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A.J. Jeck Wins Dr. James Robert Miller Annual Best Philosophy Thesis Award for 2016

Anthony (A.J.) Jeck

Anthony (A.J.) Jeck, a philosophy B.A. graduate in May 2016, was this year’s winner of the Dr. James Robert Miller Annual Best Philosophy Thesis Award. The award is given to the student who writes the best senior philosophy thesis based on the determination of a committee of at least five members of the EKU Philosophy and Religion Department faculty. Jeck’s thesis, Conflicts between Parental Rights and Physician Duty to Care in Healthcare Settings, addresses the ethical dilemmas faced by physicians when there is a conflict between parents' wishes for the treatment of their children and the physician's judgment about the best course of treatment for the pediatric patient. Dr. Matthew Pianalto of the Philosophy and Religion Department was the faculty advisor for Jeck's thesis.

As of August 2016, Jeck has begun medical school at the University of Kentuck College of Medicine (and is pictured above in his white coat received at the White Coat Ceremony for entering medical students). Congratulations and Good Luck, AJ!

The thesis award was established to honor the memory of Dr. James Robert Miller, long-time chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department, who taught at EKU from 1971 until his retirement in 2001 and is fondly remembered as a terrific teacher, tenacious debater, and practical joker who kept his campus colleagues always on their toes with his antics. Dr. Miller was also active in the EKU Faculty Senate, serving many years as its parliamentarian. The fund that supports the award is sustained by multiple donors and gifts to EKU in his name. Thanks to the profound generosity of Donald K. Miller, Dr. Miller’s brother, the monetary prize that accompanies the award each year has been increased from $100 to $500.

Published on August 18, 2016

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