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ACS issues statement on teaching evolution

In a press release issued on June 20, 2005, the American Chemical Society released a statement [Link broken] in support of teaching evolution, adopted by the ACS board of directors on June 5. The statement reads, in its entirety:

Statement on Teaching of Evolutionary Theory

AAUP issues statement on teaching evolution

In a press release issued on June 17, 2005, the American Association of University Professors announced that at its June 11, 2005, meeting, it adopted a statement in support of teaching evolution. The statement reads, in its entirety:

The theory of evolution is all but universally accepted in the community of scholars and has contributed immeasurably to our understanding of the natural world.

Warning: This journal contains evolution

For its April 28, 2005, issue, the illustrious science journal Nature put a "warning label" about evolution on its front cover. The warning label reads:

This journal contains material on evolution. Evolution by natural selection is a theory, not a fact.

Norman D. Newell Dies

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.

Ernst Mayr dies

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.

Teachers Torn Over Religion, Evolution

Writing in the February 2, 2005, issue of Education Week, Sean Cavanagh discusses "Teachers Torn Over Religion, Evolution" (registration required).

White House Science Advisor: Evolution a Cornerstone of Modern Biology

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.

National Conference on Teaching 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: Public Comment on Science Standards

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.