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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Eugenie Scott, National Center for Science Education (NCSE)

Dr. Eugenie Scott

Dr. Eugenie Scott, a former anthropology professor, is the former Executive Director of NCSE. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty-five years, tackling educational, legal, scientific, religious, and social issues. She has received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from scientific societies, educational societies, skeptics groups, and humanist groups. Among her most notable recent honors: the Public Service Medal (National Academy of Sciences), the Fellows Medal (California Academy of Sciences), the first Stephen Jay Gould Prize (Society for the Study of Evolution), and inclusion in the Scientific American 10 (which also includes Barack Obama and Bill Gates.) Dr. Scott holds nine honorary degrees. Scott is the author of Evolution vs. Creationism and co-editor, with Glenn Branch, of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools.

 

Why Dobzhansky Was Right

The famous geneticist Theodosious Dobzhansky once wrote “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except In the Light of Evolution”, and modern biologists agree. By “making sense”, Dobzhansky meant to explain why things are like they are rather than some other way. That living things have descended with modification from common ancestors is the key to understanding virtually every area in biology from biochemistry, to cell biology, to organismic biology, to population biology, to ecology. Evolution is the glue that holds biology together as a coherent science, making, in Dobzhansky’s words, a “meaningful picture as a whole.”