Posted on March 24, 2015 * Comments

While discussion of Israeli elections has largely (and reasonably) focused on the different parties’ views on the occupation of Palestine and the prospect of war with Iran, the ongoing effort to craft a coalition government may carry risks for science education, too.

Posted on March 23, 2015 * Comments

It’s getting harder and harder to come up with new misconceptions to cover here. Not because there aren’t more out there, but because misconceptions about evolution overlap significantly and we’ve covered enough of them now that finding one in virgin territory is getting more and more difficult. As a result, I’m looking everywhere for inspiration. At lunch last week, I found some—two young mothers in an adjacent table were discussing their children’s eye color. Where did the baby get her blue eyes? one wondered. The other said that she thought she remembered from school that if one parent has brown eyes and one has blue eyes, the children should all have green eyes, not blue, so they declared it a mystery. I looked despairingly at my husband, but he whispered to me, “just eat your food.”

 

Posted on March 23, 2015 * Comments

As I write this post on Friday, March 20, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is in full swing. Like most everyone else who filled out a bracket, mine was already thoroughly busted yesterday, when two 3-seeds (Iowa State and Baylor) were beaten by 14-seeds (University of Alabama Birmingham and Georgia State).

Posted on March 17, 2015 * Comments

I made my second trip out to NCSE HQ a couple of weeks ago. In addition to basking in the 70° sunshine, the trip was fabulous because it yielded some new ideas and exciting discussions. No details yet, but watch this space—things are going to get awesomer (yep, that’s a word—or it is now).

Posted on March 11, 2015 * Comments

orwell big brotherFlorida has banned the phrase “climate change,” at least as far as the staff of the state’s environmental agency are concerned. Also “global warming.” And “sustainability” is verboten, too, according to an investigative report in the Miami Herald

Posted on March 09, 2015 * Comments

Reports of a new human fossil circled the media last week. What was discovered? Why is it important? and Why should you care?

Interactive timeline of hominid evolution from from the Smithsonian human origins site. ©Smithsonian's Human Origins Program

Posted on March 05, 2015 * Comments

Jim Krupa is a professor of biology at the University of Kentucky (UK), member of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences, and 2012 recipient of the National Association of Biology Teachers Evolution Education award. During his 25 years at UK, he has taught more than 23,000 students and I think it’s safe to say that not a single one left his classroom without a solid grounding in the theory of evolution and its central role in biology.

Posted on March 02, 2015 * Comments

(MichaelZahniser - via Wikimedia Commons) In which the common wood frog launches us into a discussion about complexity: what is it, has it been increasing over evolutionary time, and if so... why?