Miss USA 2011, “A Huge Science Geek”

Miss USA 2011 (the former Miss California USA, Alyssa Campenella) is a a self-professed “huge science geek.”  Who knew?  Chris Mooney of The Intersection does some speculation:

The [Miss USA] pageant appeared on my radar Friday afternoon when Bora Zivkovic tweeted that … pageant contestants had been asked a science-related question, “Should evolution be taught in schools?” […]

The pre-pageant interviews revealed how much work remains to be done in order to improve science literacy in America. However, Campanella’s answer demonstrated that she possesses a respectable appreciation and understanding of science.

Her forthright and honest, not to mention scientifically accurate, answer established her geek status even before the pageant. […]

I believe in Campanella we will have a science ambassador representing us in the Miss Universe pageant come September and you better believe I’ll be supporting her. My only hope is that someone will get her to talk about science a little more so the next generation will know that beauty and intelligence are one and the same.

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