Eugenie C. Scott has been since 1987 the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., a pro-evolution nonprofit science education organization with members in every state. She holds a Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Missouri, and honorary D.Sc degrees from McGill University, Ohio State University, Mt. Holyoke University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rutgers University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Missouri, and Colorado College. In 2008, she was awarded the University of California San Francisco Medal, their highest honor, equivalent to an honorary degree.
Scott has taught at the University of Kentucky and at the University of Colorado. A human biologist, her research was in medical anthropology and skeletal biology. The author of Creationism vs Evolution: An Introduction, and co-editor (with Glenn Branch) of Not in Our Classrooms; Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for our Schools, she has many published papers and monographs, has served as chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Anthropological Association, as President of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and has chaired both the Anthropology and Education Sections of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Scott is nationally-recognized as a proponent of church/state separation, and serves on the National Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and that of the American Civil Liberties Union. She served on the Advisory Council of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion unit, and on the Board of Directors of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study. An internationally-recognized expert on the creation/evolution controversy, she has consulted with the National Academy of Sciences, several State Departments of Education, natural history museums, and legal staffs in both the United States and Australia.
Scott has worked nation-wide to communicate the scientific method to the general public and to improve how science as a way of knowing is taught in school. She is frequently called upon by the print, radio, and television media as a spokesperson for “the scientific view” when conflicts arise between scientific and pseudoscientific explanations, including appearances on Donahue, Geraldo, Crossfire, Firing Line, Ancient Mysteries, The Pat Buchannan Show, (Penn and Teller’s) Bullshit!, and Science Friday. She was featured in the Nova programs “In the Beginning: The Creationist Controversy”, “What About God” in the Nova/Clear Blue Sky “Evolution” series, and Judgment Day, on which she was also a consultant. Scott is listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a member of Sigma Xi. She has been honored by scientists, educators, and advocates of church and state separation.
From her fellow scientists she has received the AAAS Award for scientific Freedom and Responsibility, the National Science Board’s Public Service Award, the American Society of Cell Biology’s Bruce Alberts Award, the American Institute of Biological Sciences Outstanding Service Award, the Geological Society of America’s Public Service Award, the American Anthropological Association’s Anthropology in the Media Award, the Society for the Study of Evolution’s Stephen Jay Gould Award, and the California Academy of Sciences Fellows Medal. In 2010 she received the highest honor of the National Academy of Sciences, the Public Welfare Award. She also received the University of Missouri Arts and Sciences College Distinguished Alumna award.
Public interest groups have honored her with the Isaac Asimov Science Award from the American Humanist Association, the Defense of Science Award from the Center for Inquiry, the Skeptics Society James Randi Award, the Public Education in Science award from the Center for Skeptical Inquiry, and the Hugh H. Hefner First Amendment Award. In 2009, Scientific American named her “one of 10 outstanding leaders involved in research, business or policy pursuits that have advanced science and technology.”
Educators have honored her as well: she has been presented with the California Science Teacher Association Distinguished Service Award, and made an Honorary Member of the National Association of Biology Teachers, their highest honor.