Roman Miller

Roman Miller

Office Phone: (540) 432-4412

Email:

Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: SC 006


Roman Miller in the news:

Prominent Palestinian physician and peace activist to visit EMU, Nov. 4-5

Medicine should promote flourishing, not just getting rid of symptoms, says integrative medicine expert

Biomedicine grad students deepen compassion through cross-cultural stints

Biomedicine graduate program names first ‘scholar-in-residence’ – Joseph Longacher, MD

EMU’s Cadaver Dissection Gives Pre-Med Students Big Advantage

Director

MA in Biomedicine

Professor

Biology Dept

“For the 2014-2015 academic year, I will focus on teaching, administration, advising, research, and service.

Teaching: Two dual listed undergraduate/graduate courses in biology and biomedicine

  • BIOL 307 Developmental Biology/BMC 551 Developmental Biology
  • BIOL 447 Advanced Human Physiology/BMC 562 Human Physiology

Four graduate seminar courses:

  • BMC 601 Biomedicine Transdisciplinary Seminar with Carolyn Stauffer
  • BMC 602 Biomedicine Transdisciplinary Seminar with Judy Mullet
  • BMC 621 Biomedicine Transdiscipline Seminar with Julia Halterman
  • BMC 622 Biomedicine Transdiscipline Seminar with Carolyn Stauffer

Administration: I am the director of our graduate MA program in biomedicine which is now beginning the third year.

Advising: I advise graduate students in our biomedicine program and undergraduate students in our preprofessional health science

Research Two areas: Organic blueberry research horticulture project which is further described on the following website: Knoll Acres Blueberries
A related research project this year with three students (Zach Gish, Sharang Penumetsa, and Diana Valle) are looking at the potential protective influence of alcohol teratogenesis on developing mouse embryos.

Service I am currently active in the Virginia Academy of Sciences where I serve as Chair of the Agriculture, Forestry, and Aquaculture Division and member of the Education Committee. Additionally I serve as a judge in the Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences."

Dr. Roman J. Miller is the Daniel B. Suter Endowed Professor of Biology and the Director of the MA in Biomedicine program at Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA where he has taught courses in physiology, anatomy, developmental biology, animal science, bioethics, and philosophy of science for the past thirty years. Roman received his Ph.D. in biomedical science from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio and completed a post-doctoral research program at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, prior to teaching at EMU.

Roman is married to Dr. Elva (Bowman) Miller a retired optometrist. The Millers live on Knoll Acres, a small farm near Harrisonburg, Virginia, where they are busy raising and enjoying their family, as well as a flock of Barbados Blackbelly sheep, AKC registered collie puppies, and horses. The Millers enjoy reading, gardening, blueberry horticulture, traveling, fishing, and working on their farm. They are active members at Dayton Mennonite Church, Dayton, Virginia.

Current research interests:
*Blueberry organic horticulture
*Creating conditions to enhance nutrient-dense blueberries
*Alcohol teratogenesis on mouse embryonic development
*Anabaptist perspective in bioethics

