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King University News :: Eugenie Scott to Speak at Bristol Public Library Oct. 13

BRISTOL, Tenn., Oct. 1, 2014 – Author and scientist Eugenie Scott will speak at the Bristol Public Library in Bristol, Va., as part of the Buechner Institute’s 2014-15 Lecture Series. The lecture is co-sponsored by Bristol Herald Courier.

“The first time I attended a talk by Eugenie was at Indiana University, when I was a graduate student, and it was an important moment in my training to become a scientist,” says Dr. Han Chuan Ong, dean of King University’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Her work in promoting scientific literacy is impressive and she continues to work diligently to preserve the integrity of the science classroom.”

Eugenie Scott served as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc. (NCSE), from 1987 to 2014. She currently serves as the chair of the NCSE’s advisory council. Scott has received national recognition for her NCSE activities, including awards from scientific societies and educational societies.

Scott has been both a researcher and activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for more than twenty-five years. She has addressed many components of this controversy, including educational, legal, scientific, religious, and social issues.

Scott is the author of “Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction.”

She holds nine honorary degrees, from McGill, Rutgers, Mt. Holyoke, the University of New Mexico, Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Colorado College, the University of Missouri-Columbia, and Chapman University.

On Monday, Oct. 13, Eugenie Scott will speak on “What’s Next in the Controversy Over Teaching Evolution” at 7 p.m. at the Bristol Public Library in Bristol, Va., The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michele Fagan at 423.652.4157 or visit


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