Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: November 27, 1957 - Callie Khouri




















From Wikipedia
(Accessed November 18, 2016) 

Carolyn Ann "Callie" Khouri (born November 27, 1957) is a Syrian-American film and television screenwriter, producer, feminist, and director. In 1992 she won the Academy Awardfor Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for the film Thelma & Louise, which was controversial upon its release because of its progressive representation of gender politics, but which subsequently became a classic. 

Khouri's most recent movie, Mad Money, was released in 2008. On October 10, 2012, Khouri's television series, Nashville, premiered on ABC. The critics awarded it strong reviews. 

Biography
Carolyn Ann Khouri was born in San Antonio, Texas, but was brought up in Kentucky as the daughter of a Syrian-American doctor and a southern belle.[2] Her family name is of Christian Arab origin, meaning priest in the Arabic language. Khouri's interest in theatre arts began when she took part in high school plays. Following her graduation from St. Mary's High School in Paducah, Kentucky, she studied landscape architecture at Purdue University before changing her major to drama. Khouri dropped out of Purdue and moved to Los Angeles, California where she waited tables at music clubs[3] and studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute (where she studied with Peggy Feury, her first acting teacher). She soon realized that being an actress was not her destiny: "I can't stand people looking at me," says Khouri.[4][5] 

In 1985, she took her first step toward “film production by pursuing a position as a commercial and music video production assistant.”[6] Khouri began working in film production in 1991. From 1996 to 1998, and from 2000 to 2002, Khouri served on the Writers Guild of America board of directors; she sat on the board of trustees of the Writer’s Guild Foundation from 2001 to 2004.[7] She was a member of Hollywood Women's Political Committee, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting Women's Media Watch Project.[8] 

On June 2, 1990, she married David Weaver Warfield, a writer and a producer. She later divorced him, and married musician T Bone Burnett in 2006.[8] 

Career
Khouri is a screenwriter, director, producer, feminist, lecturer, and author of nonfiction. She also worked as an actress, lecturer, and waiter in Nashville. While working for a company that made commercials and music videos, she began writing Thelma & Louise, her first produced screenplay. Thelma & Louise won Khouri the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay,[9][10] a Golden Globe Award, and a PEN Literary Award, as well as the London Film Critics Circle Award for Film of the Year and a nomination for Best Original Screenplay from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.[11] According to an interview done by David Konow, a scholarly author and journalist, Callie Khouri mentioned her experience filming her first major film, Thelma & Louise. “While I was writing Thelma and Louise, it was the most fun I had ever had in my life, bar none,” she says. “It was such a pure experience. There was no self-censorship there, there was no second guessing. From a creative standpoint, it was the freest I had ever been in my life. I loved every moment I got to spend time with those characters. Nothing came close to it, including winning all the awards and everything else. As much fun as all that was, it wasn’t as much fun as sitting alone in a crummy office on Vine at 2 in the morning writing that screenplay.”[12] At the Oscar ceremony she said, "for everyone who wanted to see a happy ending for 'Thelma and Louise', for me this is it," brandishing the statue high. After winning the Academy Awards for her best screenplay, she felt motivated enough to continue on with her career and express "her feelings about the lack of female directors in Hollywood", not to mention that most of her career began because of her stand on women's rights.[13][14] In an interview done by The Huffington Post, she addressed that adult women "are a market that I feel is underserved in the entertainment population at large. I don’t see the kind of women represented that I know or that I’m attracted to. I really want to try to write more nuanced, less simplistic kind of stuff, and its hard to find a place to do that."[15] 

Thelma and Louise
“At first I had no desire to write screenplays. I kind of wished I had because I was reaching the end of my time producing music videos. I was struggling so hard to figure out what it was that I was supposed to be doing. I kept thinking I’m supposed to be doing something creative. I can’t believe I have such a knack for the vernacular and I don’t have anywhere to apply it."[16] “I felt I had not found my true path. And then a series of events occurred that led me to the point where I didn’t have anything to lose if I wrote a screenplay."[17] She began writing sitcoms with a comedian friend but was plagued by second thoughts about her work. Khouri was frustrated and kept "contemplating and meditating" until she got this idea of "two women going on a crime spree."[18] She felt as if a light bulb had gone on over her head, making her more interested in the idea. 

