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Congratulations to Bertha Vazquez

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Bertha Vazquez on receiving the Evolution Education Award for 2017 from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

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Victory in New Mexico

New Mexico is now officially the nineteenth state to have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. 

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A preview of Paranoid Science

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Antony Alumkal's Paranoid Science: The Christian Right's War on Reality (New York University Press, 2017).

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The Bear Turns?

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Mon, 2017-11-06 21:34
The Hill reports that Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer members of Donald Trump’s campaign met with in the summer of
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New science standards on the horizon in Utah

On November 2, 2017, the Utah state board of education voted 10-4 to begin the process of revising the state science standards for elementary and high school — albeit "[o]ver objections that national science education standards push a political agenda on global warming and do not include instruction of intelligent design as a counterpoint to teaching evolution," according to the Deseret News (November 2, 2017).

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A chance to help NCSE's archives!

NCSE's archives house a unique trove of material on the creationism/evolution controversy, and we regard it as part of our mission to preserve it for posterity — as well as for occasions such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, where NCSE's archives helped to establish the creationist antecedents of the "intelligent design" movement. And we are beginning to amass a similar trove of material on disputes over climate change education.

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Monday’s News

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Tue, 2017-10-31 05:20
Yes, politics again. Monday saw two indictments revealed in the investigation of Russian interference in the US 2016 elections and
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Victory in New Mexico?

"After facing an onslaught of opposition, New Mexico's Public Education Department officials on Wednesday decided to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards 'in their entirety,'" the Albuquerque Journal (October 25, 2017), reports.

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Developments in New Mexico

After a public hearing in Santa Fe in which the flawed science standards for New Mexico were consistently opposed, the Public Education Department is promising to restore part of the removed content on evolution, the age of the earth and climate change — but important concerns remain.

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NCSE honored by CSTA

NCSE was selected by the California Science Teachers Association to receive its Distinguished Contributions Award for 2017.

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NCSE's Branch in The Science Teacher

NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch contributed a column, entitled "Why the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change Matters for Science Education," to the October 2017 issue of The Science Teacher, a special issue devoted to climate change.

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That Facebook Meme About Sexual Harassment

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Mon, 2017-10-16 21:44
On Facebook (and probably Twitter, though I haven’t checked), a meme is doing the rounds. Me too. If all the
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The latest from New Mexico

As the October 16, 2017, public hearing in Santa Fe on the new state science standards proposed for New Mexico approaches, there is no sign of the opposition to their omission of references to evolution, human responsibility for climate change, and the age of the earth abating.

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Partisan divide over climate change increases

"The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider," in the words of a headline of a Pew Research Center report dated October 5, 2017 — and public attitudes toward climate change are evidently involved.

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Polling evolution in Britain and Canada

A recent survey conducted in the United Kingdom and Canada found that the majority of respondents in both countries accepted evolution, according to a September 5, 2017, press release.

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Opposition to proposed standards solidifies in New Mexico

Opposition to the new state science standards proposed in New Mexico — which omit references to evolution, human responsibility for climate change, and the age of the earth —is coming fast and furious.  

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The latest survey on climate change

A new survey from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research examines American attitudes toward climate change.

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RNCSE 37:4 now on-line

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line. 

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Polling Latinos on climate change

"Latinos are much more engaged with the issue of global warming than are non-Latinos," according to a new report from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. "Latinos are more convinced global warming is happening and human-caused, more worried about it, perceive greater risks, are more supportive of climate change policies, and are more willing to get involved politically."

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