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M. Lee Allison has been the State Geologist and Director of the Kansas Geological Survey since July 1999.  Prior to that he served in a similar role at the Utah Geological Survey for 10 years.  He previously worked for University of Utah, Chevron, and Standard Oil.   He holds BA, MS, and PhD degrees in geology.  His areas of emphasis are in natural resources, geologic hazards, and science policy.   He recently was appointed Chair of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Public Information Committee.   He has been actively opposing the Kansas school science decision since arriving in the state.

Brian J. Alters is the Director of the newly created Evolution Education Research Centre, a Professor of science education at McGill University in Montreal, Associate at the Harvard College Observatory, Harvard University, and a recent Visiting Scholar at the Philosophy of Education Research Center, Harvard University. His research interests focus on evolution education, evolution/creation issues, and science/religion education. He is Contributing Editor for the journal of the National Center for Science Education and has taught undergraduate and graduate science education courses at McGill and Harvard Universities.

Kenneth L. Anderson is Associate Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Biology and Microbiology at California State University, Los Angeles. He received a PhD in microbiology from the University of Utah and has spent twenty-five years studying the immunochemistry of the pathogenic fungi and bacteria. The last eleven years his focus has been on science education and teacher preparation. Anderson is chair of the Precollege Education Committee for the American Society for Microbiology and directs their Microbial Discovery Workshops. During the summers he conducts workshops for teachers in California and nationally. He teaches microbiology and immunology courses and discipline-based science education courses.

Richard K. Bambach holds a BA in biological sciences from Johns Hopkins and a PhD in geology from Yale. He taught at Smith College from 1967 to 1970 and has just retired after teaching at Virginia Tech for the last 30 years. Dr. Bambach has been a visiting professor at the University of Chicago, the Boston University Marine Program at Woods Hole, and at Harvard University. Dr. Bambach was the 1998 recipient of the R. C. Moore Medal from the Society for Sedimentary Geology. This year he is one of the two nominees for President of the Paleontological Society.


Kip Bollinger has worked as a science education advisor since 1987, providing leadership and technical assistance to school districts in developing diverse initiatives in standards based science and technology education.  He has coordinated a task force on science and technology assessment; managed federal and state projects that provide professional education experiences in standards based science; and directed the Governor's Institute for Physical Sciences (PA). He has coordinated science curriculum and instructional improvement by working with advisory councils, professional associations, curriculum networks, and teacher centers.  He has experience at the university level in geology and science methods and in public schools in biology, chemistry, earth science and integrated science.  He holds a doctorate in science education from Temple University.

Shannon Brownlee is an award-winning freelance science writer who specializes in biology and medicine. Her work has appeared in Time, U.S. News & World Report, The New Republic, Business Week, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and She holds a master's degree in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she studied dolphin behavior and acoustics under the late Kenneth Norris. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland with her husband and son.

Rodger W. Bybee is executive director of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), a non-profit organization that develops curriculum materials and provides professional development for the science education community. Earlier in his career, he was executive director of the National Research Council's Center for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Education, participated in the development of the National Science Education Standards, and was professor of education at Carleton College in Minnesota. He has been active in education for more than thirty years, having taught science at the elementary, junior and senior high school and college levels. In 1998, Bybee received the NSTA's Distinguished Service to Science Education award.


Wayne Carley is the Executive Director of the National Association of Biology Teachers. Prior to NABT, Carley was Professor of Biology at Lamar University in Texas. Carley received his BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and his MS and PhD in Zoology from UC Berkeley. Carley's research interests are in comparative physiology and endocrinology, especially water balance of annelids and reproductive endocrinology of lower vertebrates. His efforts in science education include the development of new cellular and human physiology laboratories, and the creation of a field-based teacher education program for pre-service elementary teachers. Currently he is Co-PI on an NSF grant to support the Microbial Literacy Collaborative, including development of a public television series and associated curricular and community education materials.

