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Why do people reject good science?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
February 10, 2016
Location: 

(Room TBA)
Trinity University
San Antonio TX

 

A Darwin Day presentation at Trinity University. Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence.

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The talk is free and open to the public.

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Why "Academic Freedom" Is a Fraud

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest

Barbara ForrestBarbara Forrest

Time: 
4:00pm
Date: 
February 11, 2016
Location: 

Lee Drain Building 214
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville TX 77341

Barbara Forrest, coauthor with Paul R. Gross of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design (2004), is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University. She was an expert witness in the first legal case involving "intelligent design" (Kitzmiller v. Dover).

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Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State University

The Impact of Darwin in Everyday Life

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau

Josh Rosenau

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 11, 2016
Location: 

McWain Science Center
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Birmingham AL 35294

NCSE's Josh Rosenau will speak at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's annual Darwin Day celebration. The event is free and open to the public.

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Fallout from Dover: The Effect on State Science Standards Adoption, and the Rise of Academic Freedom Laws

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
1:30pm
Date: 
February 13, 2016
Location: 

Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington DC 20008

 

A talk for a symposium, “After the Dover Intelligent Design Trial: Law, Politics, and Education,” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.

If the judge in Kitzmiller had ruled that intelligent design (ID) was legal to teach, very little would change in the science community – ID repeatedly has been shown to lack scientific merit. But the politicization of education and science would have increased exponentially. The adoption by states of the national science education standards already had been lagging, largely as a result of the strong inclusion of evolution and climate change; this delay would have been greatly exacerbated, and many state departments of education would have been under considerable pressure to include ID in their states’ standards. The spate of Academic Freedom laws that sprung up in the early 2000s would similarly have been augmented by a positive decision for ID in Kitzmiller, and local ID policies would have burgeoned. Other people appearing in the symposium include NCSE board member Richard B. Katskee, Kenneth R. Miller, Robert T. Pennock, Jennifer Miller, and Judge John E. Jones III.

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Paid registration is necessary to attend the meeting.

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What's up with denial in the science classroom?

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Minda Berbeco, PhD

Time: 
11:00am
Date: 
February 14, 2016
Location: 

Albany Community Center
1249 Marin Avenue
Albany CA 94706
 

Minda Berbeco, enthusiastic scientist and staff member of the National Center for Science Education, will be speaking about the challenges when evolution and climate change denials leak into the classroom, and what NCSE and we can do to help science educators nationally. Before coming to NCSE, Minda was a post-doctoral scholar at UC Davis conducting research studies on climate change and agriculture. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. The event is open to the public; $10 at the door.

 

A presentation for the
Kol Hadash's Darwin Day Program


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Science and Language: Overcoming Controversy in the Classroom

Featuring: 
Emily Schoerning

Emily Schoerning

Time: 
1:45pm
Date: 
February 20, 2016
Location: 

106 Biology Building East
University of Iowa
Iowa City IA 52242

Emily Schoerning will be speaking at Iowa City Darwin Day; her talk is free and open to the public.

Darwin in Iowa

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Science class is for science, right? Think again

Featuring: 
Ann Reid, NCSE's Executive Director

Ann Reid

Time: 
11:30am
Date: 
February 20, 2016
Location: 

Macbride Auditorium (Macbride Hall)
University of Iowa
Iowa City IA 52242

Ann Reid will be speaking at Iowa City Darwin Day; her talk is free and open to the public.

Darwin in Iowa

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A National Survey of Climate Change Teachers

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau

Josh Rosenau

Time: 
1:00pm
Eastern Time
Date: 
March 1, 2016
Location: 

On-line

NCSE's Josh Rosenau will speak to the CLEAN Network Teleconference.

The National Center for Science Education and Penn State University's Survey Research Center surveyed 1500 science teachers in US high schools and middle schools, to investigate who teaches climate change, how much time they devote to it, how they deal with the perceived controversy around it, and what their own views are about climate science. We found that most teachers, even most chemistry and physics teachers, report spending time on the topic. Unfortunately, many teachers have misconceptions about the science. These misconceptions and the perceived controversy around climate change lead teachers to adopt pedagogical practices that single out or undermine the science of climate change; many report lending credence to inaccurate claims, such as that natural forces explain most climate change over the last 50 years. Teachers want additional training, with many (even among those who dispute the scientific consensus) saying they would take a continuing education class focused on climate change.


Each Tuesday at 1:00pm Eastern Time (12pm Central, 11am Mountain, 10am Pacific) CLEAN Network members meet on a teleconference call to update each other about their climate literacy projects, upcoming events, and funding opportunities and share information about best practices, key teaching/learning resources, and the development of collaborative activities. Often these teleconferences include special presentations by members and guests. 

To participate in these teleconferences, you need to be a member of the CLEAN Network. To join the Network, sign up here Join CLEAN Network.

Members receive an email alert from the CLEAN Network listserv with information about each week's teleconference.

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The Science Booster Club Project: Building Grassroots Support for Science Education

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau

Emily Schoerning

Time: 
1:00pm
Eastern Time
Date: 
March 29, 2016
Location: 

On-line

NCSE's Emily Schoerning will speak to the CLEAN Network Teleconference.

Accurate, quality science education is a necessary and crucial element of our nation's response to climate change. Research from the National Center for Science Education has shown that while climate change is addressed in many schools, this often occurs in the context of a debate-format exercise in a humanities class. NCSE has also learned that teachers often avoid teaching potentially controversial science due to a lack of community support. The Science Booster Club Project is a dynamic way to build grassroots support for teachers and science education, while providing hands-on education about these same potentially controversial topics to the larger community. SBC activities help to destigmatize science, provide dynamic community education, and support teachers both financially and emotionally.


Each Tuesday at 1:00pm Eastern Time (12pm Central, 11am Mountain, 10am Pacific) CLEAN Network members meet on a teleconference call to update each other about their climate literacy projects, upcoming events, and funding opportunities and share information about best practices, key teaching/learning resources, and the development of collaborative activities. Often these teleconferences include special presentations by members and guests. 

To participate in these teleconferences, you need to be a member of the CLEAN Network. To join the Network, sign up here Join CLEAN Network.

Members receive an email alert from the CLEAN Network listserv with information about each week's teleconference.

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Visit the Grand Canyon with NCSE!

Featuring: 
NCSE's Steven Newton and Joshua Rosenau
Date: 
June 30, 2016 to July 8, 2016
Location: 

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Twenty-two lucky members will raft the Grand Canyon from Marble Canyon to Diamond Creek, experiencing one of the most beautiful and majestic natural features on the planet.

Of course, as NCSE's Josh Rosenau will inform the rafters, the whole Colorado plateau was laid down by the receding waters of Noah's Flood about 4,327 years ago, and the Grand Canyon itself was gouged catastrophically in a matter of days. Geologist Steven Newton will present the standard geological history of Grand Canyon to the rafters — and "they can make up their own minds."

NCSE's "Creation/Evolution Grand Canyon Raft Trip" is a wonderful way to learn about the creationism/evolution controversy in a fabulous natural setting.

 
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