Education
  • 1983 Ph.D., Physiology/Biomedicine, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio; Minor: Reproduction & Cell Biology; Dissertation: The rat epididymis: morphometric parameters, consequences of vasectomy, and halo cell characteristics.
  • 1977 M.S., Mammalian Physiology, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio; Thesis: Toxicology of sublethal mercury levels in mice contrasted with protective aspects generated by dietary trace metals zinc and selenium.
  • 1972 B.A., Biological Sciences, Malone College, Canton, Ohio
  • 1970 A.A., Biology, East Mississippi Jr College, Scooba, MS
Publications
  • Roman Miller, 2014. “Variations in Highbush Blueberry Fruit Sizes and Quantities: Influences of Cultivar Selection, Picking Times, and Soil Conditions.” Abstract Virginia Journal of Science 65 (1&2): 10-11.
  • Matthew Rhodes, Ilya Pidroutchniak, Steven Cessna, and Roman Miller, 2014. “Blueberry Antioxidant Analysis: Significance of Soil Treatment and Cultivar on Antioxidant Concentrations in Vaccinium Corymbosum.” Abstract Virginia Journal of Science 65 (1&2): 10.
  • Nicole Groff, Janaya Sachs, Tara Kishbaugh, and Roman Miller, 2014. “Organic Blueberry Sweetness: Percentage Brix and Taste Tests.” Abstract Virginia Journal of Science 65 (1&2): 10.
  • Braydon Hoover, Denay Fuglie and Roman Miller, 2014. “Optimal soil conditions for organic highbush blueberry growth: assessment of early results.” Journal of Applied Horticulture, accepted for publication.
  • Roman J. Miller, 2013. “Can Standard Soil Tests Predict Organic Blueberry Production in Plots with Different Soil Amendment Treatments?” Abstract Virginia Journal of Science 64 (1 & 2): 39
  • A. Kniss, E. Harnish, S. Cessna, & R. Miller, 2013. “Analysis of Anthocyanins and Total Phenolic Compounds in Blueberries: Method Development and Preliminary Results,” Abstract Virginia Journal of Science 64 (1 & 2): 39-40
  • Brad Billings and Roman Miller, 2012. “Protecting Organic Blueberries against Birds and Insects,” Acres U.S.A. 42(11): 56-63.
  • Allison E. Glick, Matthew S. Siderhurst, and Roman J. Miller, 2011. “Method Development for Elemental Analysis of Foliar Blueberry (Vaccinium Corybosium L.) Samples,” Journal of Undergraduate Chemistry Research, 10(4): 178-181.
  • Hoover, Braydon P., Fuglie, Denay M., and Miller, Roman J. 2011. “Optimal Growth Conditions across Organic Highbush Blueberry Cultivars and Soil Treatments.” Abstract. Virginia Journal of Science 62 (1,2):19.
  • Roman Miller, 2011. "Viewing the Early Human Embryo through Anabaptist Eyes” IN Moral Status of the Human Embryo Mark Carr, editor. Center for Christian Bioethics, Loma Linda School of Medicine, Loma Linda, CA. In Press.
  • Roman Miller, 2011. Book Review of Autonomy and Food Biotechnology in Theological Ethics by Cathriona Russell. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith Vol 63 (1): 55-56, 2011.
  • Roman Miller and Christian Early, 2009. “Attachment: A Trans-disciplinary Perspective Viewed through Anabaptist Eyes,” The Global Spiral (an e-publication of the Metanexus Institute) On-line: http://metanexus.net/magazine/tabid/68/id/10830/Default.aspx (last accessed 2/10/2010)
  • Robert Kolvoord, Hara Charlier, Raymond McGhee, Roman Miller, and Kenneth Overway, 2009. “NSF-STEM Talent Expansion Project” at James Madison University and area schools. NSF Division of Undergraduate Education, STEM Conference. Website: http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Custom.aspx?cid=21&e=46936044-cf6c-4199-be4d-572a150d5ed1 (last accessed 4/28/09)
  • Miller, Roman J. 2007. “Transitions: A Way of Life” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 59(4): 249.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2007. “The Elusive Virture, Gelassenheit, and Feet Washing” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 59(3): 169.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2007. “Do We Debate or Dialogue Issues of Science and Faith?” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 59(1): 1.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2006. “How Do You Measure Up?” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 58(4): 257.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2006. “Virtue Ethics and Grace” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 58(3): 169.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2006. “Were Neanderthals Created in God’s Image?” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 58(2): 89.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2006. “When Fraud Knocks on the Door” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 58(1): 1
  • Miller, Roman J. 2005. “Creative Barn Building” Editorial. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 57(3): 169
  • Miller, Roman, Beryl Brubaker, and James Peterson, co-editors, 2005. Viewing New Creations with Anabaptist Eyes: Ethics of Biotechnology, Cascadia Publishing House: Telford, PA. 308 pp.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2005. “Viewing Bioethics through Anabaptist Eyes” IN Viewing New Creations with Anabaptist Eyes: Ethics of Biotechnology, Roman Miller, Beryl Brubaker, and James Peterson, eds. Cascadia Publishing House: Telford, PA, pp. 85-105.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2005. “When Sickness Comes…and Goes” Editorial. Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 52(2): 81
  • Miller, Roman and Denlinger, Chadrick. 2005. “Regulation of Blood Pressure and Respiration in the Rat,” IN: Laboratory Manual for Physiology: A Benjamin Cummings Custom Edition. Dee Silverthorn, Bruce Johnson, Alice Mills (eds). San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings, 18 pp.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2004. “Abortion” IN Ethics: Revised Edition, John K. Roth (ed.) Salem Press: Pasadena, CA, pp. 3-9.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2004. “Seeing Ourselves through Another’s Eyes” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 56(4): 241
  • Miller, Roman J. 2004. “Longeing Is More than Trotting in a Circle” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 56(3): 161