Sean B. Carroll is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He received his BA from Washington University in St. Louis and his PhD from Tufts University School of Medicine. Carroll's current research is on the development and evolution of animal form. In addition to teaching evolution and genetics to undergraduates, he is co-author of a forthcoming book, From DNA to Diversity. Carroll is President-Elect of the Society for Developmental Biology.

Steven B. Case, an award winning biology teacher for 20 years, is currently Director of the Kansas Collaborative Research Network (KanCRN). He has taught in a variety of settings, focusing on having students do science rather than learning about it. Computer technology is an integral part of his science teaching. He was instrumental in establishing the Kansas Environmental Monitoring Network, a grassroots computer network of teachers, students, and scientists across the state dedicated to monitoring changes in the regional and global environment. In addition to education, Case has maintained an active research agenda, ranging from habitat management of tall grass prairie to working in protein engineering for a biotechnology company.


Georgia Davis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her primary area of research is maize functional genomics. Particular areas of interest include identifying and understanding genes for resistance to aflatoxin accumulation, Aspergillus flavus infection, and fall army worm damage in corn. She is a participant in an NSF funded project to produce a physical map in maize. She teaches current topics in genomics and quantitative and population genetics.

Sam Donovan is Assistant Director of the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Beloit College. He received his BS from Virginia Tech and his MS in Ecology and Evolution from the University of Oregon, and he is currently completing a PhD in Science Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is also part of a research group at the National Center for Mathematics and Science that is looking at the role of modeling in improving students' understanding of evolutionary biology.

Andrea Dorfman is the New York-based science correspondent for Time Magazine. Since joining Time in 1985, she has reported dozens of cover stories on topics as diverse as dinosaurs, undersea exploration, genetics, the Shroud of Turin, human evolution and the Vikings. A native of New York City, Ms. Dorfman earned a BS in biology at Yale.

Irene Anne Eckstrand is a science administrator at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH, where she manages research programs in genetic analysis, evolution, and population genetics.  She also directs the Bridges to the Future program, which provides funds for partnerships among two- and four- year educational institutions with the goal of increasing the number of minority scientists.  Dr. Eckstrand has chaired the Evolution Education Committee for the Society for the Study of Evolution and Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution for three years.


Martin E. Feder received a BA from Cornell University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is currently a Professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy.  For the past ten years, his research has focused on the major inducible heat-shock protein of Drosophila, Hsp70, including its function in whole organisms, its ecological context, its variation in natural populations, its phenotypic evolution, and the molecular evolution of its encoding genes.  Educational activities have included coursework in physiology and evolutionary physiology, mentorship of research trainees, and service as dean of undergraduate biological sciences.  Dr. Feder is the President of Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology 1999-2000.

Sara S. Foland is the Chief Executive Officer of the Geological Society of America (GSA) and Vice President of the GSA Foundation. Before joining GSA in 1999, she was CEO and President of Farallon Energy Group Ltd. in Denver, where she built an organization and investment portfolio for acquiring gas-producing properties throughout the United States. Prior to her position at Farallon, she held leadership and geotechnical positions at Amoco Production Company. Foland earned Bachelor of Science degrees in geology and chemistry and an Executive MBA from Indiana University. She holds an MS in geology from the University of Montana and will soon complete a PhD in tectonics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Ted Garland received his BS and MS from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his PhD from the University of California, Irvine.  His dissertation focused on individual variation in exercise physiology of lizards.  Postdoctoral research with Raymond B. Huey at the University of Washington involved quantitative genetic analyses of metabolism and exercise performance in lizards and garter snakes.  Ted assumed a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1987, and is now Professor of Zoology.  Current research includes comparative studies of lizard locomotion, development of phylogenetically based statistical methods and associated computer programs, and an ongoing artificial selection experiment with house mice.  He teaches evolutionary biology and evolutionary physiology.

