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"The vigil after Dover"


A public forum -- "Keeping science and religion separate in schools: The vigil after Dover" -- held at Florida State University on May 17, 2006, is now available on-line. Participating were NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott, Georgetown University theologian John F. Haught and Michigan State University philosopher Robert T. Pennock (both of whom testified as expert witnesses for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v.

Antievolution amendment defeated in South Carolina


A proposal to direct the South Carolina state board of education to approve only textbooks that "emphasize critical thinking and analysis in each academic content" was rejected by the House Committee on Education and Public Works on May 16, 2006.

"Evolution's bottom line"


In his op-ed "Evolution's bottom line," published in The New York Times (May 12, 2006), Holden Thorp emphasizes the practical applications of evolution, writing, "creationism has no commercial application. Evolution does," and citing several specific examples.

Scott's "The challenge of intelligent design" available on-line


Eugenie C. Scott's "The challenge of intelligent design," originally delivered as the Society of the Study of Evolution's Public Understanding of Evolution lecture at the Evolution 2003 conference held at California State University, Chico, is now available on-line, as the QCShow Author lecture of the week for May 8, 2006.

Princehouse awarded First Amendment award


Patricia Princehouse, a prominent defender of evolution education in Ohio, was among eight people to receive a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation on May 11, 2006.

Alabama antievolution bills die


When the Alabama legislature adjourned on April 18, 2006, House Bill 106 and Senate Bill 45 died.

Antievolution language removed from Michigan bill


Antievolution language was removed from a Michigan education bill before it was passed.

Kitzmiller judge among Time's 100


Judge John E. Jones III, who presided over the Kitzmiller v.

NCSE's Scott to be honored by Mount Holyoke


NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott is to receive an honorary degree from Mount Holyoke College on May 28, 2006. Founded in 1837, Mount Holyoke is the nation's oldest continuing institution of higher learning for women. Speaking of Scott, the college's president Joanne V. Creighton said, "As science education has been under ideological and political assault in the U.S., you have defended the separation of church and state and the power of uncompromised scientific inquiry and knowledge.

"Origin of life" bill revived as amendment

On April 20 the Governor of Mississippi signed into law House Bill 214. Although originally unrelated to evolution education, this bill was amended to include the following section in its final version:

SECTION 3.

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