Student and Prof Probe Evolution Lawsuit

A school board's attempt to mandate the teaching of "intelligent design" focused international media attention on central Pennsylvania, where a lawsuit challenging the board's anti-evolution stance echoed the famous Scopes "monkey trial" of 80 years before.

The 2005 case fascinated student Madeline Shepherd, so she brought the federal judge who tried it to campus for a panel discussion.

Then, with the help of a summer research grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she interviewed trial participants for a scholarly treatise that she co-authored with political science professor Ken Mott. The pair presented their findings at a conference of the Northeast Political Science Association and plan to publish their work.

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