August 6, 2012 — Current and former University of Wyoming faculty, staff and students produced a Wyoming-based documentary that recently won two major awards -- a national Bronze Telly and a Heartland Emmy award.
The documentary, “Gray Matters: Exploring the Mature Mind,” was produced by the Wyoming Geriatric Education Center (WyGEC) in the UW College of Health Sciences and aired twice on Wyoming PBS last year.
The 30-minute documentary promotes positive messages about the aging brain and features footage filmed at the 2010 AARP National Spelling Bee and AARP ”Wyoming Gray Matters: Training the Grownup Brain” workshop. The film also includes interviews with faculty researchers, health care providers, spelling bee participants and others.
UW personnel featured in the documentary are Christine McKibbin, WyGEC director and assistant professor in the UW Department of Psychology; Deb Fleming, founding director of the WyGEC; Kristina Stefka, a former faculty physician at the UW Family Practice in Cheyenne; and Pat Engler-Parish a recent graduate of the UW social work program.
AARP has used the documentary as a platform for discussing cognitive health at several locations throughout the state.
“The Gray Matters workshop series has been wildly popular and we are thrilled to see that broadcast industry experts have recognized it, too,” AARP Wyoming Director Tim Summers says. “Spellers asked us to create a workshop where they could talk to experts about how to keep their minds sharp as they age. We opened it to the public and more than 1,200 people have attended a Gray Matters workshop with thousands more tuning into the documentary.”
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