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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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Why do people reject good science? Reflections on the evolution and climate science wars

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
4:30pm
Date: 
May 18, 2014
Location: 

Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre
1250 Rogers Way
Kamloops, British Columbia

 

 

Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to both the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change.

Presentation at the
Imagine No Religion Conference
sponsored by the
Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought

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Call from White House with Mark McCaffrey (NCSE), Frank Niepold (NOAA), et al.

Featuring: 
Mark McCaffrey (NCSE)

Mark McCaffrey

Time: 
2:00pm
21:00 UTC / 5pm Eastern
Date: 
May 5, 2014
Location: 

Call-in number: 1-702-589-8300
Participant ID: 7705706#

Join the conference call on: NCAnet Education affiliate group efforts on implications and potential of NCA as educational tool

NCSE Webinar: Using the National Climate Assessment in Classrooms and Communities

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

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

This is a free webinar.

Register HERE

How will climate change affect our communities? How can we evaluate news stories about the effects of climate change in your area? What can you do to reach out to your local media and educators, to encourage them to explore the local impacts of climate change?

It can be hard for teachers and others seeking to inform the public about climate change to stay on top of the best science. Not only are climate change deniers invested in obscuring that science, but the science itself is advancing rapidly, making it hard for non-specialists to stay up to date. Fortunately, help is on the way through the National Climate Assessment.

This report from the US government—due in May—evaluates, integrates and assesses observed and projected impacts of climate change across the country, examining how climate change will affect different communities and regions. It will be a tremendous resource for teachers, for parents, and for anyone trying to connect global climate change to local concerns.

To learn how we can make the best use of this tool, join us for a discussion with a panel of climate change specialists. These specialists will address how you can use the report to learn how climate change is already affecting your community, how to bring climate change to the forefront of local media coverage, and how teachers can use the report to bring climate change into classrooms.

Panelists will include: Emily Cloyd, Public Participation and Engagement Coordinator for the National Climate Assessment at USGCRP, the federal agency developing the National Climate Assessment; Paige Knappenberger, media relations associate at Climate Nexus, who tracks media coverage and helps communities connect with media outlets to address climate change; Amanda Rycerz, research officer at Habitat 7, website developers of for NCA. Moderator Minda Berbeco is a Programs and Policy Director at NCSE specializing in climate change, working with parents and educators to support the good teaching of climate change science in public schools.

Global Changes, Local Impacts

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.

Time: 
4:30pm
23:30 UTC / 7:30pm Eastern
Date: 
April 16, 2014
Location: 

This is a free webinar.

Register HERE

How can educators teach children about local impacts of climate change? Where can they find good resources for activities and up-to-date scientific information from reputable sources? Minda Berbeco will be talking about the newly released National Climate Assessment, a scientific and governmental resource that demonstrates the local impacts on climate change and projections for the future. She will present on how to bring the NCA into the classroom, and what vetted resources are available. We will focus on resources to make climate change local and relevant.

This webinar is hosted by the

Will Steger Foundation

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Everything Evolves – including Creationism

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
March 28, 2014
Location: 

University of the Fraser Valley
Abbotsford Campus
British Columbia, Canada

 

Evolution is the inference that living things have descended with modification from common ancestors, and it infuses and informs all of biology. But the antievolutionists – young-Earth creationists, University of the Fraser Valleyintelligent design supporters, and the like – have also “descended with modification” from common ancestors, as demonstrated at the Kitzmiller vs. Dover trial over the legality of teaching intelligent design. Clearly, creationists have adapted to a hostile legal environment by modifying their form!

Why do people reject good science? Reflections on the evolution and climate science wars

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott

Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
March 27, 2014
Location: 

10908 IRMACS
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby, British Columbia

Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory Simon Fraser University logodoesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to both the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change.

Déjà vu all over again: Denialism of climate change and of evolution

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Eugenie C. Scott
 

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
March 12, 2014
Location: 

Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
17 Gauss Way
Berkeley, CA 94720-5070
 

Both evolution and global warming are “controversial issues” in education, but are not controversial in the world of science. There is remarkable similarity in the techniques that are used by both camps to promote their views. The scientific issues are presented as “not being settled”, or that there is considerable debate among scientists over the validity of claims. Both camps practice “anomaly mongering”, in which a small detail seemingly incompatible with either evolution or global warming is held up as dispositive of either evolution or of climate science. Although in both cases, reputable, established science is under attack for ideological reasons, the underlying ideology differs: for denying evolution, the ideology of course is religious; for denying global warming, the ideology is political and/or economic.

 

A presentation for the
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

 

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