Honorary society Phi Kappa Phi honors Leonard Poon for outstanding contribution in gerontology

poon-webATHENS, Ga.— College of Public Health’s Leonard Poon, professor of health policy and management and director of Institute of Gerontology, received the Love of Learning Award from the University of Georgia chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi honorary society.

The Love of Learning Award is a lifetime achievement award based on academic leadership and research contributions in the recipients’ field of study.

“The award was started in 2003 in recognition of the 80th anniversary of the University of Georgia’s chapter,” said Patricia Kalivoda, president of Phi Kappa Phi and associate vice president for public service and outreach. “(It is for) outstanding contributions in his or her field of study.”

The reception is at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14 outside the Demosthenian Hall followed by the ceremony in the Chapel.

“I am really honored and it came from Phi Kappa Phi which is the premiere honorary society and I really appreciate that,” Poon said.

Working for the University of Georgia since 1985, one of Poon’s renowned studies is the Georgia Centenarian Study that began in 1988 and is funded by the National Institute of Aging.

Poon is the principle investigator of the study where the third stage will conclude in 2008 — the 20th anniversary of the study.

“It is a handful of studies that look at people over 100-years old.” Poon said. “(The studies) are from colleges cross the country and different universities.”

Dean Phillip Williams nominated Poon in the fall. His award was announced on Oct. 31.

Poon is also director of the Georgia Geriatric Education Center at the University of Georgia.

For more information, please contact Pearman Parker at CPHpublicrelations@gmail.com or Kate Lindsey at krl@uga.edu.

Posted November 15, 2007.