Sept. 24, 2007
By Anita Martin
Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, will present this year's Frontiers in Science lecture, "From Scopes to the Creation Museum: The Persistence of Antievolutionism," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in Ohio University's Templeton Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Scott's lecture will examine the origins of the creation science movement and its modern day manifestations, with an emphasis on Ohio. It will be followed by a question and answer session.
"The controversy between evolutionary biology and religion is not new, but has been growing again in recent years within the United States," said Molly Morris, associate professor of biological sciences and a member of the Frontiers in Science Committee. "Understanding the history of creationism and intelligent design, and why Darwinian evolution presents a challenge to some theological positions, is important for all of us as citizens."
The National Center for Science Education that Scott heads is in Oakland, Calif. It is a not-for-profit membership organization of scientists, teachers and others working to improve the teaching of evolution and science. The center opposes the advocacy of creationism and other religion-based views in science classes.
Scott also is president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. She has served on the board of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study and on advisory counsels of several church-and-state separation organizations, and has held elective offices in the American Anthropological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
She has received the Bruce Alberts Award of the American Society for Cell Biology, the Isaac Asimov Science Award from the American Humanist Association, the First Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation, the James Randi Award from the Skeptic Society and a Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Missouri College of Arts and Sciences.
Jeanette Grasselli Brown, an alumna and former member the Ohio University Board of Trustees, and her husband, Glenn R. Brown, endowed the Frontiers in Science Lecture Series in 1999 with a contribution to The Ohio University Foundation. Grasselli Brown was a distinguished visiting professor and director of research enhancement at Ohio University from 1989 to 1995 following her retirement as director of corporate research and development at BP America.