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A book about one of the century's most celebrated school court cases earned its author the Pulitzer Prize for history last week.

In his cultural history Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion, Edward J. Larson explores the 1925 trial of Tennessee schoolteacher John T. Scopes, which pitted science against fundamentalist religion over the teaching of the theory of evolution.

Mr. Larson teaches history and law at the University of Georgia. His book was published by BasicBooks.

Edward D. Roeber, the director of student-assessment programs at the Council of Chief State School Officers in Washington, has announced he will join Advanced Systems in Measurement and Evaluation Inc.

The Dover, N.H.-based company has worked with 19 states and education agencies on their assessment programs. It is currently working to improve assessment programs in Arkansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and South Carolina.

Mr. Roeber will begin his job as Advanced Systems' vice president of state relations in July.

He will be responsible for monitoring assessment practices and policies in individual states and the nation.

The Hitachi Foundation has named Barbara Dyer its new president. Ms. Dyer, who has 25 years of experience in public policy and nonprofit management, is the co-founder of the National Academy of Public Administration's Alliance for Redesigning Government.

The Washington-based Hitachi Foundation makes grants nationwide in support of projects in education, community development, and global citizenship. ... Brad Allison, the superintendent of schools in Davenport, Iowa, has accepted a two-year contract to head the Albuquerque, N.M. public schools.

The Albuquerque school board this month approved a salary of $135,000 a year for Mr. Allison to run the 87,000-student district.

Mr. Allison will replace Peter Horoschak, who is stepping down next month.

--ADRIENNE D. COLES [email protected]

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