Dr. Sharon King received the 2006 David A. Peterson Award for the best article in Volume 26 of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education entitled "Gerontology and Research Education in Kenya: Establishing a U.S.- African Partnership in Aging." Her co-authors, Dr. Frank Whittington, Director of Gerontology Institute; Dr. Mugo Gachuhi, Kenyatta University; Dr. Gillian Ice, Ohio University; and Dr. Maria Cattell, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago agreed that the prize money of $1000 will be donated to the Gerontology Institute's "Goats for Grandparents" service project in Kenya.
Dr. King, an Assistant Research Professor in the GSU Gerontology Institute, has been active in pursuing funding for research in Africa, focusing on training grandparents who are raising their grandchildren whose parents have died of AIDS.
The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in scholarship in academic gerontology. In addition to writing style, manuscripts are evaluated on innovation, the soundness of their approach, and their significance to and implications for gerontology and geriatrics education. This award has been made possible by a generous donation from The Haworth Press, and 2006 is the first year the award has been made. The award will be presented to Dr. King and co-authors at the 2008 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) annual Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference in Baltimore, MD.