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Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
April 8, 2010
Location: 

Main Branch Allen County Public Library
Meeting Room B
900 Webster St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

In working on the front lines of the creation/evolution fight, NCSE's Josh Rosenau has found that creationist arguments rely on widespread misconceptions about science and about evolution in particular. Just as parasites exploit weaknesses to gain access to new hosts, creationist ideas spread by preying on these misconceptions. By clearing up those misconceptions, we can help prevent those bad ideas from spreading.

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Contact: email Josh

Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Time: 
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Date: 
April 8, 2010
Location: 

Main Branch Allen County Public Library
Meeting Room B
900 Webster St
Fort Wayne, IN 46802

In working on the front lines of the creation/evolution fight, NCSE's Josh Rosenau has found that creationist arguments rely on widespread misconceptions about science and about evolution in particular. Just as parasites exploit weaknesses to gain access to new hosts, creationist ideas spread by preying on these misconceptions. By clearing up those misconceptions, we can help prevent those bad ideas from spreading.

For more information: 

Contact: email Josh

The Once and Future Creationism: How Creationism evolves to fit the legal system

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
March 25, 2010
Location: 
Museum of Florida History
R.A. Gray Auditorium
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL


Although many people erroneously believe that creationism is a thing of the past, it still negatively affects the teaching of science in the United States today. Even though creation science and intelligent design have been defeated in courts, proponents present both as "alternatives" to evolution. Leaders of the antievolution movement, however, have shifted their emphasis to a different approach that is intended both to avoid successful legal challenges and also appeal to American cultural values. This "evidence against evolution" approach arises from both the Supreme Court legal decision striking down the teaching of creation science, and a Senator's attempt to modify the 2001 No Child Left behind education act. It currently takes the form of proposed legislation to protect from legal action teachers who wish to teach alleged “weaknesses of evolution”, or proposed changes to state science education standards encouraging the “critical analysis” (i.e., criticism) of evolution as a student critical thinking exercise. These approaches are far less obvious examples of religious advocacy, and are believed to therefore be able to withstand constitutional challenge.

A talk for the
Tallahassee Scientific Society
co-sponsored by the
Florida State University Department of Biology

Seating is limited for this free event.

Cash bar reception begins at 6PM.

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The Once and Future Creationism: How Creationism evolves to fit the legal system

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
March 25, 2010
Location: 
Museum of Florida History
R.A. Gray Auditorium
500 South Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL


Although many people erroneously believe that creationism is a thing of the past, it still negatively affects the teaching of science in the United States today. Even though creation science and intelligent design have been defeated in courts, proponents present both as "alternatives" to evolution. Leaders of the antievolution movement, however, have shifted their emphasis to a different approach that is intended both to avoid successful legal challenges and also appeal to American cultural values. This "evidence against evolution" approach arises from both the Supreme Court legal decision striking down the teaching of creation science, and a Senator's attempt to modify the 2001 No Child Left behind education act. It currently takes the form of proposed legislation to protect from legal action teachers who wish to teach alleged “weaknesses of evolution”, or proposed changes to state science education standards encouraging the “critical analysis” (i.e., criticism) of evolution as a student critical thinking exercise. These approaches are far less obvious examples of religious advocacy, and are believed to therefore be able to withstand constitutional challenge.

A talk for the
Tallahassee Scientific Society
co-sponsored by the
Florida State University Department of Biology

Seating is limited for this free event.

Cash bar reception begins at 6PM.

For more information: 
Click HERE

Evolution and Faith

Featuring: 
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.

Time: 
3:30am
Wednesdays: 3, 10, 14, & 24 March
Date: 
March 3, 2010
Location: 
First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
1510 Fifth Ave. (at "E" St.)
San Rafael, CA


With so much of the public attention in the "Creation vs. Evolution" debate being directed to what it is appropriate to teach in the classroom, what is often left unexamined are the important and interesting implications the theory of evolution holds for our faith journey. This class will explore those dimensions of the conversation. Come join with us as Dr. Peter Hess leads a discussion in the implications of evolution for our faith."