  • Miller, Roman J. 2004. “What Do You Have There in Your Hand?” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 56(2): 81.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2003. “The Gathering” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 55(2): 71
  • Miller, Roman J. 2003. “Before Technology Falters” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 55(1): 1
  • Miller, Roman J. 2002. “Beginning and Ending: Controversy and Dialogue” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 54(4): 219
  • Miller, Roman J. 2002. “Syzygy: Aligning Heaven, Earth, and Faith” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 54(3): 149
  • Miller, Roman J. 2002. “Lambing Ethics” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 54(2): 79
  • Miller, Roman J. 2002. “Nails” IN Magill’s Medical Guide, 2nd edition, Karen Kalmick, Connie Rizzo, and Nancy Piotrowski, eds. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, pp. 1551-1555.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2002. “Prick of the Goad” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 54(1): 1
  • Miller, Roman J. 2001. “Why Publish These Proceedings?” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 53(4): 219
  • Schwartz, Frank L. and Miller, Roman J. 2001. “Chapter 63: Androgens, Anti-Androgens, and Anabolic Steroids” IN Modern Pharmacology with Clinical Applications, 6th Edition. Craig, C. and Stitzel, R. (eds.).Little & Brown: Boston; pp. 724-734.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2001. “Pest Purgation for Productive Pasture” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 53(3): 141
  • Hess-Yoder, Rachel, Herr, Sarah, and Miller, Roman J. 2001. “Isolation and Separation of Cell Populations from the Mouse Anterior Prostate” Abstract. Virginia Journal of Science 52 (2): xx.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2001. “Connections: Chasm Bridges” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 53(2): 71
  • Miller, Roman J. 2001. “Beyond the Edge?” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 53(1): 1
  • Miller, Roman J. 2000. “A ‘Reviewing’ Community” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 52(4): 219-220..
  • Miller, Roman J. 2000. “On Rocks, Questions, and Creations.” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 52(2): 79-80.
  • Miller, Roman J. 2000. “Welcome, New Day!” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 52(1): 1-2.
  • Miller, Roman J. 1999. “Look Out! Construction in Progress!” Editorial, Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, 51(4): 211-212.
  • Miller, Roman J. 1997. “Pubertal developmental changes in the mouse anterior prostate: a histological view.” Abstract. Virginia Journal of Science 48 (2):142.
  • Swartz, Frank L. and Miller, Roman J. 1997. “Androgens and anabolic steroids.” IN: Modern Pharmacology with Clinical Applications, 5th Edition. Craig, C. and Stitzel, R. (eds.).Little & Brown: Boston; pp. 761-775.
  • Miller, Elva B. and Miller, Roman J. 1996. “Eyes”. IN: Magill’s Medical Guide: Health and Illness, Supplement. Salem Press: Pasadena, CA. pp. 1118-1122.
  • Miller, Roman J. 1996. “Physiology.” IN: Magill’s Medical Guide: Health and Illness, Supplement. Salem Press: Pasadena, CA. pp. 1507-1510.
  • Miller, Roman J. 1996. “Steroids.” IN: Magill’s Medical Guide: Health and Illness, Supplement. Salem Press: Pasadena, CA. pp. 1621-1624.
  • Miller, Roman J. 1996. “Human Development & Christian Ethics.” Gospel Herald, Scottdale, PA
  • Horst, Ryan C. and Miller, Roman J. 1995. “Tendon Disorders.” IN: Magill’s’ Medical Guide: Health and Illness. Magill, Frank (ed.). Salem Press: Pasadena, CA, pp. 749-750.
  • Horst, Ryan C. and Miller, Roman J. 1995. “Foot Disorders” IN Magill’s Medical Guide: Health and Illness. Salem Press: Pasadena, CA, pp. 303-305.
  • Miller, Roman J. 1994. “Abortion.” IN: Magill’s’ Survey of Science: Ethics. Magill, Frank (ed.). Salem Press: Pasadena, CA, pp. 3-6.
  • Miller, Elva B. and Miller, Roman J. 1994. “The eye and eye diseases.” IN: Magill’s’ Survey of Science: Medical Science. Magill, Frank (ed.). Salem Press: Pasadena, CA,
  • Swartz, Frank L. and Miller, Roman J. 1994. “Androgens and anabolic steroids.” IN: Modern Pharmacology, 4nd Edition. Craig, C. and Stitzel, R. (eds.). Little & Brown: Boston; pp. 761-773
  • Zook, Matthew B. and Miller, Roman J. 1994. “Morphometric post natal development of the mouse seminal vesicle.” Abstract. Virginia Journal of Science 45(2): 104.
  • Grimaldi, Mark R. and Miller, Roman J. 1994. “Morphometric characteristics of the mouse testis during post natal development periods.” Abstract. Virginia Journal of Science 45(2): 96.
  • Good, Peter A. and Miller, Roman J. 1994. “Morphometric post-natal development of the mouse epididymis.” Abstract. Virginia Journal of Science 45(2): 96.
  • Rittenhouse, John; Grimalid, Mark; Good, Peter; and Miller, Roman. 1993. “A quantitative histological assessment of male reproductive development in Swiss-Webster mice.” Abstract. Virginia Journal of Science 44(2): 173.
  • Miller, Roman J. 1993. “Microscopes.” IN: Magill’s’ Survey of Science: Life Science Series. Magill, Frank (ed.). Salem Press: Pasadena, CA, pp. 1697-1703
  • Yoder, Robert E.; Rittenhouse, John L; Leatherman, Judith L.; and Miller, Roman J. 1992. “Effects of fibroblast growth factor on accessory sex glands of prepubertal mice.” Virginia Journal of Science 43(2): 286.
  • Miller, Roman J. 1991. “Animal Cell Types.” IN: Magill, Frank N. (ed) Magill’s Survey of Science: Life Science Series. Salem Press: Pasadena, CA, pp. 105-111.
  • Miller, Roman J. 1991. “Growth in Animal Development.” IN: Magill’s’ Survey of Science: Life Science Series. Magill, Frank (ed.). Salem Press: Pasadena, CA, pp. 1240-1246.
  • Miller, Roman J. 1990. “Human Development and Christian Ethics.” Missionary Light 71 (March-April): 5-7.
  • Grove, Andy D. and Miller, Roman J. 1990. “Effects of pharmacological doses of estrogen on soluble proteins of the mouse prostate.” Abstract. Virginia Journal of Science 41(2): 106
  • Swartz, Frank L. and Miller, Roman J. 1990. “Chapter 68. Androgens and anabolic steroids.” IN Modern Pharmacology, 3rd edition. Craig, Charles R. and Stitzel, Robert E. (eds). Little, Brown and Company: Boston, pp. 891-909.
