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Suggested Citation:"Staff and Consultant Biographies." National Academy of Sciences. 2008. Science, Evolution, and Creationism. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11876.
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Suggested Citation:"Staff and Consultant Biographies." National Academy of Sciences. 2008. Science, Evolution, and Creationism. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11876.
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Suggested Citation:"Staff and Consultant Biographies." National Academy of Sciences. 2008. Science, Evolution, and Creationism. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/11876.
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and in natural environments. Wichman uses the bacte- riophage X174 and its relatives to study the molecular STAFF AND CONSULTANT details of adaptive evolution. She studies the patterns BIOgraphies and predictability of adaptation to novel environ- ments such as host switching. Wichman is also interested in applications of evo- lutionary biology to practical problems in industry, Jay B. Labov serves as a senior advisor for educa- agriculture, and medicine. In 2001, she coauthored a tion and communications for the National Academy comprehensive review article on applied evolution to of Sciences and the National Research Council. He offer examples for those who teach at the high school also served for three years as deputy director of the and undergraduate levels; it remains one of the most National Research Council’s Center for Education downloaded articles in the Annual Review of Ecology and was the study director and responsible staff and Systematics series. This year she co-organized the officer for the NRC reports Enhancing Professional National Institutes of Health’s Workshop on Evolution Development for Teachers: Potential Uses of Information of Infections Diseases and participated in the National Technology, Report of a Workshop (2007); Evaluating Science Foundation’s Workshop on Frontiers in and Improving Undergraduate Teaching in Science, Evolutionary Biology. Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology (2003); Learning and Understanding: Improving Advanced Study of Mathematics and Science in U.S. High Schools (2002); Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology: New Practices for the New Millennium (2000); Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology (1999); Serving the Needs of Pre-College Science and Mathematics Education: Impact of a Digital National Library on Teacher Education and Practice (1999); and Developing a Digital National Library for Undergraduate Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technology Education (1998). He also currently oversees the National Academies’ activities to improve the teaching of evolution in public schools and a recently expanded effort to work more closely with disciplinary and professional societies on education issues. He has worked with many national organizations and professional societies to improve science education for both precollege and undergradu- ate students. He was elected as a Fellow in Education of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005. Edward Maibach is professor and director of the Center of Excellence in Climate Change Communication Research at George Mason University. Dr. Maibach is a highly experienced public health advocate and social change professional and a leading academic in the field of communication research. His work over the past 25 years has helped to define the fields of public health communication and social marketing, and his book Designing Health Messages: Approaches from Communication Theory and Public Health Practice is widely used by academics and practitioners alike. He earned his PhD in communication research from 64 Science, Evolution, and Creationism

Stanford University in 1990. He has had the pleasure of serving as Worldwide Director of Social Marketing for Porter Novelli, as an associate director of the National Cancer Institute, and in various previous academic positions. Steve Olson is the author of Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins, a finalist for the 2002 nonfiction National Book Award and win- ner of the Science-in-Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers. His recent book, Count Down: Six Kids Vie for Glory at the World’s Toughest Math Competition, was named a best science book of 2004 by Discover magazine. He has written several other books, including Evolution in Hawaii and On Being a Scientist. He has been a consultant writer for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Institutes of Health, the Institute for Genomic Research, and many other organizations. Barbara Kline Pope is executive director for com- munications and the National Academies Press. She is responsible for an innovative and dynamic publish- ing operation of both scholarly and trade books that have been available on the Web free to read since 1995. Branding, marketing and audience research, derivative products, partnerships and distribution systems, and the public Web presence for the National Academies occupy her time in the communications aspects of her work. Recent research articles she has authored focus on the discipline of consumer behavior and include specific projects on business models for the digital publishing arena and the use of information sources by organizational buyers. She has been guest lecturer for marketing and technology courses at the University of Maryland and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Virginia’s continuing education program. She is on the board of directors of Hands On Science Outreach, a nonprofit organization that provides high- quality after-school science programs for children. Science, Evolution, and Creationism 65

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How did life evolve on Earth? The answer to this question can help us understand our past and prepare for our future. Although evolution provides credible and reliable answers, polls show that many people turn away from science, seeking other explanations with which they are more comfortable.

In the book Science, Evolution, and Creationism, a group of experts assembled by the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine explain the fundamental methods of science, document the overwhelming evidence in support of biological evolution, and evaluate the alternative perspectives offered by advocates of various kinds of creationism, including "intelligent design." The book explores the many fascinating inquiries being pursued that put the science of evolution to work in preventing and treating human disease, developing new agricultural products, and fostering industrial innovations. The book also presents the scientific and legal reasons for not teaching creationist ideas in public school science classes.

Mindful of school board battles and recent court decisions, Science, Evolution, and Creationism shows that science and religion should be viewed as different ways of understanding the world rather than as frameworks that are in conflict with each other and that the evidence for evolution can be fully compatible with religious faith. For educators, students, teachers, community leaders, legislators, policy makers, and parents who seek to understand the basis of evolutionary science, this publication will be an essential resource.

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