POUGHKEEPSIE, NY— Jill Schneiderman, professor of earth science at Vassar, and Warren D. Allmon, the Hunter R. Rawlings III Professor of Paleontology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University and the director of the Paleontological Research Institution, are the co-editors of For the Rock Record: Geologists on Intelligent Design, recently published by the University of California Press.
The publication of For the Rock Record coincides with the 150th anniversary of the initial publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (24 November 1859). Schneiderman thought that it would be timely to honor Darwin with this collection of essays that argue the flaws of the idea of intelligent design from a geological standpoint.
Schneiderman’s inspiration for the collection stemmed from a front page story in the New York Times that focused on “intelligent designers” going on a field trip to the Grand Canyon and seeing evidence of the earth's young age in the rocks there. According to Schneiderman, “This collection offers a much-needed response to the attack on earth science that intelligent design represents.”
“It felt wrong to me to let the public think that geology provides evidence for a young earth as well as evidence of an intelligent designer. I had read responses by biologists, but nothing from geologists,” stated Schneiderman. “It seemed to me that geologists needed to speak up.”
Schneiderman’s “Charles Darwin Was a Geologist: Inorganic Complexity and the Rock Record,” opens the collection that includes essays by prominent geologists from across the country—David W. Goldsmith (Westminster College), Timothy Heaton (University of South Dakota), Patricia H. Kelley (University of North Carolina), Keith B. Miller (Kansas State University), Charles E. Mitchell (SUNY Buffalo), Donald R. Prothero (Occidental College), Mark Terry (Northwest School), and Allison R. Tumarkin-Deratzian (Temple University).
For additional information about For the Rock Record, see the University of California Press website.
About Jill Schneiderman
Jill. S. Schneiderman received her B.S. degree in geology from Yale University, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in geology from Harvard University.
A Fulbright Fellowship recipient in 2003, Schneiderman researched gender in relation to water resources in Trinidad and Tobago while at the Centre for Gender and Development Studies of University of the West Indies. She has also been a Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow and a Congressional Science Fellow in the Senate Minority Leader's office during the 104th Congress. She currently has a Contemplative Practice Fellowship from the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society in order to integrate scientific and religious teaching about time and environmental change.
Her areas of interest include environmental issues, feminism, and history of science. She teaches courses in earth history, sedimentology, feminism, and environmental justice at Vassar College. Schneiderman regularly integates into her courses considerations of race, class, and gender issues.
Schneiderman also edited and contributed to The Earth Around Us: Maintaining a Livable Planet (2003), a collection of essays about the relevance of geology to environmental issues. Schneiderman’s articles and essays have appeared Esquire, Shambhala Sun, the Journal of Coastal Research, and Women’s Studies Quarterly as well as a number of books including Oxford Companion to the Earth.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.