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Appendix E
Reviewers

This report has been reviewed by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC's Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the authors and the NRC in making their published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The content of the review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report:

Paul Baker

Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus

Pennsylvania State University

Kaneohe, Hawaii

Howard Berg

Professor of Biology

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Donald Brown

Department of Embryology

Carnegie Institution of Washington

Washington, DC

Wayne Carley

Executive Director

National Association of Biology Teachers

Reston, Virginia

Betty Carvellas

Biology Teacher

Essex High School

Essex Junction, Vermont

Wilford Gardner

Adjunct Professor of Soil Physics

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Robert Griffiths

Professor of Physics

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Dudley Herschbach

Professor of Science

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ken Miller

Professor of Biology

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Nancy Ridenour

Biology Teacher and

Science Department Chair

Ithaca High School

Ithaca, New York

Martin Rodbell

Scientist Emeritus

National Institute of Environmental

Health Sciences

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Robert Sinsheimer

Professor of Biology, Emeritus

University of California at Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

Gerald Skoog

Helen DeVitt Jones Professor of Curriculum

and Instruction

Texas Technology University

Lubbock, Texas

George Wertherill

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism

Carnegie Institution of Washington

Washington, DC

And other anonymous reviewers.

While the individuals listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, responsibility for the final content of this report rests solely with the authoring committee and the NRC.

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