NCSE Past Events

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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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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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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Josh Rosenau

A National Survey of Climate Change Teachers

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau
Time: 
9:00pm
Eastern Time
Date: 
March 1, 2016
Location: 

On-line

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. 

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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Ann Reid

Why Science Needs Your Voice: Science Literacy and Outreach

Featuring: 
Ann Reid, NCSE's Executive Director
Time: 
1:30am
Date: 
February 22, 2016
Location: 

BSLC 205
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. 

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Emily Schoerning

Science and Language: Overcoming Controversy in the Classroom

Featuring: 
Emily Schoerning
Time: 
9:45pm
Date: 
February 20, 2016
Location: 

106 Biology Building East
University of Iowa
Iowa City IA 52242

Emily Schoerning will be speaking at Iowa City Darwin Day; her talk is free and open to the public.

Darwin in Iowa

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Ann Reid

Science class is for science, right? Think again

Featuring: 
Ann Reid, NCSE's Executive Director
Time: 
7:30pm
Date: 
February 20, 2016
Location: 

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.

Darwin in Iowa

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Minda Berbeco, PhD

What's up with denial in the science classroom?

Featuring: 
Minda Berbeco, Ph.D.
Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
February 14, 2016
Location: 

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.

 

A presentation for the
Kol Hadash's Darwin Day Program


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Eugenie C. Scott

Fallout from Dover: The Effect on State Science Standards Adoption, and the Rise of Academic Freedom Laws

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott
Time: 
9:30pm
Date: 
February 13, 2016
Location: 

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.

AAAS annual meeting 2016 logo

Paid registration is necessary to attend the meeting.

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Josh Rosenau

The Impact of Darwin in Everyday Life

Featuring: 
Josh Rosenau
Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
February 11, 2016
Location: 

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.

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