The 2017 St. Albert Award f the Society of Catholic Scientists was given to Kenneth R. Miller in recognition of his contributions to science education and public understanding of science. Ken Miller is Professor of Biology at Brown University. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1974, he was Assistant Professor at Harvard until 1980, when he moved to Brown University. He is life sciences advisor to The News Hour on PBS and coauthor of the nation’s leading high school biology textbook. In addition to his research work in cell biology, he has written extensively on evolution. He is the author of several popular books, including Finding Darwin’s God: A Scientist’s Search for Common Ground between God and Evolution (1999). His honors include the Public Understanding of Science Award from AAAS, the Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Gregor Mendel Medal from Villanova University, and the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University. In 2015, he received the Presidential Citation of the National Science Teachers Association. He has been outspoken in explaining and defending the theory of evolution and its consistency with the Catholic faith.
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