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NCSE Supporter Ayala receives National Medal of Science

On May 9, Francisco J. Ayala, Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, was named by President Bush to receive the National Medal for Science, the nation’s highest award for lifetime achievement in scientific research. Ayala will receive the medal at a ceremony at the White House on June 13. As the National Science Foundation’s citationist wrote, “Ayala has revolutionized evolution theory by pioneering molecular biology in the investigation of evolutionary processes.

Scott receives public service award from National Science Board

At a black-tie dinner in Washington DC on May 7, 2002, Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of NCSE, was presented with the 2002 National Science Board Public Service Award. The National Science Board is the governing board of the National Science Foundation.

Lawrence Krauss in New York Times

Lawrence Krauss, chair of the Physics Department at Case Western Reserve University, and recent recipient of the American Association for Advancement of Science Award for Public Understanding of Science, appears in the April 30, 2002, New York Times.

In the editorial Krauss takes aim at believers in UFOs, young-earth creationism, and advocates of intelligent design.
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Natural History Features Pro-ID Statements and Rebuttals

The web site of, described as a “non-commercial, educational web site created and managed by BioScience Productions, Inc. to promote bioscience literacy,” features an excerpt from the April 2, 2002, issue of Natural History. (Updated October 13, 2004: is now an education resource of the American Institute of Biological Sciences and no longer associated with BioScience Productions, Inc.)

The posting consists of brief position statements by three leading proponents of intelligent design (ID), and three accompanying rebuttals.