NCSE Past Events

Agnatology in practice: Correlations of creationism and global warming denial

Featuring: 
Joshua Rosenau
Time: 
12:00am
Date: 
September 14, 2010
Location: 

Wildavsky Room, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
2420 Bowditch Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

NCSE Programs and Policy Director Josh Rosenau will present research on links between creationism and global warming denial at UC Berkeley's Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements:

For years the opponents of evolution have cast their arguments as "science" – complete with research institutes, journals and media departments, typically financed by right-wing donors. Earlier this enterprise went by the name "creationism" and lately the tenets of creationism have been recast as "intelligent design." In recent years, the model of this opposition to evolution has been imported into the campaign against the science of global warming and the attempt to forge public policy to combat its effects. This talk looks at several key elements of this model. These include parallels in strategy and rhetoric between creationists and global warming deniers; the use of polling data to cast doubt on evolution and global warming; and seeking answers to the issues raised by evolution and climate change in Genesis.

For more information: 
Contact: email Rosenau
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Agnatology in practice: Correlations of creationism and global warming denial

Time: 
4:00pm to 5:30pm
Date: 
September 14, 2010
Location: 

Wildavsky Room, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
2420 Bowditch Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

NCSE Programs and Policy Director Josh Rosenau will present research on links between creationism and global warming denial at UC Berkeley's Center for the Comparative Study of Right-Wing Movements:

For years the opponents of evolution have cast their arguments as "science" – complete with research institutes, journals and media departments, typically financed by right-wing donors. Earlier this enterprise went by the name "creationism" and lately the tenets of creationism have been recast as "intelligent design." In recent years, the model of this opposition to evolution has been imported into the campaign against the science of global warming and the attempt to forge public policy to combat its effects. This talk looks at several key elements of this model. These include parallels in strategy and rhetoric between creationists and global warming deniers; the use of polling data to cast doubt on evolution and global warming; and seeking answers to the issues raised by evolution and climate change in Genesis.

For more information: 
Contact: email Rosenau
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Evolution and Science Teaching

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
September 11, 2010
Location: 
Cañada College
4200 Farm Hill Blvd.
Redwood City, CA
Room 22-116


Dr. Scott will present the keynote address for the San Mateo County GeneConnection program annual meeting, “Molecular Evolution and Biotechnology”. Why do scientists believe that evolution is such an important component in the biology curriculum? What are the “big ideas” of evolution, and how should teachers present them so that students can see how evolution “makes sense” of biology?

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Evolution and Science Teaching

Time: 
11:00am
Date: 
September 11, 2010
Location: 
Cañada College
4200 Farm Hill Blvd.
Redwood City, CA
Room 22-116


Dr. Scott will present the keynote address for the San Mateo County GeneConnection program annual meeting, “Molecular Evolution and Biotechnology”. Why do scientists believe that evolution is such an important component in the biology curriculum? What are the “big ideas” of evolution, and how should teachers present them so that students can see how evolution “makes sense” of biology?

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Why the fuss about Darwin and evolution?

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.


Time: 
3:00am
Date: 
September 8, 2010
Location: 
Indiana University / Purdue University
Room: Walb Student Union Ballroom
Fort Wayne, Indiana


Charles Darwin proposed 150 years ago that living things have descended with modification from common ancestors by the process of Natural Selection. This is the key to understanding virtually every area in biology from biochemistry, to cell biology, to organismic biology, to population biology, to ecology. Evolution is the glue that holds biology together as a coherent science, making, in the words of a famous scientist, a "meaningful picture as a whole." Nonetheless, the teaching of evolution is a contentious issue in the United States today for reasons that touch upon religion, science, history, and – inevitably – politics. Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, authority on evolution and the creationism/evolution controversy, will help to clear the air about this publicly controversial, if not scientifically controversial, topic of evolution.

For more information: 
Contact: Karen S. Burtnette or consult IPFW's press release.
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Why the fuss about Darwin and evolution?

