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A preview of Evolution vs. Creationism

Mon, 2016-01-04 23:43

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of the classic Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction, second edition (Greenwood Press/University of California Press, 2009), by NCSE's founding executive director Eugenie C. Scott.

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Berbeco and McCaffrey on fostering educator resilience

Mon, 2016-01-04 19:38

What are the challenges to creating a resilient and confident educational community capable of addressing natural hazards and climate change in a scientifically accurate and pedagogically appropriate manner? That was the question that NCSE’s Minda Berbeco and Mark McCaffrey addressed in their "Fostering Educator Resilience: Engaging the Educational Community to Address the Natural Hazards of Climate Change."

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The Rabbinical Assembly adds its voice for evolution

Fri, 2016-01-01 17:00

The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with a statement from the Rabbinical Assembly, adopted in 2006.

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Antiscience bills in Florida

Tue, 2015-12-29 19:01

Two bills introduced in the Florida legislature — House Bill 899 and Senate Bill 1018 — are ostensibly aimed at empowering taxpayers to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools, for example on the grounds that they fail to provide "a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues." There is reason to believe that evolution and climate change are among the targets.

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"Creationism Whistleblower"

Mon, 2015-12-28 21:58

Zack Kopplin

Writing in The Daily Beast (December 28, 2015), Zack Kopplin reviews the last decade of antievolution strategies — with the assistance of a former employee of the Discovery Institute, the de facto institutional home of "intelligent design" creationism.

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Alfred G. Gilman dies

Mon, 2015-12-28 17:12

Alfred G. Gilman, via University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

The eminent pharmacologist and biochemist Alfred G. Gilman — a member of NCSE's Advisory Council — died on December 23, 2015, at the age of 74, according to The New York Times (December 24, 2015). Gilman and Martin Rodbell were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1994 for "their discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells." The Times explains that their "research helped scientists understand how the body receives signals and transmits outside stimuli like light and odor, and from a variety of hormones in the body" and also increased understanding of certain types of cancer and hereditary glandular disorders.

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The Royal Astronomical Society adds its voice for evolution

Fri, 2015-12-25 16:15

The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with a statement from the Royal Astronomical Society, adopted in 2011.

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Facebook: n > 140,000

Mon, 2015-12-21 13:00

A milestone: there are now over 140,000 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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Darwin Day resolution in the Senate

Fri, 2015-12-18 23:53

Richard Blumenthal

Senate Resolution 337, introduced in the United States Senate on December 17, 2015, would, if passed, express the Senate's support of designating February 12, 2016, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of "Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge."

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Matzke's Kitzmas tree in the news

Fri, 2015-12-18 23:00

Nick Matzke outside the Rhea County, Tennessee, courthouse, where John T. Scopes was tried in 1925

Nick Matzke's "The Evolution of Antievolution Policies after Kitzmiller v. Dover" (PDF; subscription required), a new paper forthcoming in Science, is receiving plenty of press coverage. As NCSE previously reported, the paper shows that even though creationism is getting stealthier in the wake of legal defeats such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, techniques from modern evolutionary biology reveal how creationist legislation is evolving.

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Matzke's Kitzmas tree!

Thu, 2015-12-17 19:00

In a new paper (PDF; subscription required) forthcoming in Science, Nick Matzke shows that even though creationism is getting stealthier in the wake of legal defeats such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, techniques from modern evolutionary biology reveal how creationist legislation is evolving. Using data collected by NCSE and state-of-the-art phylogenetic analysis, Matzke constructed a phylogenetic tree of seventy-five distinct antievolution bills and policies, reconstructing their genealogical relationships with a high degree of confidence.

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A glimpse of On the Wing

Fri, 2015-12-11 20:44

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of David E. Alexander's On the Wing: Insects, Pterosaurs, Birds, Bats and the Evolution of Animal Flight (Oxford University Press, 2015).

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Darwin Day resolution in Congress

Fri, 2015-12-04 20:51

Jim Himes

House Resolution 548 (PDF), introduced in the United States House of Representatives on December 3, 2015, would, if passed, express the House's support of designating February 12, 2016, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of "Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge."

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Utah adopts new middle school science standards

Fri, 2015-12-04 20:02

The Utah state board of education voted 11-4 on December 4, 2015, to adopt a new set of science standards for grades 6-8, according to a December 4, 2015, press release. Included, despite early signs of controversy, are evolution and climate change.

 

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Climate change amendment in the House

Fri, 2015-12-04 19:21

Matt Cartwright

A measure that would have acknowledged "the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real" was rejected in the U.S. House of Representatives on December 3, 2015, according to The Hill (December 3, 2015).

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AU remembers Kitzmiller

Wed, 2015-12-02 16:15

As the tenth anniversary of the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover approaches, Americans United for Separation of Church and State commemorated the occasion with "Science Lessons," published in the December 2015 issue of Church & State.

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Remember NCSE on Giving Tuesday

Tue, 2015-12-01 20:00

The Tuesday following Thanksgiving is emerging as Giving Tuesday, a national day of charity and generosity at the beginning of the holiday season. On this Giving Tuesday — December 1, 2015 — please consider supporting NCSE and its important work to defend the integrity of science education by donating generously. (Your donations, as always, are tax-deductible!) And please share the appeal with your friends and family.

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Support NCSE through AmazonSmile

Fri, 2015-11-27 16:19

If you are shopping on-line on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, please consider supporting NCSE through AmazonSmile. When you make a purchase via http://smile.amazon.com/ch/11-2656357, NCSE receives 0.5% of the price (for eligible purchases). 

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Congratulations to Andrew J. Petto

Tue, 2015-11-24 22:30

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Andrew J. Petto on receiving the Evolution Education Award for 2015 from the National Association of Biology Teachers, sponsored by BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study) and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.

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The Plane Truth at last!

Mon, 2015-11-23 18:35

Robert J. Schadewald (1943-2000), a former president of NCSE's board of directors, was working on a manuscript about the history of the flat-earth movement until the week of his death. Now, thanks to his sister Lois Schadewald and his widow Wendy Schadewald, a final version of The Plane Truth is freely available on-line in web and ebook formats.

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