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JREF award for NCSE's Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott, the former executive director of NCSE and the present chair of its Advisory Council, received the James Randi Educational Foundation's Award for Skepticism in the Public Interest at The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 12, 2014.

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Ohio's antiscience bill unimproved

Ohio's House Bill 597 is still a threat to the integrity of science education in the Buckeye State, NCSE's Glenn Branch told Ohio Public Radio (September 8, 2014). 

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Wolfhart Pannenberg dies

The distinguished theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg died on September 5, 2014, at the age of 85, according to his former student Philip Clayton, posting at the Theoblogy blog (September 7, 2014).

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Santer in 97 Hours of Consensus

Ben Santer, a member of NCSE's board of directors, is among the ninety-seven climate scientists featured in Skeptical Science's 97 Hours of Consensus campaign. Launched on September 7, 2014, the campaign features an hourly statement on climate change from, along with a playful caricature of, ninety-seven leading climate scientists.

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Does AIG lie about Affirmative Action?

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2014-09-07 16:23
Acting on a tip, I checked out Careers at Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum and investigated CAD Technician Designer, Ark Encounter. After clicking “Apply for This Position,” I came upon a pop-up that informed me, Answers in Genesis, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, citizenship... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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House Bill 597 enshrines ignorance

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2014-09-07 16:23
The more I think about this the madder I get. In a Facebook comment on my previous post, Anne Jefferson made a trenchant point: We’re not going to teach about process, but we’re going to expect students to critically evaluate? Right. She’s exactly right. Here’s the relevant language from the Bill: (iii) The standards in science shall … focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than scientific processes; and encourage students to analyze, critique, and... Richard B. Hoppe
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Revised Ohio Bill still guts science education, adds 'strengths and weaknesses' language

Panda's Thumb - Sun, 2014-09-07 16:23
The authors of House Bill 597, which is aimed at derailing the Common Core standards in Ohio, have revised it (PDF). (Columbus Dispatch story here). Their revisions now embody the ‘strength and weaknesses’ trope of creationists. The Bill now says (iii) The standards in science shall be based in core existing disciplines of biology, chemistry, and physics; incorporate grade-level mathematics and be referenced to the mathematics standards; focus on academic and scientific knowledge rather than... Richard B. Hoppe
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Ohio out of the frying pan

The antiscience provision was removed from Ohio's House Bill 597 by the House Rules and Reference Committee on September 4, 2014 — only to be replaced by a provision requiring students to "review, in an objective manner, the scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories in the standards."

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Facebook: n > 80,000

A milestone: there are now over 80,000 fans of NCSE's Facebook page. Why not join them, by visiting the page and becoming a fan by clicking on the "Like" box by NCSE's name?

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NCSE and the Grand Canyon 2015

Explore the Grand Canyon with NCSE! Reservations are still available for NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon — as featured in the documentary No Dinosaurs in Heaven.

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Canis lupus baileyi

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-09-01 19:40
Photograph by Dan Stodola. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Canis lupus baileyi – Mexican wolf, Brookfield Zoo, Illinois.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Victor J. Stenger dies

The physicist and popular science writer Victor J. Stenger died on August 27, 2014, at the age of 79, according to the Friendly Atheist blog (August 29, 2014).

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Giant panda fakes pregnancy

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2014-08-29 18:48
The Xinhua news agency reported the other day that a giant panda, Ai Hin, had faked pregnancy, possibly in order to receive better treatment in the form of a private room, air conditioning, and luscious bamboo. This observant and inventive panda is, of course, a distant relative of Professor Steve Steve.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Another case of ... erm ... Darwinist censorship

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2014-08-29 18:48
[sarcasm] Jeff Shallit calls attention to an egregious case of Darwinian censorship. [/sarcasm]. I think the “atheistic leaning neo-Darwinist blog” is Panda’s Thumb. Recall Nick Matzke’s critique here.... Richard B. Hoppe
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A glimpse of How to Change Minds about Our Changing Climate

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Seth B. Darling and Douglas L. Sisterson's How to Change Minds about Our Changing Climate (The Experiment, 2014).

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Tradescantia occidentalis

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:26
Photograph by Rob Dullien. Tradescantia occidentalis – prairie or western spiderwort, near Coyote Buttes, Arizona, May, 2014.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Panda cub is 1 year old

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:26
That cub is Bao Bao, the cub born at the National Zoo in Washington. See here for a short video or here for still photos. Bao Bao is the second panda to have been born at the zoo and survived to her first birthday. She is, of course, a distant cousin, once removed, of Professor Steve Steve.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Ohio: Here we go again

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-08-28 15:26
Ohio is in the process of considering the Common Core standards to guide public education in a range of disciplines from English language arts to math and science. Ohio’s State Board of Education adopted the Common Core in June of 2010, and local districts have been creating curriculum materials under the Common Core for implementation this year. Now two state legislators, Republican Andy Thompson of Medina and Republican Matt Huffman of Lima have filed a... Richard B. Hoppe
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Creationism and Ohio's antiscience bill

A sponsor of Ohio's House Bill 597 — which if enacted would require the state's science standards to "prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another" — is giving mixed signals about his intentions.

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Toyota, WSJ, and Computers: An Update

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Mon, 2014-08-25 11:55
Back in 2010, I wrote about the sudden unintended acceleration problem (SUAP in the earlier article here, UA in the source I’m about to link) in various Toyota vehicles. Drivers would find their cars accelerating out of their control and braking was unresponsive. People died. Survivors spoke of their unsuccessful attempts to get their car […]
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