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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa dies

 

Iowa's House File 2317, which if enacted would have reversed the state's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards in 2005, died on February 16, 2018, when a deadline for bills to pass committee in their house of origin passed.

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John Sulston dies

The distinguished biologist John Sulston died on March 6, 2018, at the age of 75, according to the Guardian (March 9, 2018).

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NCSE's annual report for 2017

NCSE's annual report for 2017 is now available (PDF) on NCSE's website.

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A novelty in Connecticut

Connecticut's Senate Bill 345 would, if enacted, require the teaching of climate change "consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards" in the state's public schools, and would also task the state department of energy and environmental protection with helping local and regional school districts develop appropriate curricula to do so.

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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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Creationist classification of theropods

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2016-11-12 20:03
“Liaoning scene” by Emily Willoughby. Guest post by Jonathan Kane. Mr. Kane describes himself as an “armchair paleontologist” who worked as an intern at the New Jersey State Museum under natural-history curator David C. Parris from 2001 to 2005. He is the lead author of God’s Word or Human Reason? An Inside Perspective on Creationism, coauthored by Emily Willoughby and T. Michael Keesey, shortly to be published by Inkwater Press. A major focus of... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Triboniophorus graeffei

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2016-11-12 20:03
Photograph by Paul Blake. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Triboniophorus graeffei – red triangle slug, Mount Castle area, Great Dividing Range, southwest of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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False promise of genetically modified crops

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-11-02 22:43
The Times is more polite than I am; today it ran an article Doubts about the promised bounty of genetically modified crops, by Danny Hakim. Well, I read the article and looked more closely at the supporting material, Broken promises of genetically modified crops, by Karl Russell and Danny Hakim, and I frankly have no doubts. As Mr. Hakim writes, An analysis by The Times using United Nations data showed that the United States and... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Evolution topics coming to CSICON Las Vegas

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-11-02 22:43
If you don’t know about this year’s CSICON, check it out! There are several evolution-related talks, including Richard Dawkins (4:00 Friday Oct. 28th), Eugenie Scott (9:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 29th, “Sins of Evolution Education”) and Bertha Vazquez (9:30 AM Sat., “The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES)”). There is a paper session on Sunday, October 30th. At 9:45 AM I’ll be presenting “ War of the Weasels: An Update on Creationist Attacks on Genetic... Dave Thomas http://www.nmsr.org
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Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-10-27 03:06
Pelecanus erythrorhynchos – American white pelican, Walden Ponds, Boulder, Colorado, July 16, 2016. Mea culpa: The birds were just beyond the limit of my equipment, but this was the first time I recall seeing pelicans so late in the season and certainly the first time I have seen a juvenile. It may be sampling error – I do not visit Walden Ponds every week – but I wonder whether they are changing their migration... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Sayonara, EvolutionBlog

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-10-27 03:06
Jason Rosenhouse is calling it a day. His EvolutionBlog is ceasing publication. Jason is one of the veterans in the evolution/creationism wars, dating back to his postdoc at Kansas State around 14 years ago, when he got involved with the Kansas Board of Education’s efforts to pollute the teaching of biology with creationism. While Jason blogged on other topics–chess, religion, math–for our purposes here let it be remarked that Jason is one of the most... Richard B. Hoppe
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