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NCSE's Mark McCaffrey meets with European climate educators

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey

Date: 
July 15, 2014 to July 24, 2014
Location: 

London, England and Budapest, Hungary

 

 

 

NCSE's Mark McCaffrey will be participating in the Climate KIC (Knowledge & Innovation Community) Education Advisory Board Meeting in London at the invitation of Britain's Imperial College. Following that he will be visiting the headquarters of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and Central European University in Budapest, Hungary to learn more about their climate education efforts.

Playing with Deception: Frauds, Hoaxes, Pranks, and Urban Legends

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time to be announced
Date: 
July 12, 2014
Location: 

The Amazing Meeting
South Point Hotel
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada

 

What are the differences among The Amazing Meeting 2014urban legends, pranks, hoaxes, and frauds? In each, there is an intention to deceive, but both the spirit and the consequences of the deceit vary considerably. At what point do we pass from “good clean fun” to harmful consequences? A review of some examples of each, and a reflection on the bigger picture.

Presentation at
TAM: The Amazing Meeting
sponsored by the
James Randi Educational Foundation

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Untold Stories from the Scopes Trial

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director

Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
July 10, 2014
Location: 

La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, California

If you thought that you knew everything about the Scopes trial, think again! To commemorate the eighty-ninth anniversary of the seminal episode in the long contentious history of evolution education in the United States, the National Center for Science Education's Glenn Branch will tell the story of the Scopes trial as it has never been told before — focusing on obscure, underappreciated, and amusing details.

This is one of a monthly series of
SkepTalks
sponsored by the
Bay Area Skeptics

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Visit the Grand Canyon with NCSE!

Featuring: 
NCSE's Steven Newton, Eugenie Scott, and Joshua Rosenau
Date: 
July 3, 2014 to July 11, 2014
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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Involving students and campus groups in science education advocacy

Featuring: 
Jenny Marienau and Dan Pemberton with Joshua Rosenau moderating

Time: 
11:00am
18:00 UTC / 2pm Eastern
Date: 
June 30, 2014
Location: 

Register for this ONLINE TRAINING.
 

In this online training, we will explore how to reach out to student groups as partners, how to connect them with local or state-wide networks of off-campus science education advocates, and how to keep that partnership active and successful over the long run. A panel of specialists in building ties to campus groups will describe some of the difficulties that crop up when working with student groups, how to head problems off before they emerge, and how to make the most productive partnerships with student groups. They’ll talk about what they’ve learned from working with students, and what you can learn through this outreach.

The panel will include Dan Pemberton, the California/Nevada Regional Organizer for the Secular Student Alliance, a national organization which supports groups of secular students on college and high school campuses; and Jenny Marienau, U.S. Field Manager for 350.org, who coordinates climate activists on campuses across the country. NCSE’s Josh Rosenau will moderate.

Register now to attend.

 

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A Discernible Human Influence on Global Climate

Featuring: 
Benjamin D. Santer, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Date: 
May 31, 2014
Location: 

SkeptiCAL 2014
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street
Oakland, California

 

Human-caused climate change is not a hypothetical future event. It is real, and we are experiencing it in our lifetimes. Despite the compelling evidence of human effects on global climate, there is a continuing need for scientists to answer the question "How do we know it’s us?" Fingerprint studies use complex computer models of the climate system to understand how geographical patterns of temperature and moisture (and many other climatic variables) may change in response to human influences. SkeptiCAL 14The message from this body of research is that observed changes in many different (and independently-measured) aspects of the climate system cannot be explained by natural causes alone.

There are several common criticisms of IPCC and NAS "discernible human influence findings." Rather than simply dismissing such criticism, it is more powerful to perform the research necessary to determine whether the criticism has scientific validity. Scientific responses to two incorrect claims are illustrative: that "global warming stopped in 1998", and that computer models systematically underestimate the observed decadal variability of atmospheric temperature.

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NCSE webinar: Debunking and confronting science denial

Featuring: 
Shauna Theel, John Cook, & Joshua Rosenau

Joshua Rosenau

Time: 
1:00pm
20:00 UTC / 4PM EDT
Date: 
May 28, 2014

Please register for NCSE webinar HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

How should we respond when a weathercaster on TV says climate change isn't happening, or a school board member says evolution shouldn't be taught, or another parent at the playground repeats long-debunked claims about vaccine risks, or a student in class repeats a canard about the age of the earth? What do we do as individuals who care about science (even if we aren't experts on the science under attack)? How can local networks of science education advocates respond to such instances of science denial?

Our first instinct is usually to try correcting the false statement, but too often that drags us into an endless discussion, or into topics where we don't know enough details to debunk every claim. Fortunately, there are resources out there to help fill in the blanks on common claims, and time-tested techniques to move people away from their false beliefs.

A panel of experts in the field will describe these resources and the techniques they've found effective, and webinar participants will have time to ask questions and practice their debunking skills. Participants without any experience will learn how to avoid common pitfalls and gain the confidence to confront science denial on their own, and experienced debunkers will have a chance to hone their skills and share their own experiences.

The panel will include Shauna Theel from the climate and energy project at Media Matters for America, John Cook of SkepticalScience.com and the University of Queensland's Global Change Institute, and be moderated by NCSE's Josh Rosenau. Shauna will discuss her work addressing media misstatements and how citizens can correct the record. John will describe the debunking resource SkepticalScience.com and the Debunking Handbook he co-authored, and Josh will talk about the experience he's gained debunking science denial at NCSE.

Human Evolution: What Do We Know and How Do We Know It?

Featuring: 
Eric Meikle, Ph.D.

W. Eric Meikle, Ph.D.

Time: 
12:00pm to 2:00pm
Date: 
May 27, 2014
Location: 

Oakland, California

 

 

A presentation to the
Retired Public Employees' Association of California

 

For more information: 

See the RPEA website

A Marriage Made In Heaven: How Religious Right Politics Is Damaging Louisiana Lawmaking

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest, Ph.D.

Time: 
7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30
Date: 
May 22, 2014
Location: 

Town Hall
22161 Level Street
Abita Springs, Louisiana

 

Forrest is a member of the board of directors of the National Center for Science Education and a former member of the board of trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. She is a co-founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science which has worked to protect science education in Louisiana public schools.

Her scholarly area of expertise is the analysis and criticism of intelligent design creationism.

She was an expert witness for the plaintiffs in the first legal case involving intelligent design, Kitzmiller vs. Dover, Pa. Area School District which was won by the plaintiffs in 2005. She was featured in a 2007 Peabody Award winning NOVA documentary on public television stations about the Kitzmiller's successful challenge of intelligent design creationism called "Judgement Day: Intelligent Design On Trial."

She has appeared on Larry King Live, ABC Nightline and the BBC's Horizon documentary about the intelligent design creationism issue. She has also appeared on National Public Radio's Science Friday hosted by Ira Flatow and Culture Shocks hosted by Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Appearance sponsored by

Progressive Northshore Democrats

and the

Northshore Democratic Women's Club

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Revolutionizing Science & Mathematics Education: the global change challenge

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey (NCSE)

Mark McCaffrey

Time: 
9:00am
Date: 
May 19, 2014
Location: 

University of California
Berkeley, California

 

A Plenary presentation at the

Mathematics of Planet Earth:

Workshop on Global Change

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