NCSE Past Events
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.
The Amazing Meeting
South Point Hotel
9777 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada
What are the differences among urban 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.
TAM: The Amazing Meeting
sponsored by the
James Randi Educational Foundation
La Peña Cultural Center
3105 Shattuck Avenue
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
sponsored by the
Bay Area Skeptics
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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.
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.
see this description.
Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 Ninth Street
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. The 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.
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.
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
Northshore Democratic Women's Club
see the Times-Picayune announcement