Oral history video between Francisco J. Ayala & Kristen Renwick Monroe
Francisco J. Ayala & Kristen Renwick Monroe
About the Interview
Francisco J. Ayala
Francisco J. Ayala is University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at UCI. Ayala is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a recipient of the 2001 National Medal of Science, and served as Chair of the Authoring Committee of Science, Evolution, and Creationism, jointly published in 2008 by the NAS and the Institute of Medicine. Ayala has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Templeton Prize for “exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension,” and 23 honorary degrees from universities in ten countries. He has been President and Chairman of the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and President of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of the United States. Ayala is the author of more than eleven hundred publications, including 50 books dedicated to genetics, evolution, and the philosophy of biology. He also has written several books and numerous articles about the intersection of science and religion. He teaches classes in evolution, genetics, and the philosophy of biology, which are also the subjects of his research.
Kristin Renwick Monroe
Kristen Renwick Monroe is Chancellor’s Professor of Political Science at UCI and the founder and Director of the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality. Past President of the International Society of Political Psychology, past Vice President of the American Political Science Association, and former president of the national Women’s Caucus for Political Science, Monroe is the author/editor of over 16 books and 100 articles. She has received three best book awards for work on altruism and moral choice as well as lifetime achievement awards from both the American Political Science Association and the International Society of Political Psychology. Her latest book, A Darkling Plain: Stories of Conflict and Humanity during War, has just been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won a Choice Honorable Mention. Monroe serves as Book Review Editor for Political Psychology, and mentors the Graber Scholars and the Tobis Fellows at the UCI Ethics Center.