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What would Darwin say to today's creationists?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 16, 2015
Location: 

The Admiral Bar
72a Waterloo Street
Glasgow
G2 7DA
United Kingdom

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.

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National Climate Assessment: Resource for Climate Literacy and Making Decisions: Building Climate Literacy Through Educational Partnerships

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Time: 
1:30pm to 4:30pm
Date: 
February 15, 2015
Location: 

Room LL20A 
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.

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Creationism in Europe

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau, Stefaan Blancke, Peter C. Kjærgaard, Efthymios Nicolaidis, Ulrich Kutschera


Josh Rosenau

Time: 
10:00am to 11:30am
Date: 
February 13, 2015
Location: 

AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting, Room LL21B (San Jose Convention Center), San Jose CA

 

Opposition to evolution has long been regarded as an exclusively American phenomenon. However, as antievolutionism is making its way across the globe, this view needs to be adjusted. The 2014 edited volume Creationism in Europe shows that in Europe, too, creationism has gained a foothold, often shifting shape in response to various national, socioeconomic, and religious contexts. This session discusses and compares the recent history of creationism in Greece, Poland, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands and covers Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, and Greek Orthodox Christianity. Speakers will offer a taste of the complexity and diversity of European antievolutionism, illuminating one of the more shadowy sides to the history of science and the role of science in society. 

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Visit the AAAS annual meeting's listing for the session.

Being a Science Advocate in Your Community

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Josh Rosenau, Shaughnessy Naughton, Nicholas Saab, and Liz Neeley

Minda Berbeco

Josh Rosenau

Time: 
3:30pm to 4:30pm
Date: 
February 13, 2015
Location: 

AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting, Room 212 (San Jose Convention Center), San Jose CA

 

Science denial perpetuates itself in many ways across the U.S., from policies enacted to undermine scientific funding or education to misinformation published in the local newspapers. Many scientists see these challenges in their communities, and yet struggle to know how they as scientists can help. This workshop will focus on the many ways that scientists can become an unbiased source of information in their communities. From writing op-eds to running for school board, presenters will address how scientists and science supporters alike can become not just defenders of their field, but advocates for good scientific understanding in their communities.

For more information: 

Visit the AAAS annual meeting's listing for the session.

What Else Can You Do with a PhD? Finding Alternative Careers in the Sciences

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Time: 
10:30am to 11:30am
Date: 
February 13, 2015
Location: 

Room 212
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.

After years of research, analysis, and writing on often very specific topics, many science PhDs wonder if their skills are useful outside of academia. This workshop will delve into the abundant opportunities for science PhDs outside the ivory tower that take advantage of advanced degrees. From working as a principal data scientist for a health care company to promoting international chemical security, from furthering science policy to protecting American science education, PhDs have a lot of opportunities to utilize their degrees to create change. This workshop will provide real-life examples of how PhDs have utilized advanced degrees to help change the world and how you might do the same. 

Coordinator: Minda Rose Berbeco, National Center for Science Education 
Co-coordinator: Pallavi Phartiyal, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington DC 
Presenters: Sharotka Simon, AAAS, Diplomacy Security and Development; Michael A. Simon, Arcadia Health Solutions; Olivia Ambrogio, American Geophysical Union 

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What would Darwin say to today's creationists?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 12, 2015
Location: 

Logan Hall
Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London, WC1H 0AL
United Kingdom

The British Humanist Association presents the Darwin Day Lecture 2015, chaired by Richard Dawkins. This year's speaker will be Dr. Eugenie Scott, whose talk is entitled "What would Darwin say to today's creationists?"

​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.

The talk will be chaired by Professor Richard Dawkins, with an introduction from BHA Chief Executive Andrew Copson.

Doors open at 19:00 for a 19:30 start. Tickets cost £15.00, or £10.00 for BHA members.

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When Science Gets Scary: Dealing with Challenges in Your Classroom

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Time: 
11:30am to 12:30pm
Date: 
February 7, 2015
Location: 

San Mateo County Office of Education
101 Twin Dolphin Drive
Redwood City CA 94065

A presentation at the Council of Math/Science Educators of San Mateo County Annual Stem Conference.

Ninety Years after Scopes

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch

Manteca Darwin Day banner

Time: 
4:00pm to 7:00pm
Date: 
February 7, 2015
Location: 

Manteca Public Library
320 W. Center St.
Manteca CA 95336

 

For the first time, secular groups from the Central Valley will be co-hosting an event that focuses on the life of Charles Darwin and the transition from faith to reason.

This free event, held at the gazebo near the Manteca Public Library, is family friendly and will offer the public an opportunity to recognize the scientific contributions made by Darwin that have changed our understanding of life on this planet.

NCSE's Glenn Branch will speak on the ninety years of antievolution activity since the Scopes trial in 1925.

This free event is co-hosted by the Stockton Area Atheists and Freethinkers and the Stanislaus Humanists.

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Climate-KIC, a Knowledge and Innovation Community

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey and Ebrahim Mohammed

Mark McCaffreyEbrahim Mohamed

Time: 
2:00pm
Date: 
January 28, 2015
Location: 

Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington VA 22202

A workshop at Energy and Climate Change, a conference of the National Council for Science and the Environment.

Energy and Climate Change conference logo

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about and then embark on a short-course developed by the Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) called "The Journey," which brings together graduate-level learners and experts who are immersed in an array of innovative initiatives relating to climate and energy, share insights and experiences, and learn-by-doing, developing a business or implementation plan that is then presented to the cohort group. This pedagogic model, first piloted in 2010 and refined and customized since then, holds strong potential for helping infuse innovative strategies to address climate and energy challenges into learning communities. “The Journey” will include a short simulation of the course guided by experts and cross-pollinated with other workshop participants, with a group or individual plan for implementing climate innovation into organizations being a primary outcome of the workshop.

The workshop will be preceded by a symposium on January 27.

Climate-KIC, a Knowledge and Innovation Community

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey and Ebrahim Mohammed

Mark McCaffreyEbrahim Mohamed

Time: 
3:45pm
Date: 
January 27, 2015
Location: 

Hyatt Regency Crystal City at Reagan National Airport
2799 Jefferson Davis Highway
Arlington VA 22202

A symposium at Energy and Climate Change, a conference of the National Council for Science and the Environment.

Energy and Climate Change conference logo

This symposium will examine the role of climate innovation education in helping transform and prepare society for changes already well underway. Whether the grand vision of an "eco-civilization" imagined by China or localized entrepreneurial efforts of small and middle sized businesses to address climate and energy challenges, innovation must be embedded in education in order to prepare current and future learners with the knowledge and know-how they will need to minimize climate impacts and maximize opportunities and resilience.  Speakers will discuss initiatives including the "Eco-civilization" proposed by China, the Climate Education and Literacy Initiative being led by the White House, and the work of Climate-KIC, a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) created by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).  The panel will examine questions such as: What are the emerging best practices of innovation education? What barriers prevent infusion of innovation into curricula, and how can such obstacles be overcome?

The symposium will be followed by a three-hour breakout workshop on January 28.

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