John Geissman is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He is currently the Editor of the Bulletin of the Geological Society of America and the President of the Faculty Senate at UNM. His research is in the field of paleomagnetism, the study of the fossil magnetization in rocks, and the applications of paleomagnetism in structural geology, tectonics, sedimentology and volcanology. He has been at UNM since 1984 and has been a member of the American Geophysical Union since 1975.

Buzz Hoagland is currently an Associate Professor of Biology at Westfield State College, Westfield, MA and is serving as President of the Association of College and University Biology Educators.  He has taught evolution, genetics, comparative vertebrate anatomy, vertebrate physiology, and introductory biology.  His research interests include evolutionary genetics and using the WWW to improve student learning in biology.  He currently maintains a web server ( that posts numerous biology experiments and student-generated data.


Michael W. Howell is an Assistant Professor of Geological and Marine Sciences at the University of South Carolina. He received his BS from Cornell University, his MS from the University of Michigan, and his PhD from the University of South Carolina. He directs the University's Lab for Cenozoic Studies, and his teaching responsibilities include courses in paleontology and paleoceanography. He serves on the Governor's Mathematics and Science Advisory Board (South Carolina) and his professional memberships include the American Geophysical Union and the National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists.

Richard Hutton is the WGBH Executive Producer for the multi-part Evolution series. Before joining WGBH, Richard worked as Senior Vice President, Creative Development, for Walt Disney Imagineering; Senior Vice President, Television Programming and Production for WETA/26 in Washington, D.C., with productions including The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour, Washington Week in Review, Smithsonian World, and The Civil War; and at WNET, New York, being largely responsible for The Brain (1984) and The Mind (1988). His books include Bio-Revolution:  DNA and the Ethics of Man-Made Life; Genetic Prophecy:  Beyond the Double Helix; The Cosmic Chase; and Beyond Boardwalk and Park Place:  The Unauthorized Guide to Making Monopoly Fun Again, and three medical texts on orthopaedics.  He has written for The New York Times Magazine, Omni, and Cosmopolitan.

Al Janulaw is currently president of the California Science Teachers Association. He has been a member of the CSTA Board for seven years. He also teaches the science methods course in the multi-subject teaching credential program at Sonoma State University and is co-director of the North Bay Science Project. He has extensive experience working with inservice and preservice teachers on curriculum development and pedagogical strategies. His day job, from which he is about to retire after 32 years, has been teaching science to children in grades four through eight.


John R. Jungck is the Mead Chair of the Sciences at Beloit College. He specializes in mathematical molecular evolution, history and philosophy of biology, and science education reform. In 1986, he co-founded the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, a national consortium of college biology educators who produce biological curricular materials and promote curricular reform across the nation. He is a former president of the Association of College and University Biology Educators. Jungck is a Fulbright Scholar (Thailand), a Mina Shaughnessy Scholar, a Fellow of the National Institute of Science Education, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Jama C. Kolosick is a science educator at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum and specializes in developing specimen-based, hands-on programs for school and family groups. Her favorite subject area is the rich fossil and geologic history of Kansas. Her introduction to the evolution/creation controversy occurred two years ago when a dinosaur curriculum developed by her museum came under fire. She has defended science ever since. Jama is representing the Association of Science and Technology Centers, an international network of science centers and museums that educate the public through exhibits and programs.

Jay Labov is Deputy Director of the National Research Council's (NRC) Center for Education and the Director of the Center's Division on Postsecondary Policy and Practice. He also serves as the Director for the Center's Study Committees on Undergraduate Science Education; Science and Mathematics Teacher Preparation; Advanced Studies of Mathematics and Science in American High Schools; and Recognizing, Evaluating, and Rewarding Effective Undergraduate Teaching. He also coordinates the National Academies' efforts to promote the teaching of evolution in public schools. Before joining the NRC staff, he was a member of the Department of Biology at Colby College in Maine.


