The study of evolution is a paragon of how the scientific process works: formulating a testable question, planning and carrying out an experiment, and interpreting results to provide evidence. From small changes in gene frequency to the emergence of different species from a common ancestor over many generations, the theory of evolution is the basis for the diversity of life.
A theory which has been tested and confirmed thousands of times for over 150 years, the basic concepts and processes of evolution are no longer questioned by scientists. Yet, the teaching of evolution remains controversial in the general public. How can scientists engage in a debate with those who view evolution with suspicion and disbelief" Following last years successful session that provided an overview on the current state and local level fights over the teaching of evolution in K-12 science classrooms, this years event will examine ways individual scientists can weigh in on the debate. Speakers include Eugenie Scott, the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Francisco J. Ayala, a professor at UC-Irvine and Chairman of the Steering Committee on Science and Creationism at the National Academy of Science, and Michael Paul Myers, an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Chemistry Department Advisor at California State University, Long Beach.
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