She originally created the character Louise as a woman living in Texas who works as a communication secretary, "somebody sitting behind one of those big desks with a headset on directing people and taking calls and all that stuff."[19] She imagined that Louise considered herself a liability as an employee, and that women would never be able to achieve power. This version of Louise would always remain narrow in her ambitions. someone "who never realized women could be executives until she saw one come in the front door."[18] 

The character Thelma, on the other hand, was first written as a character who "had kids and stuff like that, but I realized that she couldn’t have kids. The idea that Darryl wanted her to wait, because the kids would be a sacrifice for him financially, fit perfectly. And, of course, she’s really a child herself. I had to set it up that way. I love to laugh, and I wanted this to be a movie you were enjoying and having a good time with because you were watching these women get their lives. Even though they would lose them, they were becoming more and more themselves. It was a beautiful experience, a liberating experience to watch that."[20] 

Subsequent work
Her second film as a writer, the romantic comedy-drama Something to Talk About (1995),[21] earned mixed reviews from critics. 

In June 2002, Khouri made her directorial debut with her adaptation of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which grossed a total of $73,839,240 worldwide.[22] The film opened at number two in the box office behind The Sum of All Fears's second weekend.[11][23] 

In 2006, Khouri created, wrote and directed the pilot for the legal television series Hollis & Rae that was produced by Steven Bochco.[24] 

Khouri directed Mad Money in 2008, a crime-caper film starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, and Katie Holmes.[25] 

In 2012 she developed ABC’s country music drama series, Nashville, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. Khouri's husband T Bone Burnett was the show's executive music producer and composer for the first season. Leaving the show shortly after the first season production wrapped, Burnett later stated that he was upset with television executives' treatment of his wife.[26] His assistant and the managing producer Buddy Miller took over for Burnett in season two.[27] Nashville received positive reviews from critics, and Khouri continued on the show without Burnett's involvement.[28] 

Teaching
Khouri works as a part-time lecturer of theatre arts. She has taught a master class on filmmaking at the Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City, as well as a writing and directing course at the Arts Initiative Columbia University in the City of New York, featuring Thelma & Louise.[29][30][31] 

Aside from teaching and filmmaking, Khouri devotes time to feminist organizations; "Don’t you think talking about it is important, making the next generation understand that things are still not right for women?"[32] says Khouri. “I feel like I owe aspiring writers at least the warning that they are picking maybe the hardest thing there is to do in the business,” she says. “It doesn’t matter anymore how good you are. In some ways, it never really did. Bad movies get made as often as good ones, but so few movies get made now, period. If you write for a studio, you may be one of eight writers, so it’s not like you can have an artistic vision of your own and achieve it solely through screenwriting. I was very lucky because Ridley really wanted to tell Thelma & Louise. He wanted to make the movie I wanted to make. But oftentimes that’s not the case at all. They think your script is a good idea and that’s all. So they buy it and then they hire two or three other people to take a whack at it and it can be a very disappointing thing."[33] 

Advocacy
According to an interview in Variety[34] Khouri takes an opposing approach toward guns in social media; "in other countries where they have violent video games but less access to guns, they have less mass shootings. I have a really hard time saying, if there were no violent games, people would stop shooting each other. I think that until they have no way of shooting each other, they won't stop." says Khouri. "We have a speed limit. Why can't we have a bullet limit? The idea that we don't need limits stricter than we have now on guns is absolutely insane. Because ultimately, people don't kill people — guns kill people, and people with guns kill people." She also argued that America has lost its moral compass and that "it's worse than it's its ever been!" in the matters of gun control. She claimed that there is no quick route to end gun control because Hollywood actors such as Sylvester Stallone"make a fortune from violence. Do you think those types of movies will stop getting made? I don't," says Khouri.[35] 

National Women’s History Museum
The National Women's History Museum (NWHM) is a non-profit organization that recognizes powerful women who contribute toward feminist filmmaking, such as Callie Khouri and Susan Sarandon. It also receives support, as well as generous donations, from other women such as Shonda Rhimes, Meryl Streep, and Frances Fisher. On August 23, 2014, Callie Khouri was honored by the National Women’s History Museum and NWHM Los Angeles Council in "Women Making History Brunch" at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California, for winning an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and WGA. “She’s revolutionary,” said Geena Davis on working with Khouri, who also is the creator and executive producer of Nashville." “She creates characters that are in charge of their own fate to the bitter end. Female characters who are in charge of themselves.”[36] 

Filmography
 

Year
Title
Credited as
Director
Writer
Producer
1987
No
No
Yes
1991
No
Yes
Yes
1995
No
Yes
No
2002
Yes
Yes
Yes
2006
Yes
Yes
Yes
2008
Yes
No
No
2012
Yes
Yes
Yes