  • Lehman, Brenda; Smith, Roger; Leichty, Kerry; Kauffman, Clint; and Miller, Roman J. 1990. “Effects of androgen and epidermal growth factor interaction on the prepubertal development of the mouse accessory sex glands.” The Prostate 16:291-298.
  • Miller, Roman J. and Brubaker, Beryl, 1990. (co-editors). Bioethics and the Beginning of Life_. Herald Press: Scottdale, PA
  • Lee, R. David and Miller, Roman J. 1989. “Morphometric analysis of the effects of beta-estradiol on accessory sex glands of male Swiss-Webster mice.” Abstract. Virginia Journal of Science 40 (2): 97.
  • Derstine, T.H., Martin, B.K., and Miller, R.J. 1988. “Post-natal reproductive development in male Swiss-Webster mice.” Abstract. Journal of Andrology 9(1): 28P.
  • Smith, R., Lehman, B.L., Leichty, K.D., Kauffman, C., and Miller, R.J. 1988. “Interaction of epidermal growth factor with androgen in prepubertal development of the mouse seminal vesicle.” Abstract. Journal of Andrology 9(1): 28P.
  • Miller, Roman J. and Killian, Gary J. 1987. “Morphometric analyses of epididymides from normal and vasectomized rats.” Journal of Andrology 8:279-291
  • Mariotti, Angelo; Durham, John; Fredrickson, Richard; Miller, Roman; Butcher, Fred; and Mawhinney, Michael. 1987. “Actions and interactions of estradiol and retinoic acid in mouse anterior prostate gland.” Biology of Reproduction 37:1023-1035
  • Miller, Roman J.; Donovan, Michael P.; Frederickson, Richard G.; and Mawhinney, Michael G. 1986. “Simplified non-enzymatic technique for isolation of epithelium and muscle from the dog prostate gland.” The Prostate 9:85-96
  • Pence, R.P., Zehr, B.M., Martin, B.K., and Miller, R.J. 1986. “Mouse seminal vesicle respond to steroid treatment.” Abstract. American Zoologist 26(4): 31A.
  • Miller, Roman J. and Killian, Gary J. 1986. “Regional stereological analyses of rat epididymal cells.” Abstract. Transactions of the American Microscopical Society 105(1): 93.
  • Swartz, Frank L. and Miller, Roman J. 1986. “Chapter 65. Androgens and anabolic steroids.” IN: Modern Pharmacology, 2nd Edition. Craig, C. and Stitzel, R. (eds.). Little & Brown: Boston; pp. 905-924.
  • Durham, John P.; Butcher, Fred R.; Teoh, T.S.; Miller, Roman; and Mawhinney, Michael G. 1986. “Characterization and androgenic regulation of soluble protein kinases and protein phosphorylation in rat ventral prostate gland.” Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics 244(2):692-700
  • Miller, Roman and Mawhinney, Michael. 1985. “Retinoids inhibit cytosol estrogen binding in the dog prostate.” Abstract. Journal of Andrology 6(2 Suppl): 87P.
  • Miller, R.J.; Killian, G.J.; and Vasilenko, P. III. 1984. “Effects of long and short-term vasectomy on structural and functional parameters of the rat.” Journal of Andrology 5:381-388
  • Miller, R.J., Donovan, M.P., Frederickson, R.G., and Mawhinney, M.G. 1984. “Cytosolic estrogen binding in separated glandular and stromal tissues of normal dog prostates.” Abstract. Journal of Urology 131 (4 Part 2): 121A.
  • Miller, R. and Mawhinney, M. 1984. “Measurement of 5-alpha reductase activity in epithelium and muscle from normal and hypertrophied dog prostates using a rapid and simple tissue separation technique.” Abstract. Journal of Andrology 5(1): 17P.
  • Miller, R.J. and Killian, G.J. 1983. “Application of a FORTRAN computer program to quantify rat epididymal tissue and cell alterations induced by vasectomy.” Acta Stereological 2(Suppl 1):223-226
  • Miller, R.J. and Killian, G.J. 1983. “Rat epididymal halo cells have lymphocytic characteristics.” Biology of Reproduction 28(Suppl 1): 130.
  • Miller, Roman J. 1983. “The rat epididymis: morphmetric parameters, consequences of vasectomy, and halo cell characteristics.” Doctoral Dissertation, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
  • Miller, R.J. et al., 1983. “Age dependent effect of hemicastration on male rat reproductive capacity.” Journal of Andrology 4(1): 38.
  • Miller, R.J. and Van Haastert, P.J.M. 1982. “Characteristic activities of cyclic GMP phosphodiesterase from Dictyostelium discoideum.” Abstract. Ohio Journal of Science 82(April): 69.
  • Miller, R.J. and Killian, G.J. 1982. “Effects of short- and long-term vasectomy on anatomic, physiologic, immunologic, and hematologic parameters of the rat.” Abstract. Journal of Andrology 3(1): 37.
  • Miller, R..J., Purtillo, J.M., and Killian, G.J. 1982. “A user simplieifed FORTRAN computer program for stereological analysis of complex multicellualr organs.” Abstract. Transactions of the American Microscopical Society 101(1): 113.
  • Miller, R.J. and Killian, G.J., 1981. “A morphometric system employing stereological techniques and FORTRAN computer programming for quantifying cellular dynamics in the rat epididymis.” Abstract. Ohio Journal of Sciences 81 (April): 72.
  • Miller, R.J. 1977. “Toxicology of sublethal mercury levels in mice contrasted with protective aspects generated by dietary trace metals zinc and selenium.” Master’s Thesis, University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.
  • Miller, R., Goodpastor, W., Van Buren, D., Schaeufele, J. and Watson, L. 1977. “Effects of mercury exposure on immune response of mice.” Abstracts of the Annual Meeting, American Society of Microbiology.
  • Miller, R.J., Grimm, R., Goodpastor,W., Van Buren, G., Van Buren, D., and Watson, L.J. 1976. “Effect of mercury on immune response and increased susceptibility of mice to experimental infection. Abstract. American Zoology 16: 261.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
  • A. Kniss, E. Harnish, S. Cessna, & R. Miller, “Analysis of Anthocyanins and Total Phenolic Compounds in Blueberries: Method Development and Preliminary Results.” Poster Presentation at Virginia Academy of Sciences 91st Annual Meeting, May 23, 2013, Blacksburg, VA
  • Roman J. Miller, “Can Standard Soil Tests Predict Organic Blueberry Production in Plots with Different Soil Amendment Treatments?” Research Oral Presentation at Virginia Academy of Sciences 91st Annual Meeting, May 23, 2013, Blacksburg, VA
  • Roman J. Miller, “Developing Effective Bridge Programs” a panel presentation with John Reisel, David Tomasko, and David Matty at the NSF 2013 Division of Undergraduate Education STEP Grantees Meeting, March 14-15, 2013 at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
