Eugenie Scott, for more than 26 years the executive director of the National Center for Science Education, has announced her retirement by the end of 2013. I remember hearing her first interview on the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe episode no. 42, and got a big kick out of hearing about the humorous Project Steve, which of course Creationists just didn’t “get,” with the silly song by the Steves (and Stephanies) at the end of the episode based on Monty Python’s “Spam.” Scott strikes me as being a rather likeable sort, and incredibly tough too, considering her work record over the years.
“It’s a good time to retire, with our new climate change initiative off
to a strong start and with the staff energized and excited by the new
challenges ahead, The person who replaces me will find a strong staff, a strong set of programs, and a strong board of directors.”
I’m sure that the NCSE will choose a good successor, and I hope to hear more of
her Eugenie after her retirement, but she’s done good work in the fight against creationism, its offshoot intelligent design, and climate change denial too.
Good show, ‘Genie. Get a well-deserved rest, and thanks for a job well done!
Here, Lawrence Krauss makes a good point that just because a lot of people believe something doesn’t mean that something deserves time in the classroom, especially something as foolish as creationism. Will I offend by posting this? No doubt, but I find the teaching of religious doctrines like creationism in public school science classes to be pretty reprehensible.
Study-time and life issues force me to slow down posting this week. I’ll try to squeeze in time for a post when I can.
Here’s the Science Guy’s take on the creationism and evolution debate that’s been floating around lately.
Good evening. This week there’s not much that’s been going on, save more study and less internet time, so this will be a minimalist post. I’ll be posting blog stat updates for the week with this entry, the 1,833rd published thus far:
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This week on the Call was posted:
…and posted only hours ago,
Elsewhere, there was posted,
The Threat of Monkey-Faced Jesus (It’s not what you may think.)