The American Association for the Advancement of Science reports: Eugenie Scott to Retire From U.S. Center That Fights Antievolution Forces. They say:
Eugenie Scott has spent 26 years helping teachers do what’s right for their students in the name of science. And while the need to defend the teaching of evolution and climate change certainly hasn’t disappeared, Scott announced today that she is stepping down later this year as the founding CEO and “the public face” of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE).
The Controversy between evolution and creationism will never be the same again. The AAAS article also says, with our bold font:
Her leadership skills will be sorely missed, says Kenneth Miller, a biology professor at Brown University. “She’s incomparable, irreplaceable, and indispensable,” says Miller, who was a key figure in one of the center’s most decisive victories, a 2005 court case that blunted an attack on evolution by the Dover, Pennsylvania, school district. Scott was masterful at building the coalition needed to win the case, he adds.
Miller, a former member of NCSE’s board, says that Scott’s greatest strength has been her ability “to bring people together around the goal of defending the integrity of science education.” NCSE is now hunting for her successor, and Miller says that person will need both her “passion for the cause” and her ability “to herd cats.”
That says it all. The NCSE also has an article about it: NCSE’s Scott to retire, which reminds us that:
During Scott’s time at NCSE, she was honored with no fewer than eight honorary degrees as well as the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Science, the inaugural Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Public Service Award from the National Science Board, and the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to replace Genie, here’s NCSE’s announcement about the job opening: Help wanted: executive director. In our humble opinion, no one can literally replace her, but someone will have to give it a try.
No, your Curmudgeon isn’t even thinking of it. Aside from being utterly unqualified, we also lack the necessary diplomatic skills. We’re the last thing they need. But we’re looking forward to the news about who the new executive director will be.
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