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Geological Society of America honors Judge Jones for upholding science in the classroom
Date:9/29/2009

ion of religion, in violation of the separation of church and state. In his 139-page decision, Judge Jones handed science a landmark victory.

"Using thorough analysis of the law, in-depth analysis of the history and origin of intelligent design theory and acute powers of reasoning, Judge Jones' opinion decisively laid to rest the notion that intelligent design should be taught in science classes, alongside evolution, as an alternative theory to the evolution of life," said Parrish.

Jones' background includes clerking for the Honorable Guy A. Bowe, Schuylkill County President Judge, private practice, a stint as Schuylkill County Assistant Public Defender, and Pottsville City Solicitor, as well as political roles as the co-chairman of Governor-elect Tom Ridge's transition team and chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. He is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, and Schuylkill County bar associations and of the Federal Judges' Association. His education was at Dickinson College, where he received a BA in 1977 and a JD in 1980.

GSA's silver President's Medal was established in 2007 to recognize individuals whose impact has profoundly enhanced the geosciences profession. "Our recipient's work qualifies as such an enhancement," said Parrish. "By following the law separating religion and public education he, by extension, defended the study of evolution as science and the teaching of evolution."

Information about the GSA President's Award, including past recipients, is available at http://www.geosociety.org/awards/aboutAwards.htm#pres.

Jones to speak at GSA Annual Meeting

Judge Jones will also participate in a 5-member panel discussion on Monday, 19 October, from 11:30 a.m.𔂿:30 p.m., as part of "Darwin Day" a day-long 200th birthday celebration of Charles Darwin in conjunction with the meeting. The session, titled "Overcoming Resistance to the Reality of Evolutionary Change in Nature," will t
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Contact: Christa Stratton
cstratton@geosociety.org
303-357-1093
Geological Society of America
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