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"Unlocking the Mystery of Life" Critique

Unlocking the Mystery of Life, a documentary about the “intelligent design” movement cowritten by Stephen C. Meyer, Director and Senior Fellow of the Center for Science and Culture at the Discovery Institute, is airing on individual PBS stations across the country.

Because NCSE has received many inquiries about Unlocking, we have added a section to our web site for information and opinions about it. Articles in this section are the opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of NCSE.

NCSE Member New NABT President-Elect

Margaret "Betsey" Ott, Instructor of Biology at Tyler Junior College, Tyler, TX, has been elected President-Elect of the National Association of Biology Teachers. Betsey will assume the presidency in 2004. She is a long time NCSE member and supporter of evolution education. Other NCSE members who have served as president of NABT include Betty Carvellas, Joe McInerney, and Brad Williamson.

Congratulations from all of us at NCSE!

Honors for Alters, Ayala, and Ruse

Three valued supporters of NCSE recently were honored.

Brian J. Alters, the director of the Evolution Education Research Centre at McGill University, received the Faculty of Education Award for Distinguished Teaching from McGill University at its spring convocation on June 3.

Dorothy Nelkin Dies

NCSE Supporter Dorothy Nelkin, who as a University Professor at New York University taught in the Department of Sociology and the School of Law, died on May 28, 2003.

As a sociologist of science, Nelkin specialized in studying the often vexed relationship between science and society.

Scott to Receive Honorary Degree

NCSE executive director Dr. Eugenie C. Scott will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from one of Canada's premier institutions of higher learning, McGill University. The ceremony will take place on June 3, 2003, in Montreal, Canada.

Morse receives AIBS Education Award

M. Patricia Morse is the 2003 recipient of the Education Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences. The award is presented annually to individuals and groups who have made significant contributions to education in the biological sciences. Morse, a marine biologist and science educator at the University of Washington, is a lifetime member of NCSE. Congratulations from all of us at NCSE!

Hawking is Steve #300

Project Steve continues apace, with the 305th Steve coming on board today. Like their predecessors, the 85 Steves to join since the initial announcement of Project Steve are a distinguished group whose public support for evolution education we are honored to be able to announce. The 300th signatory to NCSE’s Project Steve shares a unique distinction with Stephen Jay Gould: that of appearing on The Simpsons. I refer, of course, to Steve #300, the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University, Stephen W. Hawking.

Scott and Other NCSE Members Become AAAS Fellows

Several NCSE members became Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on February 15, 2003. These individuals have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts to advance science or applications of science. New Fellows received their official certificates and gold and blue rosette pins during a ceremony at the annual AAAS meetings in Denver, Colorado.

WGBH Evolution Series Receives Award


The National Association of Science Writers has awarded Richard Hutton, producer of the NOVA/Clear Blue Skies Evolution series, its Science in Society award in the Television category. Evolution, first broadcast September 24-27, 2001, but rebroadcast in 2002, was honored “for recognizing the impact the science of evolution has had on society for well over 100 years.

Voices for Evolution

Over seventy-five years after the Scopes trial, the controversy over the teaching of creationism in the public schools continues unabated. On the front lines of the controversy is the National Center for Science Education — NCSE — the only organization entirely devoted to defending the teaching of evolution in the public schools. Among the tools that NCSE provides for those wishing to defend the teaching of evolution is its publication Voices for Evolution, published first in 1989 and then in a revised edition in 1995.

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