NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2009/10/16
(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)
Dear Friends of NCSE, Honors for NCSE's Eugenie C. Scott and for McGill's Brian Alters. Plus new NCSE t-shirts and new ways to support NCSE.
EUGENIE C. SCOTT HONORED BY CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott will receive the Fellows' Medal, the highest honor of the California Academy of Sciences, in a ceremony in San Francisco on October 13, 2009. According to a press release from the Academy issued on October 8, 2009: "Scott has been a pioneering researcher and activist in the creationism-evolution controversy for over 25 years. ... In 2005, NCSE served as a consultant for the plaintiffs in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case, in which Judge John Jones ruled against the teaching of intelligent design in public schools. Dr. Scott has received national recognition for her work and holds honorary degrees from McGill, Rutgers, Mt. Holyoke, the University of New Mexico, Ohio State, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the author of Evolution vs. Creationism, and co-editor of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools." Scott also was elected to the California Academy of Sciences in 1994. In receiving its Fellows' Medal, she joins such distinguished evolutionary scientists as Peter H. Raven, G. Ledyard Stebbins, and F. Clark Howell. For the press release from the California Academy of Sciences, visit: http://www.calacademy.org/newsroom/releases/2009/fellows.php BRIAN ALTERS HONORED BY ROYAL SOCIETY OF CANADA NCSE is delighted to congratulate Brian Alters, a member of NCSE's board of directors, on receiving the prestigious McNeil Medal for the Public Awareness of Science from the Royal Society of Canada, in recognition of "his world-famous work on the promotion of education about evolution." In a congratulatory letter, Principal Heather Munroe-Blum of McGill University described the award as a "wonderful tribute” to Alters’s “talents, outstanding achievements and exceptional contributions to public awareness of science.” Alters is the Tomlinson Chair in Science Education and Sir William Dawson Scholar at McGill University, where he also founded and directs the Evolution Education Research Centre. He is the author of several books, including Defending Evolution: A Guide to the Creation/Evolution Controversy (Jones and Bartlett 2001), coauthored with Sandra M. Alters. He testified as an expert witness on science education for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover. Alters was awarded NCSE's "Friend of Darwin" award in 2005. For information on the award from McGill University, visit: http://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/news/item/?item_id=111288 http://reporter.mcgill.ca/2009/10/mcgills-brian-alters-honoured-by-rsc KILOSTEVE T-SHIRTS NOW AVAILABLE At last, the latest iteration of NCSE's pioneering experimental steveometry apparatus -- the Project Steve t-shirt -- is available for order! The names of the first 1099 signatories to Project Steve are printed in white on a quality cotton/poly black t-shirt, along with the slogan, "Over 1000 scientists named Steve agree. Teach Evolution!" For Steves, Stephanies, and anyone who supports the teaching of evolution and likes t-shirts. Sizes run from medium to extra-extra-large; the cost is $14, plus 9.75% sales tax for California orders, plus shipping. Visit the NCSE store to order. Also available is NCSE's famous "ooze" shirt, with the slogan, "My ancestors spent 3.8 billion years evolving out of the primordial ooze and all I got was this lousy t-shirt," along with a whimsical assortment of Ray Troll's animals. Printed in white on a quality 100% cotton forest green t-shirt, with "Teach Evolution!" and NCSE's logo and website address on the back. Sizes run from small to extra-extra-large; like the Project Steve t-shirt, the cost is $14, plus 9.75% sales tax for California orders, plus shipping. Visit the NCSE store to order. And while you're visiting NCSE's website, it's now easier than ever before to support NCSE and its mission of defending the teaching of evolution in the public schools. You can now join, renew, or donate on-line, using your Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or PayPal account. Plus you can now become a sustaining member of NCSE on-line -- automatically donating $10, $20, or whatever amount you choose every month. Visit our brand-new membership page today. For information about Project Steve, visit: http://ncseweb.org/taking-action/project-steve For NCSE's on-line store, visit: http://ncseweb.org/ncsestore For NCSE's membership page, visit: http://ncseweb.org/membership 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 Subscribe to NCSE's free weekly e-newsletter: http://groups.google.com/group/ncse-news NCSE is on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter: http://www.facebook.com/evolution.ncse http://www.youtube.com/NatCen4ScienceEd http://twitter.com/ncse NCSE's work is supported by its members. Join today! http://ncseweb.org/membership