L. Lee Grismer, a field biologist at La Sierra University in Riverside, is gaga over a new species of forest gecko from Southeast Asia that he will present in the scientific journal Zootaxa in three months.
Grismer will test his hypothesis that the forest lizard is closely related to another new species he discovered last June. He will isolate the forest gecko’s DNA and compare it to that of a similar reptile he tracked down in a cave at the Malaysia-Thailand border.
“We’re still in the age of discovery,” said Grismer, who is credited with detecting more than 80 new species of reptiles and amphibians during the past 35 years.
To us normal, sane scientists (well, as normal and as sane scientists can reasonably be expected to be) this is exciting, but pretty standard news. There is a guy who teaches at some university who is really friggen cool and has discovered over 80 new species of creatures. Thats friggen nuts! And here he found another one. Gonna figure out how the new one is related to all the other ones we know about. Huzzah!
NO HUZZAH! NO!
A La Sierra University professor and three university trustees said they were dismissed for trying to resolve a years-long controversy over creationism and evolution that has threatened the religious institution’s accreditation.
Lee Greer, an assistant professor of biology, said the Riverside university refused to renew his three-year contract.
The dismissals appear to be the latest chapter in a struggle by the Seventh-day Adventist institution to reconcile the church belief that God created the Earth in six days with the scientific consensus supporting the theory of evolution.
Greer said he initiated discussions that led to a statement proposing that creation be taught in university classrooms as faith, rather than science, and that students be told that it could not be proven with scientific methods.
They fired a biology teacher for making sure the kids will get taught… biology… in biology class…
They also fired three of the four trustees who approved of his proposal
Last year, this school was *celebrating* yet another discovery made by one of their biology faculty. An amazing man who used evolution to increase the prestige of La Sierra University.
This year, they are
firing ‘not renewing the contract’ of one of their biology faculty for wanting the schools position on evolution clear for the students… And firing ‘dismissing’ three trustees who supported him.
Curiously, three trustees who are female. Who wants to start a betting pool as to whether that fourth trustee, the one who was not fired, is a male? Considering the fundamentalist turn this university has taken regarding evolution, I assume their tolerance of educated, accomplished women has taken a similarly radical turn. Go on, click the hyperlinks in their names. *points up*
They were fired for supporting evolution.
La Sierra University, your message is clear.