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10.19.2010

USA Science & Engineering Festival expo features 1500 exhibits, 75 stage shows, and infinite fun

 

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05.17.2010

"Wear sunscreen--and trust your brain!"

 

That's just some of the sage advice that NCSE's executive director Dr. Eugenie C. Scott passed along to graduates at the University of Missouri on Saturday, May 15. Dr. Scott was at UM to not only deliver a commencement speech, but to receive an honorary doctorate celebrating a career devoted to defending the teaching of evolution in the public schools.

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02.12.2010
Steven NewtonSteven Newton

Writing at the Huffington Post (February 12, 2010), NCSE's Steven Newton offered, in honor of Charles Darwin's 201st birthday, a list of five ways in which evolution is important to medical practice: improving the understanding of H1N1 and emerging diseases, HIV, vaccines, antibiotic resistance, and drug development.

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02.08.2010

The Education Department of the American Society for Microbiology is currently soliciting participants for its Biology Scholars Program Research Residency — a year-long virtual residency geared toward helping undergraduate biology faculty understand and apply evidence-based research in biology education.

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01.22.2010

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of a chapter from the second edition of Douglas J. Futuyma's popular textbook Evolution (Sinauer Associates, 2009). The chapter is on natural selection and adaptation.

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12.21.2009

"What Darwin Never Knew" — a NOVA documentary on the burgeoning science of evolutionary developmental biology — will air on December 29, 2009, on public broadcasting stations around the country.

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12.17.2009

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of a chapter from Carl Zimmer's latest book, The Tangled Bank (Roberts and Company, 2009).

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11.10.2009

The third episode of Becoming Human — a three-part NOVA documentary on what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives — will air on November 17, 2009, on public broadcasting stations around the country.

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11.10.2009

The first issue of EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium — a new open-access on-line peer-reviewed journal designed to promote the education of evolutionary theory in colleges and universities — is now available.

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11.06.2009

A live webcast of "Evolution in Extreme Environments" — a symposium cosponsored by the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and held at the National Association of Biology Teachers conference — will be available on-line from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) on November 13, 2009.

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11.03.2009

The second episode of Becoming Human — a three-part NOVA documentary on what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives — will air on November 10, 2009, on public broadcasting stations around the country.

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10.28.2009

The first episode of Becoming Human — a three-part NOVA documentary on what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives — will air on November 3, 2009, on public broadcasting stations around the country.

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10.19.2009

The University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP), in partnership with the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), has received NSF funding to expand the highly successful Understanding Evolution website (UE) with the aim of improving evolution education at the college level — and college instructors of introductory biology are needed to serve on a teacher advisory board for the project.

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10.08.2009

California Academy of Sciences honors Dr. Eugenie C. Scott

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09.25.2009
Jonathan WeinerJonathan Weiner

Hear Jonathan Weiner, the author of The Beak of the Finch, discuss "Variation" on-line! From 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) on October 7, 2009, Weiner will deliver the second lecture of the 150th anniversary Origin of Species lecture series, hosted by The Reading Odyssey and the Darwin Facebook project — and the whole lecture will be webcast live.

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06.19.2009

The winners of the Stick Science cartoon contest, sponsored by Florida Citizens for Science, were announced on June 19, 2009.

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05.04.2009

NCSE congratulates the winners of Alliance for Science's third annual essay contest, announced (PDF) on April 30, 2009.

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02.17.2009

The executive committee of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology decided not to hold any future meetings in New Orleans owing to "the official position of the state in weakening science education and specifically attacking evolution in science curricula," according to a February 5, 2009, letter (PDF) from SICB's president, Richard Satterlie, to Louisiana's governor Bobby Jindal.

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12.31.2008

"15 Evolutionary Gems" (PDF) is a new resource summarizing fifteen lines of evidence for evolution by natural selection, provided by the journal Nature.

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09.26.2008

The International Planetarium Society recently issued a statement on the ancient age of the earth and universe, noting that "Many independent lines of scientific evidence show that the Earth and Universe are billions of years old.

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09.19.2008


The Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences recently issued a statement on creationism, beginning, "Canadian media report growing public pressure to introduce Creationism and its equivalent Intelligent Design (ID) in school curricula, hinting that Creationism/ID is a 'theory', thus suggesting that it shares common ground with science-based t

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08.22.2008

 

NCSE Supporter Francisco Ayala was interviewed about evolution and creationism for the August 2008 issue of HHMI Bulletin (pages 38-39), published by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Responding to a question about whether the controversy ended with the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover,

 

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07.31.2008

NCSE Supporter Kenneth R. Miller's new book, Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul," is reviewed in the July 31, 2008 issue of Nature. PZ Myers writes that "Miller is a fine writer who sharply addresses the details of the arguments about intelligent design creationism.
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07.17.2008


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.

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06.17.2008

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.

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