07.07.2016

Long summer days mean lots of extra hours for resting, relaxing, and well, maybe a little exploring. For some of us that means finding cool new hangouts around town, trying different restaurants, or traveling somewhere exciting. For others, that means browsing Netflix and binge watching way too many shows.

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In Part 1, we learned about the discovery of crazy toxic newts and their crazy-toxin-resistant prey.

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David Baum, a biologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, corresponded with NCSE staff about a challenge he and his colleagues faced. He shared this account of his experience trying to publish research which, in part, attempted to put certain creationist claims to the test.

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It appears I’m in the mood for classics lately…or maybe it’s the researchers who are? I recently took to the blog to discuss the discovery of the jumping gene mutation responsible for turning white peppered moths black. Right on its heels has come another insight into the mutations responsible for yet another classic evolution case study.

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This blog installment focuses on perhaps the most well known example of natural selection in action (and a topic we have covered in the blog before): The peppered moth (Biston betularia).

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The first time I heard of NCSE was in a mass email from one of my professors. This particular professor sent tons of these emails over the semester with potential job opportunities for us experience-hungry students. Most of the time when I researched the positions being offered, I would find requirements like “recent graduate” or “entry-level position, two years of experience required”. It was incredibly frustrating to continually get excited about snazzy research positions or internships only to realize halfway through the application that I did not meet the basic requirements.

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Donald ProtheroIs it possible that Donald Prothero, one winner of NCSE’s 2016 Friend of Darwin award, is actually several tiny paleontologists in a trenchcoat? Consider: His website says that he’s the author of “over 35 books.” That he seems a bit uncertain of the exact count is understandable when you start looking at the publication dates.

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We asked applicants for the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship to explain, in 500 words, how they’ve addressed challenges to the teaching of evolution, climate change, and related issues. Here is part of scholarship winner Crystal Davis’s description of an exercise she uses to help her inner-city high school students connect to the science of climate change, and the ways it affects people all over the world.

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We asked applicants for the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship to explain, in 500 words, what lessons or knowledge they expected to gain from rafting the Grand Canyon, to enrich their students’, colleagues’, and neighbors’ understanding of evolution, deep time, climate change, and the natural world. Here is part of scholarship winner Crystal Davis’s explanation of how her time with NCSE in the Grand Canyon will benefit students in her Los Angeles-area high school.

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We asked applicants for the NCSE Grand Canyon Teacher Scholarship to explain, in 500 words, how they’ve addressed challenges to the teaching of evolution, climate change, and related issues. Here is part of scholarship winner Brandon Haught’s explanation of how his experience fighting creationism in the Florida board of education differs from the challenge of addressing creationist students’ objections.

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