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NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2011/10/21

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

A new issue of RNCSE for your reading pleasure. NABT issues a 2011
update of its statement on teaching evolution. And a well-deserved
honor for long-time NCSE member James Krupa.


NCSE is pleased to announce the fifth issue of Reports of the National
Center for Science Education in its new on-line format. The issue --
volume 31, number 5 -- features Lorence G. Collins and Barbara J.
Collins's article "Pleistocene Continental Glaciers: A Single Ice Age
Following a Genesis Flood or Multiple Ice Ages?" and David Morrison's
feature "Science Denialism: Evolution and Climate Change," arguing,
"There are some interesting common elements in these two cases of
science denialism." For his regular People and Places column, Randy
Moore discusses the impresario of the Scopes trial, George Rappleyea

Plus a host of reviews of books on the history of science: J. David
Archibald reviews Olivier Rieppel's Evolutionary Theory and the
Creation Controversy; John W. Geissman reviews Doug Macdougall's
Nature's Clocks; Sara B. Hoot reviews Sheila Ann Dean's Charles
Darwin: After the Origin; Sherrie Lyons reviews Natural Selection &
Beyond: The Intellectual Legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace, edited by
Charles H. Smith and George Beccaloni; Aubrey Manning reviews Sean B.
Carroll's Remarkable Creatures, and A. Bowdoin Van Riper reviews
Sherrie Lynne Lyons's Species, Serpents, Spirits, and Skulls

All of these articles, features, and reviews are freely available in
PDF form from Members of NCSE will shortly be 
receiving in the mail the print supplement to Reports 31:5, which, in
addition to summaries of the on-line material, contains news from the
membership, a regular column in which NCSE staffers offer personal
reports on what they've been doing to defend the teaching of
evolution, a new regular column interviewing NCSE's favorite people --
members of NCSE's board of directors, NCSE's Supporters, recipients of
NCSE's Friend of Darwin award, and so on -- and more besides. (Not a
member? Join today!)

For the table of contents for RNCSE 31:5, visit: 

For information about joining NCSE, visit: 


The National Association of Biology Teachers recently issued a 2011
update of its statement on teaching evolution. Like its predecessors
dating back to 1995, the statement affirms the scientific and
pedagogical necessity of teaching of evolution:


Just as nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of
evolution, nothing in biology education makes sense without reference
to and thorough coverage of the principle and mechanisms provided by
the science of evolution. Therefore, teaching biology in an effective,
detailed, and scientifically and pedagogically honest manner requires
that evolution be a major theme throughout the life science curriculum
both in classroom discussions and in laboratory investigations.


A new addition is the insistence that evolution "should not be
misrepresented as 'controversial,' or in need of 'critical analysis'
or special attention for any supposed 'strength or weakness' any more
than other scientific ideas are."

The NABT's statement is now reproduced, by permission, on NCSE's
website, and will also be contained in the fourth edition of NCSE's
Voices for Evolution.

For NABT's statement, visit: 

For Voices for Evolution, visit: 


NCSE is delighted to congratulate James Krupa on being named the 2011
winner of the Four-Year College & University Section Biology Teaching
Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers. The award
honors a four-year college faculty member who demonstrates creativity
and innovation in his/her teaching. According to a press release from
the University of Kentucky, "Krupa's lesson on the ivory-billed
woodpecker was considered by the awards committee to be particularly
useful in covering evolution with non-biology majors. ... In teaching
Darwinian foundations of evolution and the scientific method to his
students, there are few stories that Krupa is more passionate about
than the ivory-billed woodpecker." Vincent Cassone, the chair of the
University of Kentucky's Department of Biology, was quoted as saying,
"This award from fellow biology educators is a testament to the
quality of instruction Dr. Krupa is inclined to give ... He challenges
students' sensibilities and predispositions often, particularly when
it involves evidence for evolution, biodiversity and public policy,
and sometimes students don't like it. However, this is what a
university education is all about -- to challenge people's
preconceived notions; and this is what we cherish in the Department of
Biology." Krupa is Associate Professor of Biology at the University of

For the press release, visit: 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- -- where you can always find the latest news on 
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
510-601-7203 x305
fax: 510-601-7204

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