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Judy Scotchmoor receives Pojeta award

Judy ScotchmoorJudy Scotchmoor

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Judy Scotchmoor on receiving the Pojeta Award, which recognizes "exceptional professional or public service by individuals or groups in the field of paleontology above and beyond that of existing formal roles or responsibilities," from the Paleontological Society.

Harry Kroto dies

Harry Kroto. Photograph: Florida State University

The distinguished chemist Harry Kroto died on April 30, 2016, at the age of 76, according to Chemical & Engineering News (May 2, 2016).

Harold Morowitz dies

Harold MorowitzHarold Morowitz

The eminent biophysicist Harold Morowitz died on March 22, 2016, at the age of 88. Morowitz, according to the obituary in The New York Times (April 1, 2016), "was best known for applying thermodynamic theory to biology, exploring how 'the energy that flows through a system acts to organize that system.'" 

Alabama's disclaimer denounced

Writing on AL.com (March 31, 2016), Amanda Glaze denounced the recent decision of the Alabama state board of education to retain the "scientifically inaccurate and pedagogically inappropriate" evolution disclaimer affixed to biology textbooks in the state's public schools.

Congratulations to Jay Labov

NCSE is delighted to congratulate Jay Labov on receiving the Distinguished Service to Science Education Award from the National Science Teachers Association.

Alabama retains its evolution disclaimer

At its March 10, 2016, meeting, the Alabama state board of education voted to retain a disclaimer about evolution mandated for the state's textbooks, even though the new Alabama science standards describe evolution as "substantiated with much direct and indirect evidence." 

Carl Zimmer to receive Gould award

Carl ZimmerCarl Zimmer

NCSE congratulates Carl Zimmer for winning the 2016 Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution.

Antonin Scalia dies

Antonin ScaliaAntonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia, a justice on the United States Supreme Court, died on February 13, 2016, at the age of 79, according to the obituary in The New York Times (February 14, 2016). Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, Scalia served on the court from 1986 until his death. The Times wrote of the controversial Scalia that his "transformative legal theories, vivid writing and outsize personality made him a leader of a conservative intellectual renaissance in his three decades on the Supreme Court."

Climate in Science and Engineering Indicators 2016

Science & Engineering Indicators 2016 cover

Public opinion about climate change was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2016.

Evolution in Science and Engineering Indicators 2016

Science & Engineering Indicators 2016 coverPublic opinion about evolution and the Big Bang was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2016.

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