|February 13, 2001
Aging Expert a Distinguished Scholar
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
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.
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.