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Announcing a climate bumper sticker contest!

Wed, 2015-04-08 17:00

It's time to sharpen your pencils, cudgel your brains, and consult your muse: NCSE is running a bumper sticker contest! This is your chance to help to spread the word about climate change education. Your brilliant idea could end up on the tail end of thousands of (carbon-dioxide-emitting) cars. Your climate change-themed bumper sticker can be funny, fierce, fiery — whatever, as long as it's good. Full details of the contest, and a list of the luscious prizes on offer, are available on NCSE's website. The contest ends on May 31, 2015.

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Public support for climate change education in West Virginia

Tue, 2015-04-07 18:41

"The vast majority of official comments on new statewide K-12 science standards — the first to require teaching about global warming in mandatory courses — were in favor of them, according to the West Virginia Department of Education," reports the Charleston Gazette (April 6, 2015). With the comments in hand, the West Virginia state board of education is expected to have its final vote on the standards at its April 8, 2015, meeting.

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Congratulations to the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship winners!

Mon, 2015-04-06 19:11
NCSE rafters examining Vulcan's Anvil, one of Grand Canyon's geological wonders. Photo by Josh Rosenau, 2014.

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the first teacher scholarships on our annual Grand Canyon raft trip: Alyson Miller of Nashua High School North, Nashua, New Hampshire, and Scott Hatfield of Bullard High School, Fresno, California. They will receive an all-expenses-paid eight-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon, guided by two members of NCSE's staff and joining twenty other NCSE members and supporters who purchased seats on the trip. The scholarship funds were donated by the generosity of NCSE's members.

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AFT adds its voice for climate change education

Tue, 2015-03-31 23:12

The American Federation of Teachers adopted a resolution in 2014 affirming the role of science in climate change courses.

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Polling evolution in Canada

Tue, 2015-03-31 16:45

Science Culture: Where Canada Stands, a new report (PDF) from the Council of Canadian Academies, includes data on Canadian public opinion about evolution and related topics.

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A preview of The Atlas of Climate Change

Fri, 2015-03-27 17:00

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Kristin Dow and Thomas E. Downing's The Atlas of Climate Change: Mapping the World's Greatest Challenge (University of California Press, 2011). 

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Attention, filmmakers!

Tue, 2015-03-24 19:38

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

Tue, 2015-03-24 17:00

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

Mon, 2015-03-23 16:01

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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What's new with Wyoming's science standards?

Thu, 2015-03-19 15:49

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

Tue, 2015-03-17 17:35

"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

Fri, 2015-03-13 15:57

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

Thu, 2015-03-12 17:33

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

Fri, 2015-03-06 20:23

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

Fri, 2015-03-06 20:06

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

Tue, 2015-03-03 17:32

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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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa

Mon, 2015-03-02 20:50

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

Mon, 2015-03-02 20:50

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

Mon, 2015-03-02 20:20

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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Antiscience bill dies in Oklahoma

Fri, 2015-02-27 23:55

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 665 (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 February 26, 2015, when a deadline for senate bills to pass committee expired. 

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