NCSE Past Events

Minda Berbeco, PhD

Climate of Confusion: How Climate Change Denial is Still Impacting Classrooms

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.
Time: 
1:30pm
Date: 
July 24, 2016
Location: 

Berkeley Arts
2133 University Avenue
Berkeley CA 94704 

We hear in the news about controversies around teaching climate change across the country. What are these controversies about? Who is leading the charge against teaching climate change? What are students actually learning? In this talk, Minda Berbeco from the National Center for Science Education will talk about the challenges teachers face across the nation covering this topic: from concerns about depressing or disillusioning students to attempts by school boards to actually keep the information out of public schools. We'll talk about what is being done to ensure the next generation knows about climate change and how it will effect them for years to come.

 

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A talk for East Bay Atheists. Admission is $6.

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Minda Berbeco, PhD

Teaching Children about Climate Change

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.
Time: 
11:00am
Date: 
July 16, 2016
Location: 

Learning Studio
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco CA 94102

What are children learning about climate change in the US? How has their understanding changed over the years and how can we do better to support them on what is to come? In this talk, Minda Berbeco from the National Center for Science Education will talk about the challenges teachers face across the nation covering this topic: from concerns about depressing or disillusioning students, to attempts by school boards to actually keep the information out of public schools. We'll talk about what is being done to ensure the next generation knows about climate change and how it will affect them for years to come. Admission is free and open to the public.

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After Kitzmiller, What's Next for Creationism?

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
July 8, 2016
Location: 

Montgomery County Executive Office Building auditorium
101 Monroe Street
Rockville MD 20850

Kitzmiller v. Dover, the 2005 case establishing the unconstitutionality of teaching intelligent design creationism in the public schools, was a pivotal event in the history of the creationism/evolution controversy in the United States. Branch will discuss why Kitzmiller was the effective end of the second phase of anti-evolution strategy and what the third phase is going to be like. A talk for Washington Area Secular Humanists.

 

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Doubt and Denial as Challenges to, and in, Teaching Climate Change

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director
Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
July 7, 2016
Location: 

Chevy Chase Library
8005 Connecticut Avenue 
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Scientists overwhelmingly agree about the occurrence, causes, and consequences of climate change. But the public is not so sure. And science education is suffering as a result. Reviewing recent controversies over the place of climate science in state science standards and summarizing the results of a recent rigorous national survey of science teachers, Glenn Branch from the National Center for Science Education will explain how doubt and denial about climate change are affecting science education.

A presentation for National Capital Area Skeptics.

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Visit the Grand Canyon with NCSE!

Featuring: 
NCSE's Steven Newton and Joshua Rosenau
Date: 
June 30, 2016 to July 8, 2016
Location: 

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Twenty-two lucky members will raft the Grand Canyon from Marble Canyon to Diamond Creek, experiencing one of the most beautiful and majestic natural features on the planet.

Of course, as NCSE's Josh Rosenau will inform the rafters, the whole Colorado plateau was laid down by the receding waters of Noah's Flood about 4,327 years ago, and the Grand Canyon itself was gouged catastrophically in a matter of days. Geologist Steven Newton will present the standard geological history of Grand Canyon to the rafters — and "they can make up their own minds."

NCSE's "Creation/Evolution Grand Canyon Raft Trip" is a wonderful way to learn about the creationism/evolution controversy in a fabulous natural setting.

 
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Minda Berbeco, PhD

Learning Green

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
April 23, 2016
Location: 

555 Post Street
San Francisco CA 94102

NCSE's Minda Berbeco, along with Ryan Condesa, Student Activist, and Alex Zwissler, Principal, Einstellung Labs; Board Member, Cool the Earth, will participate in "Learning Green," part of Earth Day with Climate One.

"In our first conversation, we will discuss how doctors, teachers and parents are framing climate change as a children’s issue. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement saying children’s health will be disproportionately affected by climate. The California Parent-Teacher Association is raising its voice about carbon risk and the Boy Scouts are teaching kids about sustainability. We’ll explore how educators and students are increasingly making climate a youth issue."

