Synthetic Ecosystems for Learning about the Living World

Iain Miller short Curriculum Vitae

IAIN MILLER (Principal Investigator)
Department of Biological Sciences 209 Atkinson St
University of CincinnatiCincinnati, OH.
Cincinnati, OH 45221-000645219
(513) 556-9706 (513) 961-8901
email: iain.miller@UC.eduURL:
active world: BioWorld 0n 0w or 129.137./140.106 0n 0w
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  • 1994-date Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati.
  • 1989-1994 Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Wright State University.
  • 1987-1989 Research Fellow, Botany Department., The University, Glasgow G12 8QQ Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
  • 1984-1987 Researcher, Battelle-Charles.F. Kettering Research Laboratory, Yellow Springs, OH 45387.
  • 1983-1984 Post Doc. & Lecturer, Dept.of Bioscience & Biotechnology, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
  • B.Sc.(Hons) Biology. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, 1978
  • Ph.D.Cell Biology University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, 1982
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Society of Plant Physiologists
National Science Teachers Association
National Association of Biology Teachers


Distinguished Multimedia Faculty Emeritus Award, Wright State Univ.,1995; Deans Award for Teaching, College of Science and Mathematics, WSU, 1992; Wright State University, College of Science and Mathematics, Award for Outstanding Teaching, 1991; Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Glasgow, 1987. .

Recent publications and active projects related to the proposal:
  1. Miller, I.M. and Schario, K. (1997) Mendel's Pea Plants: module 1 - an introduction to genetics. An interactive W3 based learning activity. In Press. Peregrine Publishers, Inc. In press URL
  2. Moore, R. & Miller, I.M. 1996 How the use of multimedia affects student retention and learning. Journal of College Science Teaching. 25(4)289 - 293.7.
  3. Miller, I.M. 1995. BioShow II: The Videodisk. Artwork from "Biology: Concepts and Connections" by Campbell, Mitchell and Reece adapted and developed for videodisk by Iain M. Miller. Ed., Don O’Neal. Benjamin/Cummings, Redwood City, CA.
  4. Shi, L., Carmichael, W.W. and Miller, I.M. 1995. Immunogold localization of hepatotoxins in cyanobacterial cells. Arch. Microbiol. 163: 7-15
  5. Fleischman, D.E., Evans, W.R. & Miller, I.M. 1995. Bacteriochlorophyll-containing Rhizobium species. In "Anoxygenic Photosynthetic Bacteria". Advances in photosynthesis, Blankenship, RE., Madigan, MT. & Bauer, CE., eds.Kluwer Academic Pubs., Boston.
Representative recent publications from my scientific research area
  1. Shi, L., I. Miller, and Randy Moore. 1993. Immunocytochemical localization of indole-3-acetic acid in primary roots of Zea mays. Plant, Cell & Environment 16: 967-963.
  2. Moore, R. and Miller, I. 1993. Cellular differentiation in root caps of Zea mays that do not secrete mucilage. Plant, Cell & Environment 16: 1003-1009
  3. Miller, I. 1992. Nitrogen Fixation. In "1992 McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology" pp265-267. Ed., S. Parker. McGraw-Hill, New York.
Collaborators during last 5 years:
Randy Moore (Akron); John Caruso (UC); Brian Kinkle (UC); Malcolm Daniels (University of Dayton); Wayne Carmichael (Wright State)

Graduate students advised: last five years:
Masters students: Liang Shi (Wright State); John Lane (Wright State); Kerry Pedley (UC); Philip Schnell (UC)
Undergraduate students: I curently have nine undergraduate students signed-up for research projects in bench science (plant/microbe interactions, HTML programming and web site development and VRML programming and virtual world development.

Other Information

  1. active project: The BioWeb lab (funded by UC and the Ohio Board of Regents) an Internet based computer lab served by our Web server Freshman and sophomore students carry out web exercises daily, interacting with various computers and active websites around the world.
  2. active project: BioWorld; as a successful applicant in Worlds, Inc. Land Grant University Program, I have under development a 3--dimensional virtual world. BioWorld has an area of 1 sq. kilometer of cyberspace and a 100 simultaneous user licence. Already students from UC are engaged in collaborative projects with other students from around the United States, Canada, Sweden and Turkey.

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