Michael C. Miller, BA ’64 Zoology, MA ’67 Zoology, earned his PhD from Michigan State University in 1972. Miller spent 40 years as a research professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. He retired 10 years ago, having trained 45 graduate students. Miller did research in Arctic Alaska for 29 summers, examining the structure and function of Arctic lakes and rivers with IBP and Tundra LTER, and 15 years of tropical lake ecology and paleolimnology of dozens of lakes around the equator from Kiribati, Galapagos, Ecuador, and Brazil with ecologist Paul A. Colinvaux's team. As an emeritus professor, he continues to work for clean water in southwest Ohio, leading a volunteer water quality monitoring program of 8 parameters of 270 stream/river sites monthly as part of greater Cincinnati's Green Umbrella Watershed Group. Miller works with many nonprofits in his region, including Rivers Unlimited, Inc.; Friends of the Great Miami; Oxbow, Inc.; Mill Creek Alliance; and Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education, among others. He leads many canoe tours and river cleanups. Miller races canoes 2 days a week with other seniors and his favorite recreation is traveling somewhere around the world a couple of times a year.

Alum Michael Miller offers a bite of food toward the camera photographing him at an outdoor dining table in Switzerland.
Michael Miller offers a taste to the photographer while dining in Switzerland in 2012. Courtesy photo

Jerome F. Wermuth, PhD ’68 Zoology, reports that he received his doctorate exactly 50 years ago this summer. Wermuth, a retired professor of biology from Purdue University Northwest, states that his most notable accomplishment is surviving the last 50 years. He adds, “Life is good.”



Mary E. Andrews, BS ’84 Biological Sciences, retired in June after nearly 34 years at Indiana University. Andrews, a research associate, worked in Distinguished Professor Rudolf Raff’s laboratory throughout her entire career. She has many great memories of taking classes here and doing research in the Raff lab. Her husband, Steve, retired in September. The couple plans to purchase a small RV and head west to visit several national parks. Andrews is spending her retirement doing the things she loves: gardening, bird watching, and camping.

Scott L. Kight, PhD ’96 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, has been on the Department of Biology faculty at Montclair State University since 1997. He is the associate dean for student affairs in the College of Science and Mathematics at Montclair. Kight has many wonderful memories of his studies in the IU Department of Biology, where he was mentored by the late Bill Rowland (1943-2004) and belonged to the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior. Kight says, “The integrative approach of the center was fundamental in shaping my development as a researcher, the kinds of questions I have investigated, and my overall philosophy of science and higher education.”


Antiño R. Allen, MA ‘02 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, PhD ‘10 Evolution, Ecology & Behavior, was named director of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Graduate Program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ College of Pharmacy. Allen is an assistant professor in the Division of Radiation Health in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UAMS. While at IU, he earned the 2000-2001 James P. Holland Graduate Fellowship in Biology, presented to first-year Ph.D. graduate students who come from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Allen spent his summers working with the Jim Holland Summer Science Programs that bring high school students from underrepresented groups to campus to broaden their horizons in genetics, evolution, environmental biology, molecular biology, and plant sciences. Students participating in the Holland program attend lectures, take part in discussions, and participate in hands-on laboratory experiences. With such a background, it is fitting that at UAMS, he runs a summer research internship program for high school upperclassmen and college students who would like to pursue careers in medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, biomedical research, pharmacology, public health, or behavioral sciences. Students accepted into the UAMS program conduct research under the supervision of faculty mentors as well as the people working with the faculty, such as the postdoctoral fellows, research assistants/associates, and research coordinators.

Alumnus Antino Allen and summer lab students, 2018.
Antiño Allen and summer students in his lab. Courtesy photo

Teresa L. Dzieweczynski, PhD, ’05, Evolution, Ecology & Behavior, was named the Ludcke Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 2018-2019 at the University of New England in Maine. The Ludcke Chair is presented annually to a tenured member of the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments. Dzieweczynski is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and is the program coordinator for UNE’s interdisciplinary animal behavior major. In 2016 she received the Mid-Career Mentoring Award from the Council on Undergraduate Research.