NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2009/06/26
(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)
Dear Friends of NCSE, For your summer reading pleasure: new selected content from RNCSE, a suite of papers from the "In the light of evolution III: Two centuries of Darwin" symposium, and the winners of Florida Citizens for Science's cartoon contest. Plus a last-minute chance to run the rapids with NCSE.
CATCHING UP WITH RNCSE Selected content from volume 28, number 4, of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on NCSE's website. Featured are Brandon Haught's chronicle of the recent fight over the place of evolution in Florida's state science standards, Leon Retief's history of creationism in South Africa, and Stephen C. Burnett's "From the World-Wide Flood to the World Wide Web: Creationism in the Digital Age," reporting his investigation of what search engines provide about creationism and evolution. And there are reviews, too: Stephen Matheson discusses Gordon Glover's Beyond the Firmament and Jason Rosenhouse assesses Thomas Woodward's Darwin Strikes Back. If you like what you see, why not subscribe to RNCSE today? The next issue (volume 29, number 3) features dispatches from Texas by Steven Schafersman of Texas Citizens for Science, NCSE's Joshua Rosenau, and Jeremy Mohn, who revealed Don McLeroy's penchant for quote-mining. There's also a story about the the crowning of the kilosteve -- Steve #1000 in NCSE's Project Steve -- and a host of reviews, including Peter Dodson on Donald R. Prothero's Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters, Andrea Bottaro on Kenneth R. Miller's Only a Theory, and Donald R. Prothero on Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Don't miss out -- subscribe now! For the selected content from RNCSE 28:4, visit: http://ncseweb.org/rncse/28/4 For subscription information, visit: http://ncseweb.org/membership IN THE LIGHT OF EVOLUTION III A special supplement to the June 16, 2009, issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences entitled "In the light of evolution III: Two centuries of Darwin" is now freely available. As the editors, John C. Avise and Francisco J. Ayala, explain in their introduction: *** In the articles of this Colloquium, leading evolutionary biologists and science historians reflect on and commemorate the Darwinian Revolution. The authors of these Proceedings canvass modern research approaches and current scientific thought on each of the 3 main categories of selection (natural, artificial, and sexual) that Darwin addressed during his career. Although his legacy is associated primarily with the illumination of natural selection in The Origin, Darwin also contemplated and wrote extensively about what we would now term artificial selection and sexual selection, as reflected for example in two books titled, respectively, The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication (1869) and The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex (1871). In a concluding section of these Proceedings, several science historians comment on Darwin's seminal contributions. Thus, these Proceedings are organized in 4 parts: Natural Selection, or Adaptation to Nature; Artificial Selection, or Adaptation to Human Demands; Sexual Selection, or Adaptation to Mating Demands; and The Darwinian Legacy, 150 Years Later. *** Among the authors represented are NCSE Supporters Francisco J. Ayala, Michael Ruse, and Elliott Sober. Recordings of and slides from a few of the talks are also freely available. A previous "In the light of evolution" volume included "Biological design in science classrooms" by NCSE's Eugenie C. Scott and Nick Matzke. For "In the light of evolution III," visit: http://www.pnas.org/content/106/suppl.1.toc For the recordings and slides, visit: http://www.nasonline.org/site/PageServer?pagename=SACKLER_Darwin_program For "Biological design in science classrooms," visit: http://www.pnas.org/content/104/suppl.1/8669.full STICK SCIENCE CARTOON WINNERS ANNOUNCED The winners of the Stick Science cartoon contest, sponsored by Florida Citizens for Science, were announced on June 19, 2009. "The basic concept here," as FCFS's Brandon Haught explained in announcing the contest, "is to draw a cartoon that educates the public about misconceptions the average person has about science." And lack of artistic ability was no barrier: "all entries must be drawn using stick figures. This is about creative ideas, not artistic ability." The third place winner was Brooke Lundquist of Niceville, Florida; the second place winner was Benjamin Tichy of Calistoga, California; and the first place winner was Richard Korzekwa of Los Alamos, New Mexico: congratulations to all three! Their winning cartoons, along with those of seven runners-up, can be viewed on the Florida Citizens for Science website. The entries were judged by NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott; Phil Plait, the author of Bad Astronomy and Death from the Skies!; Carl Zimmer, the author of Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea and Microcosm: E. coli and the New Science of Life; and Kate Miller, the founder of the evolution toystore Charlie's Playhouse. For the announcement of the winners, visit: http://www.flascience.org/wp/?p=1081 For the original announcement of the contest, visit: http://www.flascience.org/wp/?p=983 For the winning cartoons, visit: http://www.flascience.org/wp/?page_id=1066 RUN THE RAPIDS WITH NCSE Due to a last-minute cancellation, there is a vacant spot on the upcoming NCSE Grand Canyon raft trip, starting at Marble Canyon, Arizona, on July 2, spending eight glorious days on the Colorado River in the company of NCSE's Eugenie C. Scott and geologist Alan Gishlick, and ending at Lake Mead on July 10. The cost is $2480. Call now! For information on the trip, visit: http://ncseweb.org/about/excursions/gcfaq Thanks for reading! And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- http://ncseweb.org -- where you can always find the latest news on evolution education and threats to it. -- Sincerely, Glenn Branch Deputy Director National Center for Science Education, Inc. 420 40th Street, Suite 2 Oakland, CA 94609-2509 510-601-7203 x310 fax: 510-601-7204 800-290-6006 firstname.lastname@example.org http://ncseweb.org Eugenie C. Scott's Evolution vs. Creationism -- now in its second edition! http://ncseweb.org/evc Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools http://ncseweb.org/nioc NCSE's work is supported by its members. Join today! http://ncseweb.org/membership