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Evolution: Education and Outreach debuts


The first issue of the new journal Evolution: Education and Outreach is now available on-line, and it's a doozy! Featured are original scientific articles by Daniel R. Brooks and Eric P. Hoberg, Niles Eldredge, and William Miller III; lesson plans and thematic expansions by Anastasia Thanukos, Michael A. Gaspar, and Gregory Eldredge; reflections on evolution by Ian Tattersall, John N. Thompson, David Ziegler, and T. Ryan Gregory; and curricula focusing on evolution from Joseph Fail Jr.

Bruce Alberts appointed as new editor-in-chief of Science


NCSE congratulates Bruce Alberts of the University of California, San Francisco, on his appointment as editor-in-chief of Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He succeeds Donald Kennedy, who served as editor-in-chief since 2000.

ICR seeks to grant degrees in Texas


The Institute for Creation Research, a young-earth creationist organization, has cleared the first hurdle in its quest for authorization to issue master's degrees in science education in Texas. "The nonprofit Institute for Creation Research in Dallas wants to train future science teachers in Texas and elsewhere using an online curriculum.

Catching up with RNCSE


Selected content from volume 27, numbers 1-2, of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on NCSE's website, including Tim Heaton's report on his visit to Answers in Genesis's Creation Museum and Eugenie C.

Alliance for Science evolution essay contest


The Alliance for Science -- a non-profit organization which seeks "to heighten public understanding and support for science and to preserve the distinctions between science and religion in the public sphere" -- is holding its second annual essay contest. The theme is "Climate, Agriculture, and Evolution." Students are encouraged to submit essays of up to 1000 words on one of two topics: "Climate and Evolution and "Agriculture and Evolution."

The Comer controversy continues


Over two weeks after it was first reported that Christine Comer was forced to resign from her post at the Texas Education Agency, apparently because she forwarded a brief e-mail announcing a lecture on "intelligent design" by Barbara Forrest, the state's newspapers continue to provide a steady stream of news and commentary. And groups with a stake in the integrity of science education in Texas continue to voice their concern.

Creationist pressure mounting in Florida


As Florida continues to consider the draft of a new set of state science standards, there are reports about mounting creationist lobbying against the inclusion of evolution and for the inclusion of creationism.

The latest on the Comer controversy


"We were actually told in a meeting in September that if creationism is the party line, we have to abide by it," the former director of science curriculum for the Texas Education Agency told the Austin American-Statesman (December 6, 2007).

Creationist files lawsuit against Woods Hole


The Boston Globe (December 7, 2007) reports that a former researcher at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is suing the research center, claiming that he was fired, in violation of his civil rights, for not accepting evolution. Nathaniel Abraham, who earned a Ph.D. in biology from St.

Barbara Forrest on Chris Comer's forced resignation


Statement Regarding Texas Education Agency's Termination of Chris Comer, Texas Director of Science

Barbara Forrest, Ph.D.

Co-author with Paul R. Gross of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design

& Expert witness for plaintiffs in
Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District

December 5, 2007

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