NCSE Past Events
Audre Lorde Room (Second Floor)
3543 18th (at Valencia)
San Francisco CA 94110
“It is a truism that there can be no real solution of the problem of man’s origin, development and destiny without freedom in research and in teaching.” Those bold words opened the preamble to the bylaws of the Science League of America, founded in San Francisco in 1925. Under the leadership of the polymathic Shipley, they fought the anti-evolution crusade launched by William Jennings Bryan, who famously prosecuted John Scopes for teaching evolution in Tennessee. From his home in Sausalito, Shipley organized scientists and teachers, planned debates with creationists, and wrote extensively about the importance of evolution. 90 years later, the National Center for Science Education does remarkably similar work, fighting almost the same battles, from our offices in Oakland. We will discuss today’s ideological attacks on science education, the long history of pro-science activism here in the Bay Area, and how to carry on the long battle against creationism.
The Science Denial Playbook: What We Can Learn from Debates on Evolution and Climate Change; The Tactics that All Science Denialists Use
Patio Room, Vista Del Monte
3775 Modoc Road
Santa Barbara CA 93105
Cost: $2 for members of the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara, $5 for non-members.
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
NCSE's Josh Rosenau will present a guest lecture for Dr. Lisa Urry's class: Evolution for Future Presidents. He will discuss NCSE's work, challenges to teaching evolution, and the range of religious responses to evolution.
Contact Dr. Urry.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20004
Perceptions: Science and Religious Communities is a day-long national conference that will bring together leaders in science and religion—including Nobel-Prize winning physicist William D. Phillips, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, DoSER director Jennifer Wiseman, and National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson—to foster dialogue between scientific and religious communities, and to plan a course for future conversation. The conference program is still developing, but includes dynamic speakers, enriching topical discussion tracks, lunch sponsored by AAAS, and a concluding reception. Registration is open! More details to follow.
Science Community Center, Room 115
Modesto Junior College, West Campus
2201 Blue Gum Avenue
Modesto CA 95358
A talk for Modesto Junior College's Science Colloquium, which presents a variety of topics of interest to our students, faculty, and the community. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free.
Further information: Modesto Junior College's Science Colloquium series.
A presentation for the NASA “Ask US” series.
The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy. Explore the document with a lead NCA author, then learn about related educator resources with Minda Berbeco from the National Center for Science Education. Discover how to bring these resources into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analysis, share visualizations and citizen science projects.
Focus this month will be on the Southwest region. Watch for additional regions to be featured in upcoming “Ask US” sessions.
The Admiral Bar
72a Waterloo Street
A Darwin Day talk for Glasgow Skeptics
Many elements of the modern American creationist movement would be familiar to Darwin, especially the argument from design, which of course was very well known (and well-regarded) by educated people of his time. Young Earth creationism, on the other hand, would puzzle him; Bishop Ussher’s 4004 BC age of the Earth was not considered mainstream Christian theology in the late 19th century, though certainly the view had a few adherents among the clergy.
Darwin might have heard of the 'scriptural geologists' who promoted a Young Earth view during the 19th century. But, like other scientists of his time, he would have ignored them. The current creationist strategy of disclaiming evolution as weak science would have seemed more familiar to him, however, given the criticisms of evolution he encountered during his own time.
National Climate Assessment: Resource for Climate Literacy and Making Decisions: Building Climate Literacy Through Educational Partnerships
San Jose Convention Center
150 West San Carlos Street
San Jose CA 95113
A panel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.
The National Climate Assessment (NCA), a scientific document written for the lay-audience, is an ideal opportunity to engage the educational community in sector and regional discussions of climate change impacts and predictions. Through a collaboration between federal and non-profit educational organizations, the NCA education affinity group engaged the climate education community through CLEAN, the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network, and developed “Learning Pathways” for educators designed to help them align lesson plans, and access high quality activities, videos, simulations and even science standards with the regional sections of the NCA. Through this collaboration, the educational community was able to bring added value to the report, engage both formal and informal educators and use the release of the report as a teachable moment.