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Sociologist Wins Developing Scholar Award

The Florida State University Office of Research and the Council on Research and Creativity have awarded a 2020 Developing Scholar Award (DSA) to Associate Professor of Sociology Dawn Carr.

The DSA program recognizes successful FSU faculty who are several years into their careers and have reached the level of associate professor. The competitive award is intended to help identify and honor FSU’s future academic leaders.

Awardees are chosen for having a strong cumulative record of achievements representative of all aspects of their scholarly careers and superior teaching, research and creativity that has begun to earn external recognition.

The award provides $10,000 to be used to promote Carr’s program of research and creativity during the coming academic year.

Since joining the college faculty in 2016, Carr, who is also an affiliate of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, has distinguished herself with notable research of particular relevance to America’s aging population. She has worked on such issues as support for military widowsthe benefits of having pets in advanced yearsplanning ahead for successful aging and many other topics.

She has also presented at the college’s popular Policy Pub series.

Most recently, she has been a frequent commentator in state and national media on the effects of isolation on older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carr was elected in 2017 as a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the world’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. Her election as a GSA fellow is especially noteworthy for an academic at such an early stage in her career. The recognition of her research on social engagement and healthy functioning in later life signifies her as a leading expert in this area and recognizes her previous and continued commitment to education in the field of aging and service to GSA.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized by this award,” Carr said. “The recognition and support that it provides will be especially helpful now as I hope to re-focus my research during the post-COVID-19 era in the coming years. There is so much work to be done to identify the ways that older adults can be safe – supported and protected but still socially connected and actively engaged in our society.”

Before coming to FSU, Carr was a researcher at the Stanford Center on Longevity, a postdoctoral fellow in the Carolina Program for Health and Aging Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a researcher at Scripps Gerontology Center.

Because of the current pandemic restrictions, the award will be presented via an invitation-only online meeting hosted by FSU President John Thrasher and Provost Sally McRorie on April 29.