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Creationist lawsuit against UC system to proceed?


The recent lawsuit -- Association of Christian Schools International et al. v. Roman Stearns et al. -- that charges the University of California system with violating the constitutional rights of applicants from Christian schools whose high school coursework is deemed inadequate preparation for college -- is apparently going to proceed. In what the Associated Press described [Link broken] (June 28, 2006) as a "tentative ruling," Judge S.

The Episcopal Church reaffirms evolution education


At its 75th General Convention in June 2006, the Episcopal Church passed a resolution supporting the teaching of evolution in schools.

"Intelligent design" legislation in New York dies


When the New York State Assembly's legislative session ended on June 23, 2006, Assembly Bill 8036 [Link broken] died in committee. If enacted, the bill would have required that "all pupils in grades kindergarten through twelve in all public schools in the state ...

Brian Alters discusses evolution and education at NIH


On May 10, 2006, Brian Alters delivered a lecture on "Evolution and Education" in the National Institute of Health's Evolution and Medicine lecture series, presented by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, the Office of Science Education, and the National Human Genome Research Institute. His lecture is now available on-line to view in RealPlayer format.

NCSE President in Berkeley Science Review


Kevin Padian, who serves as the president of NCSE's board of directors as well as a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a curator at the University of California Museum of Paleontology, is featured in the latest issue of Berkeley Science Review. The article, "In the matter of Berkeley v. Berkeley," focuses on the opposed roles played by Padian, one of the expert scientific witnesses for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v.

National academies of science around the world support evolution education


Sixty-seven national academies of science, representing countries from Albania to Zimbabwe, have endorsed the Interacademy Panel's new statement (PDF) on the teaching of evolution. Among the signatories are the United States National Academy of Sciences, the United Kingdom's Royal Society of London, the Royal Society of Canada, the Australian Academy of Science, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, which awards the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry and the Crafoord Prize.

Evolution standard approved after 7-month delay


South Carolina's Education Oversight Committee (EOC) approved the state science standard concerned with evolution on June 12, after delaying for seven months at the behest of committee member Senator Michael Fair (R-District 6), a well-known opponent of teaching evolution.

Nevada antievolution ballot measure dead


by Nick Matzke

An Associated Press story in the Las Vegas Sun reports [Link broken] that the so-called "Truth in Science" initiative in Nevada has died. The initiative would have amended the Nevada constitution to require public schools to teach that "parts Of evolution are unproven theories" and various specific points disputed by "some" scientists.

Stanford Medicine: "The Evolutionary War"


"The Evolutionary War" is the theme of the summer 2006 issue of Stanford Medicine. Unsurprisingly, the magazine emphasizes evolution and medicine. "Darwin in Medical School" discusses the efforts, led by Randolph Nesse of the University of Michigan, to incorporate evolution in medical school curricula. "Evolution offers a broad framework on which you can organize and understand all kinds of facts and principles," Nesse comments.

Local districts advised to shun Kansas standards


Kansas Citizens for Science is urging local school districts not to use the set of state science standards adopted by the Kansas board of education in 2005.

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