Dr. Vira Kivett, a social gerontologist at UNC-G, will spend July with the U.S. Department of Agriculture working on a research project involving the economic status of older American women.

Kivett is one of five social scientists nationally who have been selected to work on the project which is titled ``Comparative Analyses of the Economic Well-Being of Older American Women: Social and Geographical Impacts.'Kivett will hold the rank of visiting professor. The research will be done by the Family Economics Research Group, a unit of the USDA. Data will be drawn from the consumer expenditure interview survey, a national data base. The project has two main purposes: to conduct research on the economic status of families and to build professional relationships between government and university researchers.

A UNCG faculty member since 1960, Kivett has been recognized nationally for her pioneering research on elderly residents in Caswell County. She has published results of her studies in numerous professional publications and serves on the editorial boards of several major journals.

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