Happy Birthday Genie Scott!
Today is Genie Scott’s birthday. Genie is loved by all in the community of biological scientists because of her central role, as director of the National Center for Science Education, in fighting the good fight against irrational efforts to teach creationism in our public schools and elsewhere. Genie is the author of several books, articles, and book chapters, including Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction and Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools.
I met Genie at a conference (SAA? APA? AAA? Don’t remember). The link was that my then father-in-law had been her professor in graduate school. Later on, I got to know Genie better when I stumbled into the evolution-creation debate. I found myself facing a cadre of well prepared creationists (including one named “Dr. Bible”) and Genie made it possible for me to do battle with them without utterly embarrassing myself.
Today, we all look to Genie and her organization for regular support. We send hapless colleagues to them, use the NCSE as a central clearing house for information, and consult with their members as needed.
Oh, and I owe them a book review. Just remembered. Working on that now…
Anyway, Genie, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! And thanks for all the fish!