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Here at NCSE, we've just updated our list of available speakers, which now includes our newest staff members, Faith Project Director Peter M. J. Hess and Education Project Director Louise S. Mead, as well as three members of our board of directors, Barbara Forrest, Kevin Padian, and Andrew J. Petto.

Tennessee creationist measure losing steam?


Tennessee's Senate Resolution 17 -- which, if enacted, would request the commissioner of education to justify the fact that creationism is not taught in the state's public schools -- may be constitutional, but its sponsor, Senator Raymond Finney (R-District 8), says that he is not sure whether to continue advocating it.

Antievolution measures dead in New Mexico


With the end of the legislative session on March 17, 2007, all four antievolution measures in the New Mexico legislature are dead.

APA opposes teaching "intelligent design" as science


According to a March 1, 2007, press release from the American Psychological Association, "the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association has adopted a resolution opposing the teaching of intelligent design as scientific theory and stating that teaching intelligent design as science undermines the quality of both science education and science literacy."

F. Clark Howell dies


F. Clark Howell, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Supporter of NCSE, died on March 10, 2007, at his home in Berkeley. Born on November 27, 1925, in Kansas City, he received bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. Howell taught anatomy at Washington University before returning to the University of Chicago to teach anthropology from 1955 to 1970. In 1970, he moved to UC Berkeley, where he remained until retiring in 1991. He continued to be very active in research and publication until his death.

Reactions to creationist measure in Tennessee


The constitutionality of Tennessee's Senate Resolution 17 -- which, if enacted, would request the commissioner of education to justify the fact that creationism is not taught in the state's public schools -- is under scrutiny.

Michigan science teachers reaffirm evolution


The Michigan Science Teachers Association adopted a new position statement (Word document) on the teaching of evolution and the nature of science. The statement concludes:

It is the position of the Michigan Science Teachers Association that evolutionary theory is an integral, validated and therefore essential component of modern scientific inquiry and should therefore be taught in a manner commensurate with this importance.

Creationist measure in Tennessee legislature


Senate Resolution 17 (PDF), introduced in the Tennessee state senate on February 21, 2007, by Raymond Finney (R-District 8), would, if enacted, "request the commissioner of education to provide answers to questions concerning creationism and public school curriculums in Tennessee," beginning with, "Is the Universe and all that is within it, including human beings, created through purposeful, intelligent design by a Supreme Being, that is a Creator?" If the answer is yes, then SJR 17 poses th

Further praise for "Not in Our Classrooms"


Not in Our Classrooms was edited by NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott and deputy director Glenn Branch, and contains essays by them as well as by Nicholas J. Matzke (also of NCSE) and Paul R. Gross, Martinez Hewlett and Ted Peters, Jay D. Wexler, and Brian Alters (a member of NCSE's board of directors). The foreword was contributed by the Reverend Barry W. Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Second antievolution measure tabled in New Mexico


At The Panda's Thumb blog, Dave Thomas reports that New Mexico's House Bill 506 was tabled by a vote of 8-4 in the House Education Committee on February 21, 2007.

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