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DoSER Public Engagement Award

Mercedes Burns, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Diverse Ethical and Religious Views on the Study of Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary biology is frequently identified as a field lacking support by broad swaths of the public, many of whom are religious. This project sought to provide students the opportunity to dialogue with religious leaders and bioethics experts on the integration of religion and evolution, and the responsibilities of evolutionary biologists to communicate with a diverse public. Planned activities involved a class discussion, facilitation of one-on-one meetings with faith leaders and students, and a tour of an evolutionary biology laboratory.

Class paper guidelines and grading rubric

Class discussion questions