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Scott Receives Teacher Association Award

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director of NCSE, was awarded the California Science Teachers Association Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award at the CSTA's annual meeting in San Francisco on October 25, 2002.

Stephen Jay Gould Dies

Stephen Jay Gould, the sometimes controversial but always tireless advocate of quality science education, has died at the age of 60. In addition to his valuable scientific work, Gould was a fierce foe of creationism; he was a valued Supporter of NCSE.

John A. Moore Dies

The distinguished biologist John A. Moore, Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of California, Riverside, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and Supporter of NCSE, died on May 26, 2002.

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.

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.

CRSC Correction

NCSE is pleased to see that the Center for Renewal of Science and Culture (CRSC) has begun taking steps to correct the error in the article posted on its web site concerning the March 11, 2002 Ohio Board of Education meeting.

Fred Hutchison claims that the papers in the CRSC bibliography delivered to the Ohio BOE were written by “intelligent design scientists.” This is incorrect.

The CRSC has posted an editor’s comment above the article highlighting the error, but did not correct the error in the text of the article itself.

NCSE Member Honored for Kansas Activism

Congratulations to NCSE member Adrian Melott, who has won the 2002 Joseph A. Burton Forum Award of the American Physical Society. This award is given annually by the leading professional physics society "(t)o recognize outstanding contributions to the public understanding or resolution of issues involving the interface of physics and society." Dr. Melott, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas, was cited "(f)or his outstanding efforts in helping to restore evolution and cosmology to their proper place in the K-12 scientific curriculum.

NCSE asks Discovery Institute: Where's the Shrimp?

by Alan Gishlick

In a Discovery Institute press release dated Feb. 6, Jonathan Wells accuses three developmental biologists of making "exaggerated claims" in a recent paper in Nature (advance online publication, Feb. 6, 2002). But it is Wells, in his zeal to criticize any research supporting evolution, whose claims are "exaggerated."

NCSE's "Setting the Record Straight" Now Available

Creationists began attacking the PBS series Evolution even before it began to air. A steady stream of misinformation and bad science came from such organizations as Answers in Genesis, the Discovery Institute, and the Institute for Creation Research.

NCSE responded to many of the claims made by these groups, often consulting with leading scientists in various fields.