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"Muddling science at parks and museums"


Challenges to evolution education occur in informal learning environments as well as the public schools, as "Muddling science at parks and museums," published in the August 2006 issue of Geotimes, reiterates:

As reported in the December 2005 Geotimes, some parks and museums have stepped up to the task to make evolution understandable, so as not to be confused with religious beliefs such as 'intelligent design,' which holds that the complexity of life is evidence that somet

Evolutionary biology omitted inadvertently, says DOE


Two days after the Chronicle of Higher Education broke the story about the absence of evolutionary biology from a list of college majors eligible for a federal grant, both New Scientist and The New York Times have provided further details.

Mooney's "Creation Science 2.0" on-line


In anticipation of the release of the paperback edition of Chris Mooney's The Republican War on Science, both the complete text of chapter 11 (entitled "Creation Science 2.0") and of a special update, composed especially for the paperback edition, have been posted on the book's website.

Not out of the woods in Kansas


Writing in the Kansas City Star (August 21, 2006), Laura Scott urges Kansas voters to remain on guard even after the August 1, 2006, primary election.

What happened to evolutionary biology?


"Like a gap in the fossil record, evolutionary biology is missing from a list of majors that the U.S. Department of Education has deemed eligible for a new federal grant program designed to reward students majoring in engineering, mathematics, science, or certain foreign languages," the Chronicle of Higher Education (August 22, 2006) reports.

HOPE for Ohio


A newly formed coalition in Ohio, Help Ohio Public Education, is seeking to unseat a member of the board of education who was at the forefront of efforts to compromise the treatment of evolution in the state science standards. Speaking to the Columbus Dispatch (August 12, 2006), HOPE's chair, Lawrence M.

Not against faith, but against ignorance


In his op-ed column for The New York Times (August 15, 2006), Lawrence M.

"Public Acceptance of Evolution" in Science


The August 11, 2006, issue of Science features a brief article (PDF; subscription required) on "Public Acceptance of Evolution," written by Jon D. Miller of Michigan State University, Eugenie C. Scott of NCSE, and Shinji Okamoto of Kobe University. Reviewing the past twenty years of polling in the United States, Miller, Scott, and Okamoto observe, "After 20 years of public debate, the percentage of U.S.

Creationist lawsuit against UC system to proceed


As expected, Association of Christian Schools International et al. v. Roman Stearns et al. -- the lawsuit in which the University of California system is charged with violating the constitutional rights of applicants from Christian schools whose high school coursework is deemed inadequate preparation for college -- is going to proceed. In a hearing in late July 2006, Judge S. James Otero stated that he was not inclined to rule in favor of a motion by the university system to dismiss the suit.

AAAS releases The Evolution Dialogues


In a press release issued on August 9, 2006, the American Association for the Advancement of Science announced the publication of The Evolution Dialogues, written by Catherine Baker and edited by James B. Miller. As the book's prologue notes, "there are deep misunderstandings about what biological evolution is, what science itself is, and what views people of faith, especially Christians, have applied to their interpretations of the science.

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