NCSE member Brian Alters, associate professor of education at McGill University, was awarded the 2003 Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching at McGill University. This university-wide award follows Alters's receipt in May 2003 of the College of Education's highest teaching award, the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Marvalee Wake, NCSE Supporter and Professor Emerita of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, was elected as the president-elect of the American Institute for Biological Sciences; her term as president begins in 2005. Congratulations from all of us at NCSE!
The American Society of Human Genetics has instituted a series of articles on evolution in the "educational resources" portion of its web page. The first two articles are "Tinkered Masterpieces or Master Tinkerer" by Charles R. Scrivner, and "Genetic Variation and Human Evolution" by Lynn B. Jorde.
The Board of Trustees of the Roseville Joint Union High School District decided at its meeting on September 2, 2003, not to enact any district-wide policy on teaching evolution, according to the Sacramento Bee (September 7, 2003). The decision follows months of discussion on the part of the school board and activism on the part of creationists and supporters of evolution education alike.
The first draft of new state science standards has been released by the Minnesota Department of Education and posted on its website. However, the version originally posted on September 9 was removed after a short time and replaced by a slightly different one. According to a September 10 report in the St. Paul Pioneer Press (headlined "Squelched Standards Hedged on Evolution") the only difference between the two versions was in "(h)ow they described the teaching of evolution.