NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2009/02/13
(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)
Dear Friends of NCSE, The 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth is in the headlines far and wide. A new issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach is now available, and so is selected content from a new issue of Reports of the NCSE. On the legislative front, there's a new antievolution bill in Alabama, but the Mississippi evolution disclaimer bill is already dead. And although Darwin Day is over, the celebrations aren't.
THE DARWIN BICENTENNIAL IN THE NEWS In recognition of Darwin's 200th birthday, February 12, 2009, the mass media are again taking notice of Darwin's life, accomplishments, and importance and influence. Writing to Charles Lyell in 1860, Darwin was wryly amused at the sort of newspaper coverage he was receiving in the wake of the publication of the Origin of Species: "I have received in a Manchester Newspaper a rather ... good squib, showing that I have proved 'might is right', & therefore that Napoleon is right & every cheating Tradesman is also right." Fortunately, today's journalists generally exhibit a higher degree of accuracy than their Victorian colleagues at the Manchester Guardian! Herewith a sampling of the recent coverage of the Darwin bicentennial. The January 31, 2009, issue of Science News contained a number of articles about Darwin and evolution; a special web edition contains expanded versions of articles from the print edition plus two additional features. Included are Tom Siegfried on "Darwin's Evolution," Rachel Ehrenberg on "Evolution's Evolution," Tina Hesman Saey on "Molecular Evolution," Sid Perkins on "Step-by-Step Evolution," Patrick Berry on "Computing Evolution," and Susan Milius on "A Most Private Evolution." Also of interest are three stories about Darwin and evolution aimed at kids: Susan Milius on "When Darwin Got Sick of Feathers," Tina Hesman Saey on "Hitting the Redo Button on Evolution," and Tom Siegfried on "The Man Who Rocked Biology to its Core." On February 1, 2009, National Public Radio launched a Darwin 200 series, beginning by interviewing Keith Thomson, the author of The Young Charles Darwin (Yale University Press, 2009), about the influences on the young naturalist. Science Friday's Ira Flatow interviewed Matthew Chapman, a great-great-grandson of Darwin, about the ongoing battle over teaching evolution in public schools and how Darwin's legacy continues to evolve on February 6, 2009. A story comparing the Darwin anniversary celebrations in the United States with their counterparts in Britain was broadcast on February 8, 2009. A story about Evolution Weekend was broadcast on February 11, 2009. And there is apparently more to come, so stay tuned! Observing that "nearly 150 years after Darwin published his groundbreaking work On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, Americans are still fighting over evolution. If anything, the controversy has recently grown in both size and intensity," the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life unveiled a useful collection of on-line resources on February 4, 2009. Included are discussions of the social and legal dimensions of the evolution debate in the United States, a brief explanation of Darwin and evolutionary theory, a listing of the positions of various religious groups and their members on evolution, and a sampling of controversies over the teaching of evolution across the country. From February 5 to February 9, 2009, the BBC's Radio 4 broadcast "Dear Darwin," in which "[f]ive leading scientists address letters to Charles Darwin, expressing their thoughts on his work and legacy." Featured were Craig Venter, telling Darwin "about his own experiences as a collector, medic and geneticist"; Jonathan Miller, describing "the huge advances in the understanding of genetics that have filled the holes in Darwin's understanding of inheritance"; Jerry Coyne, telling Darwin about the evidence amassed since the publication of the Origin that supports evolution; Peter Bentley, explaining the emerging field of evolutionary computing to Darwin; and Baruch Blumberg, telling Darwin "about his work with the hepatitis B virus and his later work at NASA searching for life on other planets." All five letters are available via Radio 4's Darwin website. The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Quirks and Quarks show, hosted by Bob McDonald, devoted its program for February 7, 2009, to "a discussion of the life and work of Charles Darwin, and to a discussion of his impact on modern science, with three special guests," namely the science journalist David Quammen, the author of The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (W. W. Norton, 2006); the geneticist Steve Jones, the author of Darwin's Ghost (Random House, 2000); and the science journalist Olivia Judson, the author of Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation: The Definitive Guide to the Evolutionary Biology of Sex (Holt, 2003). The whole show is available in MP3 format; segments are available in MP3 as well as Ogg formats. "Charles Darwin would no doubt be surprised to learn that, 127 years after his death, people around the world will be celebrating his 200th birthday on Thursday," Dan Vergano writes in USA Today (February 9, 2009). Describing Darwin Day as "part birthday bash, part thumb-in-the-eye to creationists, part opportunity for publishers rolling out Darwin books like sausages," he proceeds to ask, "who and what are evolution's fans celebrating?" After a summary of Darwin's life and