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09.04.2018

Naomi OreskesNCSE is delighted to congratulate Michael E. Mann on his selection to receive the 2018 Climate Communication Prize from the American Geological Union. The prize is conferred annually in recognition for communication of climate science.

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09.04.2018

Luca Giarelli / CC-BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons.The distinguished geneticist Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza died on August 31, 2018, at the age of 96, according to La Repubblica (September 1, 2018).

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04.10.2018

Naomi OreskesNCSE is pleased to congratulate Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University and a member of NCSE's board of directors, on receiving a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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04.02.2018

Alabama's House Bill 258, which would have allowed teachers to present "the theory of creation as presented in the Bible" in any class discussing evolution, "thereby affording students a choice as to which theory to accept," died in committee on March 29, 2018, when the legislature adjourned sine die.

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03.28.2018

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About two thirds of Americans overall realize that most scientists think that global warming is occurring and that it is caused by human activities, according to a new poll from Gallup. But the partisan polarization of opinion on climate change continues to be clear. 

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03.15.2018

Stephen Hawking. Photo: NASA via Wikimedia CommonsThe eminent physicist Stephen Hawking died on March 14, 2018, at the age of 76, according to The New York Times (March 14, 2018).

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03.09.2018

John Sulston, PLoSThe distinguished biologist John Sulston died on March 6, 2018, at the age of 75, according to the Guardian (March 9, 2018).

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02.14.2018

Naomi OreskesNCSE is delighted to congratulate Michael E. Mann on his selection to receive the 2018 Public Engagement with Science Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in recognition of his "tireless efforts to communicate the science of climate change to the media, public[,] and policymakers."

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02.13.2018

Connecticut's governor Dannel P. Malloy declared February 12, 2018, Charles Darwin Day in the state of Connecticut, citing the need to protect "the advancement of science and courageous free inquiry."

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01.26.2018

Evolution's Bite coverNCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Peter S. Ungar's Evolution's Bite: A Story of Teeth, Diet, and Human Origins (Princeton University Press, 2017).

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01.24.2018

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Public opinion about climate change was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2018.

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01.23.2018

Science and Engineering Indicators 2018 cover

Public opinion about evolution was reviewed in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators (PDF) 2018.

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01.19.2018

Alabama's House Bill 258, introduced on January 18, 2018, would, if enacted, allow teachers to present "the theory of creation as presented in the Bible" in any class discussing evolution, "thereby affording students a choice as to which theory to accept."

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01.19.2018

“Charles Darwin has a posse” image © Colin Purrington. Source: http://colinpurrington.com/graphics/science/darwinposse

Darwin Day resolutions have been again introduced in both houses of Congress, according to a January 18, 2018, press release from the American Humanist Association.

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01.12.2018

“Charles Darwin has a posse” image © Colin Purrington. Source: http://colinpurrington.com/graphics/science/darwinposse

It's time to dust off your Darwin costume again: less than a month remains before Darwin Day 2018! Colleges and universities, schools, libraries, museums, churches, civic groups, and just plain folks across the country — and the world — are preparing to celebrate Darwin Day, on or around February 12, in honor of the life and work of Charles Darwin.

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01.10.2018

Richard B. HoppeRichard B. Hoppe III, a psychologist and pro-evolution education activist, died on January 3, 2018, at the age of 76, according to a notice from Kenyon College.

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12.21.2017

Larry FlammerLarry Flammer, a master biology teacher, died on December 13, 2017, at the age of 83, according to e-mail from his family.

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12.01.2017

Colin Groves, via Wikimedia CommonsThe eminent biological anthropologist Colin Groves died on November 30, 2017, at the age of 75, according to a press release from the Australian National University.

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12.01.2017

Jerry Fodor, via Wikimedia CommonsThe distinguished philosopher of mind Jerry Fodor died on November 29, 2017, at the age of 82, according to The New York Times (November 30, 2017).

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11.22.2017

Alan WalkerThe distinguished paleoanthropologist Alan Walker died on November 20, 2017, at the age of 79, according to a November 21, 2017, Facebook post from his wife Pat Shipman.

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11.15.2017

Bertha VazquezNCSE is pleased to congratulate Bertha Vazquez on receiving the Evolution Education Award for 2017 from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

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10.12.2017

Newman University Birmingham logoA recent survey conducted in the United Kingdom and Canada found that the majority of respondents in both countries accepted evolution, according to a September 5, 2017, press release.

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09.25.2017

Kenneth R. Miller

At a recent meeting of NCSE's board of directors, Kenneth R. Miller was elected as president, replacing Francisco J. Ayala, whose term on the board expired.

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09.22.2017

Naomi OreskesNCSE is delighted to congratulate Michael E. Mann on receiving the James Shea Award for 2017. Presented by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, the award honors "exceptional contributions in the form of writing and/or editing of Earth science materials (broadly construed) that are of interest to the general public and/or teachers of Earth science."

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