Kenneth R. Miller to receive Gould award

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NCSE congratulates Kenneth R. Miller for winning the 2011 Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution. Professor of Biology and Royce Family Professor for Teaching Excellence at Brown University, Miller is a Supporter of NCSE as well as a recipient of its Friend of Darwin award. Miller will receive the Gould Prize and present a public lecture on June 18, 2011, at the Evolution 2011 conference in Norman, Oklahoma.

The announcement of the award from the SSE described Miller as "an eloquent and passionate defender of evolution and the scientific method," citing his testimony in Kitzmiller v. Dover, the 2005 case establishing the unconstitutionality of teaching "intelligent design" in the public schools, as well as his widely used high school textbooks coauthored with Joseph Levine and his books Finding Darwin's God (1999) and Only a Theory (2008).

The Stephen Jay Gould Prize is awarded annually by the SSE "to recognize individuals whose sustained and exemplary efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science and its importance in biology, education, and everyday life in the spirit of Stephen Jay Gould." NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott was the recipient of the first Gould Prize, in 2009, followed by NCSE Supporter Sean B. Carroll in 2010.