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Creationist Attacks on Science Education: The Evolution of a Parasite

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington
Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
October 27, 2008
Location: 
Hitchcock Hall, room 132 University of Washington, Seattle, WA

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: RSVP to Kristy Brady, 206-685-2185 More information at the University of Washington Biology Department.

"The best preventive of the evils now most dreaded": Defending evolution in a religious society

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau and Peter Hess
Joshua RosenauJoshua RosenauPeter M.J. HessPeter M.J. Hess
Time: 
2:00am
Date: 
October 25, 2008
Location: 
Note new location!/>/> Crystal Creek Cafe
22620 Bothell-Everett Highway
Bothell, WA

Josh Rosenau and Peter Hess, staffers at the National Center for Science Education, describe the threat creationist attacks on evolution education pose to our society, and the ways in which religion can aid in the defense of science education.

Hess is NCSE's Faith Project Director, and Rosenau is NCSE's Public Information Project Director. They will be speaking at a dinner hosted by Seattle's Society for Sensible Explanations, a skeptic group based in the Puget Sound Area. There is an admission fee, which will cover the cost of your entree.

For more information: 
RSVP: email Seattle Society for Sensible Explanations. This event is free, but guests must purchase a meal ($10-$20). More details at the Society for Sensible Explanations website

"The best preventive of the evils now most dreaded": Defending evolution in a religious society

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau and Peter Hess
Joshua RosenauJoshua RosenauPeter M.J. HessPeter M.J. Hess
Time: 
6:00pm
Date: 
October 25, 2008
Location: 
Note new location!/>/> Crystal Creek Cafe
22620 Bothell-Everett Highway
Bothell, WA

Josh Rosenau and Peter Hess, staffers at the National Center for Science Education, describe the threat creationist attacks on evolution education pose to our society, and the ways in which religion can aid in the defense of science education.

Hess is NCSE's Faith Project Director, and Rosenau is NCSE's Public Information Project Director. They will be speaking at a dinner hosted by Seattle's Society for Sensible Explanations, a skeptic group based in the Puget Sound Area. There is an admission fee, which will cover the cost of your entree.

For more information: 
RSVP: email Seattle Society for Sensible Explanations. This event is free, but guests must purchase a meal ($10-$20). More details at the Society for Sensible Explanations website

Science, Faith, and the Integrity of the Catholic World View

Featuring: 
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
Peter M.J. Hess
Time: 
3:30am
Date: 
October 23, 2008
Location: 
University of Seattle
Schafer auditorium




Over the course of two thousand years of Catholic tradition, the world view of the Christian West has changed quite beyond recognition. The geocentric cosmos serving as backdrop for the biblical drama of human salvation has disappeared, working a progressive and profoundly dislocating affect since the Middle Ages. But beneath the changing form of the natural sciences, there are at least two constants in the Catholic view of the world: creation is perceived as fundamentally good, and the unity of knowledge is an ideal for which we must strive. This talk will explore the theme of the integrity of the Catholic world view during the formative years of modern science, and how that integrity can help us navigate increasingly turbulent waters of science, religion, and ethics.
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Science, Faith, and the Integrity of the Catholic World View

Featuring: 
Peter M.J. Hess, Ph.D.
Peter M.J. Hess
Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
October 23, 2008
Location: 
University of Seattle
Schafer auditorium




Over the course of two thousand years of Catholic tradition, the world view of the Christian West has changed quite beyond recognition. The geocentric cosmos serving as backdrop for the biblical drama of human salvation has disappeared, working a progressive and profoundly dislocating affect since the Middle Ages. But beneath the changing form of the natural sciences, there are at least two constants in the Catholic view of the world: creation is perceived as fundamentally good, and the unity of knowledge is an ideal for which we must strive. This talk will explore the theme of the integrity of the Catholic world view during the formative years of modern science, and how that integrity can help us navigate increasingly turbulent waters of science, religion, and ethics.
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Innovation 2008: Renewing America Through Smarter Science and Technology Policy

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Andy Fire, Lawrence Krauss, Russ Lefevre, Chris Mooney, Susan Wood, Mary Woolley, & many others
Eugenie C. Scott
Date: 
October 20, 2008
Location: 
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis



A conference to discuss science and science education policy in the new administration. Representatives of the Obama and McCain campaigns will be in attendance.

