Gary Deimling, professor of sociology and the co-director of the graduate program in sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named the Armington Professor for the 2007-08 academic year.
The Armington chair honors a tenured faculty member who has encouraged the development of individual initiative through professional activities, university or community service and personal character.
As the director of the National Cancer Institute funded-Cancer Survivor Research Project, Deimling has focused on the effects of life threatening illness on the mental health of older adults and the impact cancer has had in their lives. He collaborates with colleagues in the sociology department and the medical school to study how people, and their families, cope with growing old and surviving cancer.
Deimling joins a list of scholars in the College of Arts and Sciences who have held the distinguished professorship. Past professors who have held the chair are Sandra Russ, Douglas Detterman and Lee Thompson, psychology; Michael Grossberg and Bertram Wyatt-Brown, history; Kenneth Grundy, political science; Morrell Heald, interdisciplinary studies; Thomas Csordas, Charlotte Ikels and Jill Korbin, anthropology; Glenn Starkman and Cyrus Taylor, physics; Marie Haug and Eva Kahana, sociology; and Danielle Ripich, communication sciences; and Prosanta K. Saha, English.
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