 
Awards and nominations
 

List of awards and nominations
Year
Award
Category
Film
Result
1992
Won
Best Screenplay
Won
Nominated
Won
Won
Nominated
Won
2012
Nominated
Nominated
Nominated
2013
Nominated
Distinguished Screenwriter Award[38]
Won

 

 
References
1.The Heartbeat, and the Twang, of a City; New York Times, October 7, 2012; accessed January 23, 2014.
2. Weller, Sheila. "The Ride of a Lifetime: The Making of Thelma & Louise". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
3. "83. Ben Blacker." Fast Company 176 (2013): 138. Interview: Callie Khouri. Database: Shatford Library - Ebscohost.com Retrieved 2015-04-27.
4. Athena FF: Callie Khouri on the Difference between Women Characters in Film vs. TV Retrieved 2015-04-27
5. "Callie Khouri, The New York Times Profile Biography" nytimes.com. Retrieved 2015-20-04
6. "The Tribute: Callie Khouri,People Biography." Tribute.ca. Retrieved 2015-04-19
7. "Callie Khouri profile at". Filmbug. 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
8. "Database Login| Shatford Library at Pasadena City College". 9. Go.galegroup.com.ezp.pasadena.edu. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
9. Thelma & Louise (1991): box office business
10. Thelma & Louise (1991): awards
11. "16th Nashville Annual Screenwriters Conference". Nashscreen.com. Archived from the original on 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
12. “I wouldn’t send any impressionable young woman I know to see Thelma and Louise” CreativeScreenwriting.com Retrieved 2015-04-24.
13. "20th Anniversary Edition: Callie Khouri Looks Back on Thelma & Louise." Retrieved 2015-04-21
14. JANET MASLINPublished: April 1, 1992 (1992-04-01). "The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
15. Callie Khouri, 'Nashville' Creator, On Taylor Swift, 'Having It All' & Why TV Beats Film For Women Huffingtonpost.com Retrieved 2015-04-28
16. Callie Khouri – On Creating Character: Thelma & Louise SYDField.com-Interview Retrieved 2015-05-02 -
17. Callie Khouri – On Creating Character: Thelma & Louise Retrieved 2015-05-02 SYDField Academy of Screenwriting-Interview
18. Callie Khouri – On Creating Character: Thelma & Louise SYDfield Academy of Screenwriting-Interview Retrieved 2015-05-02
19. Callie Khouri – On Creating Character: Thelma & Louise SYDfield Academy of Screenwriting-Interview Retrieved 2015-05-02.
20. Callie Khouri – On Creating Character: Thelma & Louise SYD Academy of Screenwriting Retrieved 2015-05-02
21. New York Times
22. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood at Box Office Mojo
23. "Weekend Box Office Results for June 7–9, 2002". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
24. The New York Times
25. New York Times
26. Willman, Chris (30 October 2013). "T Bone Burnett on Quitting Wife Callie Khouri's 'Nashville': It Was a 'Drag-Out Fight'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 March 2015. Some people were making a drama about real musicians' lives, and some were making a soap opera, so there was that confusion. It was a knockdown, bloody, drag-out fight, every episode.
27. Gold, Adam. "T Bone Burnett Not Returning to Nashville, Buddy Miller to Take Over as Show's Music Producer". City Press. Retrieved August 13,2013.
28. "ABC Gives Drama Pilot Orders To Soaps From Mark Gordon And Callie Khouri". Retrieved 2012-04-21.
29. Columbia University: 14CU0: AFF Master Class: Writing & Directing With Callie Khouri Alumniarts.columbia.edu/ Retrieved 2015-04-27
30. "Pop Culture And Feminism: An Interview With Hollywood's Callie Khouri" Forbes.com Retrieved 2015-04-22
31. http://athenafilmfestival.com/film/master-class-with-callie-khouri/ Master Class Tickets Retrieved 2015-04-26
32. "Pop Culture And Feminism: An Interview With Hollywood's Callie Khouri" Forbes.com Retrieved 2015-04-22
33. 20th Anniversary Edition: Callie Khouri Looks Back on Thelma & Louise.Retrieved 2015-04-19
34. Variety.com- Callie Khouri Profile Retrieved 2015-04-30
35. Database Login: "Voices: Callie Khouri." Variety. 429.10 - Shatford Library Ebscohost.com Retrieved 2015-04-30
36. "Sophia Bush Honored by National Women's History Museum"HollywoodReporter.com. Retrieved April 19, 2015
37. Andreeva, Nellie. "2013 Writers Guild Awards Nominees Announced". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-02-12.
38. "Austin Film Festival To Honor Callie Khouri; 2013 Conference Slate Unveiled". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2013-09-07.

