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Shawn A. Miller

Education

  • MA, Philosophy, University of California, Davis
  • BA, Philosophy, Virginia Tech, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

About

Areas of Specialization

History and philosophy of science and technology, philosophy of biology

Areas of Competence

Philosophy of mind, Wittgenstein, digital humanities

Dissertation

Protein Folding, Computer Architecture, and the Direction of Science. Co-Advisors James R. Griesemer and Roberta L. Millstein

Publication

Miller, Shawn A., "The e-Mouse Atlas Project (1992- )". Embryo Project Encyclopedia (2014-06-11). ISSN: 1940-5030 http://embryo.asu.edu/handle/10776/7902.

    Conference Presentations & Comments

    "A Problem for Biology? Comments on Organisms, Life and Unity." Presented at the Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Philosophy Conference, Davis, CA, April 26, 2014

    "No Function without Abstraction, No Simulation without Silicon: How Microprocessors Place Pressure on Theories of Technical Artifacts and Canalize Science for Good Measure." Presented at UC Davis Science & Technology Studies Graduate Student Conference/Workshop, University of California, Davis, March 3, 2014.

      "How to Make Theory Travel: Methods and Modeling of Simulated Ecological Systems." Presented at Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) annual meeting, San Diego, October, 2013.

      "Trading Fiction for Performance: How to Understand Computer Simulations of Ecological Systems."

      • Presented at the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science (ISHPSSB) 2013, Montpellier, France, July, 2013.
      • Presented at the 18th International Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal, July 2013.

      "How Long Will This Take? Computational Resources, Time and Energy in Protein Folding Simulations." Presented at the UC Davis-UC Santa Cruz Cultural Anthropology Graduate Research Conference, University of California, Davis, May 11, 2013.

      "What Medical Ethnography Can Teach Philosophy About Population Biology Models." Presented at 2013 Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium, University of California, Davis, April 5, 2013

      “Tokens, Types, Causes and Criteria: A Response to Kwek on the Malfunction Problem.” Presented at the Pacific Division Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Seattle, WA, April 6, 2012.

      “Not Even False: Minimalism, Metaphilosophy, Meaninglessness and an Unsavory Sorites Solution.”

      • Presented at Intermountain West Philosophy Conference, University of Utah, March 1, 2012.
      • Presented at Biology and Society Lab, Arizona State University, Jan. 31, 2012.

      Grants & Fellowships

      • UC Davis Undergraduate Instructional Improvement Program Grant, "Revising PHI 31: Pedagogical Innovation for Hybrid Online and Active-learning Instruction in Understanding and Appraising Scientific Reasoning," Graduate Research Assistant for Prof. James Griesemer, Summer 2013
      • International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology Travel Grant, Summer 2013
      • UC Davis Philosophy Department Travel Grant, June 2013, October 2013
      • Philosophy of Science Association Travel Grant, November 2012
      • NSF Embryo Project Training Fellow, Winter 2012
      • Visiting Scholar, Arizona State University, Winter 2012
      • UC Davis Philosophy Department Fellowship, Fall 2011

      Courses Taught

      • Appraising Scientific Reasoning, University of California, Davis, Summer 2014, Summer 2016
      • Introduction to Philosophy of Biology, University of California, Davis, Winter 2014
      • Introduction to Philosophy of Science, University of California, Davis, Summer 2012
      • Introduction to Philosophy, University of South Carolina, Spring 2001
      • Introduction to Philosophy, Augusta State University, Spring 2001 

      Courses Assisted

      • Philosophy of Biological Sciences, UC Davis, Fall 2014
      • Philosophy of Mind (Reader), UC Davis, Spring 2014
      • Introduction to Philosophy, University of California, Davis, Spring 2014
      • Appraising Scientific Reasoning (Lead TA), University of California, Davis, Fall 2013
      • Minds, Brains and Computers, University of California, Davis, Spring 2013
      • Appraising Scientific Reasoning, University of California, Davis, Winter 2013
      • Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (University of California, Davis), Fall 2012
      • Introduction to Philosophy (University of California, Davis), Spring 2012
      • Introduction to Philosophy (University of South Carolina), Fall 1998, Spring 1999
      • Introduction to Logic (University of South Carolina), Fall 2000

      Funded Workshops

      • Participant in STS Southern California Winter Retreat, Anza-Borrego Desert, Borrego Springs, CA, Feb. 22-24, 2013.
      • Participant in 2012 MBL-ASU History and Philosophy of Science Informatics Workshop, Woods Hole, MA, April 12-15

      Academic Service

      • Chair of Session "Tracing and Offloading: A Neo-Lockean Reply to Johnston" at the Berkeley-Stanford-Davis Philosophy Conference, Davis, CA, April 26, 2014.
      • Chair of session at Genomics and the Philosophy of Race Workshop, University of California, Davis, March 10, 2014.
      • "Microprocessors and Protein Folding, or, Are You Sure This is Philosophy?" Presented at the UC Davis Undergraduate Philosophy Club, Nov. 14, 2013.
      • Graduate Student Mentor, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis, 2013 academic year.
      • Member of Organizing Committee and Panel Participant, Training and Information of Pedagogical Salience, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Davis, September 2013.
      • Chair of session "Confirmation and Evidence" at the Twenty-Third Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, San Diego, CA, November 2012
      • UC Davis Philosophy Department Social Media Chair (Facebook/Twitter/Tumblr), 2012-present
      • UC Davis Philosophy Department Infrastructure Committee, 2011-2012

      Professional Affiliations

      • National Book Critics Circle
      • International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology
      • Philosophy of Science Association
      • Society for the History of Technology
      • Society for Philosophy and Technology
      • Society for Social Studies of Science

      Technical Experience

      Programming, Scripting, and Markup Languages

      • Can Write: CSS, HTML, LaTeX, Markdown, Wiki Markup, XML, PHP
      • Can Read and Edit: awk, bash, Javascript, sed

      System Administration and Server Software Proficiencies

      • Apache, GNU/Linux (Arch, CentOS, CrunchBang, Debian, Fedora, gentoo, Mint, openSUSE, Rocks Linux, and Ubuntu), FreeBSD, MySQL, ownCloud, rsync, Samba, ssh, WordPress, vsftpd, among others

      Editorial Experience

      Daily Republic Newspaper, Fairfield, Calif.

      • News Editor, 2008-10
      • Assistant News Editor, 2005-08
      • Copy Editor/Page Designer, 2003-05
      • Columnist/Book Reviewer, 2002-06
      • Staff Writer, 2001-03

      Freelance Book Criticism

      • The Sacramento News and Review
      • Slacker madness. Review of Doing Nothing: A History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums in America by Tom Lutz
      • Consider the writer. Review of Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
      • About The Nation. Review of A Matter of Opinion by Victor S. Navasky
      • About a boy. Review of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
      • A poet's prose. Review of Cutty, One Rock: Low Characters and Strange Places, Gently Explained by August Kleinzahler
      • Desparate longings. Review of The Curse of the Appropriate Man by Lynn Freed
      • The Pacific Sun
      • The Short Review