Classes are free; registration unnecessary

For more information: 
Phone the Church Office at 415-456-6760 or email churchoffice@fpcsr.org

Evolution and Faith

Time: 
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Wednesdays: 3, 10, 14, & 24 March
Date: 
March 3, 2010 to March 24, 2010
Location: 
First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael
1510 Fifth Ave. (at "E" St.)
San Rafael, CA


With so much of the public attention in the "Creation vs. Evolution" debate being directed to what it is appropriate to teach in the classroom, what is often left unexamined are the important and interesting implications the theory of evolution holds for our faith journey. This class will explore those dimensions of the conversation. Come join with us as Dr. Peter Hess leads a discussion in the implications of evolution for our faith."

Classes are free; registration unnecessary

For more information: 
Phone the Church Office at 415-456-6760 or email churchoffice@fpcsr.org

The history and prospects of creationism

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director


Time: 
2:00am
Date: 
February 20, 2010
Location: 

Carmichael Library
5605 Marconi Ave
Carmichael CA 95608




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Science Literacy: How To Train Teachers, Engage Students, and Maximize Learning

Featuring: 

Eugenie C. Scott, NCSE
Michael W. Klymkowsky, University of Colorado
Jo Ellen Roseman, AAAS Project 2061
Erin M. Furtak, University of Colorado
S. James Gates Jr., University of Maryland
Time: 
9:30pm
Date: 
February 20, 2010
Location: 
Room 3
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA


Science Literacy: How To Train Teachers, Engage Students, and Maximize Learning Scientific literacy is crucial; it is necessary for our future economic competitiveness and the general citizen’s understanding of the value, implications, and limitations of scientific knowledge. So, does our science education system effectively address these equally important outcomes? The answer is complicated by the fact that the ability to successfully produce a relative handful of scientists can obscure gross failures in the education of the public at large. Nevertheless, we can identify key factors that influence science education, including the ability of the system to engage diverse sectors of the population. Among these are the order in which concepts are presented; the methods used to facilitate and reinforce their learning; the strategies used to convince students of their ability to learn; and the methods (i.e., tests) used to monitor their comprehension, competence, and confidence. Are instructors comfortable with what they are called on to teach; are the concepts to be taught presented in an effective sequence and in sufficient depth; do the assessments used measure comprehension and competence; and do methods “turn on” or “turn off” student interest in and appreciation of science? There is substantial data that these goals are not generally met. The speakers will address these issues to promote a critical and cross-disciplinary discussion, and perhaps identify ways forward toward more effective and inclusive science literacy.

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Science Literacy: How To Train Teachers, Engage Students, and Maximize Learning

Time: 
1:30pm to 4:30pm
Date: 
February 20, 2010
Location: 
Room 3
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA


Science Literacy: How To Train Teachers, Engage Students, and Maximize Learning Scientific literacy is crucial; it is necessary for our future economic competitiveness and the general citizen’s understanding of the value, implications, and limitations of scientific knowledge. So, does our science education system effectively address these equally important outcomes? The answer is complicated by the fact that the ability to successfully produce a relative handful of scientists can obscure gross failures in the education of the public at large. Nevertheless, we can identify key factors that influence science education, including the ability of the system to engage diverse sectors of the population. Among these are the order in which concepts are presented; the methods used to facilitate and reinforce their learning; the strategies used to convince students of their ability to learn; and the methods (i.e., tests) used to monitor their comprehension, competence, and confidence. Are instructors comfortable with what they are called on to teach; are the concepts to be taught presented in an effective sequence and in sufficient depth; do the assessments used measure comprehension and competence; and do methods “turn on” or “turn off” student interest in and appreciation of science? There is substantial data that these goals are not generally met. The speakers will address these issues to promote a critical and cross-disciplinary discussion, and perhaps identify ways forward toward more effective and inclusive science literacy.

For more information: 
Click here

The history and prospects of creationism

Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
February 20, 2010
Location: 

Carmichael Library
5605 Marconi Ave
Carmichael CA 95608




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