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NCSE is pleased to announce a further addition to Voices for Evolution: a statement on evolution and intelligent design from the Society for Neuroscience, reading in part, "Recognizing that the theory of Evolution is the fundamental scientific theory or cornerstone that helps us to understand and study the origins and diversity of living organisms, the Society for Neuroscience supports teaching evolution in science classrooms, and opposes the assertion that Intelligent Design Theory (ID) is a valid scientific alternative."
NCSE Executive Director Dr. Eugenie C. Scott will appear on the Seti Institute's "Are We Alone?" radio program this coming Sunday, February 22, at 10 PM EST.
From the "Are We Alone?" web site:
Skeptical Sunday: The Darwin Conspiracy
Imagine a group of evolutionists, sitting in a darkened room, busily plotting how to forge fossils and skew facts so that textbooks tilt in favor of Darwinian evolution.
"Assaults on evolution have evolved as well," a Perspective piece written by NCSE's Deputy Director Glenn Branch and Executive Director Eugenie C. Scott, appeared in the February 15, 2004, issue of the San Jose Mercury News. It will be available on the Mercury-News's web site for a limited time.
In addition to the usual reasons for us to celebrate Darwin Day, we have three more.
First, due to popular demand, Alan Gishlick's acclaimed critique of Icons of Evolution, "ICONS OF EVOLUTION? Why much of what Jonathan Wells writes about evolution is wrong," is now available in PDF format on the NCSE web site. You may download the critique as one file (broadband connection is recommended) or as individual chapters.
The National Center for Science Education and the University of California Museum of Paleontology are pleased to announce that the Understanding Evolution web site is now live.
Today seems like a good day to bring you up to date on Project Steve, NCSE's parody of the long-standing antievolutionist tradition of amassing lists of PhDs who doubt evolution. Why today? Because December 26 is, as it happens, St. Stephen's Day.
NCSE member Brian Alters, associate professor of education at McGill University, was awarded the 2003 Principal's Prize for Excellence in Teaching at McGill University. This university-wide award follows Alters's receipt in May 2003 of the College of Education's highest teaching award, the Distinguished Teaching Award.
Marvalee Wake, NCSE Supporter and Professor Emerita of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, was elected as the president-elect of the American Institute for Biological Sciences; her term as president begins in 2005. Congratulations from all of us at NCSE!
The American Society of Human Genetics has instituted a series of articles on evolution in the "educational resources" portion of its web page. The first two articles are "Tinkered Masterpieces or Master Tinkerer" by Charles R. Scrivner, and "Genetic Variation and Human Evolution" by Lynn B. Jorde.
Kevin Padian has been awarded the 2003 Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization for his contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of science.
The Sagan Prize is given annually by Wonderfest, a five-year-old organization of scientists, educators, and journalists that produces major conferences for the general public on controversies and advances in science, to a San Francisco Bay Area researcher who brings scientific discoveries and insights to the attention of the general public.