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Darwin Day bill in Hawaii

Wed, 2014-03-12 18:41

House Resolution 145, introduced in the Hawaii House of Representatives on March 7, 2014, would, if enacted, express the House's recognition of February 12 of each year as Darwin Day "to celebrate all of Charles Darwin's achievements in the field of science."

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Baton Rouge Advocate endorses repeal effort again

Mon, 2014-03-10 18:18

The Baton Rouge Advocate (March 9, 2014) reaffirmed its editorial support (previously expressed in 2013) for the attempt to repeal Louisiana's so-called Science Education Act, which, Governor Bobby Jindal told NBC News in 2013, permits the teaching of creationism, including "intelligent design."

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Facebook: n > 40,000

Fri, 2014-03-07 15:43

A milestone: there are now over 40,000 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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Antiscience bill passes the Oklahoma House

Tue, 2014-03-04 20:03

Oklahoma's House Bill 1674 (PDF), which would, if enacted, deprive administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on a 79-6 vote on March 3, 2014. 

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Bernard Winograd dies

Mon, 2014-03-03 18:31

Bernard Winograd

Bernard Winograd, a member of NCSE's board of directors, died on March 1, 2014, at the age of 63.

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Repeal effort revived again in Louisiana

Wed, 2014-02-26 16:57

Senate Bill 175 (PDF), prefiled in the Louisiana Senate on February 25, 2014, and provisionally referred to the Senate Committee on Education, would, if enacted, repeal Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:285.1, which implemented the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act, passed and enacted in 2008.

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One down in Oklahoma

Tue, 2014-02-25 15:45

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 1765 (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 24, 2014, when a deadline for senate bills to pass committee expired.

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NCSE's next webinar for activists

Fri, 2014-02-21 22:46

NCSE is pleased to announce the next of a new series of on-line workshops aimed at broadening and deepening the networks that make our work possible. The next workshop focuses on media outreach: the panelists will discuss their own experiences, and share advice and resources to help citizens like you plan for media outreach and be effective spokespeople for science.

 

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NCSE's Scott receives CFI/CSI Lifetime Achievement Award

Fri, 2014-02-21 18:01

Eugenie C. Scott

NCSE's Eugenie C. Scott received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Inquiry and Committee for Skeptical Inquiry in October 2013.

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Louisiana to repeal 1981 creationist law?

Fri, 2014-02-21 15:19

Louisiana's Senate Bill 70 (PDF) would, if enacted, repeal the state's Balanced Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act, which was enacted in 1981 and declared to be unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Edwards v. Aguillard in 1987.

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A preview of New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement

Fri, 2014-02-21 15:00

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of New Trends in Earth-Science Outreach and Engagement (Springer 2013), edited by Jeanette L. Drake, Yekaterina Y. Kontar, and Gwynne S. Rife. The excerpt consists of the entirety of "Infusing Climate and Energy Throughout the Curriculum: Challenges and Opportunities," by NCSE's Minda Berbeco and Mark McCaffrey.

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Climate in Science and Engineering Indicators 2014

Thu, 2014-02-20 21:11

Public opinion about climate change was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2014.

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Evolution in Science and Engineering Indicators 2014

Tue, 2014-02-18 21:26

Public opinion about evolution, the Big Bang, and teaching evolution in public schools was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2014.

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A second antiscience bill in Oklahoma

Mon, 2014-02-17 22:38

A bill in Oklahoma that would, if enacted, deprive administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies" is back from the dead.

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A reversal in South Carolina?

Fri, 2014-02-14 23:00

Just three days after the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee refused to approve a section of the new state science standards involving evolution, Senator Mike Fair (R-District 6), a member of the committee whose opposition was responsible for the refusal, is reportedly withdrawing his objection.

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RNCSE 34:1 now on-line

Fri, 2014-02-14 21:31

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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NABT opposes Oklahoma's antiscience bill

Fri, 2014-02-14 17:49

The National Association of Biology Teachers expressed its opposition to Oklahoma's Senate Bill 1765 (document), which, if enacted, would deprive administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies."

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Aykut Kence dies

Fri, 2014-02-14 14:54

The Turkish biologist Aykut Kence died on February 1, 2014, at the age of 67, according to soL Portal (February 1, 2014).

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Antiscience bill in Virginia dies

Tue, 2014-02-11 23:54

Virginia's House Bill 207 died in the House Education Committee on February 11, 2014, when a deadline for bills to pass their house of origin passed. 

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AIBS opposes Oklahoma's antiscience bill

Tue, 2014-02-11 21:10

The American Institute of Biological Sciences expressed its opposition to Oklahoma's Senate Bill 1765 (document), which, if enacted, would deprive administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies."

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