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: November 23, 1950 - Ron Whitehead



Ron Whitehead (right).By The green building - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11206735

From Wikipedia -
(Accessed November 22, 2016)

Ron Whitehead is an American poet. Whitehead was born on a farm in Kentucky, but traveled to the University of Louisville and Oxford University to pursue his academic interests.[1]

Ron Whitehead has been involved in many aspects of the artistic field; writing poetry, editing literary works, organizing a non-profit organization to support literature worldwide called the Global Literary Renaissance, teaching and lecturing to students, and collaborating with musicians.

Whitehead has authored thirty titles which include: Western Kentucky: Lost & Forgotten, Found & Remembered (with Sarah Elizabeth Burkey), The Third Testament: Three Gospels of Peace (with art by Lawrence Ferlinghetti & David Minton), Beaver Dam Rocking Chair Marathon, The Wanderer, and most recently, The Storm Generation Manifesto & on parting, the wilderness poems.

Ron has also released forty cds which include: "Tapping My Own Phone", "Kentucky Roots", "Kentucky: poems, stories, songs", "Kentucky Blues", "I Will Not Bow Down", "Exterminate Noise", "From Iceland to Kentucky & Beyond", "Swan Boats @ Four", "The Shape of Water", "The Viking Hillbilly Apocalypse Revue", "Walking Home", "I Refuse", "Ron Whitehead and Southside’s Southside Lounge", "Ron Whitehead and Southside’s We Are The Storm", and "The Storm Generation Manifesto & on parting, the wilderness poems" accompanying his most recent book release.

Awards and Accolades
Ron has been honored for his work as a writer and his involvement in the literary community. Some of his accolades include: The All Kentucky Poetry Prize, The Yeats Club of Oxford’s Prize for Poetry, nomination for the Pulitzer Prize twice, and a nomination for the Nobel Prize in Literature.[citation needed] Ron's work has been featured prominently on the international scene. In 2002 his poem "Never Give Up" was the featured theme for the United Nations affiliated program called "Poetry on the Peaks." This poem has been featured in other venues including National Geographic Magazine and a book written by the 14th Dalai Lama. In 2009 Ron was one of the one hundred and thirty featured poets representing fifty countries at the International Poetry Festival, which took place in Granada, Nicaragua. Ron's work has been published in other venues as well, including
Northwestern's TriQuarterly Magazine, England's Beat Scene, and Japan's Blue Beat Jacket. Ron's work is also featured in Delinda Buie's archive at the University of Louisville Library.[2]

Musical Collaboration and Event Production
Ron has also been involved in production of musical and poetry events worldwide. Some of these events include days long music and poetry readings called "Insomniac-a-thons", concert benefits, and International and National Poetry Festivals in locations such as London, New York City, and the Netherlands. Ron's most notable production was the Official Hunter S. Thompson Tribute, which featured individuals such as Johnny Depp, David Amram, and Roxanne Pulitzer.[3] Ron has collaborated with many musicians as well, doing readings of his work with other artists. Ron has worked with musical artists ranging from Icelandic musicians Sigur Ros and Utangar├░smenn, to Jim James of My Morning Jacket and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. One of his most recent collaborations was with heavy psychedelic rock group Blaak Heat, on their EP The Storm Generation and following album The Edge of an Era.


Editing and Teaching
Ron has also continued to be involved in the academic world through working as an editor and a professor. Ron has edited thousand of works by authors such as Jimmy Carter, Jack Kerouac, Andy Warhol, Allen Ginsberg, and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.[4] Ron has also taught at various institutions of higher education including the University of Louisville, New York University, Trinity College Dublin, and The University of Iceland. He is currently the Poetry Editor at Gonzo Today .com.[5]

Ron's latest book titled, The Storm Generation Manifesto and on parting, the wilderness poems, was released in July 2010 and includes a CD of his readings as well as his first DVD.[6]

References
1. "Ron Whitehead Outlaw Poet". www.tappingmyownphone.com. Retrieved 2016-04-11.
2. Overmier, Judith A. (2002-01-01). Out-of-print and Special Collection Materials: Acquisition and Purchasing Options. Haworth Information Press. p. 24. ISBN 9780789016836.

