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Volume 10 Issue 4 - October 2009

Director's Corner

The August Retirement Research Consortium (RRC) conference at the National Press Club was well-attended and provided a stimulating exchange of ideas on retirement benefits, disability, Medicare, and health insurance in general. The top-notch presentations by established and up-and-coming scholars demonstrated the Social Security Administration’s commitment to sustaining a program of independent, in-depth research – and its willingness to build and encourage a sizable group of academic and other professionals interested in retirement-related issues.The MRRC begins the 2009-2010 fiscal year with a number of personnel changes.

• We are pleased to welcome two new Associate Directors: Dmitriy Stolyarov, an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, and Daniel Silverman, also an Associate Professor of Economics at Michigan. Both have recently collaborated on MRRC research projects.

• After a number of years of excellent service, Charles Brown, Professor of Economics, steps down from his role of Special Consultant to the Director to begin a co-directorship of the Panel Study on Income Dynamics (PSID).

• This last summer, the MRRC has been pleased to welcome Ruth Shamraj as Associate Director of External Relations, whose duties include editing this Newsletter. After many years of excellent service, Amanda Sonnega steps down from the position to accept research and teaching responsibilities at the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology.

• MRRC is very pleased to announce that Debra Whitman has joined its Board of Outside Scholars. Debra Whitman is staff director for the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Social Security Administration, helping to establish the Retirement Research Consortium.With its dedicated team of new and continuing members, and with an exciting slate of new research projects for 2009-2010 (see MRRC's New Awards), the Michigan Retirement Research Center looks for-ward to an interesting and productive year.