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February 13, 2001

Aging Expert a Distinguished Scholar

Carroll Estes, professor of social and behavioral sciences, is the recipient of this year's Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Sociological Association's Section for Aging and the Life Course.

The award honors a scholar in the field of aging who has shown exceptional achievement in research, theory, political analysis and has advanced knowledge of aging and the life course. . Estes, a member of the School of Nursing faculty and founding director of the Institute for Health & Aging (IHA), stepped down from the directorship of the IHA two years ago. During her nine years as head of IHA, she helped shape public policy regarding social issues for the elderly in the US.

She continues to teach and research the impact of fiscal austerity and social policy on the elderly and the agencies and institutions that serve older people. She conducts national studies on the organization, delivery and financing of health and social services, including long-term care.

The winner of many distinguished awards, Estes is recognized for her prolific scholarly research as the author or editor of 11 books, and the intellectual scope of her many contributions to the field of aging.

In addition to her many stellar contributions to scholarship in the field, she has been a committed mentor to students at UCSF.

Estes has held several key health and social policy advisory positions at the local, state and federal levels. In 1997, as a research analyst for the US Social Security Administration, Estes prepared recommendations for revisions to the research and evaluation component of that organization. She is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She has served as vice president of the Older Women's League, president of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Society on Aging, and was awarded the lifetime honor of Charter Fellow for the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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