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Kitzmiller v. Dover team, climate science leaders honored by NCSE

The Friend of Darwin Award recognizes the Kitzmiller v. Dover legal team and a stalwart evolution writer. The new Friend of the Planet award recognizes an outspoken climate scientist and a revered writer

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial

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Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial
Author(s): 
Glenn Branch
Issue: 
5–6

Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial, a special two-hour documentary about the Kitzmiller v Dover case, in which teaching "intelligent design" in the public schools was ruled to be unconstitutional, aired nationwide on PBS at 8:00 PM on November 13, 2007. "Judgment Day captures on film a landmark court case with a powerful scientific message at its core," explained Paula Apsell, NOVA's Senior Executive Producer, in a publicity statement. "Evolution is one of the most essential yet, for many people, least understood of all scientific

Year: 
2007
Date: 
September–December
Page(s): 
4–6
About the Author(s): 

Glenn Branch
NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
branch@ncseweb.org

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Review: The Devil in Dover

Year: 
2009
Issue: 
4
Title: 
The Devil in Dover: An Insider's Story of Dogma v Darwin in Small-Town America

The pages of RNCSE are replete with stories of municipalities flirting with anti-evolution policies. The stories that make their way into press or blogs are often limited to the essentials; detailed and researched accounts are rare. Even the court record from the recent Kitzmiller v Dover Area School Board trial provides only a limited version of what the reader instinctively knows is a bigger story.

Date: 
July-August
Author(s): 
Lauri Lebo
New York: The New Press, 2008. 256 pages.
Page(s): 
35-36
Reviewer: 
Burt Humburg
About the Author(s): 

Burt Humburg
c/o NCSE
PO Box 9477
Berkeley CA 94709-0477
ncseoffice@ncseweb.org

Burt Humburg is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, now starting a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Michigan. A former member of the board of Kansas Citizens for Science, he was a resident in internal medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania — about forty miles from Dover — during the Kitzmiller trial.

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Expert Witness Materials

Expert witness statements.

Forrest's Testimony: "Creationism" and "ID"

Here are the now-famous word-count charts used by Barbara Forrest in her testimony in Kitzmiller v. Dover. These charts showed that the words "creation" and "creationist" were systematically changed to "intelligent design" and "design proponent" in the drafts for the book Of Pandas and People, in the aftermath of the 1987 Supreme Court case Edwards v. Aguillard .

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The "Pandas" Drafts

An excerpt from Nicholas Matzke's article Design on Trial: How NCSE Helped Win the Kitzmiller Case. Reports of the National Center for Science Education 26(1-2), 37-44.

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Kitzmiller v. Dover: Intelligent Design on Trial

en español

In the legal case Kitzmiller v. Dover, tried in 2005 in a Harrisburg, PA, Federal District Court, "intelligent design" was found to be a form of creationism, and therefore, unconstitutional to teach in American public schools.

Immunology in the Spotlight at the Dover 'Intelligent Design' Trial

The May 2006 issue of Nature Immunology contains a "Commentary" essay on the role that evolutionary immunology played in the now-famous cross-examination of Michael Behe on Day 12 of the Kitzmiller v. Dover trial in the fall of 2005. The essay is coauthored by Nick Matzke, NCSE Public Information Project Director and a key behind-the-scenes player in the Kitzmiller case. Matzke teamed up with two immunologists to write the article: Andrea Bottaro (Department of Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry) and Matt Inlay (Department of Pathology, Beckman Center, Stanford University). Both are contributors to the Panda's Thumb weblog, and have written detailed critiques of Behe's claims about immunology (Bottaro, Inlay). These critiques served as an inspiration and guide for Matzke during preparation of the immune system section of the Behe cross-examination.

Kitzmiller v. Dover Timeline

  • June 2004

    Dover Area School District (DASD) begins the process of selecting biology textbook. The town of Dover (population 1800) is located near York, Pennsylvania in the south-central part of the state. The DASD serves about 40,000 residents. Dover Senior High School has about 1000 students.

  • August 2, 2004
    After acrimonious debate, DASD school board votes 5-3 to select the widely used textbook Biology: The Living Science, by Kenneth Miller and Joseph Levine, as recommended by science teachers.
  • October 2004

Selected Legal Documents

Some of the most important legal filings in the Kitzmiller case are appended here.

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