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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.
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.
Beginning with the molecular origins of life and culminating with the latest findings on human evolution, eighteen of the world's leading experts reported on research spanning three billion years of evolution at a two-day symposium at Rockefeller University on May 1 and 2, 2008. And now videos from the "From RNA to Humans" symposium are available on-line for everyone to view.
In the March 4, 2008, primary election, Pat Hardy won the Republican nomination for the District 11 seat on the Texas state board of education, with 59% of the vote.
Kenneth R. Miller will be speaking on "God, Darwin, and Design: Lessons from the Dover Monkey Trial" at 7:00 p.m. (Central Time) on April 4, 2008, at the University of Texas, Austin -- and his talk will be webcast live, [Link broken] so people around the world can watch, and even submit questions for the discussion period. (It is necessary to download a small plug-in to view the webcast.) A Supporter of NCSE, Miller was a scientific expert witness for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v.
The second issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach -- the new journal aspiring to promote accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience -- is now available on-line.
Science Watch, sponsored by New Mexicans for Science and Reason, is a weekly science radio show, broadcast on KABQ 1350 AM in the Albuquerque area. But now, with the debut of the Science Watch podcasts, the show is available to everybody with access to the internet. Among the shows relevant to the creationism/evolution controversy are interviews of Barbara Forrest and Kenneth R.
The International Society for Science and Religion recently adopted a statement on the concept of "intelligent design," describing it as "neither sound science nor good theology." The statement continues, "Although the boundaries of science are open to change, allowing supernatural explanations to count as science undercuts the very purpose of science, which is to explain the workings of nature without recourse to religious language.
The American Geophysical Union reaffirmed its support for teaching evolution in December 2007, when it adopted a revised version of its Biological Evolution and the History of the Earth Are Foundations of Science statement. The statement begins, "AGU affirms the central importance of including scientific theories of Earth history and biological evolution in science education.