  • Bob Kolvoord, Robyn Puffenbarger, Roman Miller, Ken Phillips, and Jennifer Sowers, “Bridging the Valley: A STEP Ahead for STEM Majors,” Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the NSF-STEM education group, March 15-16, 2013, Arlington, VA
  • Roman J. Miller, “Will a Transdisciplinary Premedical Program Successfully Change Student Attitudes?” Poster Presentation at National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP), June 23, 2012, Baltimore, MD
  • Roman J. Miller, Research Oral Presentation at Virginia Academy of Sciences 90th Annual Meeting, May 24, 2012, “Creating Conditions for a Small Sustainable Commercial Organic Blueberry Operation: Early Findings and Assessments.”
  • Roman J. Miller, “Verifying Changing Student Attitudes in a Transdisciplinary Premedical Program,” Poster Presentation at American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), March 2012, Washington, D.C.
  • Student Research Oral Presentation at Virginia Academy of Sciences 90th Annual Meeting, May 24, 2012.
    • Jonathan D. Fretz, Paula. A. Gutierrez, Roman J. Miller, “Foliar Analysis of Blueberry Leaves: Looking at Micronutrients through Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy.”
  • Roman J. Miller, “Verifying Changing Student Attitudes in a Transdisciplinary Premedical Program,” poster presentation at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, March 28-30, 2012, Washington, D.C.
  • Bob Kolvoord, Robyn Puffenbarger, Roman Miller, Ken Phillips, and Jennifer Sowers, “Bridging the Valley: A STEP Ahead for STEM Majors,” Poster presentation at the annual meeting of the NSF-STEM education group, March 15-16, 2012, Arlington, VA
  • Student Research Presentation at Virginia Academy of Sciences 89th Annual Meeting, May 26, 2011.
    • Braydon Hoover, Denay Fuglie, and Roman Miller, “Optimal Growth Conditions Across Organic Blueberry Cultivars and Soil Treatments.”
  • Invited presentation at Future Harvest CASA 12th Annual Conference, The Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, Reisterstown, Maryland, January 15, 2011. “Experimental Approaches to Sustainable Blueberry Production”
  • Sponsored Four Student Research Presentations at Virginia Academy of Sciences 88th Annual Meeting, May 21, 2010, held at James Madison University:
    • Jeremiah Vallotton and Roman Miller, “Effects of Different Organic Applicants on Soil Conditions for Blueberry Production”;
    • Allison Glick, Denay Fuglie, Braydon Hoover, and Roman Miller, “Foliar Micronutrient Analysis for Organic Highbush Blueberry Production”;
    • Nathan Derstine, Ben Ruth, and Roman Miller, “Responsive Changes to the Post Pubertal Mouse Testis and Epididymis Following Neonatal Exposure to Genistein and Estradiol”;
    • Katie Lehman, Jackson Maust, Brittany Kropf, Kristina Landis, and Roman Miller, “Murine Fertility Following Neonatal Exposure to Genistein and Estrogen.”
  • Invited lectures with honorarium at Loma Linda Medical School, Loma Linda, CA, January 31,2008, “An Anabaptist Perspective on Cloning" and "Viewing the Early Human Embryo through Anabaptist Eyes.”
  • Invited lecture with honorarium at Greenville College, Greenville, IL December 1, 2006, “Virtue Ethics through Anabaptist Eyes.”
  • Attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, October 26-29, 2006, Denver, CO. Presented paper: “Virtue Ethics: An Anabaptist Perspective”.
  • Attended Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Society at Calvin College, July 29-31, 2006. Presented paper: “Virtue Ethics through Anabaptist Eyes.” Chaired the annual “Publications Breakfast Meeting” on July 30 and led the discussion on the publication efforts of the society.
  • Invited EMU Chapel presentation; September 21, 2005; “How Does Christian Faith Relate to Science? Issues of Anthropology”
  • Invited EMS Chapel presentation, October 11, 2005, “How Does Christian Faith Relate to Science? Issues of Anthropology”
  • Invited Moderator of a Paper Presentation Session entitled, “Evolution” for the Annual Conference “Continuity + Change: Perspectives on Science and Religion, June 3-7, 2006, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; hosted by the Metanexus Institute
  • American Scientific Affiliation Annual Meeting, Trinity Western University, Vancouver Canada, July 22-26, 2005; led a symposium for the PSCF Board Members, “Roundtable Discussion on ASA publications.”
  • Attended Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Society at Messiah College, August 5-8, 2005. Chaired the annual “Publications Breakfast Meeting” on August 8 and led the discussion on the publication efforts of the society.
  • “Ethics of Biotechnology: Viewing New Creations through Anabaptist Eyes,” organized and led through a committee structure this national bioethics conference on the campus of Eastern Mennonite University, November 13-15, 2003; managed budget of $65,000 and was involved in fund-raising, speaker selection, and moderating conference sessions for over 1000 registrants from EMU, Bridgewater College, and James Madison University; Keynote speakers were selected from across the US and Canada.
  • American Scientific Affiliation, Annual Meeting, 7/22 – 7/26/04, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada; Presented a seminar/paper: “Virtue Ethics: An Anabaptist Perspective.”
  • American Physiological Society, Annual Meeting, 4/18/04, Washington, D.C. Gave a PowerPoint Presentation on “Integration of Faith & Science: Issues and Perspectives” for a seminar group.
  • American Scientific Affiliation, Annual Meeting, 2002, Presented a seminar/paper: “Pedagogical Strategies that Integrate Science and Christian Faith”
  • “Asking the Right Questions: Christian Faith and the Choice of Research Topic in the Natural and Applied Sciences.” October 13-15, 2000, University of St. Mary’s of the Lake, Mundelein, IL, sponsored by InterVarsity Graduate Faculty Ministries. (invited attendee; interviewed presentors and participants in preparation for upcoming publication of proceedings sponsored jointly by Intervarsity Graduate Faculty Ministries and American Scientific Affiliation)
  • American Scientific Affiliation Annual Meeting, Gordon College, MA, August 3-7, 2000; led a symposium for the PSCF Board Members, “Issues relating to ASA publications.”
Church, Community and Professional Service

