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Alan Walker dies

Wed, 2017-11-22 17:58

The distinguished paleoanthropologist Alan Walker died on November 20, 2017, at the age of 79, according to a November 21, 2017, Facebook post from his wife Pat Shipman.

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A new antiscience bill in Florida

Tue, 2017-11-21 00:07

Florida's Senate Bill 966, prefiled on November 17, 2017, would, if enacted, require "[c]ontroversial theories and concepts ... [to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner," while allowing local school districts to use either the state science standards or alternatives "equivalent to or more rigorous than" them.

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Kenneth R. Miller on current threats to evolution education

Mon, 2017-11-20 19:22

Kenneth R. Miller, president of NCSE's board of directors and professor of biology at Brown University, features in a ten-minute documentary about current threats to evolution education, produced by Retro Report and hosted at The New York Times.

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A glimpse of Darwin's Backyard

Fri, 2017-11-17 18:00

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of James T. Costa's Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory (W. W. Norton, 2017). 

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Congratulations to Bertha Vazquez

Wed, 2017-11-15 22:55

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Bertha Vazquez on receiving the Evolution Education Award for 2017 from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

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Victory in New Mexico

Tue, 2017-11-14 22:36

New Mexico is now officially the nineteenth state to have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. 

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A preview of Paranoid Science

Thu, 2017-11-09 00:01

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Antony Alumkal's Paranoid Science: The Christian Right's War on Reality (New York University Press, 2017).

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New science standards on the horizon in Utah

Fri, 2017-11-03 00:00

On November 2, 2017, the Utah state board of education voted 10-4 to begin the process of revising the state science standards for elementary and high school — albeit "[o]ver objections that national science education standards push a political agenda on global warming and do not include instruction of intelligent design as a counterpoint to teaching evolution," according to the Deseret News (November 2, 2017).

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A chance to help NCSE's archives!

Thu, 2017-11-02 21:10

NCSE's archives house a unique trove of material on the creationism/evolution controversy, and we regard it as part of our mission to preserve it for posterity — as well as for occasions such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, where NCSE's archives helped to establish the creationist antecedents of the "intelligent design" movement. And we are beginning to amass a similar trove of material on disputes over climate change education.

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Victory in New Mexico?

Thu, 2017-10-26 14:45

"After facing an onslaught of opposition, New Mexico's Public Education Department officials on Wednesday decided to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards 'in their entirety,'" the Albuquerque Journal (October 25, 2017), reports.

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Developments in New Mexico

Thu, 2017-10-19 19:00

After a public hearing in Santa Fe in which the flawed science standards for New Mexico were consistently opposed, the Public Education Department is promising to restore part of the removed content on evolution, the age of the earth and climate change — but important concerns remain.

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NCSE honored by CSTA

Wed, 2017-10-18 20:13

NCSE was selected by the California Science Teachers Association to receive its Distinguished Contributions Award for 2017.

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NCSE's Branch in The Science Teacher

Tue, 2017-10-17 19:51

NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch contributed a column, entitled "Why the Scientific Consensus on Climate Change Matters for Science Education," to the October 2017 issue of The Science Teacher, a special issue devoted to climate change.

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The latest from New Mexico

Thu, 2017-10-12 18:12

As the October 16, 2017, public hearing in Santa Fe on the new state science standards proposed for New Mexico approaches, there is no sign of the opposition to their omission of references to evolution, human responsibility for climate change, and the age of the earth abating.

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Partisan divide over climate change increases

Thu, 2017-10-12 16:35

"The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider," in the words of a headline of a Pew Research Center report dated October 5, 2017 — and public attitudes toward climate change are evidently involved.

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Polling evolution in Britain and Canada

Thu, 2017-10-12 15:00

A recent survey conducted in the United Kingdom and Canada found that the majority of respondents in both countries accepted evolution, according to a September 5, 2017, press release.

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Opposition to proposed standards solidifies in New Mexico

Thu, 2017-10-05 17:53

Opposition to the new state science standards proposed in New Mexico — which omit references to evolution, human responsibility for climate change, and the age of the earth —is coming fast and furious.  

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The latest survey on climate change

Wed, 2017-10-04 21:30

A new survey from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research examines American attitudes toward climate change.

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On the road again with Darwin

Tue, 2017-10-03 21:24

The Darwin Day Roadshow is returning!

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