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Legislation fails to progress


Two evolution-related measures have failed to progress through the Montana legislature and are dead for this session. March 1 was the deadline for bills to pass in their first house. One potential bill, known by its draft number of LC1199, was never formally introduced. Sponsored by Rep. Roger Koopman, the bill had a short title reading: "Allow teaching competing theories of origin". This bill apparently never completed the drafting process.

Scott to be honored by OSU


On March 2, 2005, The Ohio State University announced that NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the university's winter quarter commencement on March 20, where she will also deliver the commencement address. OSU's press release describes Scott as "considered one of the most active and articulate proponents for scientific literacy in the country ... nationally recognized as a proponent of the separation of church and state ...

Project Steve in Ottawa


Shortly after its second anniversary, Project Steve -- NCSE's exercise in poking fun at the lists of "scientists who doubt evolution" promulgated by antievolutionist groups -- was featured on the first page of the Sunday edition of one of Canada's leading newspapers.

White House Science Advisor: "Intelligent Design" not Scientific

 

Chris Mooney reports in The American Prospect that John H. Marburger III, director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, denounced "intelligent design" as unscientific.

 

Textbook disclaimer proposed in Shelby County


A member of the board of education of the Shelby County Schools has proposed a textbook disclaimer sticker for biology books used in the district. Shelby County surrounds the city of Memphis. According to news reports from the Associated Press and the Memphis Commercial Appeal, board member Wyatt Bunker made the suggestion at the February 15 board meeting. The proposed text of the sticker reads

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