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Alliance for Science essay contest winner


NCSE congratulates the winners of Alliance for Science's essay contest, announced on May 14, 2007.

Scott and Matzke in PNAS


NCSE's Eugenie C. Scott and Nicholas J. Matzke's article "Biological design in science classrooms" (available in HTML and PDF formats) was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, one of the world's most-cited multidisciplinary scientific serials (vol. 104, suppl. 1; May 15, 2007).

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial on-line


A performance of the L.A. Theatre Works production The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial is now available on-line as a podcast. The play, written by Peter Goodchild and based on the transcripts of the Scopes trial in 1925, was originally broadcast by LATW in 1992; it was revived in 2005 to commemorate the eightieth anniversary of the trial.

Society for College Science Teachers adds its voice for evolution


The Society for College Science Teachers announced the release of its new position statement on the teaching of evolution on April 30, 2007. According to its press release (PDF):

"We think it is important to add our voice to the list of organizations who support a robust and central role for evolution in the science curriculum", said SCST President Thomas Lord, a Biology Professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

NCSE's Scott to be honored by Rutgers


NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott is to receive an honorary degree from Rutgers University, on May 16, 2007, in recognition of her dedication to promoting the sound teaching of science in schools across the country. She was described in a Rutgers publication as:

a physical anthropologist and internationally recognized advocate of scientific literacy.

Flock of Dodos to air on Showtime


Randy Olson's Flock of Dodos, the hilarious documentary that examines both sides of the controversy over the teaching of "intelligent design" in public schools, is scheduled to be aired on Showtime's cable channels on five dates in May.

Meet Padian's critters!


NCSE is pleased to announce that, for the first time, a transcript of Kevin Padian's expert witness testimony in the trial in Kitzmiller v. Dover (400 F.Supp.2d 707 [M.D. Pa. 2005]) is available on-line -- with the slides that he displayed in the courtroom. Padian testified in the case on behalf of the plaintiffs, eleven local parents who were challenging the Dover Area School Board's "intelligent design" policy; Judge John E.

Project Steve: n > 800


With the addition of Steve Russell on April 24, 2007, NCSE's Project Steve attained its 800th signatory. A tongue-in-cheek parody of a long-standing creationist tradition of amassing lists of "scientists who doubt evolution" or "scientists who dissent from Darwinism," Project Steve mocks such lists by restricting its signatories to scientists whose first name is Steve (or a cognate, such as Stephanie, Esteban, Istvan, Stefano, or even Tapani -- the Finnish equivalent).

Oops: RNCSE 26:4


Some copies of Reports of the NCSE, volume 26, number 4 -- with the mudskipper on the cover -- were miscollated by the printer. Please check your copy to make sure that all 48 pages appear in order and with no repetitions. If you have a faulty copy, please let NCSE know, ideally by e-mailing oops@ncseweb.org with your name and address, and we will send you a replacement copy staightaway. And if you don't subscribe to Reports -- what are you waiting for?

A Wellcome resource on evolution


The January 2007 issue of Big Picture -- a publication of the Wellcome Trust in the United Kingdom that seeks to provide high-school students with "up-to-date information on research findings in biomedicine, and the social and ethical implications of this research" -- is devoted to evolution.

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