The same ten questions we always ask: Ken Miller ’70 P ’02, professor of biology

Ken Miller ’70 P ’02 is a professor of biology and is nationally reputed for his debates against anti-evolutionists. Miller was the plaintiff’s lead expert witness in the famous Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case in which he challenged the school board’s requirement of teaching creationism alongside evolution.

But he is more  famous among his students, Miller previously told The Herald, for his 2006 appearance on a certain Comedy Central program: “I don’t know if this is a sad commentary on the state of American higher education, but nothing I’ve done in my whole scientific career has gained me as much credibility among my students as appearing on ‘The Colbert Report.’”

The Herald gave Professor Miller a diamond back in 2004 for defending evolution as a fact witness in Selman v. Cobb County — but also a coal earlier this year for being appointed to the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (“How can we even be sure he was appointed?”). I propose that we either retract his coal, or give him another diamond for taking the time to answer these ten questions:

Name: Ken Miller

Age: 61

Occupation: Professor of Biology

What’s your job description, in one sentence? Research and teaching in biology.

What’s the best part of your job? My interactions with students and colleagues.

The worst? No question about it committee meetings!

How long have you lived in Providence? I have lived in Rehoboth, Mass., for 24 years.

What’s your ringtone? It’s an old-fashioned telephone bell ring.

Your homepage? http://www.millerandlevine.com/km/

What newspapers and magazines do you subscribe to? The New York Times, Newsweek, Discover and Referee Magazine

Nice Slice or Antonio’s? Antonio’s

Blue State or Starbucks? Neither. I don’t drink coffee.

Which three words would you use to describe Brown students? Inquisitive, demanding, and friendly.


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