Congratulations Judy Scotchmoor, UCMP Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs! Judy was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Judy receives this prestigious award "for leadership in defending teaching of evolution and quality science education through nationally recognized websites on these issues and through leadership of Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science."
The websites, for which Judy is project coordinator, include The Paleontology Portal, Understanding Evolution, and Understanding Science. She is also a founder of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS), a grassroots network of science organizations.
Upon learning of her award, Judy exclaimed "This was a huge and wonderful surprise — a real 'Oh WOW!' kind of moment!"
Judy will receive her award in February 2010 at the AAAS Annual Meeting, in San Diego.
Photo Credits, clockwise from top left: University of California Irvine, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, British Antarctic Survey, Rolando Garcia, NASA, Susan Solomon
Well, hairspray is not really the focus of this article, but the process of science IS, and that explains its connection to the UCMP!
With all of the efforts on our Understanding Evolution website, it did not take long before it became apparent to us that much of the confusion about evolution is linked to confusions about science itself – how it works, what it is, what it is not, and what is not science. In response, UCMP pulled together an astonishing set of advisors and launched a new website that is gaining a lot of attention in the science education community – Understanding Science. The site is extremely rich and contains numerous examples of how science really works.
So back to the hidden hazard of hairspray - Read Ozone depletion: Uncovering the hidden hazard of hairspray, one of the online interactive case studies on the Understanding Science website. This article looks at the work of chemists Mario Molina, F. Sherwood Rowland, and many others and examines how scientific research revealed the global threat posed by chlorofluorocarbons and influenced policy changes. And see how Molina and his colleagues' investigations measure up against the Science Checklist: read The science checklist applied: CFCs and the destruction of the ozone layer.
And while you are there, explore the rest of Understanding Science, an NSF-funded website, and let us know what you think!