin - “Utilizing UWF Library Resources to Conduct Quality Research”

2/12 - Dr. Bob Hoyt,  “Sleep and Actigaphy in Repatriated Prisoners of War”

2/26* - Natalie Bain and McKenna Hereford- TBD

3/19* - Tien Quang Duong - TBD

3/26 -  Dr. Keya Wiggins - "Addressing the Generational Transmission of Slavery Related Trauma in African American Students"

4/9 - Center On Aging Community Speakers- “Careers in Aging Panel Discussion”

4/23 - Dr. James Arruda - TBD

4/30*- Service Learning Presentations

  1. *Indicate Student lead presentations. 

Additional information including student presented papers can be found here.

Previous Topics and Presentations:

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Fall 2013:

9/11 - Dr. Erica Jordan - “How is Racism related to Infant Death?”

9/25* - Heather Bryson - “Alcohol and Older Women” based on Blow, F. C., & Barry, K. L. (2002). Use and misuse of alcohol among older women. Alcohol Research and Health, 26(4), 308-315.”

10/9- Dr. Daniel Durkin - “Emotional Well-Being and Self-Perceived Physical Health Over Time Among African American and White Male Caregivers of Older Adults”

10/23*- William S. Burgess - “Sakamoto, Ando, & Tsutou (2013) Comparing the effects of different individualized music interventions for elderly individuals with severe dementia

11/6- Dr. Lisa Blalock - "Memory: How does it work?"

11/20*- Service Learning Presentations:

                    Terri Daugherty- Regency Hospice

12/4- Dr. Crystal Bennett - “The effects of line dancing on physical performance in older adults with mobility difficulty”

Spring 2013:

4/24 - Service Learning presentations

4/10 - Elizabeth O’Connor - Self-Perceptions of Aging: Do Subjective Age and Satisfaction with Aging Change During Old Age?

3/27 - Tiffany Seeley -  “Polypharmacy in Older Adults: Systematic Approach for Discontinuation of Multiple Medications”

3/13 - Spring Break

2/27 - Monika Hauck - "Anorexia and Aging"

2/13 - Heather Bryson - “Relations Between Attachment Styles, Ageism, and Quality of Life in Late Life”

1/30 - Bill Burgess - “Emergency Preparedness for Older Adults”

1/16 - Dr. Guttmann - "An Epigenetic Blockade of Cognitive Functions in the Neurodegenerating Brain"

Fall 2012:

11/26 - Elizabeth O’Connor - “Interacting Like a Body: Objectification Can Lead Women to Narrow Their Presence in Social  Interactions. Implications for Aging Women.”

11/19 - Matt Nalley - “Inhibition of Selenite Induced Cataract by Caffeine”

10/29 - Heather Bryson - “The Role of Coping Resources on Change in Well-Being During Persistent Health Decline”

10/15 -  Preston Shisgal - “Human Hair greying is linked to a specific depletion of hair follicile melanocytes affecting both the bulb and the outer root sheath”

10/1 - Dr. Stripling - “The Impact of Geropsychology Training”