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Awards for Moore and Pennock


Two long-time friends of NCSE were recently honored.

Randy Moore received the 2006 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching State Professor of the Year Award. Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and administered by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the awards recognize professors for their influence on teaching and their outstanding commitment to teaching undergraduate students. The program, created in 1981, is the only national initiative specifically designed to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring. A long-time member of NCSE and a recipient of NCSE's Friend of Darwin award in 2004, Moore is a professor at the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development Department of Post Secondary Teaching and Learning and a former editor of The American Biology Teacher. His latest book, coauthored with Janice Moore, is Evolution 101 (Westport [CT]: Greenwood Press, 2006).

Robert T. Pennock was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A long-time NCSE member and a recipient of NCSE's Friend of Darwin award in 2002, Pennock is the author of Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism (Cambridge [MA]: MIT, 1999) and the editor of Intelligent Design Creationism and its Critics (Cambridge [MA]: MIT, 2001); he testified for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover about the nature of science. In a November 27, 2006, press release from Michigan State University, where he teaches philosophy, he was quoted as saying, "I feel very humbled to be honored for just doing what I love to do --­ studying philosophically and experimentally how science and evolution work, and helping teach about that process of discovery. ... Science is such an important way of understanding ourselves and our world; it deserves to be protected from those who would try to extinguish its light."