accomplishments, the story turns to the controversial reception of evolution in the United States -- "Public debate over evolution has bounced from the statehouse to the schoolhouse to the courthouse since the Scopes trial" -- before ending with a reminder from NCSE Supporter Sean B. Carroll that "[t]oday we live in a second golden age of evolution." The February 10, 2009, issue of The New York Times contained a suite of articles on Darwin and evolutionary biology: Nicholas Wade's "Darwin, Ahead of His Time, Is Still Influential" (arguing that "[i]t is a testament to Darwin's extraordinary insight that it took almost a century for biologists to understand the essential correctness of his views"), Carl Safina's "Darwinism Must Die So That Evolution May Live," Carol Kaesuk Yoon's "Genes Offer New Clues in Old Debate on Species' Origins," Carl Zimmer's "Crunching the Data for the Tree of Life," and Cornelia Dean's "Seeing the Risks of Humanity's Hand in Species Evolution." Additionally, in "Darwin the Comedian. Now That's Entertainment!" John Tierney discussed Richard Milner's one-man musical, "Charles Darwin: Live & In Concert." US News & World Report, which recently featured NCSE's Glenn Branch's February 2, 2009, op-ed (along with one from the ICR's Henry Morris III) now features four more authors writing op-eds (February 10, 2009) on the topic of teaching evolution. Included are Americans United for Separation of Church and State's Richard Katskee, arguing "Should we teach creationism in public-school science classes? Of course we should -- if we want to violate the Constitution, dumb down our students, and make our nation an international laughingstock," and Michigan State University's Robert T. Pennock, who, after reviewing the evolution of the creationist attempts to undermine the teaching of evolution in the public schools, concludes, "Creationism, in whatever guise it has taken to get into the schools, has proven itself to be fundamentally deceptive." Reporting from Downe, the Los Angeles Times (February 11, 2009) discusses how, despite Darwin's isolation in Down House during the latter part of his life, "200 years after his birth on Feb. 12, 1809, Darwin seems to be everywhere in his native land," with "a yearlong series of 300 events that make up one of the most extensive national commemorations of a single person ever to be held in this country." "It's difficult to overstate how pervasive Darwin's work is," said Robert M. Bloomfield, coordinator of the umbrella organization Darwin200 and head of special projects at London's Natural History Museum. In celebration of the Darwin anniversaries, the story explains, Down House itself "has undergone a three-month, $1.3-million makeover for the bicentennial and is to reopen to local residents on Darwin's birthday, Thursday, and the general public Friday." The Christian Science Monitor (February 12, 2009) took Darwin Day as the occasion to summarize the ongoing fights over antievolution legislation going under the misleading banner of "academic freedom," with the American Institute for Biological Science's Robert Gropp explaining, "They've gotten crafty about arguments they make. 'Academic freedom' sounds very all-American, but the problem is it sets aside the way science is done, the way we teach science." Referring to the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act, so far the only such bill actually enacted, NCSE's Joshua Rosenau told the newspaper, "This is very, very, watered down from the earlier generation of strategies, and it's harder to deal with that on [a] legal level because it's not about the legislation" but rather about how individual teachers choose to interpret the legislation. A special twelve-page Darwin 200 section of the February 2009 issue of BBC Focus, available in a special Flash format, features a welcome by Richard Dawkins, a profile by Carl Zimmer of Michigan State University's Richard Lenski (including a brief discussion of the amusing incident in which a creationist demanded data from Lenski; see Zimmer's blog and The Panda's Thumb blog for further details), a sidebar on industrial applications of evolutionary theory, a spread on what Darwin didn't know (about inheritance, the evolution of eyes, human evolution, and the origin of new traits), a debate between Steve Jones and P. Z. Myers on whether human evolution is at a halt, and Richard Dawkins interviewed on the topic of "How to Win an Argument with a Creationist." The February 2009 issue of Smithsonian contains Thomas Hayden's "What Darwin Didn't Know" -- coincidentally the phrase used by National Geographic for its February 2009 issue! Despite advances in biology since Darwin's day, Hayden writes, "even the most unanticipated discoveries in the life sciences have supported or extended Darwin's central ideas -- all life is related, species change over time in response to natural selection, and new forms replace those that came before." In the same issue is Adam Gopnik's essay comparing Darwin and Lincoln, based on his new book Angels and Ages (Knopf, 2009). The Smithsonian's website also features a collection of articles on Darwin and evolution appearing in previous issues of the magazine. And finally, a reminder about the January 2009 issue of Scientific American, which took as its theme "The Evolution of Evolution: How Darwin's Theory Survives, Thrives and Reshapes the World." Featured are David J. Buller on "Evolution of the Mind," H. Allen Orr on "Testing Natural Selection with Genetics," David M. Kingsley on "Diversity Revealed: From Atoms to Traits," Ed Regis on "The Science of Spore," Neil H. Shubin on "The Evolutionary