IOA Report

In this Issue:

-From the Director
-Engage as We Age
-ARIG Award
-IOA Call for Proposals

From the Director


I hope your spring semester is off to a great start. In this issue of the IOA Report, I would like to share some exciting learning and grant opportunities with you.

First, our video series BC Talks Aging continues to produce new modules available for viewing. I’m excited to announce the release of Module II: Engage as We Age. We are planning the release of two additional modules later this semester.  Keep checking our website for details.

Secondly, I would like to recognize the work of Professor Larry Ludlow, the latest recipient of the IOA’s Aging Research Incentive Grant. Learn more about Prof. Ludlow’s interdisciplinary research and the IOA’s grant opportunities in this newsletter.


James Lubben
Director, Institute on Aging
Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor in Social Work


BC Talks Aging ScreenshotsBC Talks Aging Module II:
Engage as We Age Now Available

The second module in the video series BC Talks Aging is now available for viewing. The video, titled “Engage as We Age,” features Boston College professor Christina Matz-Costa discussing the topic of social and productive engagement. Professor Matz-Costa explores the stage of life known as “the third age” and the importance of active aging.

Produced in conjunction with the Hartford Center of Excellence in Geriatric Social Work, BC Talks Aging aims to provide learning opportunities for those who wish to gain knowledge and resources on the issues related to aging, including social workers, nurses, and other practitioners in the field as well as instructors, students, older adults, and caregivers. Additional modules address Social Isolation; Long-Term Health Implications of Early Trauma; and Dementia, Delirium, and Depression.

Watch BC Talks Aging »


IOA Awards ARIG Grant to Professor Larry Ludlow

The IOA is proud to announce an Aging Research Incentive Grant has been awarded to Lynch School of Education faculty member Larry Ludlow. In 2012, Professor Ludlow began an interdisciplinary collaboration with School of Social Work Professor Christina Matz-Costa focusing on the development of a portfolio of engagement scales based on item response theory for later-life roles. The award of the ARIG grant will allow both Prof. Ludlow and Prof. Matz-Costa to further their work by (1) re-administering and re-assessing the revised Rasch-based scenario scales; and (2) determining the content, construct, convergent, and divergent validity of the revised scales.

Professor Ludlow is professor and department chair of the Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation Department at the Lynch School. His interests include psychometrics; applied statistics; student ratings of instruction; and teacher attrition models.

Learn more about ARIG grant opportunities »

IOA Call for Proposals: Aging Research Incentive Grants

Available to full-time faculty members, the Aging Research Incentive Grant (ARIG) is designed to support individual faculty members who wish to conduct research in the field of aging beginning with the summer recess and continuing through the subsequent academic year. Each ARIG recipient will be awarded up to a total of $25,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years. The application deadline is February 28, 2015. Decisions will be announced in May 2015, with funding awarded by June. For more information visit

Read the ARIG Call for Proposals »


IOA Call for Proposals: Dissertation Grants

The IOA is now accepting applications for Dissertation Support Grants up to $7500. The program is open to any doctoral student enrolled full time at Boston College whose dissertation research studies aspects of older adults and/or their families. The spring application deadline is April 15, 2015. If you are a student interested in applying, or if you know of a student who would qualify please visit for more information.

Learn more about dissertation grants »