3. McKeen, William. Outlaw Journalist: The Life and Times of Hunter S. Thompson (W.W. Norton & Company, 2008), 329. https://books.google.com/books?id=9Zy4GJrn--UC&pg=PA413&dq=McKeen,+William.+Outlaw+Journalist:+The+Life+and+Times+of++Hunter+S.+Thompson+(W.W.+Norton+%26+Company,+2008),+329&hl=en&ei=qLhqTIvJJMH38Aa64o2KAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCwQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=ron&f=false
4. Morgan, Bill. The Works of Allen Ginsberg, 1941–1994: A Descriptive Bibliography (Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 1995), 76–77. https://books.google.com/books?id=nQXGyLPv1bwC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Works+of+Allen+Ginsberg,+1941-1994:+A+Descriptive+Bibliography&hl=en&ei=d7lqTOSPD8P48AaW7smFAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=ron&f=false
5. "Ron Whitehead, Author at GonzoToday". GonzoToday. Retrieved 2016-04-09.
6. "91.9 WFPK Radio Louisville » Off The Record: Ron Whitehead". Retrieved 2016-04-09.



Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Whitehead, Ron., and Sean. Mount. Beaver Dam Rocking Chair Marathon Fragments of a Lost Text : Stories and Poems. Monterey, Ky.: Tilt-A-Whirl, 1998. Print.
Special Collections Research Center Closed Stacks - Ask at desk on 2nd Floor for assistance (PS3573.H483 B430 1998)

Fielding, Kent., Ron. Whitehead, and Jennifer. Seelig. The Dark Woods I Cross : An Anthology of Contemporary Louisville Women Poets. 1st ed. Louisville, Ky.?]: White Fields, 1992. Print.
Special Collections Research Center Closed Stacks - Ask at desk on 2nd Floor for assistance (PS589 .D37 1992)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: October 24, 1945: Eugenie Scott



Scott in May of 2014

From Wikipedia (Accessed October 21, 2016):
Eugenie Carol Scott (born October 24, 1945) is an American physical anthropologist, a former university professor and one of the strongest voices challenging the teaching of young earth creationism and intelligent design in schools. From 1987 to 2013,[1] Scott served as 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. A human biologist, her research has been in medical anthropology and skeletal biology. 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 other organizations. She has worked nationwide to communicate the scientific method to the general public and to improve how science as a way of knowing is taught in school.

Early life and education
Scott grew up in Wisconsin and first became interested in anthropology after reading her sister's anthropology textbook.[2] Scott received a BS and MS from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, followed by a PhD from the University of Missouri. She joined the University of Kentucky as a physical anthropologist in 1974 and shortly thereafter attended a debate between her mentor James A. Gavan and the young earth creationist Duane Gish which piqued her interest in the creation-evolution controversy.[3][4] She also taught at the University of Colorado and at California State University, Hayward. Her research work focused on medical anthropology and skeletal biology.

Career
In 1980, Scott was at the forefront of an attempt to prevent creationism from being taught in the public schools of Lexington, Kentucky. From this grassroot effort in Kentucky and other states, the National Center for Science Education was formed in 1981. Scott was appointed the NCSE's executive director in 1987, the year in which teaching creation science in American public schools was deemed illegal by the Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard. Scott announced that she would be retiring from this position by the end of 2013,[5][6] doing so on 6 January 2014. Her place was taken by Ann Reid.[7]

Recognition and awards
In 1993 the University of Missouri honored Scott as a distinguished alumna.[8] She was elected to the California Academy of Sciences in 1994. She served as president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists from 2000 to 2002. She was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2002 and was its chair. She is also a member of Sigma Xi.

Scott has received many awards from academic organizations. In 1999 she was awarded the Bruce Alberts Award by the American Society for Cell Biology. In 2001 she received the Geological Society of America's Public Service Award.[9] She received the 2002 Public Service Award from the National Science Board for "her promotion of public understanding of the importance of science, the scientific method, and science education and the role of evolution in science education".[10][11] In 2002 the American Institute of Biological Sciences awarded her the first Outstanding Service Award.[12] Scott also received the 2002 Margaret Nicholson Distinguished Service Award from the California Science Teachers Association.[13] The National Association of Biology Teachers gave her honorary membership in 2005.[14] In 2006 she was awarded the Anthropology in the Media Award by the American Anthropological Association for "the successful communication of anthropology to the general public through the media".[15] In 2007 Scott and Kenneth R. Miller were jointly awarded the Outstanding Educator’s Award by the Exploratorium Museum.[16]

Scott serves on the National Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State and on the National Advisory Council of Americans for Religious Liberty. In 1999 Scott was awarded the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award "for tirelessly defending the separation of church and state by ensuring that religious neutrality is maintained in the science curriculum of America's public schools",[17] and in 2006 was one of the three judges chosen to make the awards.