Origins of Hiccups and Hernias," Peter Ward on "The Future of Man -- How Will Evolution Change Humans?" and David P. Mindell on "Putting Evolution to Use in the Everyday World." And NCSE is represented, too, with Glenn Branch and Eugenie C. Scott's discussion of the newest mutations of the antievolutionist movement in "The Latest Face of Creationism." For Darwin's letter to Lyell, visit: http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/darwinletters/calendar/entry-2782.html For the various Science News stories, visit: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/feature/id/39754/title/Darwin_Special__Darwin_turns_200 http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/40648/title/FOR_KIDS_When_Darwin_got_sick_of_feathers http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/40649/title/FOR_KIDS_Hitting_the_redo_button_on_evolution http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/40650/title/FOR_KIDS_The_man_who_rocked_biology_to_its_core For the various NPR stories (transcripts and/or audio), visit: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100118047 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100333722 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100379229 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100597574 For information about Evolution Weekend, visit: http://www.butler.edu/clergyproject/rel_evolution_weekend_2009.htm To buy The Young Charles Darwin from Amazon.com (and benefit NCSE in the process), visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0300136080/nationalcenter02/ For the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life's collection of resources, visit: http://pewforum.org/docs/?DocID=114 For the BBC Radio 4's Darwin website, visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/darwin/ For the Quirks and Quarks show on Darwin, visit: http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/archives/08-09/qq-2009-02-07.html To buy books by the interviewees from Amazon.com (and benefit NCSE in the process), visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/039332995X/nationalcenter02/ http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0345422775/nationalcenter02/ http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0805063323/nationalcenter02/ For USA Today's story, visit: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2009-02-09-darwin-evolution_N.htm For the various stories in The New York Times, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/science/10evolution.html http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/science/10essa.html http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/science/10species.html http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/science/10tree.html http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/science/10humans.html http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/10/science/10tier.html For information about Richard Milner's Darwin musical, visit: http://www.darwinlive.com/ For Branch's, Katskee's, and Pennock's op-eds in US News & World Report, visit: http://www.usnews.com/articles/opinion/2009/02/02/intelligent-design-is-not-science-and-should-not-take-the-place-of-evolution-in-the-classroom.html http://www.usnews.com/articles/opinion/2009/02/10/creationism-left-out-of-science-education-for-valid-reasons.html http://www.usnews.com/articles/opinion/2009/02/10/creation-science-and-intelligent-design-different-names-for-religious-theory.html For the story in the Los Angeles Times, visit: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-darwin-mania12-2009feb12,0,2222602.story For information about Darwin200, visit: http://www.darwin200.org/ For information about Down House, visit: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server.php?show=nav.14922 For the Christian Science Monitor's article, visit: http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0212/p01s03-ussc.html For NCSE's coverage of previous events in Louisiana, visit: http://ncseweb.org/news/louisiana For the Darwin 200 section of BBC Focus, visit: http://content.yudu.com/Library/A113su/FocusMagazine/resources/index.htm For further details about the Lenski incident, visit: http://scienceblogs.com/loom/2008/06/24/of_bacteria_and_throw_pillows_3.php http://pandasthumb.org/archives/2008/06/lenski-gives-co.html For the February 2009 issue of National Geographic, visit: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/02/table-of-contents For the articles from the February 2009 issue of Smithsonian, visit: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/What-Darwin-Didnt-Know.html http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Darwin-Lincoln-Twin-Peaks.html To buy Angels and Ages from Amazon.com (and benefit NCSE in the process), visit: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/asin/0307270785/nationalcenter02/ For the previous articles about Darwin in Smithsonian, visit: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/The-Life-of-Charles-Darwin.html For the January 2009 issue of Scientific American, visit: http://www.sciam.com/sciammag/?contents=2009-01 And for Branch and Scott's article in Scientific American, visit: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-latest-face-of-creationism THE LATEST ISSUE OF EVOLUTION: EDUCATION AND OUTREACH The latest issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach -- the new journal aspiring to promote accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience -- is now available on-line. Throughout 2009, the journal will celebrate the life and work of Charles Darwin. Featured