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Python: Pandas 0.15.0 is available

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2014-10-22 19:55
Last week, Wes McKinney gave a presentation on new features in a forthcoming release of Pandas, version 0.15.0. The big news is the inclusion of a new data type for columns in Series and DataFrame, the Categorical type. This permits the use of nominal data in analyses with Pandas now, which is a huge change, […]
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Aeshna cyanea

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2014-10-22 01:37
Photograph by Marilyn Susek. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Aeshna cyanea – southern hawker. Beginning this week, we will run photographs every other Monday, so no picture next week; we no longer have enough honorable mentions and other miscellaneous photographs to continue posting a photograph every week. But polish your lenses (very carefully) and keep an eye out for the contest in the summer.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Texans to publishers: Fix flawed textbooks

Over 24,000 Texans have signed petitions calling on the Texas board of education to require the correction of errors in the coverage of climate change in social studies textbooks presently under consideration.

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For a few lucky teachers, an adventure of a lifetime

The National Center for Science Education is pleased to accept applications for its inaugural class of Grand Canyon Teacher Scholars. Lucky teachers will be given an all-expenses-paid seat on NCSE's annual Grand Canyon expedition, an eight-day voyage through some of the world's greatest geological wonders. 

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Case Western steps up, rejects House Bill 597

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-10-16 05:49
As I noted a few weeks ago (see here and here), Ohio House Bill 579 cuts the guts out of science education in the public schools by emphasizing “scientific knowledge” and eliminating the teaching of “science processes”. As I argued, the process of science is central to how one justifies claims about the world in science, and eliminating reference to those processes eviscerates science education. The Faculty Senate of Case Western Reserve University agrees. It... Richard B. Hoppe
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Cupido comyntas

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-10-16 05:49
Photograph by Robin Lee-Thorp. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Cupido comyntas – eastern tailed-blue butterfly.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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State notices Ark Park's hiring practices

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-10-16 05:49
According to reports by Linda B. Blackford in the Lexington Herald-Leader and Tom Loftus in the Louisville Courier-Journal, here and here, Kentucky authorities have noticed the apparently deceptive hiring practices of AIG and Ark Encounter, and sent a letter informing the proprietors of the Ark Park, Therefore we are not prepared to move forward with consideration of the application for final approval [of a tax incentive] without the assurance of Ark Encounter LLC that it... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Larus delawarensis

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-10-16 05:49
Larus delawarensis – ring-billed gull, Boulder, Colorado. There is right now a fairly large flock at Walden Ponds east of Boulder. They are too far away to get a picture, unless you like snapshots of an array of gray-and-white ellipses. But this one very kindly landed in a parking lot and posed long enough to enable this portrait.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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New York: Strata Conference, Day 1

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2014-10-15 23:12
I’m attending the O’Reilly Strata Conference (the well-respected techical books publisher, not the blowhard TV personality). This is the east coast edition, at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. Today was tutorials day. Out of about a dozen tracks, I picked the PyData track. This was a rewarding choice. The developers of varioius […]
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Videos, videos, videos

Eugenie C. Scott

NCSE is pleased to announce the addition of a further batch of videos to NCSE's YouTube channel.

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A preview of Don't Even Think About It

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of George Marshall's Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change (Bloomsbury, 2014).

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On the road again with NESCent

The Darwin Day Roadshow is returning! The Roadshow is a project of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, in which NESCent staff shares their enthusiasm for evolutionary science with students, teachers, and the general public on the occasion of Charles Darwin's birthday, February 12.

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Freshwater: It is finished

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-10-06 16:11
The Supreme Court of the U.S. today denied John Freshwater’s request (PDF) for a writ of certiorari. In other words, the Court declined to hear his case. After a legal saga that spanned more than six years and involved a two year long administrative hearing, a Court of Common Pleas review, an appeal to the state Court of Appeals, and an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court, we are finally done. After an administrative hearing... Richard B. Hoppe
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Over at last for Freshwater

On October 6, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States declined (PDF, p. 10), without comment, to hear John Freshwater's appeal of the Ohio Supreme Court's decision to uphold his termination as a middle school teacher. The decision brings the long and complicated controversy over Freshwater's inappropriate religious behavior in the classroom — including teaching creationism and misrepresenting evolution as scientifically controversial — to a final conclusion.

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Dembski's argument in Chicago -- New? Persuasive?

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2014-10-04 19:22
On August 14, William Dembski spoke at the Computations in Science Seminar at the University of Chicago. Was this a sign that Dembski’s arguments for intelligent design were being taken seriously by computational scientists? Did he present new evidence? There was no new evidence, and the invitation seems to have come from Dembski’s Ph.D. advisor Leo Kadanoff. I wasn’t present, and you probably weren’t either, but fortunately we can all view the seminar, as a... Joe Felsenstein http://evolution.gs.washington.edu/felsenstein.html
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National Medal of Science for Bruce Alberts

Bruce Alberts

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Bruce Alberts on receiving the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for achievement and leadership in science.

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NCSE's Rosenau and McCaffrey in the Houston Chronicle

NCSE's Josh Rosenau and Mark McCaffrey were invited by the Houston Chronicle (September 30, 2014) to discuss the controversy over the treatment of climate science in social studies textbooks now under consideration by the Texas state board of education. 

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RNCSE 34:5 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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Government Granting Agencies and Wastin’ Time

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2014-10-01 15:35
NPR some time back had an article on scientists leaving science, mostly because government funding of research has become more like a sweepstakes than a well. I had posted a couple of comments in the following thread, and I’d rather those didn’t get lost, as Google seems not to take note of or index comments […]
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AIG's ambivalent relation to the tax code

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2014-10-01 03:05
Schrödinger’s cat is, famously, both dead and alive, simultaneously. There has been doubt as to whether macroscopic objects could be prepared in cat states, but Answers in Genesis has done it! As Ed Hensley of the Kentucky Secular Society observes below, AIG is both a nonprofit and a for-profit entity, simultaneously (a condition that we noted earlier on PT). Following up on material that Dan Phelps acquired under the Freedom of Information Act, Mr. Hensley... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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