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
September 8, 2010
Location: 
Indiana University / Purdue University
Room: Walb Student Union Ballroom
Fort Wayne, Indiana


Charles Darwin proposed 150 years ago that living things have descended with modification from common ancestors by the process of Natural Selection. This is the key to understanding virtually every area in biology from biochemistry, to cell biology, to organismic biology, to population biology, to ecology. Evolution is the glue that holds biology together as a coherent science, making, in the words of a famous scientist, a "meaningful picture as a whole." Nonetheless, the teaching of evolution is a contentious issue in the United States today for reasons that touch upon religion, science, history, and – inevitably – politics. Dr. Eugenie C. Scott, authority on evolution and the creationism/evolution controversy, will help to clear the air about this publicly controversial, if not scientifically controversial, topic of evolution.

For more information: 
Contact: Karen S. Burtnette or consult IPFW's press release.
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Myanthropus is Older than Youranthropus? Teaching what is important in human evolution

Featuring: 
Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Portrait of Dr. Eugenie Scott

Time: 
7:00pm
Date: 
August 4, 2010
Location: 
Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California
Berkeley, California



Too often the press coverage of human evolution focuses on the disagreements among scientists, logo for Think Evolutionleaving the public (and students) with the impression that we know very little about this subject. Actually, because of a surprisingly abundant fossil record, we have a very good idea of the basic outlines of human evolution. Disputes, as is so often the case in science, concern the details --- and are comparatively minor from the standpoint of the general public. So how should teachers deal with the new fossil discoveries?

A presentation at the
University of California Museum of Paleontology's
Think Evolution II
A Summer Institute for Science Teachers

>>>

See website for registration costs


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Myanthropus is Older than Youranthropus? Teaching what is important in human evolution

Time: 
11:00am
Date: 
August 4, 2010
Location: 
Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California
Berkeley, California



Too often the press coverage of human evolution focuses on the disagreements among scientists, logo for Think Evolutionleaving the public (and students) with the impression that we know very little about this subject. Actually, because of a surprisingly abundant fossil record, we have a very good idea of the basic outlines of human evolution. Disputes, as is so often the case in science, concern the details --- and are comparatively minor from the standpoint of the general public. So how should teachers deal with the new fossil discoveries?

A presentation at the
University of California Museum of Paleontology's
Think Evolution II
A Summer Institute for Science Teachers

>>>

See website for registration costs


For more information: 
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Think Evolution II: A Summer Institute for Science Educators

Featuring: 
Louise Mead, Ph.D. & Judy Scotchmoor


Time: 
5:00pm
Date: 
August 2, 2010
Location: 
University of California Museum of Paleontology
Berkeley, California



Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators from the University of California.

The Think Evolution Summer Institute, back by popular demand, will combine lectures by prominent biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom.

Topics this year to include: How evolution informs big ideas; Molecular evolution—from gene trees to species phylogenies; Continued discussion of the important role of developmental biology in generating new insights into evolution; and the latest developments in human and primate evolution. Check out the most recent developments in evolution and explore how to integrate these topics into your curriculum. Follow up with biologists and participating educators at the Evo-Picnic to be held the following February.

SUMMER INSTITUTE
sponsored by the
University of California Museum of Paleontology
and the
National Center for Science Education

For more information: 
Contact:
Judy Scotchmoor at jscotch@berkeley.edu / 510-642-4877
or
Louise Mead at mead@ncse.com / 510-601-7203
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Think Evolution II: A Summer Institute for Science Educators

Time: 
9:00am to 3:00pm
Date: 
August 2, 2010 to August 6, 2010
Location: 
University of California Museum of Paleontology
Berkeley, California



Calling all middle school, high school, and community college biology teachers and science educators!

Put on your evolution eyeglasses and your nature of science thinking cap and join us for (yet another) fun-filled five days of evolutionary explorations with biologists and educators from the University of California.

The Think Evolution Summer Institute, back by popular demand, will combine lectures by prominent biologists with sessions focused on hands-on activities for the middle school, high school, and community college classroom.

Topics this year to include: How evolution informs big ideas; Molecular evolution—from gene trees to species phylogenies; Continued discussion of the important role of developmental biology in generating new insights into evolution; and the latest developments in human and primate evolution. Check out the most recent developments in evolution and explore how to integrate these topics into your curriculum. Follow up with biologists and participating educators at the Evo-Picnic to be held the following February.

SUMMER INSTITUTE
sponsored by the
University of California Museum of Paleontology
and the
National Center for Science Education

For more information: 
Contact:
Judy Scotchmoor at jscotch@berkeley.edu / 510-642-4877
or
Louise Mead at mead@ncse.com / 510-601-7203
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