accordingly in the latest issue are articles on Darwin: "Why Darwin," "Artificial Selection and Domestication: Modern Lessons from Darwins Enduring Analogy," "Charles Darwin and Human Evolution," "Experimenting with Transmutation: Darwin, the Beagle, and Evolution," "Darwin's 'Extreme' Imperfection," and "The 'Popular Press' Responds to Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species and His Other Works." Studies of teaching and learning are presented as well: "Assessment of Biology Majors' Versus Nonmajors' Views on Evolution, Creationism, and Intelligent Design," "Educational Malpractice: The Impact of Including Creationism in High School Biology Courses," "Teaching Evolution in Primary Schools: An Example in French Classrooms," and the late Michael E. N. Majerus's "Industrial Melanism in the Peppered Moth, Biston betularia: An Excellent Teaching Example of Darwinian Evolution in Action." There are also reviews of Michael Shermer's Why Darwin Matters and Rob DeSalle and Ian Tattersall's Human Origins. Also included is the latest installment of NCSE's regular column for Evolution: Education and Outreach, Overcoming Obstacles to Evolution Education. NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott and deputy director Glenn Branch argue that in the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the sesquicentennial of the publication of On the Origin of Species, it is especially important not to overemphasize Darwin while talking about evolutionary biology in general. In the abstract, they summarize, "Evolutionary biology owes much to Charles Darwin, whose discussions of common descent and natural selection provide the foundations of the discipline. But evolutionary biology has expanded well beyond its foundations to encompass many theories and concepts unknown in the 19th century. The term 'Darwinism' is, therefore, ambiguous and misleading. Compounding the problem of 'Darwinism' is the hijacking of the term by creationists to portray evolution as a dangerous ideology -- an 'ism' -- that has no place in the science classroom. When scientists and teachers use 'Darwinism' as synonymous with evolutionary biology, it reinforces such a misleading portrayal and hinders efforts to present the scientific standing of evolution accurately. Accordingly, the term 'Darwinism' should be abandoned as a synonym for evolutionary biology." For Evolution: Education and Outreach, visit: http://www.springerlink.com/content/120878/ For Scott and Branch's article, visit: http://www.springerlink.com/content/n47h34357743w4p0/fulltext.html CATCHING UP WITH RNCSE Selected content from volume 28, number 3, of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on NCSE's website. Featured are Steven L. Salzberg's account of how a creationist article almost slipped into a leading proteomics journal and Lawrence S. Lerner's latest update on the state of state science standards. And there are reviews, too: Daryl Domning discusses Creation and Evolution: A Conference with Pope Benedict XVI in Castel Gandolfo, Andrew J. Petto reviews David P. Mindell's The Evolving World, and Roberta L. Millstein assesses Massimo Pigliucci and Jonathan Kaplan's Making Sense of Evolution. If you like what you see, why not subscribe to RNCSE today? The next issue (volume 29, number 1) is a special issue to celebrate the Darwin anniversaries, containing a discussion of Darwin's botanical work by Sara B. Hoot. Also featured is the first installment in a series of creationism/evolution travelogues by Randy Moore. A host of reviews, too, including NCSE's Glenn Branch on Randy Moore and Mark Decker's More Than Darwin, Rebecca Cann on Norman Johnson's Darwinian Detectives, and NCSE's Peter Hess on Negotiating Darwin: The Vatican Confronts Evolution, 1877-1902, by Mariano Artigas, Thomas F. Glick, and Rafael A. Martinez. Don't miss out -- subscribe now! For selected content from RNCSE 28:3, visit: http://ncseweb.org/rncse/28/3 For subscription information, visit: http://ncseweb.org/membership ANTIEVOLUTION LEGISLATION IN ALABAMA House Bill 300, introduced in the Alabama House of Representatives on February 3, 2009, by David Grimes (R-District 73) and referred to the House Education Policy Committee, is the latest in a string of "academic freedom" bills aimed at undermining the teaching of evolution. Previous such bills in Alabama -- HB 923 (which Grimes also sponsored) in 2008; HB 106 and SB 45 in 2006; HB 352, SB 240, and HB 716 in 2005; HB 391 and SB 336 in 2004 -- failed to win passage. In 2004, a cosponsor of SB 336 told the Montgomery Advertiser (February 18, 2004), "This bill will level the playing field because it allows a teacher to bring forward the biblical creation story of humankind." The text of HB 300 as introduced is reproduced in full on NCSE's website. For Alabama's HB 300, visit: http://ncseweb.org/news/2009/02/antievolution-legislation-alabama-004280 And for NCSE's previous coverage of events in Alabama, visit: http://ncseweb.org/news/alabama MISSISSIPPI DISCLAIMER BILL DEAD Mississippi's House Bill 25, which would have mandated the state board of education to require every textbook that discusses evolution to include a disclaimer describing evolution as "a controversial theory," died in committee on February 3, 2009, according to the state's legislative website. At present, the only state to require a textbook disclaimer about evolution is Alabama, which is currently using a disclaimer adopted in 2005. The proposed Mississippi disclaimer was evidently a hybrid of two previous versions of the Alabama disclaimer: its first paragraph is modeled on the first paragraph of the