Heather Heying Bret Weinstein Biography & Facts
Heather E. Heying is an American evolutionary biologist, former professor, and author, who came to national attention following the Evergreen State College protests in 2017. She has been associated with the informal group known as the intellectual dark web and testified at the US Department of Justice forum on Free Speech on College Campuses in 2018.
Until 2017, Heying was a professor of biology at Evergreen State College in Washington State. Her doctoral research focused on the evolutionary ecology and sexual selection of Mantella laevigata, a Madagascan poison frog. In addition to papers in the reproductive evolutionary adaptations of frogs, Heying has also published a popular work describing her graduate student research in Madagascar, Antipode: Seasons with the Extraordinary Wildlife and Culture of Madagascar (2002).
Evergreen State College protests
In July 2017, following a year of student protests at Evergreen State College, which disrupted the campus, including one altercation between protesters and Heying's husband and fellow professor of biology at Evergreen, Bret Weinstein, the pair brought a lawsuit against the college; the $3.85 million suit alleged the college failed to “protect its employees from repeated provocative and corrosive verbal and written hostility based on race, as well as threats of physical violence." A settlement was reached in September 2017, in which both Heying and Weinstein resigned, and received $250,000 each.
Following her resignation, Heying has written articles and opinion pieces related to evolution and cultural politics for journals and newspapers such as The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She co-hosts a weekly podcast, the Darkhorse Podcast, with her husband on his YouTube channel.Heying was a 2019–2020 James Madison Program Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, a fellowship which continued for the 2020–2021 year. With Weinstein, they presented a theory on the evolutionary adaptation of consciousness on 29 April 2020 .
On January 29, 2021 Heying appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher along with Weinstein, presenting the "Lab Leak" hypothesis around the origins of SARS-CoV-2.Both Heying and Weinstein have said that they have taken ivermectin to guard against COVID-19 and that they have not been vaccinated because of their "fears" about COVID-19 vaccines. Heying compared the use of ivermectin for this purpose to taking anti-malarial drugs. There is no good evidence of benefit from ivermectin in preventing or treating COVID-19.
Heying, Heather; Weinstein, Bret (2021), A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life, Portfolio, p. 320, ISBN 978-0593086889
Heying, Heather. (2019.) "On College Presidents." Academic Questions 32(1): 19–28. DOI: 10.1007/s12129-018-9759-4
Heying, Heather. (2018 Nov 02). "Exposing the Madness of Grievance Studies." The Chronicle of Higher Education 65(9): B18.
Heying, Heather. (2018 Oct 09). "Fostering Free Expression in Higher Education." Public Discourse: The Journal of the Witherspoon Institute.
Heying, Heather. (2018 April 30). "Nature is Risky. That's Why Students Need It." The New York Times.
Heying, Heather, & Bret Weinstein. (2017 Dec 12). "Bonfire of the academies: Two professors on how leftist intolerance is killing higher education." Washington Examiner.
Heying, Heather. (2017 October 02). "First, They Came for the Biologists; The postmodernist left on campus is intolerant not only of opposing views, but of science itself." Wall Street Journal (Online).
Summers, K., C. S. McKeon, & H. Heying. (2006). The evolution of parental care and egg size: a comparative analysis in frogs. Proceedings of the Royal Society. B, Biological sciences 273(1587): 687–692. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2005.3368
Heying, Heather E. (2002). Antipode: Seasons with the Extraordinary Wildlife and Culture of Madagascar. St. Martin's Press.
Heying, Heather E. (2001). "Social and reproductive behaviour in the Madagascan poison frog, Mantella laevigata, with comparisons to the dendrobatids." Animal Behaviour, 61(3): 567–577. DOI: 10.1006/anbe.2000.1642.
Heying, Heather E. (2001). The evolutionary ecology and sexual selection of a Madagascan poison frog (Mantella laevigata). Dissertation.References
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