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Green,Milller named distinguished professors

By : Katie Ellis


Economist Kenneth Greene and psy-chologist Ralph Miller have been named distinguished professors by the SUNY Board of Trustees.

Green, a fellow of the International Center for Economic Research, is known for his work in public choice and public economics. Miller has focused his research in the areas of animal learning and acquired behavior.

The distinguished professor title, granted only by SUNY trustees, is the highest academic rank possible and is conferred on individuals who have achieved national or international prominence.

Greene joined BU's faculty in 1968 and has provided new insights into fundamental issues related to public policy economics, including taxation and charitable giving. Reviewers of his latest book, Morality and Self Interest, note his continuing commitment to both the theoretical and empirical aspects of his discipline.

In nominating Greene, President Lois B. DeFleur said, "According to Who's Who in Economics, Dr. Greene is among the most frequently cited of all living economists." She also noted that he has worked tirelessly with individual students to help them achieve success both in the classroom and in their subsequent careers.

Greene, who is on sabbatical this semester, has been published broadly, authoring two books and nearly 50 papers for highly respected journals including the Public Finance Review and American Political Science Review. He has served as a reviewer for the elite American Economics Review and numerous other journals, as well as the National Science Foundation, and has been a consultant and visiting expert for the U.S. Department of Commerce and the New York State Supreme Court.

Greene earned a bachelor's degree from St. John's University, and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia. Prior to coming to the University, he served on the research staff of the Urban Institute and as a visiting assistant and associate professor at the University of Colorado.

Miller came to BU in 1979 and, according to Peter Holland from Duke University, it's probably the most prolific experimentalist in his field, who has had "several major theoretical contributions to the field of associative learning."

In nominating Miller, DeFleur said, "As a mentor and teacher, Dr. Miller has inspired undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral associates alike. His students regularly cite him as the "largest contributing factor to my success as a professional psychologist."

Miller said the distinguished rank brings recognition of the years of hard work by everyone in his laboratory, in which he plans to continue that work. "I enjoy what I'm doing. I have a very active lab with excellent people in it and I look forward to coming in each day," he said. "We're studying the minds of animals. It's a curious puzzle that evolution has laid before us, and we're doing what we can to solve it."

Miller is editor of Animal Learning and Behavior and has been associate editor of several other journals including the American Journal of Psychology and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes. His invited presentations included an extended visit to New Zealand as an Erskine fellow and a National Institutes of Health supported year as a visiting faculty member in experimental psychology at Cambridge University.

Miller earned bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as master's degrees in high-energy physics and social psychology and a doctorate in physiological psychology from Rutgers University. Before joining the University's faculty, he served as an assistant, associate and full professor of psychology at Brooklyn College of CUNY.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08