Scott has been awarded honorary degrees by McGill University in 2003,[18][19] by Ohio State University in 2005[20][21][22] and in 2006 by Mount Holyoke College[23][24][25] and her alma mater the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.[26][27] In 2007 she was awarded an honorary degree by Rutgers University.[28] In 2008 she was awarded an honorary degree by University of New Mexico.[29]

In 2009, Scott became the first-ever recipient of the Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution. She was chosen for devoting "her life to advancing public understanding of evolution."[30] She was awarded the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences in 2010.[31]

On August 21, 2010 Scott was honored with an award recognizing her contributions in the skeptical field, from the Independent Investigations Group (IIG) during its 10th Anniversary Gala.[32]

In 1991 the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSICOP) presented Scott with the Public Education in Science Award.[33]

On October 9, 2010 Committee for Skeptical Inquiry announced Scott (and others) as a part of their policy-making Executive Council, she will also serve on Skeptical Inquirer's magazine board.[34]

On April 4, 2014 Scott received a Distinguished Service to Science Education Award from the National Science Teachers Association. The award is presented to members of NSTA "who, through active leadership and scholarly endeavor over a significant period of time, have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement of education in the sciences and science teaching." [35]

In June 2014, Scott received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Humanist Association conference in Philadelphia.[36]

On July 12, 2014 Asteroid 249540 Eugeniescott (2010 HX14), discovered April 18, 2010, was named in honor of Scott, "who served as the executive director of the National Center for Science Education for more than 25 years" and "improved the teaching of science-based curricula for students throughout the United States."[37]


James Underdown director of Center for Inquiry West and Independent Investigations Group (IIG) West presents award from the IIG August 21, 2010

Worldview
Scott was initially brought up in Christian Science by her mother and grandmother, but later switched to a congregational church under the influence of her sister; she describes her background as liberal Protestant.[38] Scott is now a secular humanist and describes herself as a nontheist. In 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that "Scott describes herself as atheist but does not discount the importance of spirituality."[39] In 2003 she was one of the signatories to the third humanist manifesto, Humanism and Its Aspirations.[40] She is also a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.[41] In 2003 she was awarded the "Defense of Science Award" from the Center for Inquiry for "her tireless leadership in defending scientific evolution and educational freedom".[42]

In 1998, Scott received the American Humanist Association's Isaac Asimov Award in Science. In her acceptance speech she explained how a statement adopted by the National Association of Biology Teachers that evolution was "unsupervised" and "impersonal" was attacked by creationists such as Phillip E. Johnson, and the initial reaction of the NABT was not to bow to pressure from creationists to change it. However, Scott agreed with theologian Huston Smith and philosopher Alvin Plantinga that "unsupervised" and "impersonal" should be dropped from the statement as they made philosophical and theological claims beyond those science could claim to make based on its principle of methodological naturalism—and the statement was altered.[43]

Authorship
Scott is widely considered to be a leading expert on creationism (including intelligent design), and one of its strongest opponents. Her book Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction was published by Greenwood Press in 2004 and then in paperback by the University of California Press in 2005. It has a foreword by Niles Eldredge.

She also co-edited with Glenn Branch the 2006 anthology Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools.

In 2006 Jon D. Miller, Scott and Shinji Okamoto had a brief article published in Science entitled "Public Acceptance of Evolution", an analysis of polling on the acceptance of evolution from the last 20 years in the United States and compared to other countries.[44][45] Turkey had the lowest acceptance of evolution in the survey, with the United States having the next-lowest, though the authors saw a positive in the higher percentage of Americans who are unsure about evolution, and therefore "reachable" for evolution.[46]

Less seriously, she has co-authored with Glenn Branch and Nick Matzke a 2004 paper on "The Morphology of Steve" in the Annals of Improbable Research which arose from the NCSE's Project Steve.[47]

