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Help wanted: Director of Communications

NCSE is seeking to hire a Director of Communications. 

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Farewell to Robert Luhn

NCSE bids farewell to Robert Luhn, who joined NCSE as its first Director of Communication in 2008. Bringing his decades of expertise as a technology and environmental journalist to the job, Luhn was instrumental in raising NCSE's profile among traditional and new media and in connecting journalists with NCSE staff.

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The New Abnormal: On the Outs with the Trumps

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Tue, 2018-02-27 23:30
An MSN news article relates the curious case of Ms. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, friend (or perhaps former friend) of First
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NCSE in Climate Fwd:

NCSE was featured in Climate Fwd:The New York Times's e-newsletter "with stories and insights about climate change" — for February 21, 2018: "climate change is presented as a controversial subject in a significant number of American classrooms, according to research from the National Center for Science Education."

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Nature covers Florida

Florida's House Bill 827 and Senate Bill 1644 — similar bills that would make it easier for creationists and climate change deniers to smuggle instructional materials they favor into public school classrooms — were front and center in a recent report (February 23, 2018) in the journal Nature on legislation targeting the integrity of science education.

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Victory in Idaho?

"After three years of resistance at the GOP-dominated Idaho Statehouse, including more pushback from House Republicans this session, the Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 on Thursday to approve revised school science standards as-is — with no parts relating to climate change deleted," reports the Idaho Statesman (February 22, 2018).

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Moving Window Averages and Ocean Acidification

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2018-02-21 17:28
There’s an interesting study on carbon dioxide effects on ecosystems. I’m trying to lay my hands on the full paper,
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Another Child Sex Criminal in the Trump Camp

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2018-02-21 06:18
It isn’t just campaign workers anymore. The “Trump.Dating” matching website (I am not making this up) previously featured a photo
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Hardware: The Phone Has a Problem

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2018-02-21 05:33
It took me a while to figure out that my LG G5 phone was changing shape. The unevenness in color
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The New Abnormal: School Shootings and Fire Alarms

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Sun, 2018-02-18 18:30
Here’s what we have come to now. We need to have a cost-benefit analysis with Bayesian statistics to determine whether
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Instructional materials bill advances in Florida House

Florida's House Bill 827 — which would make it easier for creationists and climate change deniers to smuggle instructional materials they favor into public school classrooms — was approved, with slight modifications, by the House Education Committee on a 19-0 vote on February 15, 2018.

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Creationist lawsuit dismissed in Pennsylvania

"For the second time in a decade, a state appeals court has told a taxpayer that he can't sue his school district because it teaches the theory of evolution in science class," reported PennLive (February 16, 2018).

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A last-minute threat to evolution education averted in Ohio

On February 13, 2018, the Ohio state board of education voted to adopt a new set of science standards — although not without the appearance of a last-minute amendment that seems to have been intended to undermine the teaching of evolution.

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Update from Idaho

At its February 14, 2018, meeting, Idaho's Senate Education Committee heard testimony on the proposed state science standards. According to the Spokane Spokesman-Review (February 14, 2018), "fourteen people testified, all strongly in favor of adopting the revised standards as presented by the state Board of Education, rather than deleting parts."

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Congratulations to Michael E. Mann

NCSE is delighted to congratulate Michael E.

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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa

House File 2317, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on February 12, 2018, and referred to the House Education Committee, would, if enacted, revert the state's science standards to "the science standards utilized by school districts in this state during the 2014-2015 school year" — just before the state adopted the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Instructional materials bill advances in Florida

Florida's Senate Bill 1644 — which would make it easier for creationists and climate change deniers to smuggle instructional materials they favor into public school classrooms — was approved by the Senate Education Committee on a 7-3 vote on February 12, 2018. 

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Darwin Day declared in Connecticut

Connecticut's governor Dannel P. Malloy declared February 12, 2018, Charles Darwin Day in the state of Connecticut, citing the need to protect "the advancement of science and courageous free inquiry."

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Trump Campaign in the News: Nolan Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Trafficking

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Sun, 2018-02-11 04:18
Besides standing up for domestic spouse abusers, Donald Trump now has a record of multiple convicted child sex traffickers as
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Trump Campaign in the News: Nolan Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Trafficking

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Sun, 2018-02-11 04:18
Besides standing up for domestic spouse abusers, Donald Trump now has a record of multiple convicted child sex traffickers as
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