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Happy Darwin Day!

In addition to the usual reasons for us to celebrate Darwin Day, we have three more.

First, due to popular demand, Alan Gishlick's acclaimed critique of Icons of Evolution, "ICONS OF EVOLUTION? Why much of what Jonathan Wells writes about evolution is wrong," is now available in PDF format on the NCSE web site. You may download the critique as one file (broadband connection is recommended) or as individual chapters.

Understanding Evolution

The National Center for Science Education and the University of California Museum of Paleontology are pleased to announce that the Understanding Evolution web site is now live.

Project Steve Update

Today seems like a good day to bring you up to date on Project Steve, NCSE's parody of the long-standing antievolutionist tradition of amassing lists of PhDs who doubt evolution. Why today? Because December 26 is, as it happens, St. Stephen's Day.

Brian Alters Wins Highest Teaching Award at McGill

NCSE member Brian Alters, associate professor of education at McGill University, was awarded the 2003 Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching at McGill University. This university-wide award follows Alters's receipt in May 2003 of the College of Education's highest teaching award, the Distinguished Teaching Award.

NCSE Supporter President-Elect of AIBS

Marvalee Wake, NCSE Supporter and Professor Emerita of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, was elected as the president-elect of the American Institute for Biological Sciences; her term as president begins in 2005. Congratulations from all of us at NCSE!

ASHG Begins Evolution Series

The American Society of Human Genetics has instituted a series of articles on evolution in the "educational resources" portion of its web page. The first two articles are "Tinkered Masterpieces or Master Tinkerer" by Charles R. Scrivner, and "Genetic Variation and Human Evolution" by Lynn B. Jorde.

NCSE's Kevin Padian to receive Sagan Prize

Kevin Padian has been awarded the 2003 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization for his contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of science.

The Sagan Prize is given annually by Wonderfest, a five-year-old organization of scientists, educators, and journalists that produces major conferences for the general public on controversies and advances in science, to a San Francisco Bay Area researcher who brings scientific discoveries and insights to the attention of the general public.

AWG award for NCSE Supporter

The Association for Women Geoscientists announced in a press release dated October 3, 2003, that NCSE Supporter Patricia Kelley will receive the 2003 AWG Foundation Outstanding Educator Award at the AWG breakfast to be held at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Seattle on November 3, 2003.

"Unlocking the Mystery of Life" Critique

Unlocking the Mystery of Life, a documentary about the “intelligent design” movement cowritten by Stephen C. Meyer, Director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, is airing on individual PBS stations across the country.

Because NCSE has received many inquiries about Unlocking, we have added a section to our web site for information and opinions about it. Articles in this section are the opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of NCSE.

NCSE Member New NABT President-Elect

Margaret "Betsey" Ott, Instructor of Biology at Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX, has been elected President-Elect of the National Association of Biology Teachers. Betsey will assume the presidency in 2004. She is a long time NCSE member and supporter of evolution education. Other NCSE members who have served as president of NABT include Betty Carvellas, Joe McInerney, and Brad Williamson.

Congratulations from all of us at NCSE!

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