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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2012/09/14

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

Congratulations are in order for Douglas J. Futuyma. A second climate
change staffer joins NCSE. And a preview of James L. Gould and Carol
Grant Gould's Nature's Compass.


NCSE is delighted to congratulate Douglas J. Futuyma on receiving the
Joseph Leidy Award, which recognizes "excellence in publications,
explorations, discoveries, or research in the natural sciences," from
the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. According to a
September 13, 2012, press release, Futuyma "was chosen not only for
his body of research, but also for his keen ability to communicate
complex ideas to scientists, students and the general public." The
academy's president George W. Gephart Jr. commented, "Futuyma is
widely known for his ability to communicate the vast and complex
knowledge of evolutionary biology to both seasoned scientists and
students just beginning their college studies."

A Supporter of NCSE, Futuyma is Distinguished Professor of Ecology and
Evolution at Stony Brook University. He has served as president of the
Society for the Study of Evolution, the American Society of
Naturalists, and the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and is
currently the editor of Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and
Systematics. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences in 1996 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2006. He is
also the author of two popular college textbooks -- Evolution (second
edition, Sinauer 2009) and Evolutionary Biology (third edition,
Sinauer 1997) -- as well as a classic refutation of creationism,
Science on Trial: The Case for Evolution (second edition, Sinauer

For the press release, visit: 


Minda Berbeco has joined NCSE's staff to work on its new climate
change initiative. A biologist by training with a Ph.D. from Tufts
University, Berbeco comes to NCSE from the University of California,
Davis, where she was a post-doctoral scholar conducting research on
climate change and agriculture.

"I have long respected NCSE's defense of evolution education and I am
thrilled that the organization has taken up climate change," said
Berbeco in a September 5, 2012, press release. "I'm even more thrilled
to be part of NCSE's new climate change team."

Berbeco joins Mark McCaffrey in coordinating NCSE's efforts to defend
and support the teaching of climate change. "We need a fully informed
public -- especially students, teachers, journalists, politicians --
who have a solid grounding in climate science basics," she commented.

For the press release, visit: 

For information about Berbeco on NCSE's staff page, visit: 

And for NCSE's climate resources, visit: 


NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of James L. Gould and Carol
Grant Gould's Nature's Compass: The Mystery of Animal Navigation
(Princeton University Press, 2012). The preview consists of chapter 8,
"Migration and the Future: Conservation and Extinction," discussing
the implications of habitat and climate change for migratory species.
"Given that 12% of bird species (including 45% of seabirds), most
large whales, and all sea turtles are endangered, we must wonder how
well migrants deal with these challenges, and what their long-term
prospects look like."

James L. Gould is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at
Princeton University, and Carol Grant Gould is a science writer who
has published widely; together they have written nine earlier books,
including The Animal Mind and Animal Architects. The reviewer for
Science wrote, "Nature's Compass provides a wonderful account of
efforts to unravel the mysteries of animal migration. Effectively
drawing on their own experiences and the extensive scientific
literature in the field, the Goulds explain what we currently know
about how animals locate their positions."

For the preview from Nature's Compass (PDF), visit: 

For information about the book from its publisher, visit: 

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


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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