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NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2010/03/12

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

A free preview of Evidence of Evolution and the latest from Reports of
the NCSE, plus a resolution to the recent furor over evolution in


NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Evidence of Evolution
(Abrams, 2009), featuring the photography of Susan Middleton and the
text of Mary Ellen Hannibal. The publisher writes, "Published to
commemorate the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of
Species, Evidence of Evolution uses exquisite images by distinguished
photographer Susan Middleton to reveal beautiful and surprising
patterns of evolutionary development in animals and plants. These
photographs, of rare and remarkable specimens from the collections of
the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, are accompanied
by a clear, accessible overview of the key evolutionary concepts that
explain life on Earth, by science writer Mary Ellen Hannibal.
Virtually a natural history museum in a book, Evidence of Evolution
expresses the power of Darwin's vision in images and words that bridge
art and science."

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Selected content from volume 29, number 5, of Reports of the National
Center for Science Education is now available on NCSE's website.
Featured are NCSE's Joshua Rosenau's discussion of how a Nobel
laureate's views on evolution were misrepresented by a member of the
Texas state board of education and Julie Duncan's discussion of
"Credibility, Profitability, and Irrefutability: Why Creationists are
Building Museums." And Charles Israel reviews Marcel Chotkowski
LaFollette's Reframing Scopes, Sander Gliboff reviews Benjamin Wiker's
The Darwin Myth, and NCSE's Steven Newton reviews Davis A. Young and
Ralph F. Stearley's The Bible, Rocks and Time.

If you like what you see, why not subscribe to RNCSE today? The next
issue (volume 30, numbers 1-2) revisits the distribution of copies of
the Origin of Species disfigured by a creationist introduction, with a
summary by NCSE's Steven Newton and a commentary by Brian Regal. Plus
it's a book review extravaganza, with reviews of Keith Thomson's The
Young Charles Darwin, Robert T. Pennock and Michael Ruse's anthology
But Is It Science?, Peter J. Bowler's Monkey Trials and Gorilla
Sermons, Robert J. Richards's The Tragic Sense of Life, John H.
Walton's The Lost World of Genesis One, and a host of further books.
Don't miss out -- subscribe now!

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In a letter released by Israel's ministry of education on March 3,
2010, Gavriel Avital promised to follow the ministry's policy on
evolution and the environment, Haaretz (March 4, 2010) reported.
Avital, the recently appointed chief scientist in the ministry,
sparked a furor by questioning the reliabilty of evolution and global
warming, eliciting a chorus of condemnation from Israel's scientific
establishment as well as a disavowal from the minister of education,
Gideon Sa'ar, who told Israel's parliament, the Knesset, "Avital's
statements regarding evolution and the environment are not consistent
with the Education Ministry's policy and are not acceptable to me."

In his letter, Avital wrote, "Following statements that were published
which related to quotes from statements that I made before I assumed
[m]y position, and following my conversations with the two of you, I
wish to make it clear that the ministry's policy as presented by the
education minister at the Knesset is acceptable to me without
reservation and I will act accordingly in the context of my position
as chief scientist of the Education Ministry." Haaretz noted, however,
that not all of Avital's controversial statements were made before he
assumed his position in December 2009. A source in the ministry told
the newspaper, "the case ended with the release of Avital's letter."

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evolution education and threats to it.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
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