Eugenie Scott

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott is executive director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., a not-for-profit membership organization of scientists, teachers and others who work to improve the teaching of evolution and of science as a way of knowing. It opposes the teaching of “scientific” creationism and other religiously-based views in science classes.

A former college professor, Scott lectures widely, and is called upon by various media to explain science and evolution to the general public. She is the author of Evolution vs Creationism: An Introduction, co-editor (with Glenn Branch) of Not In Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools, and the author of many articles in science journals.

Scott has served as president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and has been honored by both scientists and educators in having been awarded the National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal, the National Science Board Public Service Award, the AIBS Outstanding Service Award, the Geological Society of America Public Service Award, the AAAS Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, the California Science Teachers Association Distinguished Service Award, and the National Association of Biology Teachers Honorary Membership award, “the association’s highest honor.” In 2009, Scientific American named her “one of 10 outstanding leaders involved in research, business or policy pursuits that have advanced science and technology.”

Scott holds honorary D.Sc. degrees from McGill University, Ohio State University, Mt. Holyoke University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rutgers University, the University of New Mexico and Colorado College, and was awarded the University Medal from the University of California, San Francisco.

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