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

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 [email protected]
Robert DiSilvestro (614) 292-6848 [email protected]

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¬íMathuna, 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.