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Creationist initiatives denounced in ASBMB Today

Two articles in the August 2008 issue of ASBMB Today react to recent creationist initiatives. ASBMB's president, Gregory A. Petsko of Brandeis University, pulls no punches in his column, beginning, "They're at it again. Armed with another new idea from the Discovery Institute, that bastion of ignorance, right-wing political ideology, and pseudo-scientific claptrap, the creationist movement has mounted yet another assault on science.

Ayala interviewed in HHMI Bulletin


NCSE Supporter Francisco Ayala was interviewed about evolution and creationism for the August 2008 issue of HHMI Bulletin (pages 38-39), published by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Responding to a question about whether the controversy ended with the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover,


NCSE and the Grand Canyon 2009

Explore the Grand Canyon with Scott and Gish! Seats are now available for NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon -- as featured in The New York Times (October 6, 2005). From July 3 to 10, 2009, NCSE will again explore the wonders of creation and evolution on a Grand Canyon river run conducted by NCSE's Genie Scott and Alan ("Gish") Gishlick.

The Clergy Letter Project seeks rabbis

As part of its efforts to encourage and support members of the clergy who acknowledge the scientific importance of evolution, the Clergy Letter Project is now asking rabbis to sign its open letter concerning religion and science.

Ken Miller's "Only a Theory" reviewed in Nature

NCSE Supporter Kenneth R. Miller's new book, Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul," is reviewed in the July 31, 2008 issue of Nature. PZ Myers writes that "Miller is a fine writer who sharply addresses the details of the arguments about intelligent design creationism.

ADL reiterates its support of evolution education

In a statement submitted to the platform committees of both the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee, the Anti-Defamation League reiterated its position on creationism and intelligent design:

  • Creationism, creation science and "intelligent design" theory are all religious theories of creation offered to explain the origins of the universe and are based on varying interpretations of the Bible.
  • ADL has consistently opposed these troubling init

Congratulations to the Darwin-Wallace medalists

NCSE is pleased to congratulate, belatedly, the recipients of the Darwin-Wallace medals for 2008, who include one member and two Supporters of NCSE. In a press release dated May 27, 2008, the Council of the Linnean Society of London announced the award of thirteen medals for "major advances in evolutionary biology" since 1958 to Nick Barton, M. W. Chase, B. C. Clarke, Joseph Felsenstein (a member of NCSE), the late Stephen Jay Gould (a Supporter of NCSE), P. R. Grant, Rosemary Grant, J. L. B.

Help wanted

NCSE seeks a communications coordinator, who will be responsible for NCSE's overall communications strategy, reporting to the executive director. Tasks include:

Catching up with RNCSE

Selected content from volume 27, numbers 3-4, of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on NCSE's website, featuring Joe Felsenstein's "Has Natural Selection Been Refuted? The Arguments of William Dembski." Felsenstein concludes, "Dembski argues that there are theorems that prevent natural selection from explaining the adaptations that we see. His arguments do not work. There can be no theorem saying that adaptive information is conserved and cannot be increased by natural selection. ...

The third issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach

The third issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach -- the new journal which aims to promote accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience -- is now available on-line.


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