The 2014 speaker will be Ann Reid, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Ann gradated from Simon's Rock Early College with a B.A. in Environmental Science and received a M.A. in Advanced International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Ann became the executive director of NCSE in 2014. For fifteen years she worked as a research biologist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where she was responsible for sequencing the 1918 influenza virus. She then served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council's Board on Life Sciences for five years and then, most recently, as director of the American Academy of Microbiology. In both roles she oversaw major efforts aimed at communicating science to the public.
The NCSE is a not-for-profit membership organization that defends the teaching of evolution and climate science in the public schools. The NCSE provides information, resources, and advice to schools, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens defending science education. The NCSE educates the press and public about the scientific, educational, and legal aspects of these issues at local, state, and national levels. Its 5000 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious and political affiliations.