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NPR Story, 'Comics Take on Science,' Features Jay Hosler '89

February 14, 2005

February 14, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - Jay Hosler, assistant professor of biology at Juniata College and a 1989 graduate of DePauw University, was featured on NPR's Morning Edition today. The program examined "scientists and comic book artists [who] have joined forces to portray the excitement of science, scientific ideas and the drama of discovery." Hosler, a member of DePauw's Science Advisory Board, writes books that are combination comic books and science lessons. He is the winner of the Xeric Award and is a six-time Eisner Award nominee.

NPR's Web site notes, "Hosler's latest comic stars Charles Darwin; in it, Darwin explains evolutionary theory to a tiny follicle mite living in his eyebrow. Hosler was inspired to write the work after coming across a comic that portrayed a professor denouncing evolution as a lie, and that cast as its hero a student proponent of creationism. The comic's publisher, a Christian fundamentalist named Jack Chick, has a large following, and his materials have been used to fuel powerful anti-science movements in churches, schools and states."

It continues, "Hosler says one way scientists can counter anti-evolutionists is by using comics to tell great stories. 'I think that's what I'm trying to do,' he says. 'I think Darwin's life is a great story. So why not tell it as a great story?'"

Listen to the story, "Holy Evolution, Darwin! Comics Take On Science," at the network's site by clicking here. Jay Hosler was the subject of a June 2003 Chronicle of Higher Education profile.  Read more in this previous story.

Source: National Public Radio

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