Kenneth R. Miller (Brown)

The event will start on: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 | 2:30 pm
Location: Lewis Thomas Lab, 003 | Washington Road

MolBio Seminar Series


Ken MillerKenneth R. Miller
Brown University

Ken Miller is Professor of Biology at Brown University. He serves as life science advisor to the NewsHour on PBS and is coauthor, with Joseph S. Levine, of high school textbooks used by millions of students. In 2005 he served as lead witness in the trial on evolution and intelligent design in Dover, Pennsylvania. His popular books include, Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution, and Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul. His honors include the Public Service Award of the American Society for Cell Biology (2006), the Public Understanding of Science Award from AAAS (2009), and the Stephen Jay Gould Prize (2011).


Seminar Topic

The Evolution Wars. Why do they Continue? Why do they Matter?

Close to 90 years after the Scopes "Monkey Trial," evolution remains a contentious issue in the United States. Presidential candidates denounce it, governors insist that schools teach "alternate theories," and acceptance of evolution among members of the general public is lower in the US than in any other industrialized country. What's the reason for this, and what does it say about the future of the American scientific enterprise?

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