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NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2012/05/04

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

A new issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach, and a setback for
antiscience efforts in Oklahoma.

THE LATEST ISSUE OF EVOLUTION: EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

The latest issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach -- the new
journal promoting the accurate understanding and comprehensive
teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience -- is now
published. The theme for the issue (volume 5, number 1) is Evolution
in the Museum, edited by Monique Scott. Articles include "Up from the
Ape: The Spitzer Hall of Human Origins at the American Museum of
Natural History"; "Evolutionary Theory and the Florence
Paleontological Collections"; "Communicating Phylogeny: Evolutionary
Tree Diagrams in Museums"; "Fossil Horses, Orthogenesis, and
Communicating Evolution in Museums"; "Changing Museum Visitors'
Conceptions of Evolution"; "Why Are Some Evolutionary Trees in Natural
History Museums Prone to Being Misinterpreted?"; and "Talking About
Evolution in Natural History Museums." Plus there are various articles
on the teaching of evolution, book reviews, and commentaries.

Also included is the latest installment of NCSE's regular column,
Overcoming Obstacles to Evolution Education. In "Taking Students to
the Museum," NCSE's Glenn Branch and Eric Meikle interview three
museum professionals with extensive expertise in informal science
education about evolution -- Warren D. Allmon, Judy Diamond, and
Martin Weiss -- about the interaction of teachers and natural history
museums and science centers in improving the effectiveness of
evolution education. "How can natural history museums and science
centers help teachers to educate their students about evolution? How
can teachers prepare themselves, and prepare their students, to take
full advantage of the opportunities to learn about evolution afforded
by natural history museums and science centers? And what can teachers
do to help their colleagues in informal science education in their
shared responsibility to overcome the obstacles to evolution
education?"

For Evolution: Education and Outreach, visit:
http://www.springerlink.com/content/120878/ 

For Branch and Meikle's article (subscription required), visit:
http://www.springerlink.com/content/385k833h88w83h53/ 

ANTISCIENCE EFFORT FALTERS IN OKLAHOMA

A last-ditch legislative attempt to attack the teaching of evolution
and of climate change in Oklahoma failed when a legislative deadline
passed. After two antiscience bills, House Bill 1551 and Senate Bill
1742, died in committee, Steve Russell (R-District 45) proposed to
amend House Bill 2341 -- a bill that would have extended by two years
a deadline by which local school districts are required to meet
certain standards for media, equipment, and textbooks -- by adding the
language from HB 1551, encouraging teachers to present "scientific
strengths and scientific weaknesses" of "controversial" topics such as
"biological evolution" and "global warming." The amended version of
the bill would have been considered when the bill came to a floor vote
in the Senate, but April 26, 2012, was the deadline for bills to
receive their third reading in the opposite house, so presumably no
floor vote will occur. The legislative session is not over until May
25, 2012, however, so the possibility of similar amendments to
unrelated bills remains. Resistance to the amendment to HB 2341, as
well as HB 1551 and SB 1742, was coordinated by the grassroots
organization Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education.

For Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education, visit:
http://www.oklascience.org/ 

And for NCSE's previous coverage of events in Oklahoma, visit:
http://ncse.com/news/oklahoma 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website --
http://ncse.com -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution and climate education and threats to them.

-- 
Sincerely,

Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
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