Church: Selected Recent Sermons & Presentations

  • “Loving God with your mind” exposition on Mark 12:28-34, May 20, 2012, Dayton Mennonite Church, Dayton, Virginia
  • “Ephphatha: Be Opened” exposition on Mark 7:31-37, October 16, 2011, Dayton Mennonite Church, Dayton, Virginia
  • “Attachment: Perspectives from Biology and Anabaptism”, June 20, 2010, Dayton Mennonite Church, Dayton, VA.
  • “Bioethical Issues: Death & Dying and Viewing the Human Embryo”, January 17, 2009. Retreat for pastors and congregational leaders, Mountain Valley Mennonite Churches, Highland Retreat Center, Bergton, VA.
  • “Death, Choosing Death, and Dying”, November 8, 2008 at Fraternal Anabaptist Fellowship, Lancaster, PA
  • “Politics and the Church” 7/17/08, Dayton Mennonite Church, Dayton, VA
  • “Death, Destiny, and Deliverance” 5/28/08, A message for the funeral of Mary Rhodes, Dayton Mennonite Church, Dayton, VA
  • “Humility: An Anabaptist Perspective” 5/20/07, Hartville Conservative Mennonite Church, Hartville, OH
  • “An Anabaptist Understanding on Spirituality” 1/28/07, Morning View Mennonite Church, Singers Glen, VA.
  • “Determinism versus Free Will: Insights from Science and Scripture” 4/30/06, Morning View Mennonite Church, Singers Glen, VA
  • “Reconciliation” 5/21/06, Dayton Mennonite Church, Dayton, VA
  • “Qualities of an Elder” 4/10/05, Faith Mennonite Church, South Boston, VA
  • “People of Principle” 11/14/04, Dayton Mennonite Church, Dayton VA
  • “Learning from the Recabites: Jeremiah 35” 10/3/04, Faith Mennonite Church, South Boston, VA and 8/22/04 Morning View Mennonite Church, Singers Glen, Virginia
  • “Have You Ever Been Driven Up a Tree? Luke 19” 3/21/04, Salem Mennonite Church, Baker, WV
  • “Divine Humility” 8/31/03 Morning View Mennonite Church, Singers Glen, VA
  • “How Shall We Then Live?” 12/15/02 Faith Mennonite Church, South Boston, VA
  • “These Five Things I Do Know: Job 19: 23-29” 3/31/02 Dayton Mennonite Church, Dayton, VA
  • “A Tale of Three Priests: A Saga on Christian Education” 2/4/01, Ridgeview Mennonite Church, Lancaster, PA
  • “Thyratira: Tireless and Tolerant: Revelation 2:18-29,” 10/29/00, Dayton Mennonite Church
  • “Rooting Out Tolerance: A Lesson from Pergamun, Revelation 2:12-17” 3/12/00 Dayton Mennonite Church & 10/8/00 Bethel Mennonite Church
  • “Service of Love: John 13: 1-17” 10/1/00 Morning View Mennonite Church
  • “Conversion: Encounter with Jesus: Acts 9:1-31” 5/7/00 Dayton Mennonite Church
  • “Permanence of Marriage: Mark 10:1-12”, 3/5/00, Morning View Mennonite Church

Church: Roles/Activities

  • Former Overseer for Mountain Valley Mennonite Churches (MVMC) from 1994-2005 which included a cluster of five congregations. Functioned as pastor to the leadership teams of these five congregations and chaired the “Spiritual Discernment Committee.”
    • Co-chaired Bi-monthly MVMC Council Meetings
    • Organized and lead District-wide events and meetings for inspiration and nurture
    • Participated with Pastoral Search Committees in calling persons into ministry
    • Attended and participated in selected meetings and activities of the broader Mennonite Church in various conferences
  • Adult Sunday School substitute teacher, teach “Open Circle” mixed adult class at Dayton Mennonite about one time/month.
  • Direct “Mountain Valley Mennonite Men Ensemble” a cappella ensemble of twelve men that sing in four-part harmony selected hymns, gospel songs, and spirituals; give programs at various congregations and area facilities
  • Member of Dayton Mennonite Men’s Quartet, a cappella quartet of men who sing hymns and gospels songs and give programs at various congregations and area facilities.
    Church: Planned & Implemented Programming Events
  • Officiated at Bi-annual Communion Service/Ceremony, Dayton Mennonite Church 5/29/05
  • Organized and led a church leadership retreat entitled, “Anabaptist Views on Church,” a consultation held for credential leaders of Mountain Valley Mennonite Church congregations at Highland Retreat Center, January 14 & 15, 2005.
  • “A Presence Based Life,” a consultation held for credential leaders of Mountain Valley Mennonite Church congregations at Highland Retreat Center, January 9 & 10, 2004.
  • “Equipping the Saints” a consultation held for credential leaders of Mountain Valley Mennonite Church congregations at Highland Retreat Center, November 15 & 16, 2004.
  • “Consultation for Direction and Mission,” consultation held for credentialed leaders of Mt. Valley District at Highland Retreat Center, November 10 & 11, 2000.
  • “Consultation: Issues of Sexuality in the Congregation”, Enos Martin resource speaker, March 24, 2000, at Bethel Mennonite Church for Mt. Valley District congregational leaders.
  • Harrisonburg Tent Crusade for Christ, August 1999; week long tent revival campaign with Glen Sell, evangelist, held on the campus of Eastern Mennonite High School
  • “How to Be a Christian Parent in a Pagan Culture,” conference and workshop, October 1998, held on the campus of Eastern Mennonite High School.