Also during the Earth Day event: a conversation about "the hot prospects for building a climate conscious career," a performance by the eco-rapper John Romankiewicz, and the opportunity for students to apply for a scholarship to join the Students on Ice expedition to the Arctic circle.

Tickets are $20.00, $12.00 for Climate One members, $7.00 for students.

 

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The speakers and audience will be videotaped for future broadcast on the Climate One TV show on KRCB TV 22 on Comcast and DirecTV.

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Eugenie C. Scott

What if “Intelligent Design” Had Won in Dover?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
3:30am
Date: 
April 8, 2016
Location: 

Symphony Room
University of Wisconsin-Madison Gordon Dining Hall and Events Center
770 W. Dayton St.
Madison WI 53715

 

A talk for the Wisconsin Freethought Festival. 

In 2005, the federal court decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover determined that "intelligent design" was a form of creationism, and thus unconstitutional to advocate in public schools. This decision essentially stopped efforts to get "intelligent design" taught in public schools, but what if the decision had gone the other way? Dr. Scott and the National Center for Science Education were part of the plaintiff’s legal team. She will explain what it was like to participate in this momentous trial, and the legal, political, scientific, and educational fallout of the decision.

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The talk is free and open to the public.

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Doubt and Denial as Challenges to, and in, Teaching Climate Change

Featuring: 
Glenn Branch, NCSE Deputy Director
Time: 
3:30am
Date: 
March 31, 2016
Location: 

Banquet Room
Hotel Arcata
708 9th Street
Arcata CA 95521
 

Scientists overwhelmingly agree about the occurrence, causes, and consequences of climate change. But the public is not so sure. And science education is suffering as a result. Reviewing recent controversies over the place of climate science in state science standards and summarizing the results of a recent rigorous national survey of science teachers, Glenn Branch from the National Center for Science Education will explain how doubt and denial about climate change are affecting science education.

A presentation for Humboldt Skeptics.

 

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Ann Reid

Science class is for science, right? Think again

Featuring: 
Ann Reid, NCSE's Executive Director
Time: 
8:00pm
Date: 
March 31, 2016
Location: 

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Reuel A. Stallones Building
1200 Pressler Street
Houston TX 77030

Ann Reid, an advocate for science in schools, will speak at the 24th annual Steele Lecture Series on March 31 at UTHealth School of Public Health.

This public lecture, “Science class is for science, right? Think again,” by Reid begins at noon in the first-floor auditorium of the school’s Reuel A. Stallones Building, 1200 Pressler Street, 77030. Tickets are not required. Reid is the executive director of the National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California, where she focuses on developing new programs to help science teachers cover the societally controversial topics of evolution and climate change.

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Emily Schoerning

The Science Booster Club Project: Building Grassroots Support for Science Education

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau
Time: 
9:00pm
Eastern Time
Date: 
March 29, 2016
Location: 

On-line

NCSE's Emily Schoerning will speak to the CLEAN Network Teleconference.

Accurate, quality science education is a necessary and crucial element of our nation's response to climate change. Research from the National Center for Science Education has shown that while climate change is addressed in many schools, this often occurs in the context of a debate-format exercise in a humanities class. NCSE has also learned that teachers often avoid teaching potentially controversial science due to a lack of community support. The Science Booster Club Project is a dynamic way to build grassroots support for teachers and science education, while providing hands-on education about these same potentially controversial topics to the larger community. SBC activities help to destigmatize science, provide dynamic community education, and support teachers both financially and emotionally.


Each Tuesday at 1:00pm Eastern Time (12pm Central, 11am Mountain, 10am Pacific) CLEAN Network members meet on a teleconference call to update each other about their climate literacy projects, upcoming events, and funding opportunities and share information about best practices, key teaching/learning resources, and the development of collaborative activities. Often these teleconferences include special presentations by members and guests. 

To participate in these teleconferences, you need to be a member of the CLEAN Network. To join the Network, sign up here Join CLEAN Network.

Members receive an email alert from the CLEAN Network listserv with information about each week's teleconference.

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