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The eminent evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr -- whom NCSE is proud to have among its members -- celebrates his 100th birthday on July 5. Writing in the July 2 issue of Science, he reflects on his eighty years of "watching the evolutionary scenery," from his education in Germany through the development of the Modern Synthesis to the discoveries of molecular biology.
Bruce Alberts, president of the National Academies, and Jay Labov of the Center for Education at the National Research Council have written an article on "Teaching the Science of Evolution," which appears in the current issue of the journal Cell Biology Education.
In the latest American Scientist, Francisco J. Ayala -- University Professor and the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine; president of the scientific research society Sigma Xi; and supporter of NCSE -- calls for the improvement of science education in the American public schools.
We are pleased to announce that Barbara Forrest, Professor of Philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University, has agreed to join NCSE's board of directors. Her term of office is from 2004 to 2009.
NCSE was prominently featured in James Glanz's article "Montana Creationism Bid Evolves Into Unusual Fight," which appeared on Sunday, February 29, 2004, in The New York Times. Glanz's article focused on the phenomenon of organized grassroots resistance to antievolutionist attempts to compromise evolution education, taking the controversy in Darby, Montana, as a prime example.
NCSE is pleased to announce a further addition to Voices for Evolution: a statement on evolution and intelligent design from the Society for Neuroscience, reading in part, "Recognizing that the theory of Evolution is the fundamental scientific theory or cornerstone that helps us to understand and study the origins and diversity of living organisms, the Society for Neuroscience supports teaching evolution in science classrooms, and opposes the assertion that Intelligent Design Theory (ID) is a valid scientific alternative."
NCSE Executive Director Dr. Eugenie C. Scott will appear on the Seti Institute's "Are We Alone?" radio program this coming Sunday, February 22, at 10 PM EST.
From the "Are We Alone?" web site:
Skeptical Sunday: The Darwin Conspiracy
Imagine a group of evolutionists, sitting in a darkened room, busily plotting how to forge fossils and skew facts so that textbooks tilt in favor of Darwinian evolution.
"Assaults on evolution have evolved as well," a Perspective piece written by NCSE's Deputy Director Glenn Branch and Executive Director Eugenie C. Scott, appeared in the February 15, 2004, issue of the San Jose Mercury News. It will be available on the Mercury-News's web site for a limited time.