15 years in large-scale studies of genetic and environmental influences on patterns and rates of aging in Swedish twins. He has been president of the Behavioral Genetics Association and he received a MERIT award from the National Institute on Aging in 1994. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
ALBERTO PALLONI is professor of demography at the Center for Demography and Ecology and in the Departments of Sociology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary research interests are the demography of health and mortality, population dynamics in developing countries, and demography of HIV/AIDS in Africa. He also works on mathematical demography and statistical methods. His works include papers on the demography of HIV/AIDS, the effects of economic crises on fertility and mortality, and research on socioeconomic determinants of health and mortality. He currently serves on the National Research Council’s Committee on Population and previously served on the Panel on Decennial Census Methodology. He has a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Washington.
TERESA SEEMAN is professor of medicine and epidemiology in the Schools of Medicine and of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles. Her research focuses on the role in health and aging of sociocultural factors, specifically on the biological pathways involved. Recent publications have covered allostatic load and its health consequences, the effects of the social environment on neuroendocrine function, and how an unhealthy environment “gets under the skin.” Dr. Seeman was a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Successful Aging (1985-1995) and is currently a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health. She was previously on the faculty of the Department of Epidemiology in the Yale School of Public Health and at the Andrus School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. She received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California at Berkeley.
JAMES P. SMITH is the RAND chair in labor markets and demographic studies; previously, he directed RAND’s Labor and Population Studies Program. He has been closely involved since their inception in the design and operation of both the Health and Retirement Survey (HRS) and Asset and Health Dynamics of the Oldest-Old (AHEAD). As chair of an advisory panel of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) extramural priorities for data collection in health and retirement economics, he authored a report outlining the thematic design for these new surveys and calling for NIA support. Subsequently, he served on the NIA Data Monitoring Committee for both surveys. He has written a number of papers on the quality of asset