We are pleased to announce that the Springer Lecture will be given by Robert T. Pennock, who is a professor in the Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Computer Science at Michigan State University. He received his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1991.
Pennock's research focuses on epistemic and ethical values as they relate to scientific methodology, and also on using the behaviour of artificial life to examine processes of evolutionary change. He is the author of Tower of Babel: The Evidence against the New Creationism (MIT Press, 1999), which provides a critical analysis of the significant developments in the creationist movement in the 1990's, and editor of Intelligent Design Creationism and Its Critics (MIT Press, 2001).
Among Pennock's recent publications are "Investigating the Emergence of Phenotypic Plasticity in Evolving Digital Organisms," "Learning Evolution and the Nature of Science using Evolutionary Computing and Artificial Life," "Models, Simulations, Instantiations and Evidence: The Case of Digital Evolution," "God of the Gaps: The Argument from Ignorance and the Limits of Methodological Naturalism" and "Biology and Religion," the last in the Cambridge Companion to Philosophy of Biology.
Apart from scholarly pursuits, Pennock is a staunch defender of proper and sound science education. He was an expert witness in the critical Kitzmiller et al v. Dover Area School Board trial of 2005; he is co-founder and past president of Michigan Citizens for Science and chair of the Education Committee of the Society for the Study of Evolution; he is a member of the AAAS Committee on Public Understanding of Science and Technology and also the APA Committee on Public Philosophy, and he has long been on the Editorial Committee and a reviewer for Science & Education.