Inspiring commentary from President Obama and garnering the highest possible honor for early career achievement, Scripps Associate Professor Courtney Miller won a Presidential Early Career Award, The Scripps Research Institute reported recently from Jupiter, Florida.
"These early-career scientists are leading the way in our efforts to confront and understand challenges from climate change to our health and wellness," President Barack Obama said in a statement directed at all winners. "We congratulate these accomplished individuals and encourage them to continue to serve as an example of the incredible promise and ingenuity of the American people."
Bestowed by the U.S. government on young professionals at the start of their dedicated independent research and involving a dozen federal agencies, awards go to individuals chosen for their pioneering research and commitment to community wellbeing via scientific education, leadership or outreach.
Miller’s lab on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) concentrates on building treatments for memory-related disorders such as addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and Alzheimer's disease. She will receive up to a five-year research grant to further her scientific investigations.
Miller, who serves as an editor for a scientific journal, co-founded the Professional Women's Nexus, a group with over 400 members and a mission to support advancement of women in academia and industry. She embarked on her studies at the University of California, Irvine, moving to the University of Alabama, Birmingham, for postdoctoral work before coming to Scripps in 2009.
Award winners will be honored at a Washington, DC ceremony this spring.