Karen Bartelt has a BS in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MS in Physical Chemistry from Drexel University, and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Montana State University. She is presently Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics at Eureka College in Eureka, IL.
Jim Foley is a software engineer with a BS with honours in Computer Science from the University of Queensland. He has a long-time interest in creationism, emphasizing human evolution in particular. He is the author of a major paleoanthropology web site, the Fossil Hominids site at the TalkOrigins Archive. He currently lives in Perth, Australia, with his wife and four children. His hobbies include reading, participating in the creation/evolution debate, and playing netball and squash.
Scott Goodman is a 50 year old high school teacher from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. In addition to teaching grade 9 science and film production, he is an amateur paleontologist and a member of the Vancouver Paleontological Association. After being introduced to the anti-evolution movement when a family member became a vociferous creationist, he gradually became aware of the scope of the problem and the serious threat that it poses to science education. He eventually joined the National Center for Science Education. He has made an intensive study of the "creation science" and "intelligent design" movements and the tactics and arguments they employ to attack the teaching of evolution in public schools. As a result of his efforts, the former Minister of Education of British Columbia, the Hon. Art Charbonneau, amended the education act of that province to prevent the teaching of religiously derived beliefs in provincial public school science classes and require that the entire curriculum related to evolution be taught. School boards throughout the province were instructed to that effect.
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Edward Max has an MD and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He was a graduate fellow at Rockefeller University and has held various positions at the National Institutes of Health. His research projects have included investigating vitamin D action, studying the structure and recombination of mouse kappa immunoglobulin genes and human epsilon heavy chain genes, and investigating the regulation of immunoglobulin gene expression and Iymphokine-induced isotype switching. He is currently Chief of the Laboratory of Gene Regulation as well as Associate Director for Research in the Office of Therapeutics Research and Review at the FDA-Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research at the NIH. He has a strong interest in science education and has organized a science education program for kids at NIH. His interest in evolution stems from his concern over providing the best possible science education for the next generation.
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Ian Francis Musgrave obtained his Bachelor of Applied Science at the Queensland Institute of Technology; after working briefly as a clinical scientist, he completed an MS on the control of nerve activity by stress hormones at the University of Queensland. He then completed a PhD at Melbourne University on the biochemical basis of the control of nerve activity. He did postdoctoral research on the molecular mechanisms of receptor signaling at the Free University in Berlin, Germany, winning the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt and CJ Martin fellowships. On his return to Australia, he continued in this research area, and is now Senior Lecturer in Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology at Adelaide University, Australia. In addition to his professional work, he is a keen amateur astronomer, and runs a popular astronomical web site.
Paul Z. Myers is a professor of biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris, teaching courses in developmental biology, cell biology, genetics, and neuroscience. He has a BS in Zoology from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Neuroscience, the University of Oregon, Eugene. His current research interests are in cellular aspects of development in the embryonic zebrafish, especially during that fascinating window of time, the phylotypic stage.
Fedor Steeman has an MS in Systematic Biology, specializing in paleontology, from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. While pursuing his degree he did research-training at the Muséum National dHistoire Naturelle in Paris, France, on a large species of Arctaspis, a Placoderm fish from the Paleozoic Era. After graduation his primary research interest was the Thylacocephalans, a group of possible crustaceans from the Cretaceous in Lebanon. Currently, he is pursuing an independent study of a form of argentinioid fish from early Eocene deposits in Denmark. The aim of this study is to determine whether they exhibit any evolutionary changes throughout the layers in which they are found. He was a leader of a discussion-group on taxonomic names at the Fifth European Workshop on Vertebrate Palaeontology, 2000, in Karlsruhe, Germany, and he was a convenor at the symposium "Secondary adaptation to life in water," 1999, in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has published papers in Palaeontology, Geologisk Tidsskrift, and Geologisk Nyt, and has made a number of oral presentations at various societies, conferences and symposia, including the Palæontologisk Klub in Copenhagen. He first became involved in the creation/evolution debate after the publication of a book by a well-known evangelist and public figure in the Netherlands; more recently he has been invited to hold a talk on creationism for the Natural-Historical Society in the fall of 2001. He currently lives in Denmark with his family.
David E. Thomas graduated from New Mexico Tech with undergraduate degrees in physics and math, and an MS in math. He has been employed as a physicist and mathematician since 1980, and currently works on robotic testing systems and pattern recognition algorithms at a small high-tech firm in Albuquerque. Dave has been recognized as a Friend of Darwin by the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), and has recently been elected a Fellow of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP). He has published articles in CSICOPs journal, the Skeptical Inquirer, on numerous topics, including UFOs, the Bible Code, and creationism. He has also written articles for Reports of the NCSE on radiometric dating, genetic algorithms, and other topics. Dave is president of the New Mexico skeptics group, New Mexicans for Science and Reason. He is married, and has two teenage sons. Dave enjoys several hobbies, including juggling, magic, and bluegrass music.
Robert Thomas is a Professor of Geology in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Montana-Western in Dillon, Montana. He received a BA in Geology from Humboldt State University, an MS in Geology from the University of Montana-Missoula and a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Washington. His research interests include Cambrian mass extinctions, controls on Cambrian carbonate platform development and destruction, the origin and timing of extensional tectonism in southwest Montana, applied fluvial geomorphology and the geology of the Lewis and Clark Trail. His passion is to make geology accessible to the public.
David Wayne Ussery is currently an associate professor at the Center for Biological Sequence analysis (CBS) in the Biocentrum-DTU, at the Technical University of Denmark. He grew up in Springdale, Arkansas, and got his BA in Chemistry at William Jewell College. He went on to get an MS in Chemistry at the University of New Mexico, and then started work on his PhD in the Department of Biological Chemistry (now the Department of Molecular Genetics, Biochemistry and Microbiology) at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He then did a post-doctoral fellowship in a bacterial genetics group at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, followed by a year in a bacterial pathogenesis group in Oslo, Norway. He taught Genetics and Introductory Biology at Roanoke College, in Virginia during the 1997-1998 academic year, before finally moving to Denmark, where he enjoys doing research, reading and thinking about molecular evolution, and paying taxes! His current area of research is exploring the role of DNA structure in bacterial chromatin.
John Wilkins is presently doing his PhD on species concepts in the department of History and Philosophy of Science jointly with the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His Masters work was on science as an evolutionary process, focusing on the work of the philosopher of science David Hull. He has published on cultural evolution, evolutionary economics, the philosophy of science, and intelligent design theory. He also has a day job at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, where he oversees graphic production. He is married and has two children.
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