Congratulations to Professor Markus Schafer who is one of the 2018 new fellows inducted into The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). The GSA is largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging in North America. It is committed to advancing the study of aging and to promoting human welfare through gerontology and includes participation in the Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, and Social Research Policy and Practice. Professor Schafer is honoured with the status of fellow — the highest class of membership within the Society — as an acknowledgment of his outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. Professor Schafer publishes widely in the areas of aging, social connectedness, and social networks.