Media appearances


2009 Independent Investigations Award Recipient[48]

David Berlinski, a fellow at the Discovery Institute, describes Scott as an opponent "who is often sent out to defend Darwin".[49] However, Scott prefers to see herself as "Darwin's golden retriever".[50] Scott says that her job "requires coping with science illiteracy in the American public".[43]

Scott has been profiled in The New York Times,[4] Scientific American,[51] The Scientist,[52] the San Francisco Chronicle,[53] and the Stanford Medical Magazine.[54] She has had been interviewed for Science & Theology News,[38] CSICOP,[55] Church & State[56] and Point of Inquiry.[57][58][59] She has commentary published by Science & Theology News,[60] Metanexus Institute.[61]

She also acted as the education spokesperson for the 2001 PBS: Evolution TV series[62]
Scott has taken part in numerous interviews on MSNBC and the Fox News Channel, debating various creationist and Intelligent design advocates. On 29 November 2004, Scott debated astrophysicist Jason Lisle of Answers in Genesis on CNN.[63] On May 6, 2005 Scott debated Stephen C. Meyer of the Discovery Institute, on The Big Story with John Gibson.[64][65] The latter concerned the Kansas evolution hearings.

In 2004, Scott represented the National Center for Science Education on Penn and Teller's Showtime television show Bullshit!, on the episode titled "Creationism", on which she offered philosophical views about the creationist and intelligent design movements.[66]


(Sampling of) Podcast Interviews

DatePodcast NameEpisode
04/09/08Scientific AmericanExpelled Explained
04/29/08SkepticalityEpisode #076 An Interview with Dr. Eugenie Scott
07/16/11International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution100th Episode: Eugenie Scott on Resolving Conflict Between Religion and Science
12/04/11Rationally SpeakingEugenie Scott on Denialism of Climate Change & Evolution
01/06/12Point of InquiryEugenie Scott - Defending Climate Education
05/02/12The Pseudo Scientists–The Young Australian SkepticsEpisode 44 of The Pseudo Scientists: Eggless chickens, science vs. religion, and Eugenie Scott
07/05/12British Centre for Science EducationFighting Against Creationism in the UK
01/24/14Mother JonesWant Proof Evolution Is Real? Just Look at Creationism
08/24/15Point of InquiryDecrypting Pseudoscience
05/24/16MonsterTalkBigfoot Skepticism


Dover trial participationIn 2005, Scott and other NCSE staff served as scientific and educational consultants for the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case, which originated in Dover, Pennsylvania. Judge John Jones ruled against teaching intelligent design or creationism in the public schools.

Personal life
Scott and her husband, Thomas C. Sager, a lawyer, have one daughter and reside in Berkeley, California.

Bibliography
Eugenie C. Scott (2004). "Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction". Berkeley & Los Angeles, California: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-24650-0. Retrieved 16 June 2010. Also: Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0-313-32122-1
Eugenie C. Scott & Glenn Branch (2006). "Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools". Boston: Beacon Press. ISBN 0-8070-3278-6.


