Joined: Nov. 2005
|Cornelia Dean, New York Times|
Thursday, October 26, 2006
In an unusual foray into electoral politics, 75 science professors at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have signed a letter endorsing a candidate for the Ohio Board of Education.
The professors' favored candidate is Tom Sawyer, a former representative and onetime mayor of Akron. They hope Sawyer, a Democrat, will oust Deborah Owens Fink, a leading advocate of curriculum standards that encourage students to challenge the theory of evolution.
Elsewhere in Ohio, scientists also have been campaigning for candidates who support the teaching of evolution and have recruited at least one biologist from out of state to help.
Dr. Lawrence Krauss, a physicist at Case Western Reserve and the organizer of the letter effort, said almost 90 percent of the science faculty on campus this semester had signed it. The signers are anthropologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, physicists and psychologists.
The letter says Owens Fink has "attempted to cast controversy on biological evolution in favor of an ill-defined notion called Intelligent Design that courts have ruled is religion, not science."
Read it here.