Dr. Austad writes a biweekly newspaper column "On Aging" for the San Antonio Express-News. Links to his columns can be found at The Barshop Center for Longevity and Aging Studies website!
Dr. Austad joined the Department of Cellular and structural Biology faculty in June 2004. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America since 1993, he is also a past recipient of the Robert W. Kleemeier Award (2003) for outstanding research and the Geron Corporation-Samuel Goldstein Distinguished Publication Award (1994) from that Society. He received as well the Nathan A. Shock Award (1994) from the Gerontological Research Center of the National Institute on Aging. He currently serves on the editorial board of seven journals, including Neurobiology of Aging, Aging Cell, Journals of Gerontology: Biological Sciences, and The Journal of Population Ageing. With Dr. Edward J. Masoro, he co-edited the 5th (2001), 6th (2006) and 7th (2010) Editions of the Handbook of the Biology of Aging. He continues to serve (since 2001) on the Initial Review Group for aging grants of the Ellison Medical Foundation and is currently Research Committee Chair for the American Federation for Aging Research. In addition, he co-directs (with Dr. Gary Ruvkun, Harvard University) the 3-week summer course on the Molecular Biology of Aging at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory.
Dr. Austad maintains a keen interest in the communication of science to the general public, and in that capacity has served on the Science Advisory Board of National Public Radio (1992-1997) and has been a consultant to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. He has written popular science articles for numerous publications including Natural History magazine, Scientific American, National Wildlife, and International Wildlife. His trade book, Why We Age (1997), has been translated into 8 languages. He is currently working on a new book - Methusaleh's Zoo - about the natural history of exceptionally long life. Dr. Austad also directs the biology of aging training grant and is co-leader of the Biology of Aging Track.