The Scripps Foundation for Research in Population Problems was established in 1922 through an endowment from noted newspaper publisher E.W. Scripps. For more than forty years, the Scripps Foundation remained in the forefront of the scientific study of population and fertility in the U.S. and the world. In the mid-1960s, the research emphasis turned toward population aging and related social issues. By 1967, Scripps developed and offered the University’s first course in social gerontology. Miami University formally established a Gerontology Center within the Scripps Foundation in 1972. Four years later, Scripps Gerontology Center was one of the first seven multidisciplinary centers for the study of aging in the nation to be funded by the U.S. Administration on Aging.

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