Ann Reid Succeeds Eugenie Scott as Executive Director of National Center for Science Education

It was back in May when we learned that Dr. Eugenie Scott would retire from her position as Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education — after 26 years with the organization. During her tenure, the NCSE was a vocal advocate for good science in public schools, fighting battles against the likes of Creationists and global warming deniers,

Today, the NCSE is announcing her successor: Ann Reid, a molecular biologist who has worked for the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and, most recently, was the director of the American Academy of Microbiology:

“It is crucial, now more than ever, for students to understand evolution and climate science,” Reid commented“I am excited at the prospect of helping NCSE to continue its important work in ensuring that these topics are taught properly — accurately, thoroughly, and without ideological interference.”

Scott expressed her pleasure with the choice of Reid as the new executive director of NCSE. “Her stint as a research scientist grounds her in what science is and what scientists do. Her work at the National Research Council connected her with the top scientists in the country. And her experience as the director of a non-profit organization provides her with invaluable knowhow.” She added, “I have no doubt that attacks on science education will continue. But with Reid at the helm, I have no doubt that NCSE will continue to be at the forefront of the defense.”

Sounds like a worthy successor to Scott’s legacy and someone who has both the science background and communications experience to effectively spread the message of evidence-based thinking.

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  • GubbaBumpkin

    What is her view on accommodationism? Will NCSE continue to feature religious apologetics on its web site?

  • Matt Eggler

    From what I have seen about Ann Reid she seems a good choice but Dr. Scott’s are some damn large shoes to fill.

    • WallofSleep

      Dr. Scott is pretty awesome, but I confess I don’t know much more about her beyond a few youtube vids.

      I did like the way she presented herself and the material in the talks that I have watched, and the way she is able to make a rube like me understand some of the more complex scientific information presented. Incidentally, this is also why I really dig Dr. Tyson.

      • GubbaBumpkin

        I have witnessed her “science and religion are compatible” talk and it was much less convincing than her presentations for evolution.

  • Shawn Wilson

    I’ll miss Genie, but it sounds like Genie II has yhe CV for it. I just hope she’s as well spoken and engaging.

  • WallofSleep

    OT: I’m gonna swing by my local Costco and see if there is any truth to this.

    I highly doubt it, but if so, I may have to start spending more money there.

    More likely? The photo looks some smart-ass customer peeled that sticker off of another book and stuck it there.

    • m6wg4bxw

      I’m interested to know what you find at Costco.

      That Fox News Insider article had me shaking my head. Surely Christians can understand why nonChristians might consider “The Holy Bible” to be fictional, even if they disagree.

      • WallofSleep

        The exact same bible at my local Costco was labeled “Gift Book”. The rest of the christian literature there was either labeled “Basic” or “Juvy” (for the children’s books).

        Now, it is entirely possible that there was a full-on labeling screw up on the books shipped to the Simi Valley location, but one location is certainly not indicative of a corporate wide policy to shove their thumbs in the eyes of christians.

        So, when you find a single instance, what do you do? Well, I think the first that should come to mind is checking other locations to see if this is going on elsewhere.

        Doesn’t it seem fishy that a dumb ass like me can do that all by himself in less than 30 mins., but the researchers and investigative journalists at a national news corporation like Fox can’t? Why, it’s almost like they’re biased in their reporting, and have some kind of agenda.

        EDIT: I will give the pastor a little props for saying this: “On the one hand Christians should not yell out ‘persecution’,” he said. “We aren’t living in Iraq or Iran.”

        … just because that is sure to piss off some of Fox’s readers.

        • m6wg4bxw

          It seems obvious to check for a simple mistake first, and then proceed accordingly. But it apparently isn’t obvious to everyone. In this case, it seems like a persecution complex got in the way.

          I figured it was the result of computer error, or data input — someone pressed the wrong button or key. Mistakes happen, and we’re lucky Christians are such forgiving people.

          Christians need to call out organizations like Costco whose actions undermine Christianity – regardless of whether those actions are accidental or intentional. [source]

          It was good of you to follow up on this. But, of course, your account is anecdotal. For all I know, short-term burn-victim, Rebecca, prayed and had those labels corrected prior to your visit to Costco.

          • WallofSleep

            “It was good of you to follow up on this.”

            Meh. It’s not like it takes much effort to debunk the claims of Fox News or American christians.

            “For all I know, short-term burn-victim, Rebecca, prayed and had those labels corrected prior to your visit to Costco.”

            That actually made me laugh out loud. Thanks, I needed that.

            EDIT: Now, the Bill O’Reilly books there were labeled as “Non-Fiction”. If that is not offensive, at least to a person’s sense of reality, I don’t what is.

  • WalterWhite007

    Great women except she should realize religion are polar opposites and are not in any way compatible. One readily and openly encourages inquiry and is open to revision whereas the other insists on the status quo and fights tooth and nail to stay firmly rooted in the knowledge base of the first century!!