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NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott recently spoke on "The evolution of creationism" as the Samuel Newton Taylor endowed lecture at Goucher College in Baltimore. In her talk, she discussed common misunderstandings of evolution, the historical development of antievolutionism, and the current state of the creationism/evolution controversy. In the light of the verdict in Kitzmiller v. Dover, she also offered her predictions for the future of the "intelligent design" movement.
A spectacular new anthology edited by Andrew J. Petto and Laurie R. Godfrey, Scientists Confront Intelligent Design and Creationism (W. W. Norton, 2007), described by Publishers Weekly as "[a] serious, comprehensive collection of new and revised essays from some of the biggest names in the anti-creationism field," is now available. In a press release, the publisher writes:
Here at NCSE, we've just updated our list of available speakers, which now includes our newest staff members, Faith Project Director Peter M. J. Hess and Education Project Director Louise S. Mead, as well as three members of our board of directors, Barbara Forrest, Kevin Padian, and Andrew J. Petto.
F. Clark Howell, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Supporter of NCSE, died on March 10, 2007, at his home in Berkeley. Born on November 27, 1925, in Kansas City, he received bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. Howell taught anatomy at Washington University before returning to the University of Chicago to teach anthropology from 1955 to 1970. In 1970, he moved to UC Berkeley, where he remained until retiring in 1991. He continued to be very active in research and publication until his death.
Not in Our Classrooms was edited by NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott and deputy director Glenn Branch, and contains essays by them as well as by Nicholas J. Matzke (also of NCSE) and Paul R. Gross, Martinez Hewlett and Ted Peters, Jay D. Wexler, and Brian Alters (a member of NCSE's board of directors). The foreword was contributed by the Reverend Barry W. Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
Scheduled for the second hour of NPR's Science Friday show for February 23, 2007, are Edward Humes, Randy Olson, and NCSE's own Nick Matzke. Science Friday's description of the show (with links added):
NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott, along with nine science teachers who have been on the front lines of the evolution wars, is receiving the American Association for Advancement of Science's 2006 Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility.
NCSE's archives house a unique trove of material on the creationism/evolution controversy, and we regard it as part of our mission to preserve it for posterity -- as well as for occasions such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, where NCSE's archives helped to establish the creationist antecedents of the "intelligent design" movement. We cordially invite you now to help NCSE's archives keep up-to-date by purchasing books for NCSE through our wish list at Amazon.com.
Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools received a pair of favorable reviews recently. In the Winter 2006-2007 issue of Rethinking Schools (not available on-line), Wayne Au wrote, "Given the recent fights over intelligent design in science education, the publication of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools couldn't be more timely. ... Given the current U.S. political landscape, Not in Our Classrooms should be welcomed by educators and activists.
A brief profile of NCSE's Nick Matzke appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine (January 7, 2007), under the title "Nick Matzke, in the evolutionist's corner, faces each new challenge the creationists bring." Sam Whiting of the Chronicle introduces the profile with, "There are no microscopes at the National Center for Science Education in Oakland. They don't look at the small picture.