Clark Miller, Political Science, (515) 294-7256
Dave Gieseke, LAS Public Relations, (515) 294-7742
Skip Derra, News Service, (515) 294-4917


AMES, Iowa – Clark Miller, assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University and a research scientist with the International Institute for Theoretical and Applied Physics, is the recipient of a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The CAREER award is NSF's most prestigious honor for junior faculty members. NSF established the award program in 1995 to help scientists and engineers early in their careers.

Miller was awarded $199,300 for a four-year project on sustainable development, "Indicators of Sustainability: Science and Democracy in the Making." Sustainable development takes into account society's dependence on nature when formulating its economic and social policies.

"The idea is to take standard economic and social indicators that the world has used to make policies with over the last 50 years and redesign them based on their environmental impact," Miller said. "Cutting down a tree and turning that tree into lumber is an indicator of GNP. But that indicator doesn't take into account that by cutting down the tree we are using up a bit of our natural resources."

Indicators of sustainable development would take into account whether additional trees are planted to replace those cut down. Miller plans to study how science and governance are changing as people grapple with the challenges of globalization and ecological degradation at both a local and national levels in the United States and Great Britain.

"The study will seek to explain how the development of new standards for quantitatively measuring human welfare and well-being are linked to the reformation of social and political identities, public participation and criteria of expertise in democratic societies," Miller said.

A faculty member at ISU since 1998, Miller completed his undergraduate and graduate work in electrical engineering. His postdoctoral fellowship was at the Belfer Center for Science and Technology and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University.

The International Institute for Theoretical and Applied Physics is a collaboration between Iowa State and the United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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