Eugenie Scott, the director of the National Center for Science Education, has long advocated for the teaching of evolution rather than creationism or intelligent design in US public school science classrooms, the New York Times writes. Scott has been at the helm of the NCSE for 27 years and is due to step down at the end of the year.

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