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05.03.2016
Rafters dwarfed by Vulcan's Anvil, a lump of cooled magma in the middle of the Colorado RiverNCSE rafters examining Vulcan's Anvil, one of Grand Canyon's geological wonders. Photo by Josh Rosenau, 2014.

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the second teacher scholarships on our annual Grand Canyon raft trip: Brandon Haught of University High School, Orange City, Florida, and Crystal Davis of Hawthorne Math and Science Academy, Hawthorne, California. They will receive an all-expenses-paid eight-day raft trip through the Grand Canyon, guided by two members of NCSE's staff and joining twenty other NCSE members and supporters who purchased seats on the trip. The scholarship funds were donated by the generosity of NCSE's members.

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12.29.2015

Two bills introduced in the Florida legislature — House Bill 899 and Senate Bill 1018 — are ostensibly aimed at empowering taxpayers to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools, for example on the grounds that they fail to provide "a noninflammatory, objective, and balanced viewpoint on issues." There is reason to believe that evolution and climate change are among the targets.

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12.28.2015

Zack KopplinZack Kopplin

Writing in The Daily Beast (December 28, 2015), Zack Kopplin reviews the last decade of antievolution strategies — with the assistance of a former employee of the Discovery Institute, the de facto institutional home of "intelligent design" creationism.

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12.28.2015

Alfred G. Gilman, via University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterAlfred G. Gilman, via University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

The eminent pharmacologist and biochemist Alfred G. Gilman — a member of NCSE's Advisory Council — died on December 23, 2015, at the age of 74, according to The New York Times (December 24, 2015). Gilman and Martin Rodbell were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1994 for "their discovery of G-proteins and the role of these proteins in signal transduction in cells." The Times explains that their "research helped scientists understand how the body receives signals and transmits outside stimuli like light and odor, and from a variety of hormones in the body" and also increased understanding of certain types of cancer and hereditary glandular disorders.

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12.25.2015

The chorus of support for the teaching of evolution continues, with a statement from the Royal Astronomical Society, adopted in 2011.

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12.21.2015

A milestone: there are now over 140,000 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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12.18.2015

Richard BlumenthalRichard Blumenthal

Senate Resolution 337, introduced in the United States Senate on December 17, 2015, would, if passed, express the Senate's support of designating February 12, 2016, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of "Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge."

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12.18.2015

Nick Matzke outside the Rhea County, Tennessee, courthouse, where John T. Scopes was tried in 1925.Nick Matzke outside the Rhea County, Tennessee, courthouse, where John T. Scopes was tried in 1925

Nick Matzke's "The Evolution of Antievolution Policies after Kitzmiller v. Dover" (PDF; subscription required), a new paper forthcoming in Science, is receiving plenty of press coverage. As NCSE previously reported, the paper shows that even though creationism is getting stealthier in the wake of legal defeats such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, techniques from modern evolutionary biology reveal how creationist legislation is evolving.

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12.17.2015

Figure from "The Evolution of Antievolution Policies After Kitzmiller v. Dover"

In a new paper (PDF; subscription required) forthcoming in Science, Nick Matzke shows that even though creationism is getting stealthier in the wake of legal defeats such as Kitzmiller v. Dover, techniques from modern evolutionary biology reveal how creationist legislation is evolving. Using data collected by NCSE and state-of-the-art phylogenetic analysis, Matzke constructed a phylogenetic tree of seventy-five distinct antievolution bills and policies, reconstructing their genealogical relationships with a high degree of confidence.

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12.11.2015

On the Wing cover

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of David E. Alexander's On the Wing: Insects, Pterosaurs, Birds, Bats and the Evolution of Animal Flight (Oxford University Press, 2015).

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12.04.2015

Jim HimesJim Himes

House Resolution 548 (PDF), introduced in the United States House of Representatives on December 3, 2015, would, if passed, express the House's support of designating February 12, 2016, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of "Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge."

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12.04.2015

The Utah state board of education voted 11-4 on December 4, 2015, to adopt a new set of science standards for grades 6-8, according to a December 4, 2015, press release. Included, despite early signs of controversy, are evolution and climate change.

 

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12.04.2015

Matt CartwrightMatt Cartwright

A measure that would have acknowledged "the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is real" was rejected in the U.S. House of Representatives on December 3, 2015, according to The Hill (December 3, 2015).

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12.02.2015

Americans United logoAs the tenth anniversary of the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover approaches, Americans United for Separation of Church and State commemorated the occasion with "Science Lessons," published in the December 2015 issue of Church & State.

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12.01.2015

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The Tuesday following Thanksgiving is emerging as Giving Tuesday, a national day of charity and generosity at the beginning of the holiday season. On this Giving Tuesday — December 1, 2015 — please consider supporting NCSE and its important work to defend the integrity of science education by donating generously. (Your donations, as always, are tax-deductible!) And please share the appeal with your friends and family.

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11.27.2015

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If you are shopping on-line on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, please consider supporting NCSE through AmazonSmile. When you make a purchase via http://smile.amazon.com/ch/11-2656357, NCSE receives 0.5% of the price (for eligible purchases). 

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11.24.2015

Andrew J. Petto

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Andrew J. Petto on receiving the Evolution Education Award for 2015 from the National Association of Biology Teachers, sponsored by BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum Study) and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.

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11.23.2015

cover of The Plane Truth

Robert J. Schadewald (1943-2000), a former president of NCSE's board of directors, was working on a manuscript about the history of the flat-earth movement until the week of his death. Now, thanks to his sister Lois Schadewald and his widow Wendy Schadewald, a final version of The Plane Truth is freely available on-line in web and ebook formats.

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11.20.2015

Climate Change in the American Mind: October 2015 cover

Two in three Americans think that global warming is happening, and about half think that, if it is happening, it is mostly owing to human activity, but only about one in ten know that nearly all climate scientists agree that global warming is happening as a result of human activity. Those were among the key findings of Climate Change in the American Mind: October 2015 (PDF).

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11.19.2015

At its meeting on November 18, 2015, the Texas state board of education voted 8-7 to reject a proposal to add "a state review panel that could include college and university scholars assigned specifically to look for factual errors" in textbooks submitted for adoption in Texas, according to the Austin American-Statesman (November 18, 2015). 

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11.16.2015

One of the 2014 boats running Lava Falls

Explore the Grand Canyon with NCSE! Reservations are still available for NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon — as featured in the documentary No Dinosaurs in Heaven. From June 30 to July 8, 2016, NCSE will again explore the wonders of creation and evolution on a Grand Canyon river run conducted by NCSE's Steve Newton and Josh Rosenau. 

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11.09.2015

Marshall BermanMarshall Berman

The physicist and science education activist Marshall Berman died on October 25, 2015, at the age of 76, according to a November 8, 2015, obituary from the Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education (CESE) in New Mexico.

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11.06.2015

A milestone: there are now over 130,000 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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11.04.2015

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The American Academy of Pediatrics, representing 64,000 pediatricians, recently released a policy statement on "Global Climate Change and Children's Health" that includes a call for climate change education.

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