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Biologist to present 2010 McNair Lecture

Francisco J. Ayala

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Laurinburg, N.C. – Noted biologist Dr. Francisco J. Ayala will present the 2010 John Calvin McNair Lecture on Science and Theology in the William Henry Belk Center at St. Andrews Presbyterian College on Oct. 19.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin with a dinner at 6 p.m. in the Carol Grotnes Belk Main Room and will be followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Reservations are required and may be made until Monday, Oct. 11 by contacting rsvp@sapc.edu or calling 910-277-3968. Please include that the reservation is for the McNair Lecture, the names of the attendees and any special meal requirements. Limited seating is available.

Ayala is the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine. From 1994 to 2001, Ayala was a member of the US President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. He has been President and Chairman of the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and President of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of the US.

He has published more than 1,000 articles and is the author or editor of 40 books, including Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Biology, Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion, Human Evolution, and Darwin and Intelligent Design.

Ayala received the Gold Medal of the Academia Nazionale dei Lincei, the Gold Medal of the Stazione Zoologica of Naples, the Gold Honorary Gregor Mendal Medal from the Czech Academy of Sciences, the President's Award of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award from the AAAS, the 150th Anniversary Leadership Medal from the AAAS, the Medal of the College of France, the UCI Medal from the University of California, the 1998 Distinguished Scientist Award from SACNAS, and the William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement from Sigma Xi in 2000. President George W. Bush awarded him the 2001 National Medal of Science at the White House.

The McNair lecture was established by the 1857 will of John Calvin McNair who asked that “the object of which lecture(s) shall be to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other….”

This is the fifth lecture hosted by St. Andrews, with Dr. Owen Gingerich, the Rev. Dr. Nancey Murphy, Dr. Robert J. Russell and Dr. Philip Clayton presenting the previous lectures. The series was previously hosted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and included such noted speakers as Dr. David R. Griffin, Dr. Robert Andrews Millikan, the Rev. Francis Landey Patton, the Rev. Dr. Thornton Whaling, Dr. John Dewey and Dr. C.A. Coulson.

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