Community: Activities

  • Research Mentor and Advisor (2012-2013 academic year) to two Eastern Mennonite High School Students — Stephanie Anders & Hannah DePoy — for their senior research project, “The Effects of Vitamin C on Embryonic Development.”
  • Judge for Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences Presentations, Medical Sciences Division, May 22, 2013; Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Judge for Shenandoah Regional Science Fair, Animal Sciences Division, March 6, 2012, James Madison University.
  • Judge for Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences Presentations, Medical Sciences Division, May 20, 2010; James Madison University
  • Judge for High School & Junior High Science Fair, Calvary Christian Academy, Mt. Clinton, VA. February 22, 2008.
  • Harrisonburg-Rockingham Emergency Preparedness Task Force, Team member representing EMU (New appointment, 2007).
  • Former Member of Rockingham County Sheep and Wool Association, Board of Directors (2000-2005)
  • Judge, Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences, Medical/Health Division, May 18, 2005. Reviewed and critiqued science presentations by Virginia junior high and high school students.
  • Presented Forum: “Ethics of Human Cloning” Roman Miller, March 15, 2002, at the 9th Annual Biotechnology Symposium, Harrisonburg High School, Harrisonburg, VA.
  • Presented Forum: “Science & Christian Faith” Roman Miller and Richard Bowman, October 8, 2000 at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Center, Harrisonburg, VA

Professional Service

  • Chair of Agriculture, Forestry, and Aquaculture Division, Virginia Academy of Sciences, 2012 – Present
  • Member of Education Committee, Virginia Academy of Sciences, 2012 – Present
  • Editor of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the quarterly journal of the American Scientific Affiliation from 1999-2007.
Honors, Awards and Grants
  • Honors & Awards
    • 2009-2010 Year Long Sabbatical Project “Investigating Three Creations: Biomedical Graduate Program, Attachment, and Organic Blueberry Production”
    • 2008 Received Faculty Teaching Grant from EMU ($1000) for new course development
    • 2000 Named as an honorary “Fellow” in the American Scientific Affiliation
    • 1999-2007 Appointed as Editor of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the journal of the American Scientific Affiliation.
    • 1986-Present Occupant of the Daniel B. Suter Endowed Chair in Biology. Hold this endowed position that provides funds for service and scholarship.
    • Concluded fifth year as a member of Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society which was largely sponsored by a three-year grant ($15,000 for three years) which I co-wrote with Ann Hershberger during the Spring of 2005. Then this organization was extended with a second grant written with Christian Early to the Templeton Foundation (Metanexus)
  • Grants
    • PI on USDA Block Grant (2011-546) through Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Commonwealth of Virginia, “Sustaining Organic Blueberry Production: Analysis of Practices and Assessing Outcomes,” two year project (2011-2013) $26,300.
    • PI on USDA Block Grant (2008-427) through Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Commonwealth of Virginia, “Creating Conditions for a Small Sustainable Commercial Organic Blueberry Operation,” two-year project (2009-2011); $18,666.
    • Co-PI on NSF Grant “Bridging the Valley: A STEP Ahead for STEM Majors” with Bob Kolvoord, JMU PI and Project Director in partnership with BRCC, BC, EMU, and SRI. Two year extension with additional funding, (2011-2013) EMU Subaward $36,500 annually.
    • 2009-12 Templeton Foundation Award through the Local Society Initiative. Functioned as co-grant writer and Steering Committee Member for the Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society (SASS). $42,000 Grant award awarded over a period of three years for project, “A Transdisciplinary Exploration of Attachment through Anabaptist Eyes.”
    • Co-PI on NSF Grant “Bridging the Valley: A STEP Ahead for STEM Majors” with Bob Kolvoord, JMU PI and Project Director in partnership with BRCC, BC, EMU, and SRI. Three year grant, (2008-2011) EMU Subaward $34,508 annually.
    • 2005-7 Templeton Foundation Award through the Local Society Initiative. Functioned as co-grant writer and co-organizer for the new Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society (SASS). $15,000 Grant award awarded over a period of three years.
    • 2004 Templeton/ASA Lecture Series (a competitive grant program; $4500 was awarded to EMU in order to bring two speakers – Owen Gingerich and Richard Wright — to the campus for seminar presentations during the Fall Semester.
    • 1986-Present. Daniel B. Suter Endowed Chair; Program monies for student/faculty research ($3,000/yearly for student directed research or for biology department program enhancement; average total budget $12,000) $6,000 annually, shared with other Biology faculty who are involved in directing student research projects.
    • 1990-1992 Miller, Roman J. Principal Investigator; Brubaker, Kenton, Co-Investigator, National Science Foundation, Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement Program. ($65,771, 1:1 matching grant) “Biology as Inquiry and Biochemical Investigations: Revitalizing and Modernizing a Freshman Biology Majors Course Sequence.” Award Period: April 15, 1990 – April 15, 1992.
    • 1985 Recipient of National Kidney Foundation Individual Research Fellowship ($17,000 annually)
    • 1984-1985 Co-investigator on National Institutes of Health Research Grant (Michael G. Mawhinney, PI) (R01 AM33735-01). ($81,000 annually).
    • 1982-1984 Salary Support by Endocrinology Training Grant, National Institutes of Health (T-32-AM07312-0551) postdoctoral research fellow (1982-1984)
Certifications and Licenses