Peter Agre and Ira Flatow will deliver the keynotes, and Science Debate 2008 supporters Nobel Laureate Andy Fire, Lawrence Krauss, Russ Lefevre, Chris Mooney, Eugenie C. Scott, Susan Wood, Mary Woolley, and many others will be presenting on a variety of topics important to the next administration.

Sponsored by:

Science Debate 2008
and
The Humphrey Institute Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy


For more information: 
Contact: Innovation 2008

Innovation 2008: Renewing America Through Smarter Science and Technology Policy

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Andy Fire, Lawrence Krauss, Russ Lefevre, Chris Mooney, Susan Wood, Mary Woolley, & many others
Eugenie C. Scott
Date: 
October 20, 2008 to October 21, 2008
Location: 
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis



A conference to discuss science and science education policy in the new administration. Representatives of the Obama and McCain campaigns will be in attendance.

Peter Agre and Ira Flatow will deliver the keynotes, and Science Debate 2008 supporters Nobel Laureate Andy Fire, Lawrence Krauss, Russ Lefevre, Chris Mooney, Eugenie C. Scott, Susan Wood, Mary Woolley, and many others will be presenting on a variety of topics important to the next administration.

Sponsored by:

Science Debate 2008
and
The Humphrey Institute Center for Science, Technology and Public Policy


For more information: 
Contact: Innovation 2008

Evolution Education in the 21st Century

Featuring: 
Louise S. Mead, PhD
Time: 
8:30pm
Date: 
October 18, 2008
Location: 
Cook Convention Center
Room 201
255 N. Main Street
Memphis, TN



A number of new resources on evolution education, and in particular that focus on dealing with challenges to teaching evolution, have become available in the past year. In November 2007, NOVA aired Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, a documentary about Kitzmiller et al. vs. Dover Area School District. Accompanying the program is a series of resources designed to help teachers deal with the controversies encountered when teaching evolution. Also, the National Center for Science Education launches a new website in 2008, complete with new evolution education resources for teachers. We will present resources developed by staff at the National Center for Science Education which include both actions teachers can take to better prepare themselves for dealing with the controversy as well as lesson plans based on the evidence for evolution presented during the trial.
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Evolution Education in the 21st Century

Featuring: 
Louise S. Mead, PhD
Time: 
12:30pm
Date: 
October 18, 2008
Location: 
Cook Convention Center
Room 201
255 N. Main Street
Memphis, TN



A number of new resources on evolution education, and in particular that focus on dealing with challenges to teaching evolution, have become available in the past year. In November 2007, NOVA aired Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, a documentary about Kitzmiller et al. vs. Dover Area School District. Accompanying the program is a series of resources designed to help teachers deal with the controversies encountered when teaching evolution. Also, the National Center for Science Education launches a new website in 2008, complete with new evolution education resources for teachers. We will present resources developed by staff at the National Center for Science Education which include both actions teachers can take to better prepare themselves for dealing with the controversy as well as lesson plans based on the evidence for evolution presented during the trial.
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Avoiding Kitzmiller v. Dover: Keeping Your District Out Of Court

Featuring: 
A panel with Eugenie Scott, Steve Case, Vic Hutchison
Time: 
10:30pm
Date: 
October 16, 2008
Location: 
Cook Convention Center
255 N. Main Street
Memphis, TN

NABTThe Kitzmiller v. Dover trial striking down Intelligent Design was a victory for science education, but an expensive, time consuming, and distracting experience for the school district and its teachers. The panel has decades of experience on avoiding such lawsuits to share with teachers. It is important to avoid corrupting science education by either denigrating evolution, or encouraging some form of creationism to be taught. Case studies will be discussed and questions taken.
For more information: 
Contact: NCSE
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