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"Climate confusion among U.S. teachers"

The first nationwide survey of climate change education in the United States, conducted by researchers at NCSE and Pennsylvania State University, was described in "Climate Change Education in U.S.

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Update from Mississippi

The principal sponsor of Mississippi's House Bill 50 acknowledged that the bill seeks to allow teachers to present creationism.

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Science standards rejected in Idaho

"Idaho lawmakers have rejected new K-12 science standards after receiving criticism over how the [standards] — which for the first time include global warming and evolution components — were finalized," reported the Associated Press (February 9, 2016).

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Antiscience bill in Mississippi

House Bill 50, introduced in the Mississippi House of Representatives and referred to the House Education Committee on February 8, 2016, would, if enacted, allow science teachers with idiosyncratic opinions to teach anything they pleased — and prohibit responsible educational authorities from intervening.

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Do not talk with your cell phone on your lap

Panda's Thumb - Tue, 2016-02-09 01:00
Not if you are male, anyway. I ran across a Facebook posting which linked to an article in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. The article warned of a “stark correlation … between heavy cell phone use and male infertility.” Haaretz advises that you never use your phone when it is less than 50 cm from your crotch and, oddly, that you not talk on your phone while it is charging. The second stricture seems to me to... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Presidential candidates' positions on science-related issues

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2016-02-08 18:48
Just a day before a handful of candidates dropped out of the race, Science ran an article on the candidates’ positions “on some select science-related issues (keeping in mind that the candidates have yet to sound off on many topics of interest to researchers).” The article was necessarily a little shallow but gives a good idea where most of the candidates stand on critical issues like science policy, the space program, climate change, vaccination, and... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Antiscience bill in South Dakota dies

South Dakota's Senate Bill 83 is out of commission, following a February 4, 2016, hearing in the Senate Education Committee. The committee voted 4-3 to defer further consideration of the bill to the forty-first legislative day, and since the legislative session in South Dakota is thirty-eight days long in 2016, the bill is effectively dead.

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Darwin Day resolution in Arizona

Andrew Sherwood

Senate Resolution 1001, introduced in the Arizona Senate on February 2, 2016, would, if enacted, express the Senate's recognition of February 12, 2016, as International Darwin Day.

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Rainbow

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-02-03 13:55
Photograph by Debbie Garelick. Rainbow. The rainbow is formed from relatively nearby raindrops. It is evidently raining lightly, because you can see a light cloud cover behind the rainbow. Direct backscatter from the clouds probably accounts for much of the brightness of the sky inside the arc and helps make a dramatic picture. See also here.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Evolutionary Genomics Programmer Position Available

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-02-03 13:55
The Human and Comparative Genomics laboratory at the Biodesign Institute is looking for a Software Application Associate who will work in a collaborative environment to design, construct, test, document and maintain software packages. Typical projects involve implementing high performance algorithms for the statistical analysis of large genomic datasets for studying questions related to evolution and population genetics. To apply visit http://links.asu.edu/job19991BR or search for ID 19991BR at https://cfo.asu.edu/hr-applicant. If you have any questions about the... Reed A. Cartwright http://dererumnatura.us/
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Update from South Dakota

South Dakota's Senate Bill 83 — which would, if enacted, allow teachers to teach "the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information" presented in courses aligned with the state education standards — received coverage from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader (January 31, 2016).

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Congratulations to Sean B. Carroll

Sean B. Carroll

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Sean B. Carroll, a member of NCSE's Advisory Council and a recipient of NCSE's Friend of Darwin award, on winning the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. 

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NCSE is moving!

After fifteen years in the same office, NCSE is relocating. Effective February 1, 2016, NCSE will be at 1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600, Oakland CA 94612-2922. Please update your address book. (Telephone and fax numbers are unchanged, although individual telephone extensions may be changing. Mail to NCSE's old office and to its post office box will be forwarded.)

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Antiscience bill in South Dakota

Senate Bill 83, introduced in the South Dakota Senate and referred to the Senate Education Committee on January 25, 2016, would, if enacted, allow teachers to teach "the strengths and weaknesses of scientific information" presented in courses aligned with the state education standards.

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Judge rules in favor of Ark Park

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-01-27 05:04
A Federal judge ruled yesterday that the Ark Park is entitled to sales tax incentives that had been denied by the state of Kentucky, according to an article by Dylan Lovan. Briefly, District Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove ruled that the state cannot exclude the Ark Park from receiving the tax incentive simply because the park has a religious purpose. Further, although Mr. Lovan does not note it, the judge opined that the Ark Park... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa

House File 2054, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on January 19, 2016, and referred to the House Committee on Education, would, if enacted, reverse Iowa's decision to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards — and there is reason to believe that part of the motivation is the NGSS's treatment of evolution and climate change.

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Florida: FSU Settles Title IX Suit for Less than $1M

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Mon, 2016-01-25 20:42
The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article on the resolution of Erica Kinsman’s Title IX suit against Florida State University (FSU). FSU will pay around $950,000 to settle the suit. Kinsman alleged sexual assault by then FSU football star Jameis Winston, which FSU had famously responded to by finding Winston “not responsible” for the… Read More »
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A second antiscience bill in Oklahoma

House Bill 3045 (PDF), styled the Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act, is the second antiscience bill in the Oklahoma legislature for 2016, joining Senate Bill 1322.

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Antievolution legislation in Oklahoma

Senate Bill 1322 (PDF), styled the Oklahoma Science Education Act, is the latest antievolution bill in the Sooner State.

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Climate in Science and Engineering Indicators 2016

Public opinion about climate change was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2016.

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