NCSE Past Events
5000 MacArthur Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94613
NCSE's Josh Rosenau will present a guest lecture for Dr. Lisa Urry's class: Evolution for Future Presidents. He will discuss NCSE's work, challenges to teaching evolution, and the range of religious responses to evolution.
Contact Dr. Urry.
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20004
Perceptions: Science and Religious Communities is a day-long national conference that will bring together leaders in science and religion—including Nobel-Prize winning physicist William D. Phillips, climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, DoSER director Jennifer Wiseman, and National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson—to foster dialogue between scientific and religious communities, and to plan a course for future conversation. The conference program is still developing, but includes dynamic speakers, enriching topical discussion tracks, lunch sponsored by AAAS, and a concluding reception. Registration is open! More details to follow.
Science Community Center, Room 115
Modesto Junior College, West Campus
2201 Blue Gum Avenue
Modesto CA 95358
A talk for Modesto Junior College's Science Colloquium, which presents a variety of topics of interest to our students, faculty, and the community. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free.
Further information: Modesto Junior College's Science Colloquium series.
A presentation for the NASA “Ask US” series.
The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy. Explore the document with a lead NCA author, then learn about related educator resources with Minda Berbeco from the National Center for Science Education. Discover how to bring these resources into classroom lessons, engage students in data collection and analysis, share visualizations and citizen science projects.
Focus this month will be on the Southwest region. Watch for additional regions to be featured in upcoming “Ask US” sessions.
The Admiral Bar
72a Waterloo Street
A Darwin Day talk for Glasgow Skeptics
Many elements of the modern American creationist movement would be familiar to Darwin, especially the argument from design, which of course was very well known (and well-regarded) by educated people of his time. Young Earth creationism, on the other hand, would puzzle him; Bishop Ussher’s 4004 BC age of the Earth was not considered mainstream Christian theology in the late 19th century, though certainly the view had a few adherents among the clergy.
Darwin might have heard of the 'scriptural geologists' who promoted a Young Earth view during the 19th century. But, like other scientists of his time, he would have ignored them. The current creationist strategy of disclaiming evolution as weak science would have seemed more familiar to him, however, given the criticisms of evolution he encountered during his own time.
National Climate Assessment: Resource for Climate Literacy and Making Decisions: Building Climate Literacy Through Educational Partnerships
San Jose Convention Center
150 West San Carlos Street
San Jose CA 95113
A panel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.
The National Climate Assessment (NCA), a scientific document written for the lay-audience, is an ideal opportunity to engage the educational community in sector and regional discussions of climate change impacts and predictions. Through a collaboration between federal and non-profit educational organizations, the NCA education affinity group engaged the climate education community through CLEAN, the Climate Literacy & Energy Awareness Network, and developed “Learning Pathways” for educators designed to help them align lesson plans, and access high quality activities, videos, simulations and even science standards with the regional sections of the NCA. Through this collaboration, the educational community was able to bring added value to the report, engage both formal and informal educators and use the release of the report as a teachable moment.
AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting, Room LL21B (San Jose Convention Center), San Jose CA
Opposition to evolution has long been regarded as an exclusively American phenomenon. However, as antievolutionism is making its way across the globe, this view needs to be adjusted. The 2014 edited volume Creationism in Europe shows that in Europe, too, creationism has gained a foothold, often shifting shape in response to various national, socioeconomic, and religious contexts. This session discusses and compares the recent history of creationism in Greece, Poland, Scandinavia, and the Netherlands and covers Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, and Greek Orthodox Christianity. Speakers will offer a taste of the complexity and diversity of European antievolutionism, illuminating one of the more shadowy sides to the history of science and the role of science in society.
AAAS 2015 Annual Meeting, Room 212 (San Jose Convention Center), San Jose CA
Science denial perpetuates itself in many ways across the U.S., from policies enacted to undermine scientific funding or education to misinformation published in the local newspapers. Many scientists see these challenges in their communities, and yet struggle to know how they as scientists can help. This workshop will focus on the many ways that scientists can become an unbiased source of information in their communities. From writing op-eds to running for school board, presenters will address how scientists and science supporters alike can become not just defenders of their field, but advocates for good scientific understanding in their communities.