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The eminent paleontologist Norman D. Newell died on April 18, 2005, at the age of 96, in Leonia, New Jersey. Born in 1909 in Chicago, Newell received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He taught at the University of Wisconsin until 1945, when he joined the staff of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. He also taught at Columbia University, where his students included Niles Eldredge and Stephen Jay Gould.
NCSE joins the worldwide scientific community in mourning the death of Ernst Mayr, a towering figure in twentieth-century biology, on February 3, 2005, in Bedford, Massachusetts, at the age of 100. In more than twenty books and hundred of scientific papers, Mayr made fundamental empirical and conceptual contributions, not only to evolutionary biology but also to its history and philosophy.
During an on-line colloquy about science policy in the Bush administration conducted by The Chronicle of Higher Education on March 5, John H. Marburger III, director of the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy, was asked about the Bush administration's scientific credibility in light of the president's reported skepticism about evolution. He replied, "Evolution is a cornerstone of modern biology," adding, "Much of the work supported by the National Institutes of Health depends heavily on the concepts of evolution.
A national conference on the teaching of evolution, attended by representatives of more than 50 scientific and educational societies, was held in Berkeley, CA, the weekend of October 6-7-8. See the report NCTE on NCSE´s `Teaching Evolution` Resource page. old site
Alabama is in the process of re-writing state science standards, and will accept comments on the first draft from ALABAMA RESIDENTS ONLY. The deadline is NOVEMBER 28. NCSE has written to members on how they may submit comments; you may also request this information from the State Department of Education. While the State has made print copies of the draft available at state textbook repositories and some other locations, NCSE volunteers have the standards available at two websites. If one link doesn´t work, simply try the other.