Sue Ann Miller
Professor of Embryology and Anatomy

E-mail: smiller


"Our real teacher has been and still is the embryo, who is, incidentally, the only teacher who is always right."
-- Viktor Hamburger 1900-2001
"Models come and go; the embryo is never wrong." -- Elizabeth D. Hay 1927-2007 as reported by Drew Noden
"Your body is a committee of parts. Aging parts can be serially obnoxious and vociferous committee members, and the committee adjourns when an essential member fails to do its part and others are unable to take up the slack." -- Sue Ann Miller


Courses I Taught

Selected Thoughts on Teaching, Learning, Evaluating, and Grading

Health Professions Advisory Committee 1975-2015

Sigma Xi, the scientific research society- Hamilton College Chapter

If you are wondering what this image is, go to pictures.

"The nature lover is not looking for mere facts, but for meanings, for something he can translate into the terms of his own life. " - John Burroughs 1
"... I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my sense put in tune. ... "
- John Burroughs 2
"There is no Wi-Fi in the forest, but I promise you will find a better connection."
- Unknown
"One day's exposure to mountains is better than cartloads of books. " - John Muir

. . . parent, mountain hiker, skier, traveler . . .

At 15,000' on the way to Kibo-Kilimanjaro ©1969 SAMiller


  • Ph.D. Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.
    University of Colorado, Boulder. 1973
  • M.A. Environmental, Population and Organismal Biology.
    University of Colorado, Boulder. 1971
  • B.A. Zoology and Botany. University of Colorado, Boulder. 1969

Previous Academic Employment

  • Harvard Medical School, Research Fellow in Anatomy
  • Oberlin College, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Kirkland College, Assistant Professor of Biology



Late summer sunrise on Mt. Toll,
Colorado ©1970 SAMiller

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." - St. Augustine

. . . amateur artist . . .

. . . practicing Yogini . . .

Memberships in Professional Societies

Family cat studying future professor
pencil, 1968
© SAMiller

. . . and cyclist/Spinner

"... nothing can be more improving to a young naturalist, than a journey in distant countries." - Charles Darwin 1845
"It is the fate of most voyagers, no sooner to discover what is most interesting in any locality, than they are hurried from it..."- Charles Darwin 3

Sources of quotations (information always welcome) :

1. John Burroughs (1837-1921) a thoughtful naturalist who traveled with famous contemporaries. His home was on a modest farm in the NW Catskills of Upstate NY.
2. Burroughs, John 1912. " The Gospel of Nature" in Time and Change. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, pp.273-279
3. Darwin, Charles, 1845. Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited during the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World [2nd ed.]. London: John Murray, 519 pp N.B. This was later published as the book known as The Voyage of the Beagle. The quote is part of a passage that marks the first major insight that began to undermine Darwin's belief in the prevailing notion of species as special creations.

Last Modified: May 2016