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Climate Change in the American Mind: March 2018

Fri, 2018-04-20 19:47

Seven in ten Americans think that global warming is happening, and almost three in five think that, if it is happening, it is mostly owing to human activity, but only about one in seven know that nearly all climate scientists agree that global warming is happening as a result of human activity. Those were among the key findings of Climate Change in the American Mind: March 2018 (PDF).

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New science standards under way in Utah

Fri, 2018-04-13 16:41

"The Utah State Board of Education greenlit plans Thursday [April 12, 2018] to begin drafting new school science standards, a process likely to touch on divisive issues like climate change and evolution," according to the Salt Lake Tribune (April 13, 2018).

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"Americans Support Teaching Children about Global Warming"

Thu, 2018-04-12 17:00

Even despite public controversies over the inclusion of climate change in state science standards, "Americans overwhelmingly support teaching our children about the causes, consequences, and potential solutions to global warming — in all 50 states and 3,000+ counties across the nation, including Republican and Democratic strongholds," according to the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (April 11, 2018).

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Congratulations to Naomi Oreskes

Tue, 2018-04-10 18:29

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and a member of NCSE's board of directors, on receiving a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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Creationism bill dies in Alabama

Mon, 2018-04-02 21:59

Alabama's House Bill 258, which would have allowed teachers to present "the theory of creation as presented in the Bible" in any class discussing evolution, "thereby affording students a choice as to which theory to accept," died in committee on March 29, 2018, when the legislature adjourned sine die.

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RNCSE 38:2 now on-line

Mon, 2018-04-02 18:43

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line. The issue — volume 38, number 2 — is the tenth issue in the newsletter's new, streamlined, and full-color format.

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Climate education funding in Washington

Thu, 2018-03-29 22:35

When Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 6032 (PDF) into law on March 27, 2018, the state of Washington committed to provide $4 million "to provide grants ... for science teacher training in the [N]ext [G]eneration [S]cience [S]tandards" — adopted in 2013 — "including training in the climate science standards."

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Victory in Idaho

Thu, 2018-03-29 19:20

When the Idaho legislature adjourned sine die on March 28, 2018, a three-year-long struggle over new state science standards ended, with a generally positive outcome.

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"Campus Free Speech Acts" die in Wisconsin

Thu, 2018-03-29 17:27

A pair of "Campus Free Speech Acts," Assembly Bill 299 and Senate Bill 250, died in the Wisconsin legislature on March 28, 2018, when they failed to meet a deadline.

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The latest Gallup poll on climate change

Wed, 2018-03-28 20:58

About two thirds of Americans overall realize that most scientists think that global warming is occurring and that it is caused by human activities, according to a new poll from Gallup. But the partisan polarization of opinion on climate change continues to be clear. 

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A creationist resolution in Louisiana

Thu, 2018-03-22 19:07

Senate Resolution 33 (PDF), introduced in the Louisiana Senate on March 20, 2018, would, if passed, commend a former state senator "on his support and endorsement of teaching creationism in public schools."

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Help wanted: part-time summer interns

Wed, 2018-03-21 19:31

NCSE is seeking to hire one or two part-time summer interns to work on science education activism projects, with a particular focus on either climate change education or evolution education. 

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Stephen Hawking dies

Thu, 2018-03-15 18:07

The eminent physicist Stephen Hawking died on March 14, 2018, at the age of 76, according to The New York Times (March 14, 2018).

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A last-ditch assault on climate change education in Idaho

Wed, 2018-03-14 15:24

Idaho's House Concurrent Resolution 60 (PDF), introduced by the House Education Committee on March 12, 2018, would, if enacted, delete a single standard — ESS 3-4-1 — from the proposed science standards currently under legislative review.

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Congratulations to Duane Jeffery

Tue, 2018-03-13 17:02

Duane Jeffery, a former member of NCSE's board of directors, a member of its advisory council, and professor emeritus of biology at Brigham Young University, is to be honored with the National Science Teachers Association's Presidential Citation for 2018, according to a

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Respite in Florida

Mon, 2018-03-12 15:55

When the Florida legislature adjourned sine die on March 11, 2018, two pairs of bills that would, in their different ways, have undermined the integrity of science education in the Sunshine State died.

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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa dies

Fri, 2018-03-09 20:42

 

Iowa's House File 2317, which if enacted would have reversed the state's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards in 2005, died on February 16, 2018, when a deadline for bills to pass committee in their house of origin passed.

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John Sulston dies

Fri, 2018-03-09 20:19

The distinguished biologist John Sulston died on March 6, 2018, at the age of 75, according to the Guardian (March 9, 2018).

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NCSE's annual report for 2017

Mon, 2018-03-05 22:01

NCSE's annual report for 2017 is now available (PDF) on NCSE's website.

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A novelty in Connecticut

Fri, 2018-03-02 15:59

Connecticut's Senate Bill 345 would, if enacted, require the teaching of climate change "consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards" in the state's public schools, and would also task the state department of energy and environmental protection with helping local and regional school districts develop appropriate curricula to do so.

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