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Controversy over evolution in Israel

The chief scientist in Israel's ministry of education, Gavriel Avital, "sparked a furor" by questioning the reliability of evolution and global warming, leading to calls for his dismissal, according to Haaretz (February 21, 2010).

Polling evolution in Texas

A new poll suggests that a slim majority of Texans reject evolution, according to a story in the Texas Tribune (February 17, 2010), which also noted that "[n]early a third of Texans believe humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time."

Book party at AIBS

The American Institute for Biological Sciences is celebrating the launch of its new webstore with a virtual book party, featuring Chris Mooney and Carl Zimmer, at 2:00 p.m. EST on February 25, 2010.

"Five reasons why evolution is important"

Steven NewtonSteven Newton

Writing at the Huffington Post (February 12, 2010), NCSE's Steven Newton offered, in honor of Charles Darwin's 201st birthday, a list of five ways in which evolution is important to medical practice: improving the understanding of H1N1 and emerging diseases, HIV, vaccines, antibiotic resistance, and drug development.

Antievolution legislation in Kentucky

Kentucky's House Bill 397 would, if enacted, allow teachers to "use, as permitted by the local school board, other instructional materials to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner, including but not limited to the study of evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning."

NCSE on Facebook: n > 5000

A milestone: there are now over 5000 fans of NCSE's Facebook page. Why not join them, by visiting the page and clicking on the "Become a Fan" box by NCSE's name?

New Scopes trial photographs

John T. ScopesJohn T. Scopes

A batch of photographs from the Scopes trial was recently acquired by the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Wanted: Biologists curious about student learning

The Education Department of the American Society for Microbiology is currently soliciting participants for its Biology Scholars Program Research Residency — a year-long virtual residency geared toward helping undergraduate biology faculty understand and apply evidence-based research in biology education.

Antievolution bill in Mississippi dies

Mississippi's House Bill 586, which if enacted would have required "scientifically sound arguments by protagonists and antagonists of the theory of evolution" to be presented in the state's schools, died in committee on February 2, 2010, according to the legislative website.

NCSE's Scott on-line

Eugenie C. ScottEugenie C. ScottNCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott recently read from, and discussed, the second edition of her book Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction (University of California Press, 2009) in Albany, California — and video is now available on NCSE's YouTube channel. Additionally, she was recently interviewed for three different podcasts: The Skeptic Zone ("the podcast from Australia for science and reason"), Skeptically Speaking, and the Rational Alchemy blog. And if that's not enough, a talk that she gave on "Evolution versus Creationism" at Stanford University in 2008 is now available on-line.

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