References
1. Jeffrey, Mervis (May 6, 2013). "Contributor". Science Insider.
2. What inspired me to take up science?, Eugenie Scott
3. My Favorite Pseudoscience, Eugenie Scott, from Skeptical Odysseys: Personal Accounts by the World's Leading Paranormal Inquirers. Paul Kurtz, ed. Amherst (NY): Prometheus Books, 2001, p 245-56.
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5. Press Release (May 6, 2013). "NCSE's Scott to retire". National Center for Science Education. Retrieved 2013-06-23.
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7. "Welcome, Ann Reid". NCSE. January 6, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-13.
8. "Special Event Programs and Records, Archives of the University of Missouri". 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
9. Zoback, Mary Lou (2001-12-03). "GSA Announces Public Service Medals for Scott and Dalrymple". National Center for Science Education. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
10. "Scott receives public service award from National Science Board". NCSE. 2002-05-09. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
11. "National Science Board - Honorary Awards". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
12. "AIBS News April 2002". American Institute of Biological Sciences. April 2002. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
13. "Scott Receives Teacher Association Award". NCSE. 2002-10-28. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
14. "Eugenie C. Scott to receive NABT award". NCSE. 2005-10-05. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
15. "Scott honored with Anthropology in the Media Award". NCSE. 2006-11-01. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
16. "Exploratorium 2007 Awards Dinner". Exploratorium. 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
17. 1999 winners, Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards
18. "Scott to Receive Honorary Degree". NCSE. 2003-05-30. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
19. "Spring 2003 Convocation Honorary Doctorates". McGill University. 2003-05-22. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
20. "Scott to be honored by OSU". NCSE. 2005-05-04. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
21. "Scientific literacy advocate will give commencement address". Ohio State University. 2005-03-02. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
22. "Ohio State honors four at winter 2005 commencement". OSU. 2005-03-17. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
23. "NCSE's Scott to be honored by Mount Holyoke". NCSE. 2006-04-28. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
24. "Honorary Degree Citation, Eugenie Scott". Mount Holyoke College. 2006-05-28. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
25. Eugenie C. Scott (2006-05-28). "Honorary Degree Address". Retrieved 2007-08-23.
26. "Scott honored by UWM". NCSE. 2006-12-19. Retrieved 2008-11-04.
27. "UWM alumna Dr. Eugenie Scott to receive honorary degree from UWM". University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2007-08-23.
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29. "UNM Awards Genie Scott with Honorary Doctorate of Science". Panda's Thumb. 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2008-03-13.
30. Awards, Society for the Study of Evolution
31. "Public Welfare Award". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
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38. A Conversation with Eugenie Scott Science and Theology News
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40. "Notable Signers". Humanism and Its Aspirations. American Humanist Association. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
41. List of fellows of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal
42. Scott Receives "Defense of Science" Award
43. Scott, Eugenie (May 1998), Science and Religion, Methodology and Humanism, San Diego, CA: American Humanist Association, retrieved 2009-05-21
44. "Public Acceptance of Evolution" in Science, NCSE, August 15, 2006
45. Miller; et al. (2006). "SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: Public Acceptance of Evolution". Science. 313: 765–766.
doi:10.1126/science.1126746. PMID 16902112.
46. Nick Matzke (10 August 2006). "Well, at least we beat Turkey". The Panda's Thumb.
47. Eugenie C. Scott, Glenn Branch and Nick Matzke (2004). "The Morphology of Steve" (PDF). Annals of Improbable Research. 10 (4): 24–29. doi:10.3142/107951404781540554.
48. "IIG Awards". Independent Investigations Report.
49. An Interview with David Berlinski: Part One, Intelligent Design the Future, March 7, 2006
50. "Scientific American 10: Guiding Science for Humanity". Scientific American. June 2009.
51. Steve Mirsky (22 January 2006). "Teach the Science: Wherever evolution education is under attack by creationist thinking, Eugenie Scott will be there to defend science—with rationality and resolve". Scientific American.
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54. Ain't it the truth? Two plus two equals four — spread the word, Joel Stein, Stanford Medicine Magazine
55. An Interview with Dr. Eugenie Scott, By Bill Busher, CSICOP
56. Not In Our Classrooms! Leading Science Educator Explains Why ‘Intelligent Design’ Is Wrong For Our Schools, Church & State, Americans United
57. Eugenie Scott - Evolution vs. Religious Belief? Point of Inquiry
58. Eugenie Scott - The Dover Trial: Evolution vs. Intelligent Design
59. Eugenie Scott: Decrypting Pseudoscience
60. Still waiting for ID proponents to say more than 'Evolution is wrong'
61. The Big Tent and the Camel's Nose, Eugenie Scott, Metanexus Institute.
62. Evolution Project Overview, PBS.
63. NCSE's Scott on Fox, CNN, NCSE
64. Kansas Debates Evolution: Stephen C. Meyer, Eugenie Scott, May 6, 2005 from the Discovery Institute
65. "Evolution Vs. God in the Classroom - The Big Story w/ Gibson and Nauert". Fox News Channel. 2005-05-06. Retrieved 2010-02-17.
66. "Creationism". Bullshit!. 2004. Archived from the original on 2008-06-18. Retrieved 2008-05-17.



External links Eugenie Scott from the National Center for Science Education Eugenie Scott on Teaching Evolution, Books and Ideas Eugenie Scott's talk: "The Right to Teach Evolution"

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Scott, Eugenie Carol. Evolution vs. Creationism : An Introduction. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2004. Print.
QH367 .S395 2004, Education Library

Scott, Eugenie Carol, and Glenn. Branch. Not in Our Classrooms : Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools. Boston, Mass.: Beacon, 2006. Print.
BL263 .N68 2006, Education Library

Schiller, Greta., Eugenie Carol Scott, Andrea. Weiss, Paul. Winter, Jezebel Productions, and New Day Films. No Dinosaurs in Heaven. Special Teachers ed. New York]: Jezebel Productions/New Day Films, 2010.
AV-D8727, Young Media Library