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10.18.2011

NCSE is pleased to announce the fifth issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education in its new on-line format.

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10.14.2011

The National Association of Biology Teachers recently issued a 2011 update of its statement on teaching evolution.

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10.14.2011
James KrupaJames Krupa

NCSE is delighted to congratulate James Krupa on being named the 2011 winner of the Four-Year College & University Section Biology Teaching Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers. The award honors a four-year college faculty member who demonstrates creativity and innovation in his/her teaching.

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10.11.2011

A milestone: there are now over 15,000 fans of NCSE's Facebook page. Why not join them, by visiting the page and becoming a fan by clicking on the "Like" box by NCSE's name?

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10.10.2011
Mark Terry and studentsMark Terry and students

NCSE is delighted to congratulate Mark Terry on being named the 2011 recipient of the Evolution in Education Award.

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10.07.2011

NCSE's Steven Newton contributed "Geology will survive creationist undermining" to New Scientist (October 8, 2011), again reporting on creationists participating in meetings of the Geological Society of America.

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10.05.2011

John Freshwater's legal challenge to the decision to terminate his employment as a middle school science teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio, failed on October 5, 2011, when a Knox County Common Pleas Court ruled against him.

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10.03.2011
Victor H. HutchisonVictor H. Hutchison

NCSE is delighted to congratulate Victor H. Hutchison on receiving the Jack Renner Distinguished Service to Oklahoma Science Education Award from the Oklahoma Science Teachers Association.

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10.03.2011

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Peter R. Grant and B. Rosemary Grant's How and Why Species Multiply (Princeton University Press, 2007, reissued in paperback in 2011).

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09.26.2011
John Thomas ScopesJohn Thomas Scopes

Three exciting opportunities for teachers for the month of October, in the form of two webcast symposia on human evolution and a chance to have a visit from the Darwin Day Roadshow!

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09.23.2011

A new poll asked respondents about their views on evolution and climate change, what they regard the scientific consensus on those topics to be, and whether it matters to them whether candidates for president share their views.

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09.23.2011

We asked you to submit your ideas for a new NCSE bumper sticker, to speak loud, speak proud, for evolution — and by golly you did.

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09.19.2011

A group of scientists in the United Kingdom is calling for a "statutory and enforceable" ban on teaching creationism in Britain's publicly funded schools, as well as for evolution to be included "at both primary and secondary levels in the National Curriculum and in all schools."

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09.16.2011

A new CNN/ORC poll included a question about evolution, with few surprises in the results.

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09.16.2011

The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with a statement from the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences, "the unified voice for earth science in Canada."

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09.14.2011

The latest issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach — the new journal promoting the accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience — is now published. The theme for the issue (volume 4, number 3) is Material Cultural Evolution, edited by Anna Prentis.

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09.13.2011

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of Richard Conniff's The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools, and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth (W. W. Norton, 2011).

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09.09.2011
Eugenie C. ScottEugenie C. Scott

Over the Labor Day weekend, NCSE's YouTube channel achieved a landmark: its millionth view.

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09.07.2011

A recent Fox News poll (September 7, 2011) included a question about evolution and creationism.

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09.02.2011

The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with a statement on "Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design" from the Oregon Department of Education issued in 2007.

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09.02.2011
Niall ShanksNiall Shanks

The philosopher of science Niall Shanks died on July 13, 2011, at the age of 52, according to the Wichita State University Department of History.

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09.01.2011

A lawsuit against the California Science Center for canceling a screening of Darwin's Dilemma was settled in July 2011, the Associated Press reports (August 29, 2011), with neither side admitting wrongdoing.

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08.27.2011
Steve RandakSteve Randak

Steve Randak, a biology teacher highlighted in 2001's Evolution series on PBS, died on August 23, 2011, according to the Lafayette, Indiana, Journal and Courier (August 26, 2011).

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08.23.2011

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Geerat Vermeij's The Evolutionary World (Thomas Dunne Books, 2010). The preview consists of chapter 9, "Dispatches from a Warming World," in which Vermeij discusses the evolutionary consequences of a warming world.

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08.19.2011
James CorbettJames Corbett

Was it unconstitutional for a teacher to describe creationism as "superstitious nonsense"? In 2009, a federal district court ruled that it was, in C. F. et al. v. Capistrano Unified School District et al. But the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in a decision (PDF) issued on August 19, 2011, overturned the district court's decision "to the extent it decided the constitutionality of any of Corbett's statements" while upholding its grant of qualified immunity to James Corbett, the teacher in question.

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