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Robert T. Pennock

Michigan State University
Professor of Philosophy of Science and Computer Science & Engineering
Pennock is a Professor at Michigan State University, where he is on the faculty of Lyman Briggs College and the Departments of Philosophy and Computer Science & Engineering.  He is a PI of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.  His research involves both empirical and philosophical questions that relate to evolutionary biology, cognitive science, and the scientific character virtues, including topics such as altruism, complexity, intelligence and curiosity.  Dr. Pennock is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has served on the AAAS Committee on the Public Understanding of Science and Technology and the NAS Evolution, Creationism and Science authoring committee.  He leads the Scientific Virtues Project and is conducting a national survey and writing a book on the character virtues of the scientist.