National Center for Science Education
With the addition of Stefan Roitsch on January 15, 2014, NCSE's Project Steve attained its 1300th signatory.
Senate Bill 1765 (document), styled the Oklahoma Science Education Act, is the second antiscience bill of the year. As is increasingly common with antiscience legislation, SB 1765 would, if enacted, in effect encourage science teachers with idiosyncratic opinions to teach anything they pleased — proponents of creationism and climate change denial are the usual intended beneficiaries of such bills — and discourage responsible educational authorities from intervening.
Francisco J. Ayala
NCSE is pleased to announce the addition of Francisco J. Ayala, a distinguished evolutionary geneticist at the University of California, Irvine, to its board of directors.
It's time to dust off your Darwin costume again: less than a month remains before Darwin Day 2014!
At its January 8, 2014, meeting, the South Carolina state board of education voted to adopt a new set of science standards, rejecting two different proposals that would have compromised the treatment of evolution in the process.
NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Alan de Queiroz's The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life (Basic Books, 2014).
House Bill 207, prefiled in the Virginia House of Delegates on December 27, 2013, and referred to the Committee on Education, is the first antiscience bill of 2014.