Restricted Schedule II & III Drug License #0220000281, Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health Professions

Professional Memberships
  • American Scientific Affiliation (Named as “Fellow” in this organization)
  • American Society of Andrology
  • American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
  • American Society for Horticultural Science
  • BioLogos
  • Christian Medical & Dental Associations
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
  • Sigma Xi, Society for Scientific Research (Member of Shenandoah Valley Chapter)
  • Virginia Academy of Science (Current Chair of Agriculture, Forestry, and Aquaculture Division; also VAS Science Education Committee member, 2012-2015)
  • Virginia Association for Biological Farming
Professional Conferences Attended
  • Virginia Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, April 22-23, 2013, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • Virginia Health Professions Advisors Workshop, April 24, 2013, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • “There is NO “I” in Team", Health Professions Advisors Conference, Southern Association of Advisors for the Health Professions 11th Biannual Meeting, April 4-7, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Health Professions Advisors Conference, March 1-2, 2013, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV
  • National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP), June 20-24, 2012, Baltimore, MD
  • American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, March 28-30, 2012, Washington, D.C.
  • NSF-STEM education grant annual conference, “STEP 2012: Building a STEP Community of Practice,” March 15-16, 2012, Arlington, VA
  • “Day at the Medical Center” University of Virginia, March 13, 2012. Attended this meeting of premedical advisors, taking along three EMU undergraduate premedicine students to visit the medical school and facilities.
  • Virginia Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, May 26, 2011. University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
  • Future Harvest CASA 12th Annual Conference, The Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center, Reisterstown, Maryland, January 15, 2011.
    *Health Professions Advisors Meeting, March 11 & 12, 2011, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV
  • Virginia Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, May 21, 2010. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
    *Health Professions Advisors Meeting, March 6 & 7, 2009, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, WV
  • “Day at the Medical Center” University of Virginia, March 11, 2008. Attended this meeting of premedical advisors and premedicine students to visit the medical school and facilities.
New Courses Taught
  • 2013-2014
    • BMC 621 Biomedicine Transdiscipline Seminar III (Fall) with Julia Halterman
    • BMC 622 Biomedicine Transdiscipline Seminar IV (Spring) with Carolyn Stauffer
  • 2012-2013
    • BMC 601 Biomedicine Transdiscipline Seminar I (Fall) with Carolyn Stauffer
    • BMC 602 Biomedicine Transdiscipline Seminar II (Spring) with Galen Lehman
  • Annually:
    • BIOL 421 Mammalian Physiology/BMC 562 Human Physiology (4 SH), 2 lab sections
    • BIOL 302 Developmental Biology/BMC 551 Developmental Biology (4 SH), 1 lab section
    • BIOL 461,462 Biology Research (1-2 SH) Independent research students: for academic year 2012-2013 supervised students: Brad Billings, Alejandra Gutierrez, and Holly Solomon; for academic year 2013-2014 will supervise Holly Solomon (continuing), Matthew Rhodes and Ilya Pidroutchniak.
  • Periodically:
    • BIOL 231 Animal Form and Function (4 SH), New Course, Fall 2005
    • BIOL 192 Physical Anthropology (3 SH) New course Spring 2009
    • BIOL 211/2 Life Science Practicum (1 SH) coordinator & supervisory role
    • SRSEM 401/3 Issues and Values in Science (2 SH), Team taught; Gen Ed. Course
EMU Service
  • Current Committees
    • MA in Biomedicine Advisory Committee, Chair (2011-present)
    • Member of the Commission for the Sciences, (2010-present). A committee designed to encourage participation in the EMU Science Center Building Campaign
    • Animal Care and Use Committee member (2010 and continuing to present). Functions to monitor and approve use of animals in research projects.
    • Shenandoah Anabaptist Science Society, Steering Committee, 2005-2013
  • Presentations Outside of Class
    • “Writing Grant Proposals.” Kairos Place luncheon presentation, May 17, 2013
    • “Vision for the Sciences” presentations for area alumni meetings in Ohio and Pennsylvania (2009-2010).
      **"Finding Place within the Biology Department and Discipline" with Kelly Smucker, Senior Biology major and co-presenter at Tuesday Faculty Luncheon forum, February 3, 2009.
    • “Biological Anthropology: Issues in Science & Theology”, May 2008, Guest presentation for Issues and Values in Science, May Summer term course; Tara Kishbaugh, instructor
    • “This I Believe: Walking Humbly, the Neglected Virtue”, EMU Chapel Talk, April 2, 2008.
    • “Issues in Abortion and Embryonic Stem Cell Research,” April 2007, Guest presentation for REL 312 Ethics in the Way of Jesus, Ted Grimsrud, Course Instructor
    • PPHS Programs at EMU”, Summit for the Sciences, EMU Suter Science Center, February 17, 2007.