For release: March 19, 2012
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Scott to bring creationism vs. evolution talk March 26 at MTSU
Visit helps kick off full week of research-driven Scholars Week activities
MURFREESBORO — Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, Calif., will speak at MTSU Monday, March 26, starting at 7 p.m.
Scott will discuss “Creationism vs. Evolution” in her presentation, which will be held in the Business and Aerospace Building’s State Farm Lecture Hall, (BAS 102). The event is free and open to the public.
It is one of many University Scholars Week activities scheduled for March 26-30 on campus, said Drs. Andrienne Friedli and Will Langston, MTSU Scholars Week Committee members who are spearheading Scholars Week publicity.
A former university professor, Scott has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for more than 25 years, the NCSE website says of Scott, who will address many components in this ongoing controversy.
Scott has received national recognition for her National Center for Science Education activities, including awards from scientific and educational societies, skeptics groups and humanist groups.
Scott holds eight honorary degrees from McGill, Rutgers, Mt. Holyoke, the University of New Mexico, Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Colorado College and the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Considered a dynamic speaker, Scott offers stimulating and thought-provoking as well as entertaining lectures and workshops, the NCSE website says about her.
Scott is the author of “Evolution vs. Creationism” and co-editor, with Glenn Branch, of “Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools.”
Off-campus visitors planning to attend Scott’s talk should be aware that nearby construction will limit parking opportunities for the lecture. University Parking and Transportation officials are encouraging visitors not only to arrive early, but also to park in the South Rutherford Boulevard lot and ride the Raider Xpress shuttle into the campus core to reach the BAS. A printable campus map is available at www.mtsu.edu/parking/Map_2011-2012.pdf.
Note: A jpeg photo of Eugenia C. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, is attached.
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