Lake E-ffect Newsletter banner SUNY Oswego logoOctober 2012 • Vol 8 • No 7

Oswego Alumnus, MIT Expert on Aging, Set for Syracuse Appearance


Internationally known gerontology expert and Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab Director Joseph Coughlin ’82 will keynote a special community forum Oct. 11 at the Metro Center in Syracuse.

Oswego alumni and friends are invited to the forum discussing “Innovative Aging: Can Technology Help Us Live Longer, Better?” slated for noon to 1:30 p.m.

A senior lecturer at the MIT School of Engineering’s Engineering Systems Division, Coughlin will also participate in a panel discussion and networking reception 4 to 7:30 p.m. that day at Menorah Park near the Jewish Home of Central New York.

Registration is required for both events.

Coughlin is the founding director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, which generated a computer aid to help older shoppers choose foods based on their medical history among other innovations.

Coughlin also leads the New England University Transportation Center, a U.S. Department of Transportation-sponsored education, research and technology transfer program that funds an MIT-led consortium of schools that includes Harvard University and several of New England’s state universities.

The Oswego Alumni Association honored him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003, and his work was featured in the fall/winter 2002 OSWEGO alumni magazine. He has been the keynote speaker at Quest, the college’s annual symposium of scholarly and creative activity.

In May, he received an honorary doctor of science degree from the State University of New York.

— Staff reports

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