September 14, 2012 – Science and Creationism

On this program, we will discuss the scientific critique of creationism with Andrew J. Petto, Ph.D. Co-editor of Scientists Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond, and editor of the newsletter for the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), Professor Petto’s interests over the last twenty years have evolved to the question of scientific literacy and science education. The main goal is to promote the understanding of the nature and process of scientific inquiry as a context for all the factual information that scientific research generates. His research in science education has focused on understanding how science teachers are motivated to continue their own education and to introduce new ideas, activities, and interests to the students in their classrooms.He has also worked to understand how students learn science, and in particular how they come to understand the evolutionary theory that is at the foundation of modern biology.

His research interests are in the area of the use of animal models for understanding general biological structure and function, particularly as applied to human gross anatomy and movement. He is also interested in mathematical modeling of population ecology, particularly applying demographic models to the study of primate life history evolution.

Resources:

TED talk by Nina Jablonski on skin color
Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul by Kenneth Miller
Why Teach Evolution? (handy tri-fold brochure)