NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott will receive the Fellows' Medal, the highest honor of the California Academy of Sciences, in a ceremony in San Francisco on October 13, 2009. According to a press release from the Academy issued on October 8, 2009:
Scott has been a pioneering researcher and activist in the creationism-evolution controversy for over 25 years. ... In 2005, NCSE served as a consultant for the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case, in which Judge John Jones ruled against the teaching of intelligent design in public schools. Dr. Scott has received national recognition for her work and holds honorary degrees from McGill, Rutgers, Mt. Holyoke, the University of New Mexico, Ohio State, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the author of Evolution vs. Creationism, and co-editor of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools.Scott also was elected to the California Academy of Sciences in 1994. In receiving its Fellows' Medal, she joins such distinguished evolutionary scientists as Peter H. Raven, G. Ledyard Stebbins, and F. Clark Howell.