Moore wins Evolution Education Award

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Randy Moore is the winner of the 2008 Evolution Education Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers, according to a press release issued on October 14, 2008, by the American Institute of Biological Sciences. The award, sponsored by AIBS and the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study, recognizes innovative classroom teaching and community education efforts to promote the accurate understanding of biological evolution.

"This is a great honor, especially considering the roles AIBS and BSCS have played in defending the teaching of evolution," Moore was quoted as saying. He added, "Evolution is a unifying theme in biology; teaching it as such is the best way to show students what biology is about and how they can use evolution as a tool to understand our world. [Evolution] is as important an idea as there is in science — it is a great gift to give to students."

Moore will receive the award, which includes a plaque and a prize of $1000, at the NABT national conference in Memphis, Tennessee, in October 2008. A long-time member of NCSE who received its Friend of Darwin award in 2004, Moore is Professor of Biology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His latest book, coauthored with Mark Decker, is More than Darwin: An Encyclopedia of the People and Places of the Evolution-Creationism Controversy (Greenwood Press, 2008).