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Polling evolution in western Canada

Tue, 2015-07-28 22:27

"[T]he entire west coast" of Canada is "moving away from creationism," reports the Vancouver Observer (July 23, 2015).

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Facebook: n > 110,000

Tue, 2015-07-28 21:46

A milestone: there are now over 110,000 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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No Senate resolution on climate education

Fri, 2015-07-17 16:49

Edward Markey

When the United States Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 on July 16, 2015, a proposed resolution acknowledging the scientific evidence for climate change and affirming the importance of climate science education was not included.

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Update from the Senate

Thu, 2015-07-16 17:00

Two of the three amendments concerning climate change education under consideration are out of commission as the United States Senate continues to discuss a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

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David M. Raup dies

Wed, 2015-07-15 16:50

David M. Raup

The paleontologist David M. Raup died on July 9, 2015, at the age of 82, according to a press release from the University of Chicago (July 14, 2015).

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A preview of Dire Predictions

Mon, 2015-07-13 23:38

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Michael E. Mann and Lee R. Kump's Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change (second edition, DK Publishing, 2015).

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Climate change education in the Senate

Thu, 2015-07-09 22:00

Climate change education is suddenly under discussion in the United States Senate, the National Journal (July 9, 2015) reports, with the introduction of dueling amendments to a bill to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

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RNCSE 35:4 now on-line

Thu, 2015-07-02 17:10

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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Francisco Ayala receives Gould award

Fri, 2015-06-26 22:16

Francisco J. Ayala

NCSE congratulates Francisco J. Ayala for winning the 2015 Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution.

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A new poll on dinosaur/human coexistence

Fri, 2015-06-26 19:31

Prompted by the release of the movie Jurassic World, a new poll from YouGov indicates that Americans are about evenly split on the question of whether dinosaurs and humans lived on the planet at the same time.

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A peek at Eternal Ephemera

Mon, 2015-06-22 21:21

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Niles Eldredge's Eternal Ephemera: Adaptation and the Origin of Species from the Nineteenth Century Through Punctuated Equilibria and Beyond (Columbia University Press, 2015).

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Encouraging news from Turkey?

Tue, 2015-06-16 18:47

When the Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority in the June 7, 2015, election, scientists in Turkey were "euphoric," according to Nature (June 16, 2015), hoping that the next parliament will "reverse the creeping restrictions on academic freedom and the seeping away of scientific standards that have been a feature of the AKP's 12 years of political domination" — including the party's support for creationism.

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A chance to help NCSE's archives!

Tue, 2015-06-16 18:00

NCSE's archives house a unique trove of material on the creationism/evolution controversy, and we regard it as part of our mission to preserve it for posterity — as well as for occasions such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, where NCSE's archives helped to establish the creationist antecedents of the "intelligent design" movement. And we are beginning to amass a similar trove of material on disputes over climate change education.

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The Clergy Climate Letter

Thu, 2015-06-11 17:05

Over one hundred clergy — including leaders of Christian, Jewish, Unitarian, and Humanist groups — have endorsed a new Clergy Climate Letter.

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Kansas answers COPE again

Mon, 2015-06-08 22:25

"Kansas education officials deny standards they adopted for teaching of science in public schools endorse what critics say is ... 'a non-theistic religious Worldview,'" reports the Topeka Capital-Journal (June 8, 2015), discussing a brief submitted by the defendants-appellees in COPE et al. v. Kansas State Board of Education et al. 

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Antiscience bill dies in Alabama

Fri, 2015-06-05 19:43

Alabama's House Bill 592 (PDF) died in committee in the Alabama House of Representatives on June 4, 2015, when the legislative session ended. The bill would have encouraged teachers and students to "debate the strengths and weaknesses of the theory of evolution in public schools across Alabama," reported the Anniston Star (May 7, 2015).

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Creationism revealed in Louisiana schools, continued

Tue, 2015-06-02 21:44

"We will read in Genesis and them [sic] some supplemental material debunking various aspects of evolution from which the student will present." So wrote a Louisiana science teacher to her principal, as quoted by Zack Kopplin, writing in Slate (June 2, 2015).

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A preview of Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology

Mon, 2015-06-01 23:27

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Stephen H. Jenkins's Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology (Oxford University Press, 2015). 

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Facebook: n > 100,000

Mon, 2015-06-01 17:30

A milestone: there are now over 100,000 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's new teacher network

Fri, 2015-05-29 18:42

NCSE is pleased to announce the debut of the NCSE Teacher Network.

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