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Haas joins NCSE board

Mon, 2014-09-29 19:35

NCSE is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Haas, a businessman, entrepreneur, and climate activist, to its board of directors. "In the fight with climate change, knowledge is power," Haas explained. "But too many students are not learning what they need to know about climate change and the solutions. That's why I'm pleased to join NCSE's board of directors and to support its diverse efforts to defend the integrity of science education."

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Climate Smart & Energy Wise

Tue, 2014-09-23 18:25

NCSE is pleased to announce the publication of Climate Smart & Energy Wise (Corwin Press, 2014), written by NCSE's Mark McCaffrey. In their foreword, Eugenie C. Scott and Jay Labov write, "Climate Smart & Energy Wise provides a roadmap to teachers to assist them in acquiring the background and resources to bring climate and energy education into their classrooms ... It provides a wealth of information to help teachers find resources, including the very useful Climate Literacy and Energy Literacy frameworks, developed by scientists and master teachers. This book is packed with suggestions for where a teacher can find more information and classroom guidance for the teaching of global climate change."

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The latest from Texas

Wed, 2014-09-17 17:22

When the Texas state board of education held a hearing on September 16, 2014, on social studies textbooks submitted for state adoption, the treatment of climate science was among the topics. 

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Proposed Texas textbooks distort climate change facts

Mon, 2014-09-15 17:00

"An examination of how proposed social studies textbooks for Texas public schools address climate change reveals distortions and bias that misrepresent the broad scientific consensus on the phenomenon," charged the Texas Freedom Network and the National Center for Science Education in a joint press release issued on September 15, 2014.

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JREF award for NCSE's Scott

Fri, 2014-09-12 13:40

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

Tue, 2014-09-09 18:33

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

Mon, 2014-09-08 19:29

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

Mon, 2014-09-08 16:16

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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Ohio out of the frying pan

Fri, 2014-09-05 16:50

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

Fri, 2014-09-05 13:58

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

Wed, 2014-09-03 19:57

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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Victor J. Stenger dies

Sun, 2014-08-31 02:02

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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A glimpse of How to Change Minds about Our Changing Climate

Fri, 2014-08-29 15:00

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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Creationism and Ohio's antiscience bill

Mon, 2014-08-25 18:34

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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A court battle on the horizon in Ohio?

Fri, 2014-08-22 20:53

"Count on a serious court battle if a few state legislators have their way and Intelligent Design and other religious interpretations of science are allowed to be taught in public schools," warns the Cleveland Plain Dealer (August 22, 2014). 

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ASIH calls for repeal of Tennessee's antiscience law

Fri, 2014-08-22 15:50

At its 2014 meeting held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists adopted a resolution encouraging the state of Tennessee to repeal the antiscience law — nicknamed the "monkey bill" — adopted there in 2012.

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Update on Ohio's antiscience bill

Wed, 2014-08-20 19:39

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," confirmed that local school districts would be allowed to teach creationism along with evolution and global warming denial alongside climate science.

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Antiscience legislation in Ohio

Tue, 2014-08-19 19:13

Ohio's House Bill 597, introduced in the House of Representatives on July 28, 2014, would, if enacted, require the state's science standards to "prohibit political or religious interpretation of scientific facts in favor of another" — and a sponsor of the bill told a newspaper that it would allow local school districts to teach creationism alongside evolution and global warming denial alongside climate science.

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NCSE and NCA teaching resources

Tue, 2014-08-19 16:57

NCSE was involved in developing a series of guides for educators to use the National Climate Assessment to teach about the causes, effects, and risks of and possible responses to human-caused climate change.

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ASIH adds its voice for evolution

Wed, 2014-08-13 00:01

The American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, a society dedicated to the scientific study and conservation of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles, added its voice for evolution at its 2008 meeting by passing the following resolution.

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