A rising star

Originally published August 2005.

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Dr. Donna Maney, who joined the Emory faculty in 2002 and the neuroscience program shortly thereafter, was recently awarded the 2004 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. This award is the highest honor for professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

This award comes only a year after Donna was awarded the National Science Foundation Faculty and Career Development Award of more than $500,000. These highly soughtafter and competitive awards are given to researchers who not only show tremendous promise in their fields but also develop innovative techniques to incorporate into their teaching.

In addition to her excellent research on neuropeptides in song birds, Donna has been broadly active in science education. An experienced writing instructor, Donna has developed an undergraduate writing course in neuroscience and led a faculty workshop on bringing writing into the undergraduate science curriculum. Outside of Emory, she is developing an ongoing study that will provide hands-on research experience to DeKalb County public high school students enrolled in an ornithology course at Fernbank Science Center. Congratulations Donna!

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