"Science On and Off The Hill"
26th Everett H. Pryde '39 Lecture: Dr. Sarah M. Miller '03, National Science Foundation
In 1986, the Everett H. Pryde Fund was established by Mrs. Phyllis W. Pryde in honor of her late husband. The Pryde Fund is used to bring to the college distinguished alumni who specialize in the field of chemistry, each of whom presents a lecture/seminar, and to honor seniors who are outstanding research assistants in chemistry.
Sarah Miller believes that everyone deserves clean water, wherever they live, whatever their means. Trained as an environmental engineer, she invented and patented a bio-based agent for removing arsenic from water supplies in the developing world. During her doctoral studies at Yale, she conducted research in India, where arsenic contamination of the groundwater has devastated many rural communities.
Sarah also believes that every child deserves an excellent education. She has worked in inner-city public schools in California and Connecticut and in the Admissions Office of Amherst College, where she earned a B.A. in chemistry. As a member of the Teach For America corps, she taught middle-school math and science in East Palo Alto, Calif., and as a senior administrator, she helped New Haven, Conn., reinvent a low-performing K-8 school, located less than a mile from Yale's campus. Sarah currently works as an AAAS Science Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation.