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Why Evolution "Makes Sense" of the Human Skeleton

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
August 14, 2009
Location: 
Valley Life Sciences Building
Room 2063 VLSB
University of California at Berkeley


When Dobzhansky said "nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution" he was saying that evolution tells us why things in biology are like they are, rather than some other way. The human skeleton is a good example of Dobzhansky's maxim: we are built like we are because humans are primates, mammals, vertebrates, and bilaterians. Teaching the skeleton from an evolutionary perspective "makes sense" to students, too, and gives them a framework that helps them to learn.

A talk in the UCMP/NCSE sponsored symposium for teachers,
"Think Evolution"

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Why Evolution "Makes Sense" of the Human Skeleton

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
11:00am
Date: 
August 14, 2009
Location: 
Valley Life Sciences Building
Room 2063 VLSB
University of California at Berkeley


When Dobzhansky said "nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution" he was saying that evolution tells us why things in biology are like they are, rather than some other way. The human skeleton is a good example of Dobzhansky's maxim: we are built like we are because humans are primates, mammals, vertebrates, and bilaterians. Teaching the skeleton from an evolutionary perspective "makes sense" to students, too, and gives them a framework that helps them to learn.

A talk in the UCMP/NCSE sponsored symposium for teachers,
"Think Evolution"

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Science Denial and Science Policy at Netroots Nation

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau, Bryan Rehm, Susan Wood, Michael Stebbins, and Mark Sumner
Time: 
2:00pm to 3:15pm
Date: 
August 14, 2009
Location: 

Netroots Nation
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, PA

NCSE's Josh Rosenau organizes a session at Netroots Nation, a major gathering of online political activists and policymakers.

The session's abstract reads:

Science is increasingly vital to policymaking, but denial of basic aspects of science is increasingly well-organized, holding back science-based policies. Whether it's creationism attacking state and local education policy, global warming denial distracting attention from the need for effective solutions, or anti-vaccine activism undermining vital public health programs, the public's misunderstanding about science have dire consequences for society. Non-scientists and scientists alike are joining to defend science and to clear the ground for science-based policies. This panel of scientists and scientific policymakers will discuss ways that the general public can ensure that their government is informed by honest science.

Other panelists: Bryan Rehm, a plaintiff from the Dover intelligent design trial, a parent and teacher who is now president of the Dover Area School District's board; Susan Wood, the former director of Office of Women's Health at the FDA who resigned to protest the delayed approval of emergency contraception for women, now a professor at Georgetown University; Michael Stebbins, co-founder of Scientists and Engineers for America and currently Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy; moderator Mark Sumner, a widely published author, as well as a trained geologist, featured author in DailyKos's "Science Friday" feature under the pseudonym Devilstower.

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Website: Session info
Contact: email Josh Rosenau
Attendance limited to people registered for Netroots Nation. The conference runs from August 13-16.

Adventures in the defense of evolution: From Kansas to Turkey to New York

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
August 4, 2009
Location: 

SLC Conference Center
352 7th avenue (between 29th and 30th streets)
16th floor
New York, NY 10001

"That's not a problem here, right?," New Yorkers ask when they hear what Josh Rosenau does for a living. Rosenau is a policy analyst at the National Center for Science Education, where he defends the teaching of evolution against creationism. He and his colleagues have tracked attacks on evolution in every state and in dozens of countries. In the last few years, creationists in New York have filed bills in the state legislature and pushed creationism into classes from grade school to college. What drives this movement, and what can New Yorkers do to help?

Center for Inquiry

Rosenau will draw on his work at NCSE, and also on his experience as a graduate student in biology at the University of Kansas during that state's struggle over statewide science standards. Since leaving Kansas for the California-based NCSE, he has defended honest science standards in Texas and Florida as well, worked to block anti-evolution bills in a dozen states, and squared off against Ben Stein.