Joe Levine received his PhD in biology from Harvard University and is active in a range of science education projects in several media. He is coauthor, with Ken Miller, of two biology texts for high school and one for college, and has designed exhibits for state aquaria in four states. Following a fellowship in science broadcasting at WGBH-TV, he produced features for NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and helped launch Discover for the Discovery Channel.  He served as science editor for the WGBH-BBC co-production The Secret of Life, a series on molecular biology, and for the OMNI-MAX film Cocos:  Island of Sharks. He is currently science editor for The Evolution Project at WGBH, a multi-media educational project combining broadcast, Internet and print.

David R. Lindberg is the Director of the UC Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) and of the Berkeley Natural History Museums, and is a Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley.  He is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and the Willi Hennig Society.  His research interests focus on the evolution of select organisms (mostly Mollusca), and the resultant interactions between organisms and their habitats through time. He has done research and field work for more than 15 years along much of the eastern Pacific margin. Additionally he is the PI on three K-12 outreach projects at UCMP, focusing on the use of technology to increase access to scientific resources.  He received a PhD in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Scott Linneman is a geologist with research interests in volcanoes, landslides and science education. For nine years he taught undergraduate geology and natural science courses at The Colorado College and Lewis-Clark State College. At LCSC he developed an integrated science course sequence for Elementary Education majors. Scott has created web-enhanced curricular materials and several web-based courses. He has recently joined the geology and science education faculty of Western Washington University. Scott has also been awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to teach and study science education in South Africa. He is on the executive board of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.


Ian MacGregor is currently on assignment from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to work with the National Science Resources Center on the development of K-12 science curricula and associated professional training. Specifically he is working on curricula dealing with catastrophic events and the Earth in space. In addition, he is working with the UC Museum of Paleontology on a web-based curriculum on biological extinctions. His previous experience includes 20 years of teaching and research as a professor in the Geology Department of the University of California, Davis and 20 years as a science administrator managing earth science research at NSF. Additional research projects include the Ocean and Continental Scientific Drilling Programs, studies of the Earth's upper mantle, and the stratigraphic history of the Pacific Basin.

Cathleen May earned her doctorate at UC Berkeley, applying hierarchy theory to macroevolutionary patterns of tetrapod diversification in the Triassic. As the Chief Science Officer of the Geological Society of America, she has executive oversight of GSA's primary functions including publishing, meetings, external affairs and strategic alliances, communications/media/web development, member services, public policy, outreach and education. In this capacity, she ensures that GSA devotes resources and leadership to the issues surrounding the teaching of evolution.

Joseph D. McInerney, director of the Foundation for Genetic Education and Counseling, holds a master's degree in genetic counseling from SUNY Stony Brook. He spent 22 years on the staff of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), where he was director from 1985 to 1999. McInerney is a former president of the National Association of Biology Teachers and a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences' ad hoc committee on evolution and creationism, which produced two recent publications on the evolution/creation issue. In June 2000, McInerney began a four-year tenure as chairman of the Initial Review Group, ELSI Subcommittee, for the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).


Mark A. McPeek is currently Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College.  He received his BS and MS degrees from the University of Kentucky, and his PhD from Michigan State University where he studied at the Kellogg Biological Station.  His work considers the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that structure biological communities.

Jim Miller is Senior Program Associate for the Program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC. He earned a PhD in Theology and Society from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a focus on science and theology.  He is editor of An Evolving Dialogue:  Scientific, Historical, Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on Evolution (AAAS, 1998).  He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., and is current President of the Presbyterian Association on Science, Technology and the Christian Faith.

Kenneth R. Miller, Professor of Biology at Brown University, will represent the American Society For Cell Biology (ASCB). Former Chair of the ASCB Education Committee and former member of the ASCB Council, Miller's scientific interests include the structure, composition and function of biological membranes. Together with Joseph Levine, he is co-author of several high school and college biology textbooks. Last year Miller published Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution, a work for general audiences defending evolution and its compatibility with the Christian faith and critiquing Intelligent Design.


