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Charles Coulston Gillispie dies

Charles Coulston Gillispie, via Princeton UniversityCharles Coulston Gillispie

The eminent historian of science Charles Coulston Gillispie died on October 6, 2015, at the age of 97, according to a tweet from Princeton University.

Polling scientists on climate change

"Using responses from nearly 700 biophysical scientists," a new survey "finds that approximately 92 percent of them believe that human-caused climate change is really happening," according to the Washington Post (September 25, 2015), reporting on J. S. Carlton, Rebecca Perry-Hill, Matthew Huber, and Linda S. Prokopy's "The climate change consensus extends beyond climate scientists," published in Environmental Research Letters.

Whither Alabama's evolution disclaimer?

When the Alabama board of education voted to approve a new set of science standards on September 10, 2015, in which evolution was described as "substantiated with much direct and indirect evidence," the question arose: what will become of the evolution disclaimer in Alabama's textbooks?

Evolution in Alabama's new science standards

The Alabama state board of education voted unanimously to approve a new set of science standards on September 10, 2015, according to National Public Radio (September 10, 2015) — and evolution is described as "substantiated with much direct and indirect evidence."

Eric Davidson dies

Eric Davidson, CaltechEric Davidson

The eminent developmental biologist Eric Davidson died on September 1, 2015, at the age of 78, according to a September 2, 2015, notice from Caltech.

William B. Provine dies

William B. ProvineWilliam B. Provine

The historian of science William B. Provine died on September 1, 2015, at the age of 73, according to a Facebook post from his wife.

Polling trust in scientists in New Hampshire

Researchers asked residents of New Hampshire about their trust of scientists as a source of information about five topics: vaccines, climate change, nuclear power safety, evolution, and genetically modified organisms.

Polling Latinos on climate change

A new poll of Latinos in the United States finds that a large majority — more than four fifths — accept that climate change is real, and that a majority — almost two thirds — accept that climate change is mostly due to human activity.

John Holland dies

John Holland, via the Santa Fe InstituteJohn Holland

The computer scientist John Holland died on August 9, 2015, at the age of 86, according to a memorial notice from the Santa Fe Institute (August 10, 2015).

NGSS adopted in Iowa

The Iowa Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards at its August 6, 2015, meeting.