NCSE Past Events
NCSE's Josh Rosenau will speak to the CLEAN Network Teleconference.
The National Center for Science Education and Penn State University's Survey Research Center surveyed 1500 science teachers in US high schools and middle schools, to investigate who teaches climate change, how much time they devote to it, how they deal with the perceived controversy around it, and what their own views are about climate science. We found that most teachers, even most chemistry and physics teachers, report spending time on the topic. Unfortunately, many teachers have misconceptions about the science. These misconceptions and the perceived controversy around climate change lead teachers to adopt pedagogical practices that single out or undermine the science of climate change; many report lending credence to inaccurate claims, such as that natural forces explain most climate change over the last 50 years. Teachers want additional training, with many (even among those who dispute the scientific consensus) saying they would take a continuing education class focused on climate change.
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.
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924 East 57th St.
Chicago IL 60637
"As part of this week's myCHOICE seminar series, Ann Reid will join us to speak about topics relating to
controversies in science education, including creationism, evolution, and climate change. In her position at the NCSE, Ann has focused on developing new programs to help science teachers cover socially
controversial topics, both by providing direct support and training, and indirect support through the organization of community science booster clubs."
Although primarily aimed at doctoral students in the biological and health sciences, the event is free and open to the public; advance on-line registration is requested.
Macbride Auditorium (Macbride Hall)
University of Iowa
Iowa City IA 52242
Ann Reid will be speaking at Iowa City Darwin Day; her talk is free and open to the public.
Albany Community Center
1249 Marin Avenue
Albany CA 94706
Minda Berbeco, enthusiastic scientist and staff member of the National Center for Science Education, will be speaking about the challenges when evolution and climate change denials leak into the classroom, and what NCSE and we can do to help science educators nationally. Before coming to NCSE, Minda was a post-doctoral scholar at UC Davis conducting research studies on climate change and agriculture. Please bring your appetite for a delicious lox and bagel brunch. The event is open to the public; $10 at the door.
Kol Hadash's Darwin Day Program
See the Kol Hadash calendar
Fallout from Dover: The Effect on State Science Standards Adoption, and the Rise of Academic Freedom Laws
Washington Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington DC 20008
A talk for a symposium, “After the Dover Intelligent Design Trial: Law, Politics, and Education,” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.
If the judge in Kitzmiller had ruled that intelligent design (ID) was legal to teach, very little would change in the science community – ID repeatedly has been shown to lack scientific merit. But the politicization of education and science would have increased exponentially. The adoption by states of the national science education standards already had been lagging, largely as a result of the strong inclusion of evolution and climate change; this delay would have been greatly exacerbated, and many state departments of education would have been under considerable pressure to include ID in their states’ standards. The spate of Academic Freedom laws that sprung up in the early 2000s would similarly have been augmented by a positive decision for ID in Kitzmiller, and local ID policies would have burgeoned. Other people appearing in the symposium include NCSE board member Richard B. Katskee, Kenneth R. Miller, Robert T. Pennock, Jennifer Miller, and Judge John E. Jones III.
Paid registration is necessary to attend the meeting.
Lee Drain Building 214
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville TX 77341
Barbara Forrest, coauthor with Paul R. Gross of Creationism's Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design (2004), is a professor of philosophy at Southeastern Louisiana University. She was an expert witness in the first legal case involving "intelligent design" (Kitzmiller v. Dover).
Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State University
McWain Science Center
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Birmingham AL 35294
NCSE's Josh Rosenau will speak at the University of Alabama at Birmingham's annual Darwin Day celebration. The event is free and open to the public.
San Antonio TX
A Darwin Day presentation at Trinity University. Scientists are often puzzled when members of the public reject what we consider to be well-founded explanations. They can’t understand why the presentation of scientific data and theory doesn’t suffice to convince others of the validity of “controversial” topics like evolution and climate change. Recent research highlights the importance of ideology in shaping what scientific conclusions are considered reliable and acceptable. This research is quite relevant to the evolution wars and the public’s opposition to climate change, and to other questions of the rejection of empirical evidence.
The talk is free and open to the public.
28 11th Street
San Francisco CA 94103
A talk for Wonderfest in celebration of Darwin’s birthday. Ten years ago, the decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover determined that "intelligent design" was a form of creationism, and thus unconstitutional to advocate in public schools, but what if the decision had gone the other way? What would have been the legal, political, scientific, and educational fallout? Eugenie C. Scott is the former executive director of the National Center for Science Education, which was part of the plaintiff's legal team.
The talk is free and open to the public.