In Turkey, Scholars Protest Threats to Academic Freedom

When Bill Cobern, director of the Mallinson Institute for Science Education at Western Michigan University, visited Sakarya University, in Turkey, he was warmly welcomed, he says. But his views on religion and science received a chillier reception.

After a lecture he gave in 2011 on the competing influences of secularism and religion in science education, a high-ranking administrator at Sakarya stood up and made a case that science needed to be understood in the context of