Fifty-two Ohio Scientists Call for Academic Freedom on Darwin's Theory

J. Sjogren & R. DiSilvestro
Press Release
March 20, 2002
Note: This list of 52 scientists was assembled by Jody Sjogren and Robert DiSilvestro of Ohio. Discovery Institute is pleased to help in publicizing this list.

Contact:

Jody Sjogren (614) 485-8000 metstudios@mindspring.com

Robert DiSilvestro (614) 292-6848 disilvestro.1@osu.edu


To Enhance the Effectiveness of Ohio Science Education, as Scientists …

We Affirm:

That biological evolution is an important scientific theory that should be taught in the classroom;

That a quality science education should prepare students to distinguish the data and testable theories of science from religious or philosophical claims that are made in the name of science;

That a science curriculum should help students understand why the subject of biological evolution generates controversy;

That where alternative scientific theories exist in any area of inquiry (such as wave vs. particle theories of light, biological evolution vs. intelligent design, etc.), students should be permitted to learn the evidence for and against them;

That a science curriculum should encourage critical thinking and informed participation in public discussions about biological origins.
We Oppose:

Religious or anti-religious indoctrination in a class specifically dedicated to teaching within the discipline of science;

The censorship of scientific views that may challenge current theories of origins.
Robert DiSilvestro, Ph.D., Biochemistry, Professor, Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University

David Zartman, Ph.D., Genetics & Animal Breeding, The Ohio State University

Dale W. Schaefer, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Cincinnati

Daniel Kuebler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Karl A. Weber, Ph.D., Physical & Theoretical Organic Chemistry

Paul Madtes, Jr., Ph.D., Chairman, Biology Department, Mount Vernon Nazarene College

W. John Durfee, D.V.M., DACLAM, Director, Veterinary Research Resources, Case Western Reserve University Medical School

Stanley A. Watson, Ph.D., Cereal Chemistry, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, The Ohio State University, Retired

Mark B. Swanson, Ph.D., Biochemistry

Jerry Bergman, Ph.D., M.S., Ph.D., M.S.B.S., M.P.H., Department of Biology, Northwest State College, Archbold, Ohio

Walter L. Starkey, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Timothy W. Schenz, Ph.D., Physical Chemistry

William V. Everson, Ph.D., Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow, Cincinnati, Ohio

Steven Gollmer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Physics, Cedarville College

Georgia Purdom, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Mount Vernon Nazarene College

David H. Ives, Ph.D., Biochemistry, The Ohio State University

Drazen Petrinec, M.D., F.A.C.S., Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine

James Menart, Ph.D., Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Wright State University

Jeffrey Weiland, M.D., College of Medicine, The Ohio State University

Rudolf Brits, Ph.D., Nuclear Chemistry

David A. Johnston, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wright State University

George F. Martin, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Anatomy and Neuroscience, The Ohio State University

Melody L. Davis, Ph.D., Chemistry

Gregory Ness, DDS, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, The Ohio State University

Leroy Eimers, Ph.D., Professor of Physics and Mathematics, Cedarville College

Glen R. Needham, Ph.D., Entomology, The Ohio State University

Sherwood G. Talbert, P.E., MSME, Mechanical Engineering

Joseph R. McShannic, M.D., F.A.C.S., Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine

Jerry D. Johnson, Ph.D., Diplomat A.B.T., Toxicology

Mitch Wolff, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Wright State University

Gerald S. Wegner, Ph.D., B.C.E., Entomology

Robert Lattimer, Ph.D., Chemistry

John A. Fink, M.D., F.A.C.S., Associate Professor of Surgery, Northeastern Ohio College of Medicine

Don Mahan, Ph.D., Professor, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

Pavi Thomas, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering

Donal P. O’Mathuna, Ph.D., Professor of Bioethics and Chemistry, Mount Carmel College of Nursing, Columbus

Kimberly Kinateder, Ph.D., Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Wright State University

Ron Neiswander, M.S., Chemistry, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Department of Animal Sciences, The Ohio State University

Gerald P. Chubb, P.E., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Aerospace Engineering and Aviation, The Ohio State University

Mark D. Foster, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, The University of Akron

Kenneth S. Cada, M.S., Inorganic Chemistry

Arthur Dalton, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine

William Notz, Ph.D., Statistics, The Ohio State University

Patrick H. Young, Ph.D., Chemistry

William Shulaw, DVM, Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University

Robert E. Bailey, Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, Prof. Emeritus Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Alfred Ciraldo, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine

Kim Laurell, DDS, MSD, former Assistant Professor of Prosthetic Dentistry, The Ohio State University

K. David Monson, Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry

Henry R. Busby, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University

Christopher Boshkos, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine

Richard Slemons, DVM, Ph.D., Veterinary Medicine, The Ohio State University

NOTE: The scientists listed above are from Ohio institutions and companies. In some cases, company policy prohibits them from listing their affiliation here in conjunction with personal and professional opinion.