This year, a group of Sinai and Synapses Fellows gathered on Darwin Day to offer their personal stories on how they have experienced the conflict between science and religion in their lives.
Amanda Glaze-Crampes, Ph.D. specializes in science teacher education, evolution education research and outreach, and professional development, alternating her time between the classroom and the field as an Assistant Professor of Middle Grades & Secondary Science Education at Georgia Southern University. Her research centers on the intersections of science and society, specifically the acceptance and rejection of evolution in the Southeastern United States and the impact of the conflict between religion and evolution on science literacy. Her work has been featured on NPR’s video/radio series Science Friday as well as on social media outlets such as the NCSE Science Education Blog, ErrantScience.com, and PLOS.org. She served as an expert panelist for Science Friday’s education focus #TeachTheE and works with organizations including NCSE, the Smithsonian Human Origins Program and National Geographic funded Umsuka project at the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa to help people navigate struggles between science and faith. Her research has been referenced in mainstream media outlets such as Scientific American, Forbes, and Newsweek as she fights for science literacy through the lenses of science and her Southern Baptist ministry upbringing.