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Teaching Science in a Climate of Controversy

Featuring: 
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
July 1, 2012
Location: 
First Presbyterian Church
1550 Pacific Avenue
Santa Rosa, California
(3/4 mile east of SRJC campus near Pacific Market)

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE), in Oakland, California, works to defend the integrity of science education. Peter Hess will talk about his own commitment to this cause and relate some of his experiences. He believes that at the heart of many attacks on science lies a questionable metaphysic of “human exceptionalism”—the common but unacknowledged assumption that Homo sapiens is exempt from biological constraints.

Talk is a presentation in the
"EnlightenUp"
Speaker Series
"Christians talking about their work and their passion"

For more information: 
Email Peter Hess

Sound Bites to Superbugs: How to Communicate Risk to the Public and Physicians

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau - NCSE; Robyn Wilson - The Ohio State University; James Hughes - Emory University; Tara C. Smith - University of Iowa
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Time: 
11:00pm
Date: 
June 17, 2012
Location: 
American Society for Microbiology 2012 Meeting
Moscone Convention Center
747 Howard Street
San Francisco, California

Science denial is prominent in many areas of expertise. When individuals deny health and medical information, consequences can be serious. Anti-vaccination sentiment has increased and led to outbreaks of preventable disease. In this session, attendees will learn how to communicate risk effectively to the general public; to understand why individuals do not accept scientific evidence; and to work with physicians to facilitate increased understanding.


For more information: 
Visit the ASM2012 website

After Kitzmiller — What?

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch
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Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
May 23, 2012
Location: 
2205 Haring Hall, on the UC Davis Campus

Kitzmiller v. Dover, the 2005 case establishing the unconstitutionality of teaching intelligent design creationism in the public schools, was a pivotal event in the history of the creationism/evolution controversy in the United States. Why was Kitzmiller the effective end of the second phase of antievolution strategy? And what is the third phase going to be like? NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch discusses these questions —and more — with the University of California, Davis, Science Policy Journal Club.

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The Climate Literacy Imperative

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey
Mark McCaffrey
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
May 20, 2012
Location: 
Student Center
Palo Alto High School
50 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, California

Mark McCaffrey will discuss NCSE’s just-initiated efforts to promote climate change education via resources that it has developed in the areas of “Climate Change 101″, “Teaching Climate Change”, “Climate Change Denial”, and “Taking Action”.

This is a Forum Program presented by the
Humanists in Silicon Valley

For more information: 
Visit the Humanists in Silicon Valley Forum Programs page

The Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest, Ph.D.
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Time: 
10:00pm
Date: 
May 20, 2012
Location: 
University of California
Irvine, California


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Admission to the
3rd Annual Orange County Freethought Alliance Conference
is by paid registration only.

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Why the Term "Academic Freedom" is a Fraud: It Is a Disguise For Creationism

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest, Ph.D.
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Time: 
10:30pm
Date: 
May 19, 2012
Location: 
Fe Bland Auditorium
Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Drive
Santa Barbara, California

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Sponsored by the
Humanist Society of Santa Barbara

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Creationism In and Outside the U.S.

Time: 
9:00am
Date: 
May 18, 2012
Location: 
6th World Skeptics Congress
Hotel Crowne Plaza
Berlin City Center
Germany


Creationism usually is considered an American (or North American) controversy, but it is spreading internationally,World Skeptics logo as conservative Christian missionaries use creationist literature in their missionary activities. Its spread, as one might expect, is also influenced by idiosyncrasies of culture, politics and national pride.

Sponsored by
the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry,
the Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften (GWUP,
and The European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO)


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Creationism In and Outside the U.S.

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
5:00pm
Date: 
May 18, 2012
Location: 
6th World Skeptics Congress
Hotel Crowne Plaza
Berlin City Center
Germany

Creationism usually is considered an American (or North American) controversy, but it is spreading internationally, as conservative Christian missionaries use creationist literature in their missionary activities. Its spread, as one might expect, is also influenced by idiosyncrasies of culture, politics and national pride.

2012 World Skeptic Congress
Sponsored by
the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry,
the Gesellschaft zur wissenschaftlichen Untersuchung von Parawissenschaften (GWUP,
and The European Council of Skeptical Organisations (ECSO)

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Science and Religion in the Classroom: Edwards v. Aguillard at 25

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
8:30pm
Date: 
May 11, 2012
Location: 
Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, California


2012 marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Edwards v. Aguillard and the 30th anniversary of the trial court decision in McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education. These decisions were the culmination of a legal battle over the place of creation-science in public schools and significantly shaped Establishment Clause jurisprudence.

This all-day symposium on the history of creation-science legal disputes and the legal implications of Edwards features participants from the ACLU, Louisiana, Wisconsin, N.Y Law School, Columbia University, and, of course, Stanford Law School.

A joint project of the
Stanford Constitutional Law Center
and the
National Center for Science Education

Free and open to the public

For more information: 
...and to RSVP, visit the Stanford Law School Calendar.

Creationism du jour

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
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Time: 
4:00am
Date: 
April 16, 2012
Location: 
La Notte Restaurant
140 Lygon Street
Carlton, Victoria, Australia

After the failure of creation science and intelligent design to survive legal tests of their constitutionality, the creationist movement Victorian Skeptics logoevolved new strategies. These call for teaching the “strengths and weaknesses of evolution” or the “critical analysis of evolution” which are creationism in disguise. In lieu of policies promoting the teaching of creation science or Intelligent Design, modern creationists try to change state science education standards or pass state legislation to promote these “softer” and less-obvious approaches. Such “Academic Freedom Act” legislation has popped up in several states already, and reflects the creationism du jour.

Presentation sponsored by
The Victorian Skeptics

For more information: 
Contact: Ken Greatorex

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