Professor Anne-Frances Miller is the recipient of the 2021 Herty Medal as awarded by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society, recognizing outstanding work and service by a chemist in the Southeast. A member of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky, Prof. Miller is an international leader in studies of enzymatic redox catalysis, in particular mechanisms by which proteins control bound cofactors to optimize specific reactivity. The goal of this work is to extract general principles that can aid the design of man-made materials and devices to capture, store and transduce electrochemical energy from renewable sources. Her service to the profession and society includes serving as chair of the ACS Division of Biological Chemistry, strengthening public trust and interest in science via copious outreach, and citizen science activities in the area of water quality.
The gold Herty medal will be presented at the 87th Herty Award Celebration in September 2021. Prof. Miller will also be a keynote speaker at the Annual Herty Medalist Undergraduate Research Symposium (HMURS).