second version (adopted in 2001), while much of the remainder is modeled on the first version (adopted in 1995). Speaking to the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (2009 Jan 24), the bill's sponsor, Gary Chism (R-District 37), was candid about his motivations, explaining, "Either you believe in the Genesis story, or you believe that a fish walked on the ground," adding, "All these molecules didn't come into existence by themselves." But he was pessimistic about the prospects of the bill, telling the conservative Christian on-line news source OneNewsNow (2009 Jan 26), "I am confident that this bill is ... dead on arrival ... I don't think the [committee] chairman will even take the bill up." Yet he also told OneNewsNow that "he would consider drafting another bill next year supporting the teaching of the strengths and weaknesses of evolutionary theory in public school classrooms." For the status of Mississippi's HB 25, visit: http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us/2009/pdf/history/HB/HB0025.xml For the story in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, visit: http://www.djournal.com/pages/story.asp?ID=285107&pub=1 For the story in OneNewsNow, visit: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Education/Default.aspx?id=398458 And for NCSE's previous coverage of events in Mississippi, visit: http://ncseweb.org/news/mississippi DARWIN CELEBRATIONS MARCH ON Darwin Day is past, but the Darwin celebrations are still ongoing! And since 2009 is the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the sesquicentennial of the publication of On the Origin of Species, it promises to be a particularly exciting celebration. Colleges and universities, schools, libraries, museums, churches, civic groups, and just plain folks across the country -- and the world -- are preparing to celebrate Darwin Day, on or around February 12, in honor of the life and work of Charles Darwin. These events provide a marvelous opportunity not only to celebrate Darwin's birthday but also to engage in public outreach about science, evolution, and the importance of evolution education. NCSE encourages its members and friends to attend, participate in, and even organize Darwin Day events in their own communities. To find a local event, check the websites of local universities and museums and the registry of Darwin Day events maintained by the Darwin Day Celebration website. (And don't forget to register your own event with the Darwin Day Celebration website!) And with Darwin Day comes the return of Evolution Weekend! Hundreds of congregations all over the country and around the world are taking part in Evolution Weekend, February 13-15, 2009, by presenting sermons and discussion groups on the compatibility of faith and science. Michael Zimmerman, the initiator of the project, writes, "Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. One important goal is to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic -- to move beyond sound bites. A second critical goal is to demonstrate that religious people from many faiths and locations understand that evolution is sound science and poses no problems for their faith. Finally, as with The Clergy Letter itself, Evolution Weekend makes it clear that those claiming that people must choose between religion and science are creating a false dichotomy." At last count, over 1000 congregations in all fifty states (and fifteen foreign countries) were scheduled to hold Evolution Weekend events. In a January 27, 2009, story at Religion Dispatches, Lauri Lebo -- the author of The Devil in Dover (The New Press, 2008), the latest book about the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial -- discusses the genesis of Evolution Weekend and the Clergy Letter Project. Michael Zimmerman told her that after organizing a number of letters in Wisconsin to counteract a local attempt to undermine the teaching of evolution, it struck him: "All of a sudden, here it was ... I realized, OK, I have this letter signed by 200 people in one state. I did the calculations, and figured I could come up with 10,000 signatures nationwide. I thought if I could get the signatures, I could put an end to this silliness." He added, "It never crossed my mind how big 10,000 is." (There are presently 11,837 signatories.) Lebo continues, "Despite its success, Zimmerman is under no delusion that the Clergy Letter Project will end the attacks on evolutionary education by those of fundamentalist faiths. ... Instead, hes trying to reach out to people of more mainstream faiths, who are open-minded but scientifically illiterate." Writing on the Beacon Broadside blog in February 2008, NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch asked, "Why make such a point of celebrating Darwin Day, as opposed to, say, Einstein Day on March 14?" He answered, "A crucial reason, particularly in the United States, is to counteract the public climate of ignorance of, skepticism about, and hostility toward evolution," citing a number of current attempts to undermine the teaching of evolution in the public schools. The onslaught continues in 2009, with struggles in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and elsewhere. "So thats a fine reason," as Branch recommended in 2008, "for you to devote a day -- at the museum or in a pew, at a lecture hall or in a movie theater, out in the park or indoors on a badminton court -- to learn about, discuss, and celebrate Darwin and his contributions to science, and to demonstrate your support of teaching evolution in the public schools." 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