Eugenie Scott

The National Academy of Sciences has awarded its prestigious Public Welfare Medal to Eugenie Scott, author of Evolution vs. Creationism, in recognition of her work as executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), promoting and defending the teaching of evolution in schools.

“Eugenie Scott has worked tirelessly and very effectively to improve public understanding of both the nature of science and the science of evolution,” said National Academy of Sciences president Ralph J. Cicerone, quoted in the award announcement.

In Evolution vs. Creationism, Scott explores the public controversy over creationism and evolution, providing a foundation of knowledge on both sides of the issue and a history of the debate. She recently held a talk at The Bone Room in Albany, CA. You can watch Scott’s three-part talk on the NCSE’s YouTube channel.

The 2009 PROSE Award winners for excellence in scholarly publishing were announced last week, with three UC Press titles among them. Amiri Baraka’s Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music won for best book in music and performing arts, Robert Wuthnow’s Boundless Faith: The Global Outreach of American Churches was the best book in theology and religious studies, and Rosemary Gillespie and David A. Clague’s Encyclopedia of Islands was a finalist for best single-volume reference/science book. The PROSE Awards are given by the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association for American Publishers.