Princehouse awarded First Amendment award


Patricia Princehouse, a prominent defender of evolution education in Ohio, was among eight people to receive a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation on May 11, 2006. A philosopher of science and evolutionary biologist at Case Western Reserve University, Princehouse was instrumental in founding, organizing, and leading Ohio Citizens for Science, the coalition of scientists, teachers, clergy, and concerned citizens in general that successfully fought to preserve the integrity of science education in Ohio's public schools. The award, which includes a $5000 honorarium and a specially designed crystal plaque, honors "individuals who have made significant contributions to protect and enhance First Amendment rights of Americans," according to a Playboy Foundation press release [Link broken]. Princehouse also received NCSE's Friend of Darwin award in 2003.