Ken Miller, Royce Family Professor for Teaching Excellence at Brown University, will present “Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for the Soul of America” @7pm on Mon., Oct. 4 (location: Irvin L. Young Auditorium). It’s the start of the fall 2010 College of Letters and Sciences Contemporary Issues Lecture Series.
Miller’s research on cell membrane structure and function has resulted in more than 50 scientific papers and reviews in leading journals, including CELL, Nature, and Scientific American. He is the author of high school and college biology textbooks, as well as Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution (available from Andersen Library) and Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul (available from other UW campus libraries; UWW students and staff may request it via the free Universal Borrowing service).
Dr. Miller has received many honors, including being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007, receiving the 2005 President’s Citation Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Exploratorium‘s Outstanding Educator Award in 2007.
According to his biographical information on the San Francisco Exploratorium’s web site, Dr. Miller is “an active proponent of the teaching of evolution as the organizing principle of biology.” He was a lead witness for the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case (400 F.Supp.2d 707), which successfully defended the teaching of evolution in public schools. You can read the case by using one of the legal research databases, LexisNexis Academic or Campus Research (click on the Law tab and then use search forms on the left to search by the citation or case name).
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