PvM posted Entry 2922 on February 20, 2007 09:48 PM.
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From the NCSE Eugenie C. Scott honored by AAAS

NCSE’s executive director Eugenie C. Scott, along with nine science teachers who have been on the front lines of the evolution wars, is receiving the American Association for Advancement of Science’s 2006 Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility. A press release from AAAS describes Scott as “tireless in her efforts to offer assistance and information to those trying to stop local and statewide efforts to undermine science education,” adding, “She has led workshops, conferences and seminars for teachers and others to explain the well-established scientific basis for evolutionary theory and why ‘intelligent design’ fails to meet science criteria.” Scott will receive the award on February 17, 2007, at the AAAS’s annual meeting in San Francisco.

Sharing the award are eight teachers from Dover, Pennsylvania, who refused to read the disclaimer mandated by the Dover Area School Board: Brian Bahn, Vickie Davis, Robert Eshbach, Bertha Spahr, Robert Linker, Jennifer Miller, Leslie Prall, and David Taylor. The constitutionality of the disclaimer and the policy that it implemented was successfully challenged in Kitzmiller v. Dover. Also sharing the award is R. Wesley McCoy, head of the science department at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Georgia, who publicly opposed the Cobb County School Board’s evolution warning sticker. The sticker was removed after the decision in Selman v. Cobb County; although that decision was vacated, the terms of a settlement reached in lieu of a re-trial ensure that the sticker will not return.

According to the AAAS’s press release, “The Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award is presented annually by AAAS to honor individual scientists and engineers or organizations for exemplary actions that help foster scientific freedom and responsibility. The award recognizes outstanding efforts to protect the public’s health, safety or welfare; to focus public attention on potential impacts of science and technology; to establish new precedents in carrying out social responsibilities; or to defend the professional freedom of scientists and engineers.” Founded in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal Science.

Congratulations to a great organization (NCSE) and its great people.

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Comment #161930

Posted by Sir_Toejam on February 20, 2007 10:23 PM (e)

uh, do you see the syntax errors, or is it just me?

Comment #161932

Posted by Reed A. Cartwright on February 20, 2007 10:26 PM (e)

Fixed

Comment #161942

Posted by Sir_Toejam on February 20, 2007 11:09 PM (e)

ahh, better.

thanks Reed.

congrats to Genie.

nice carrot.

The Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award is presented annually by AAAS to honor individual scientists and engineers or organizations for exemplary actions that help foster scientific freedom and responsibility.

I’m curious as to how this award got started, and when. Anybody know? It certainly is a great idea.

Comment #161947

Posted by PvM on February 20, 2007 11:51 PM (e)

Man a simple post and still syntax errors. Sorry should have checked…

Comment #161954

Posted by Sir_Toejam on February 21, 2007 12:32 AM (e)

no worries.

feel free to delete the OT post calling attention to it.

and this one.

cheers

Comment #162012

Posted by Mike Elzinga on February 21, 2007 11:57 AM (e)

How very nice to see Eugenie getting this recognition. By extending this recognition, the scientific community is formally acknowledging the valuable service people like Eugenie (and many others) are doing by exposing and keeping the spotlight on the activities of crackpots.

In the past this has usually been a thankless task that people have taken on at the risk of their own careers. It is time-consuming and often irritating work that cuts into more productive activities, and few people are willing to do it even when they recognize the necessity of it. Yet someone with the acuity for detecting these threats and the patience and intelligence for exposing the organized activities behind these threats is a rare person. They are the sentries that help ward off attacks while the rest of us work in relative peace. It is important that we express our gratitude in this way.

Comment #162775

Posted by Dean Morrison on February 25, 2007 12:05 PM (e)

This is what Prof Steve Fuller had to say about the anti-ID “travelling roadshow”:

This brings me to why I agreed to be an expert witness: I read the expert testimony statements of the plaintiffs: Pennock, Ken Miller, Barbara Forrest, and the rest of the anti-ID travelling road show (all nicely compiled by Ruse and Dembski in their 2004 CUP volume). They are uniformly appalling in their self-serving bluster and historical and philosophical fatuousness.

He doesn’t mention Eugenie - although I guess she could be seen as the ringmaster of the “travelling roadshow”.

I don’t suppose he’s feeling silly now, but he should…