"I am deeply honored to be named a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences," said Smyer. "I look forward to joining the stimulating community of fellows and learning from them."
Smyer will work on two projects while at CASBS: Graying Green-climate communication for an aging world, and a third edition of the book Aging and Mental Health. Former fellows include 22 Nobel Laureates, 14 Pulitzer Prize winners, 44 winners of MacArthur "Genius Awards" and hundreds of members of the National Academies.
Smyer has held leadership roles in major national organizations in psychology and aging, and has gained significant experience in international collaboration and consultation. As an academic administrator and faculty member, he has co-authored research with international scholars, received two Fulbright fellowships (in Japan and India), and was appointed to the National Academy of Social Insurances.
In July 2015, Smyer will step down as provost of Bucknell, though he will continue as a professor of psychology after a sabbatical. | Read about Bucknell's next provost
He has also been named a Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College's Lewis Institute, where he plans to pursue the applicability of social entrepreneurship to the Graying Green project. Smyer will also be a visitor at the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication to explore the application of the project's approaches to older adult populations, as well as an Endeavor fellow at the Australian National University in fall 2015.
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