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Judy Scotchmoor receives Gould award
NCSE congratulates Judy Scotchmoor for winning the 2013 Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution. The Director of Education and Public Programs at the University of California Museum of Paleontology, Scotchmoor is a long-time member of NCSE as well as a recipient of its Friend of Darwin award. Scotchmoor received the Gould Prize and presented a public lecture on June 21, 2013, at the Evolution 2013 conference in Snowbird, Utah.
Scotchmoor is famous for her work on UCMP's highly regarded evolution program, including the popular Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science websites, which clock over a million visitors per month. She was also the moving force behind the National Conference on the Teaching of Evolution in 2001, which galvanized scientists and educators to take the growing attacks on evolution education seriously.
The Stephen Jay Gould Prize is awarded annually by the SSE "to recognize individuals whose sustained and exemplary efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science and its importance in biology, education, and everyday life in the spirit of Stephen Jay Gould." NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott was the recipient of the first Gould Prize, in 2009, followed by Sean B. Carroll and Kenneth R. Miller — both members of NCSE's Advisory Council — in 2010 and 2011, respectively, and David Quammen in 2012.