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Oklahoma bill attacks evolution and climate change

Senate Bill 1742 (document), prefiled in the Oklahoma Senate, is apparently the sixth antievolution bill of 2012, following on the heels of two bills in New Hampshire, two bills in Missouri, and one bill in Indiana.

The culmination of the climate change launch

The week of launching NCSE's new climate change initiative reaches its climax. For Friday, January 20, there are no new press releases, videos, or book excerpts. New coverage in the press of the initiative includes KQED's Climate Watch blog (January 17, 2012). And the launch of the initiative prompts The Takeaway (January 18, 2012) to interview Susan Buhr about the need to defend and support climate education. Plus Eugenie C. Scott is interviewed on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's As it Happens (January 18, 2012, beginning at about 10:00) and NPR's Science Friday (January 20, 2012).

Yet more from the climate change launch

Yet more information, resources, and coverage regarding NCSE's new initiative aimed at defending the teaching of climate change. For Thursday, January 19, there is a sample chapter (PDF) from Shawn Lawrence Otto's Fool Me Twice, and a two-part video (part one, part two) on climate change misconceptions by Peter Gleick. New coverage in the press includes Chris Mooney at the DeSmog blog (January 17, 2012), Lynne Peeples at the Huffington Post (January 18, 2012), Think Progress (January 18, 2012), and New Scientist (January 19, 2012). Plus Eugenie C. Scott discusses the initiative with Steve Mirsky for Scientific American's podcast (January 16, 2012).

More from the launch

More information, resources, and coverage regarding NCSE's new initiative aimed at defending the teaching of climate change. For Wednesday, January 18, there is a press release about the addition of Mark McCaffrey to NCSE's staff, a sample chapter (PDF) from L. Hunter Lovins and Boyd Cohen's Climate Capitalism, and a video interview of Eugenie C. Scott. New coverage in the press of the initiative includes Erica Gies's blog at Forbes (January 17, 2012), MSNBC's Cosmic Log (January 17, 2012), and John Farrell's blog at Forbes (January 18, 2012). Plus Eugenie C. Scott was the guest on Chris Mooney's Point of Inquiry podcast for January 16, 2012.

Climate change education specialist joins NCSE

McCaffrey to spearhead the new initiative

Mark S. McCaffrey has joined NCSE's staff to spearhead its new climate change initiative. A veteran climate change educator, McCaffrey will be in charge of NCSE's efforts to defend and support the teaching of climate change. (See NCSE's mission statement here.)

The launch continues

The launch of NCSE's new initiative aimed at defending the teaching of climate change continues. For Tuesday, January 17, there is a press release about the addition of the climate scientist Peter Gleick to NCSE's board of directors, a sample chapter (PDF) from Robert Henson's The Rough Guide to Climate Change, and a video interview of Peter Gleick. (UPDATE: Dr. Gleick will not be joining the NCSE board. See Source of Heartland leak steps forward.)New coverage in the press of the initiative includes Nature (January 16, 2012), Ars Technica (January 16, 2012), Science Insider (January 17, 2012), the Houston Chronicle's science blog (January 17, 2012), and The New York Times's Green blog (January 17, 2012).

NCSE's climate change initiative launched

NCSE is proud to announce the launch of its new initiative aimed at defending the teaching of climate change. Like evolution, climate change is accepted by the scientific community but controversial among the public. As a result, educators trying to teach climate change, like their counterparts trying to teach evolution, are often likewise pressured to compromise the scientific and pedagogical integrity of their instruction.

Darwin Day approaches

“Charles Darwin has a posse” image © Colin Purrington. Source: http://colinpurrington.com/graphics/science/darwinposse

It's time to dust off your Darwin costume again: less than a month remains before Darwin Day 2012!

Update from Missouri

The chief sponsor of Missouri's House Bill 1227, which if enacted would require "intelligent design" to be taught alongside evolution, offered a revealing explanation to the Kansas City Star (January 14, 2012).

NCSE files amicus in Freshwater case

By providing a friend of the court brief (PDF) to Ohio's Fifth District Court of Appeals on January 10, 2012, NCSE is supporting a local school district that fired a middle school science teacher over his inappropriate religious activity in the classroom — including teaching creationism.

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