Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D
., a champion for defending the integrity of science – particularly involving the teaching of evolution and climate change within in the class — has been honored by
International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center
by having Asteroid 249530 named after her.
orbits the Sun in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter every 5.3 years. It is about 2.9 kilometers across, and its surface is covered with a dark material suggesting that it was formed in the cooler, outer parts of our solar system.
Dr. Eugenie Scott, a former university professor, served as the executive director of National Center for Science Education( NCSE) from 1987 to 2014. (College of Educational Studies faculty member
Dr. Brian Alters
is President of NCSE.) Dr. Scott now serves as the chair of NCSE’s Advisory Council and as a CES faculty associate. She has been both a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty-five years, and can address many components of this controversy, including educational, legal, scientific, religious, and social issues.
Dr. Scott is the author of the book
Evolution vs. Creationism
, and co-editor (with Glenn Branch) of
Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools
. Dr. Scott says that “It’s a surprise, but obviously a delightful one. I’ll never look up at the night sky in quite the same way again!”
Read more about Asteroid 249530 Eugeniescott at the
National Center for Science Education news page