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Ice stalagmite

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2015-03-25 21:36
Photograph by James Rice. While we are still thinking of icicles, here is another ice stalagmite that James Rice sent us. We showed his picture of a natural ice stalagmite here, as well as another anthropogenic ice stalagmite here.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Attention, filmmakers!

Scientists and science educators of all stripes — students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators — are invited to enter the Fifth Annual Evolution Video Competition, sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Society for the Study of Evolution.  

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AFT adds its voice for evolution

The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with a statement from the American Federation of Teachers, adopted in 2014.

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Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards for 2015

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award for 2015: Neil Shubin, the Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago, codiscoverer of Tiktaalik roseae and author of Your Inner Fish (2008), and Ronald L. Numbers, the Hilldale Professor of the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and author of The Creationists (1992, expanded edition 2006).

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Pi Day

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2015-03-21 01:48
Today is Pi Day, and the time will be exactly pi at 3/14/15 9:26:53, or a little thereafter. We will not see another Pi Day till 2115, but I am sure that someone next year will point out that pi = 3.1416 within a thousandth of 1 percent or so. Won’t be the same, though!... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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SISRS: A new way to analyze genomic data

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2015-03-21 01:48
Remember the two studies published at the end of last year that produced groundbreaking evolutionary trees of birds and insects? The researchers in these studies used data from whole sequenced genomes to construct these more reliable trees. This is a practice that is somewhat novel but gaining importance in phylogenomics. But we’ve talked about how large data sets, like genomes, can lead to incorrect conclusions if analyzed improperly. How did the researchers avoid this problem?... Emily Thompson http://cartwrig.ht/people/
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Teachers first, scientists second

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2015-03-21 01:48
That is one of the disquieting results of a new survey, Enablers of doubt, by Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer. The two Penn State professors interviewed a total of 35 students on 4 Pennsylvania campuses in 2013. All the students were training to be biology teachers; many were not comfortable with the theory of evolution, and many were “concerned about their ability to navigate controversy initiated by a student, parent, administrator, or other members of... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Anybody remember Prof. Steve Steve and the Ig Nobels?

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2015-03-21 01:48
In 2005, Prof. Steve Steve visited Harvard for the Ig Nobels. We have had a request to use one of the pictures taken on his trip. If you are the photographer, please get it contact with us.... Reed A. Cartwright http://dererumnatura.us/
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Icicle ripples

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2015-03-21 01:48
An Icicle showing ripples due to impurities in the water. How the impurities cause the ripples is unknown.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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What's new with Wyoming's science standards?

The Wyoming state board of education voted on March 17, 2015, to return to the task of adopting new science standards, according to Wyoming Public Media (March 17, 2015) — but a proposal to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards outright was rejected.

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Opposition to new science standards continues in South Dakota

"The debate over choosing standards for science education in South Dakota's public schools has become a divisive battleground with a clear split between science professionals who strongly support the new standards and opposing parents who disbelieve climate change and evolution," reports the Rapid City Journal (March 17, 2015).

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RNCSE 35:2 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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Congratulations to Kenneth R. Miller

Kenneth R. Miller

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Kenneth R. Miller for receiving the National Science Teachers Association's Presidential Citation, which recognizes "individuals or organizations who have significantly promoted the profession of science education."

 

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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa dies

House File 272, which would have prevented Iowa from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards, died on March 6, 2015, when a deadline for House bills to be reported out of committee passed.

 

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A preview of Climate Shock

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Gernot Wagner and Martin L. Weitzman's Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Warming Planet (Princeton University Press, 2015).

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NGSS unblocked in Wyoming

Governor Matt Mead signed House Bill 23 into law on March 2, 2015, according to the Associated Press (March 2, 2015), so Wyoming is now free to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Troubles in Paradise: an amazing pro-science resource by James Downard (summary and interview)

Panda's Thumb - Tue, 2015-03-03 04:55
I would like to introduce everyone to James Downard, and his website Troubles in Paradise (TIP). TIP is available at http://tortucan.wordpress.com/ or http://www.tortucan.com. James Downard is an activist with decades of experience tracking the creationists, stretching back to encounters with Stephen Meyer in Washington state in the early 1990s. In 2010, he did a guest post for PT, “An Ill Wind in Tortuca”, available at: http://pandasthumb.org/archives/201[…]wind-in.html Troubles in Paradise is a massive review of the... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa

House File 272, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on February 17, 2015, and referred to the House Committee on Education, would, if enacted, prevent Iowa from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards — and part of the stated reason is the NGSS's treatment of evolution and climate change.

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Antiscience bill in Iowa

House File 272, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on February 17, 2015, and referred to the House Committee on Education, would, if enacted, prevent Iowa from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards — and part of the stated reason is the NGSS's treatment of evolution and climate change.

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NCSE and the Grand Canyon 2015

Explore the Grand Canyon with NCSE! Three seats 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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