1945 – She was born on the 24th day of October this year.
1974 - She joined the University of Kentucky as a physical anthropologist.
1980 - She was at the forefront of a successful attempt to prevent creationism from being taught in the public schools of Lexington, Kentucky.
1987 – She has been the executive director of the National Center for Science Education since this year.
1994 - She was elected to the California Academy of Sciences.
1998 - She received the American Humanist Association's Isaac Asimov Award in Science.
1999 - She was awarded the Bruce Albert Award by the American Society for Cell Biology.
2000 - She served as president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists from this year up to 2002.
2001 - She received the Geological Society of America's Public Service Award.
2002 - She was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was its chair. She is also a member of Sigma Xi.
2004 - She debated astrophysicist Jason Lisle of Answers in Genesis on CNN.
2005 - She has been awarded honorary degrees by McGill University in 2003, by Ohio State University.
2007 - She will be awarded an honorary degree by Rutgers University.
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