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Repeal effort fails again in Louisiana

Thu, 2014-04-24 17:53

Louisiana's Senate Bill 175 (PDF) was tabled on a 3-1 vote in the Senate Education Committee on April 24, 2014, which effectively kills the bill in committee, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate (April 24, 2014).

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Polling confidence in science

Mon, 2014-04-21 18:44

A new poll from the Associated Press and GfK asked (PDF) respondents not whether they agree or disagree, but how confident they are, about various claims about science. The Associated Press (April 21, 2014) summarized, "Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago."

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Editorial reaction to the latest in Wyoming

Mon, 2014-04-21 17:34

Editorialists and columnists in Wyoming are irate with the state government after the state board of education decided not to implement the Next Generation Science Standards.

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Climate change education around the world

Mon, 2014-04-21 16:52

"From Mauritius to Manitoba, climate change is slowly moving from the headlines to the classroom," reported The New York Times (April 20, 2014).

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Darwin Day bill dies in Hawaii

Fri, 2014-04-18 19:14

Hawaii's House Resolution 145, which would have designated February 12 of each year as Darwin Day "to celebrate all of Charles Darwin's achievements in the field of science," died in committee on April 10, 2014, when a legislative deadline passed.

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ASTE adds its voice for evolution

Tue, 2014-04-15 19:43

The Association for Science Teacher Education, which promotes leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels, recently added its voice for evolution.

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Continued uncertainty in Wyoming

Mon, 2014-04-14 20:04

At its April 11, 2014, meeting, the Wyoming state board of education decided not to implement the Next Generation Science Standards, instead turning to a state department of education committee for further guidance. As NCSE previously reported, a footnote in Wyoming's budget for 2014-2016 precludes the use of state funds "for any review or adoption" of the Next Generation Science Standards, and one of its authors acknowledged that the NGSS's treatment of climate change is a reason for the prohibition. 

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The latest on NCSE's YouTube channel

Fri, 2014-04-11 16:59

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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Climate in a new Harris poll

Thu, 2014-04-10 17:17

A new Harris poll finds that nearly half of Americans believe that global climate change is occurring and that human activity is responsible for it. 

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Update on South Carolina's mammoth debate

Wed, 2014-04-09 22:41

The South Carolina House of Representatives rejected the Senate's version of House Bill 4482 — which refers to the Sixth Day of Creation — on a 72-30 vote on April 9, 2014.


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A preview of Paleoclimate

Tue, 2014-04-08 17:02

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Michael L. Bender's Paleoclimate (Princeton University Press, 2013).

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A mammoth debate in South Carolina

Fri, 2014-04-04 23:01

Was the mammoth "created on the Sixth Day with the other beasts of the field"? According to the Senate version of House Bill 4482 in South Carolina, it was.


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Two down in Oklahoma

Fri, 2014-04-04 14:19

Oklahoma's House Bill 1674 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," died in the Senate Education Committee on April 3, 2014, when a deadline for House bills to be passed by their Senate committees expired.

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NSTA award for NCSE's Scott

Thu, 2014-04-03 16:17

Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott, the former executive director of NCSE and the current chair of its Advisory Council, will be presented with a Distinguished Service to Science Education Award from the National Science Teachers Association

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"Choose Controversies Wisely"

Wed, 2014-04-02 18:03

"When teaching scientific argumentation, selecting the wrong topic can impair — rather than increase — student understanding." That was the message of four members of NCSE's staff, Minda Berbeco, Mark McCaffrey, Eric Meikle, and Glenn Branch, in their commentary "Choose Controversies Wisely," published in the April/May 2014 issue of The Science Teacher.

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Brian Alters profiled in the Orange County Register

Tue, 2014-04-01 22:06

Brian Alters

Brian Alters, president of NCSE's board of directors, was profiled in the Orange County Register (April 1, 2014). 

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RNCSE 34:2 now on-line

Tue, 2014-04-01 17:58

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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Facebook: n > 50,000

Tue, 2014-04-01 15:33

A milestone: there are now over 50,000 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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Congratulations to Kenneth R. Miller

Mon, 2014-03-31 17:35

Kenneth R. Miller

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Kenneth R. Miller, who will receive the University of Notre Dame's Laetare Medal for 2014. 

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Congratulations to Zack Kopplin

Thu, 2014-03-27 19:11

Zack Kopplin

NCSE is delighted to congratulate Zack Kopplin, recently named as the winner of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology's 2014 Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award.

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