David P. Mindell is Associate Professor, Curator of Birds, and Director of the Genomic Diversity Laboratory at the University of Michigan, Department of Biology and Museum of Zoology.  At the undergraduate level, he teaches evolution courses for both biology majors and for non-science majors. He also teaches a graduate level course in molecular evolution and systematics.  His research interests include: evolutionary genetics and systematics of birds; systematics theory; molecular evolution; genomics; rates of evolution; macroevolution; coevolution of retroviruses and vertebrate hosts.

Brad Mogen has a BS, MS, and PhD in Plant Pathology and is currently an associate professor of Biology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.  River Falls is primarily a teaching institution and Mogen teaches courses including introductory biology, plant pathology, cell biology, microbiology, and molecular biology.  His post-doctoral work includes positions at the University of Kentucky and at the USDA facility at Beltsville, MD.   His research emphasis is in plant molecular biology and molecular plant pathology.

M. Patricia Morse is a marine biologist and science educator at the University of Washington and was previously Professor of Biology at Northeastern University. She also served four years as a Program Director at the NSF in the Division of Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education, as a specialist in biology and environmental science in Instructional Materials Development. She holds an MS and PhD from the University of New Hampshire, and honorary DSc from Plymouth State College. Dr. Morse has published extensively in molluscan biology and more recently in science education. She currently chairs a National Research Council Committee on Attracting Science and Mathematics Ph.Ds to K-12 Education, and is PI on an AIBS Packard Grant to review High School Biology Instructional Materials.

Craig E. Nelson is Professor of Biology, at Indiana University. His current research is in temperature-dependent sex determination. His contributions in the support of the teaching of evolution include service as a Sigma Xi National Lecturer and a Carnegie Scholar, and a term as Co-Director of Evolution and Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI) for high-school biology teachers. Nelson has taught courses for college science faculty entitled "Creation, Evolution, or Both:  A Multiple-Model Approach," and he serves on the Education Committee of the Society for the Study of Evolution. His pedagogical publications include Effective Strategies for Teaching Evolution and Other Controversial Subjects, and The Creation Controversy and the Science Classroom.


Martin Nickels received his PhD from the University of Kansas, and is now Professor of Physical Anthropology at Illinois State University in Normal.  His interests include the history of human evolutionary studies, hominid paleontology and prehistory and human evolution education.  He has been involved in various projects to improve the teaching of evolution, most notably as co-director of the NSF-funded Evolution and the Nature of Science Institutes (ENSI) for High School Biology Teachers from 1989-1996.  He was twice selected as the Outstanding University Teacher at Illinois State University and was a Sigma Xi National Lecturer in 1995-96.  He co-authored a college textbook and has published articles in The Sciences, The American Biology Teacher, Current Anthropology, Creation/Evolution and Reports of NCSE.

Richard T. O'Grady holds degrees in zoology from McGill University, Montreal, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver (PhD).  The author of numerous scientific papers and text book chapters in systematics, evolutionary biology, and parasitology, he has received research awards from U.S. and Canadian government agencies.  Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, he worked in scientific publishing, first as Science Editor for Johns Hopkins University Press, then as Vice-President for Science Publications with Taylor and Francis.  He joined the American Institute of Biological Sciences in 1997 as Executive Director, where he heads the Institute's activities in publishing, scientific peer-review, meetings, public policy, web communications, society management, research, education, and public outreach.

Kevin Padian is Professor of Integrative Biology and a Curator in the Museum of Paleontology, UC Berkeley.  His research focuses on various aspects of macroevolution and paleobiology, particularly of vertebrates.  He is interested in the origins of major adaptations, or how "great ideas" in evolution get started.  He has worked extensively with many levels of public education, particularly through the California Department of Education, and also the National Center for Science Education, of which he is currently President.  He is a reviewer of science textbooks and an author of the California Science Framework, 1990.

