Kenneth R. Miller is Professor of Biology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. He did his undergraduate work at Brown, earned his Ph. D. at the University of Colorado, and taught at Harvard for 6 years before returning to Brown in 1980. He has published more than 60 scientific papers in the field of cell biology and is former editor of both the Journal of Cell Biology and the Journal of Cell Science.
Ken is coauthor, with Joseph S. Levine, of a series of high school and college biology textbooks used by millions of students in the United States and other countries. In 2005 he served as lead witness in the trial on evolution and intelligent design in Dover, Pennsylvania. He is the author of two popular books: 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 Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Biology teachers (2008), the Public Understanding of Science and Technology Award from AAAS (2009), and the Stephen Jay Gould Prize for advancing the public understanding of evolution (2011). Most recently Dr. Miller was awarded the Presidential Citation of the National Science Teachers Association (2015).
Robyn Reist grew up in Humboldt, SK and graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 with
degrees in Engineering Physics and Mathematics. After a short-lived interest in pursuing a commerce
degree, she changed her mind and set her sights on the goal of becoming a high school physics teacher,
but a job with SCI-FI Science Camps in 2006 opened her eyes to the opportunities in engineering. She
continued working for SCI-FI Science camps in the summers until graduating, and also coordinated the
Discover Engineering conference for grade eight girls in fall 2009.
After graduating she eventually found employment with Cameco's Rabbit Lake Operation in fall 2010,
where she worked as a Radiation Specialist until taking a secondment in Cameco's SHEQ (safety, health,
environment, quality) audit department in spring 2014. After the secondment term ended she moved
into her current Health Physicist position at Cameco's corporate office, where she provides radiation
protection program support to the northern Saskatchewan mine sites and Cameco's Crisis Assistance
Robyn is excited to be giving her first keynote address, and has previously spoken at several University
of Saskatchewan events as well as the Discover Engineering, Women in Physics Canada, and Canadian
Radiation Protection Association conferences.
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