Happy Evolution Day, everyone. Darwin’s On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection was published on November 24th, 1859.
Although evolution is overwhelmingly accepted by scientific communities, it remains a taboo and often misunderstood subject for much of the rural American South. Dr. Amanda Glaze studies this deeply rooted cultural sentiment and its religious and societal influences in universities, schools and communities throughout the Southeastern United States. Using both quantitative and qualitative approaches, she strives to understand the lived experiences and perceptions of her fellow teachers and the community around her to better inform science teaching and teacher education nationwide. She also teaches evolution-based science courses for high school and college students in the hopes of shifting the next generation’s views on the subject.