David Perlman, Science Editor for the San Francisco Chronicle, has been a foreign correspondent, a magazine writer and a city editor. He now covers a wide range of developments and policy issues in science, on topics including paleontology, human evolution, nuclear power and nuclear arms control, astronomy and cosmology, high energy physics, AIDS research, seismology and geophysics. He has won many major awards for outstanding science journalism from organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, the National Association of Science Writers, and the American Chemical Society. He has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale, a Carnegie Corporation Fellow at Stanford, and is an honorary Fellow of Sigma Xi and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.


William. J. Pizzi is Professor of Psychology & Director of the Neuropsychology Laboratory at Notheastern Illinois University in Chicago.  He is currently President of the Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience (FUN).  His research interests are in the area of developmental and behavioral neuroscience, with a focus on the effects of drug exposure during pregnancy.  He also conducts research with Fragile X Syndrome, an X-linked genetic disorder leading to retardation.  He is actively engaged in undergraduate neuroscience education.

Jo Ellen Roseman is Associate Director for Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.   In this capacity she is involved in the design, testing, and dissemination of Project 2061’s science literacy reform tools.  She was formerly a member of the faculty in Arts and Science and Education at the Johns Hopkins University.  Her doctoral studies in biochemistry and research at the National Institutes of Health explored the regulation of intracellular protein turnover.  She has extensive experience teaching biology and chemistry at high school, college, and graduate levels.  She has served on the Board of Directors of BSCS (a K-12 materials developer).

Judy Scotchmoor is Director of Education and Public Programs at the UC Museum of Paleontology, following 25 years as a middle school Science teacher.  Her primary interests are in professional development for teachers and in using paleontology and technology as vehicles for improving science education. Among other responsibilities, she is the Project Coordinator of an NSF-funded program to develop digital learning materials for middle and high school students, a Director of the California Science Teachers Association and the Association of Systematics Collections, and Co-Chair of the Education Committee of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.  She is an editor and co-author of two Paleontological Society publications, Learning from the Fossil Record and Evolution: Investigating the Evidence.


Eugenie C. Scott is Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc. A former college professor, Dr. Scott lectures widely to explain science and evolution to the general public; has been the featured speaker at numerous educational conferences; and has served as a consultant to the California State Department of Education, NOVA programs and numerous curriculum projects. She is a co-author of the National Academy of Science’s Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study as well as the advisory counsels of several church and state separation organizations. She has held elective offices in the American Anthropological Association, the American Association for Physical Anthropologists, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Neelima R. Sinha received a PhD in Botany from the University of California, and is now an Associate Professor in the Section of Plant Biology at the University of California, Davis.  The Section has primary responsibility for teaching BioSci 1C to all majors in the area of Biological Sciences. The teaching of evolutionary principles (specifically as they relate to the Plant Kingdom) are an important part of this course. She has been involved in teaching this course, and is on the curriculum revision committee for the introductory Biology courses on campus.

Michael J. Smith is the Director of Education at the American Geological Institute in Alexandria, Virginia. He worked as a geologist with Shell Oil Company and taught earth science in middle school and high school. He is the principal investigator of two NSF-funded earth science curricula (EarthComm and Investigating Earth Systems) and directs AGI’s teacher enhancement and minority geoscience scholarship programs.


Dale A. Springer is a paleontologist and professor of Geosciences at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.  Her major research interests lie in the organization of marine invertebrate communities, and in processes responsible for changes in the spatial and temporal distributions of these communities.  Dr. Springer has been involved in (geo) science education initiatives for over twenty years, serving on education committees of AGI, and is current Chair of the Education Committee of the Paleontological Society. She is an editor and co-author of a Paleontological Society publication, Evolution: Investigating the Evidence.