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Adventures in the defense of evolution: From Kansas to Turkey to New York

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Date: 
August 4, 2009
Location: 

SLC Conference Center
352 7th avenue (between 29th and 30th streets)
16th floor
New York, NY 10001

"That's not a problem here, right?," New Yorkers ask when they hear what Josh Rosenau does for a living. Rosenau is a policy analyst at the National Center for Science Education, where he defends the teaching of evolution against creationism. He and his colleagues have tracked attacks on evolution in every state and in dozens of countries. In the last few years, creationists in New York have filed bills in the state legislature and pushed creationism into classes from grade school to college. What drives this movement, and what can New Yorkers do to help?

Center for Inquiry

Rosenau will draw on his work at NCSE, and also on his experience as a graduate student in biology at the University of Kansas during that state's struggle over statewide science standards. Since leaving Kansas for the California-based NCSE, he has defended honest science standards in Texas and Florida as well, worked to block anti-evolution bills in a dozen states, and squared off against Ben Stein.

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Inside Creationism's Trojan Horse: A Closer Look at Intelligent Design

Featuring: 
Barbara Forrest, Ph.D.


Time: 
9:00pm
Date: 
August 1, 2009
Location: 
ACLU of Texas Annual Meeting
Omni Southpark Hotel
Austin, Texas



Dr. Forrest will explain the nature and strategy of the intelligent design creationist movement that is headquartered at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. The current strategy of this movement is to undermine evolutionary biology by using code language in proposals to school boards and legislation emphasizing ”academic freedom,” etc. One of the current code terms is “critical thinking/analysis.” She will explain the religious basis of creationist thought and demonstrate how its teaching violates the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights, specifically the principle of separation of church and state.

This presentation is part of the
Panel Discussion on
Teaching Creationism/Intelligent Design in Public Schools.


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Visit the: Conference Website

Inside Creationism's Trojan Horse: A Closer Look at Intelligent Design

Time: 
1:00pm to 2:30pm
Date: 
August 1, 2009
Location: 
ACLU of Texas Annual Meeting
Omni Southpark Hotel
Austin, Texas



Dr. Forrest will explain the nature and strategy of the intelligent design creationist movement that is headquartered at the Discovery Institute in Seattle. The current strategy of this movement is to undermine evolutionary biology by using code language in proposals to school boards and legislation emphasizing ”academic freedom,” etc. One of the current code terms is “critical thinking/analysis.” She will explain the religious basis of creationist thought and demonstrate how its teaching violates the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights, specifically the principle of separation of church and state.

This presentation is part of the
Panel Discussion on
Teaching Creationism/Intelligent Design in Public Schools.


For more information: 
Visit the: Conference Website

Visit NCSE’s Booth at the Society for Developmental Biology

Featuring: 
NCSE Staff
Time: 
8:00am
Date: 
July 23, 2009
Location: 
Hyatt Regency Hotel
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA

NCSE will have an exhibit at the annual meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology in San Francisco this year! Stop by and visit with NCSE staff, see the latest books on evolution, and chuckle at the exclusive NCSE bumperstickers and t-shirts.




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Visit NCSE’s Booth at the Society for Developmental Biology

Featuring: 
NCSE Staff
Time: 
12:00am
Date: 
July 23, 2009 to July 27, 2009
Location: 
Hyatt Regency Hotel
5 Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, CA

NCSE will have an exhibit at the annual meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology in San Francisco this year! Stop by and visit with NCSE staff, see the latest books on evolution, and chuckle at the exclusive NCSE bumperstickers and t-shirts.




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Eugenie C. Scott Appears at Aspen Institute

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
8:00am
Date: 
June 29, 2009
Location: 
Aspen Institute
Aspen, Colorado



NCSE’s Executive Director Dr. Eugenie C. Scott will participate in the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Ideas Festival, “Darwin’s Legacy,” which runs from June 29 to July 2. On July 1, she will participate in a panel on science literacy, chaired by the executive producer of NOVA, Paula Apsell, and on July 2, she will participate in a second panel on intelligent design. Also participating in this program are NCSE members Kenneth R. Miller, David Mindell, and Sean Carroll. Judge John E. Jones will appear in the intelligent design panel.


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