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Ken Weiss

by SKeira Aug 21, 2018
Ken Weiss

Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Genetics

Department of Anthropology

College of the Liberal Arts

523 Carpenter Building
University Park, PA 16802

Office Phone: (814) 865-0989


  1. Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1972
  2. B.A., Oberlin College, 1963


Honors and Awards:

  1. Evan Pugh Professor (Penn State)
  2. Fellow, AAAS

Research Interests:

Dr. Weiss has worked on many problems in the nature of complex genetic, epidemiological, and evolutionary causation, having applied these interests to human disease, human population variation, and developmental genetics of skeletal traits.  He is interested in the ethical and societal implications of what we know about these areas and the epistemological problems that we face.  The history and philosophy of science are also important but under-appreciated aspects of a proper and ethical understanding of science and its role in society, which are highly relevant to the Rock Ethics Institute.

He has been active in various Rock activities, administration, seminar series, and faculty recruitment since the Institute was founded, and in Penn State Science, Technology and Society organizations before that.

Though formally retired, he still interacts with students and is glad to meet with any for whom his interests are relevant.