Mark Terry holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington, where he also completed a year of graduate study in primate anatomy and evolution, and an MAT in Science Education from Cornell University. He has worked in secondary science education since 1967, in a variety of settings, serving as Headmaster, Science Department Chair, author on environmental education, consultant, and teacher of both high school and middle school. Mark was a founding board member of Earth Ministry, an ecumenical organization dedicated to connecting congregations with environmental concerns and is a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and Phi Delta Kappa.  Honors include: graduating cum laude with Departmental Distinction; Phi Beta Kappa; National Merit Scholar; and Shell Merit Fifth Year Fellowship (Cornell).

Gordon Uno received his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley and has been a faculty member in the Department of Botany and Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma (OU) since 1979.  His research interests include plant reproductive biology and science education, especially scientific literacy.  He has taught over 6,000 undergraduates, is co-author of three high school biology texts and one college botany text for nonmajors, and is author of two handbooks for helping science faculty members improve their teaching at the undergraduate level.  He has been President of the National Association of  Biology Teachers, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has just returned from a two-year stint as Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at NSF.


Marta L. Wayne began her interest in natural history and evolution in grade school, switched briefly to molecular genetics, and then coalesced into evolutionary genetics while attending graduate school.  Her BA was earned at UC San Diego and her PhD at Princeton University, with a thesis on molecular population genetics.  Marta held an NIH postdoctoral fellowship at North Carolina State University, where she studied evolutionary quantitative genetics. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Florida.  Her research is on the maintenance of genetic variation of ovariole number, a trait related to female fecundity in fruit flies. 

Judith S. Weis, president-elect of AIBS, is a professor of Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on responses of estuarine organisms to stresses, including contaminants. She has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the university, and is a Fellow of AAAS and a Congressional Science Fellow for the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Weis has provided expertise to EPA and NOAA, was a member of the Marine Board of the National Academy of Sciences, and has served on the boards of AIBS and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. She received a BA degree from Cornell University and MS and PhD degrees from N.Y.U. 

Gerald F. Wheeler is Executive Director of the National Science Teachers Association.  Prior to that he was professor of physics at Montana State University, director of the Science/Math Resource Center, and program director for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in the area of Public Understanding of Science and Technology.  Wheeler received his BS from Boston University with a major in science education and his PhD at SUNY at Stony Brook in experimental nuclear physics.  Between undergraduate and graduate school, he taught high school physics, chemistry and physical science. During his career Wheeler has taught for at least four months at each grade level from Kindergarten to graduate physics.


Lisa D. White is an Associate Professor of Geology at San Francisco State University (SFSU) where she has been on the faculty since 1990.  She received her BA in geology from SFSU and her PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz.  As a micropaleontologist who specializes in diatoms, she is engaged in research on biosiliceous sediments around the Pacific Rim.  At SFSU she teaches classes in paleontology, historical geology, and oceanography.  Dr. White has distinguished herself equally as a teacher, researcher and mentor, and together with the National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists, she is active in efforts to diversity the geosciences through education and outreach.

Brad Williamson has spent the last 11 years teaching all levels of biology in suburban Olathe, Kansas, after teaching a number of years in small rural schools.  Williamson received his BA in Biology and MA in Systematics and Ecology from the University of Kansas.  A member of the National Association of Biology Teachers since 1977, Williamson is currently serving as Director at Large.  He holds memberships in numerous professional organizations including the American Institute of Biological Sciences, AAAS, NSTA, The Kansas Association of Biology Teachers, and the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science. As a member of the Kansas Science Standards Writing team, Williamson has been deeply and directly involved in the controversy generated by the action of the Kansas State Board of Education.

Carl Zimmer is a journalist and author who writes frequently about evolution. From 1994 to 1999 he was a senior editor at Discover magazine, and he currently contributes to magazines including National Geographic, Science, Natural History, and Audubon. He is the author of two books, At the Water's Edge (1998) and Parasite Rex (2000). He is now writing the companion volume for a television series on evolution to be broadcast on PBS. He has received several journalism prizes, including the Pan-American Health Organization Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting, and the  American Institute Biological Sciences Media Award.


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