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It's time to dust off your Darwin costume again: less than a month remains before Darwin Day 2018! Colleges and universities, schools, libraries, museums, churches, civic groups, and just plain folks across the country — and the world — are preparing to celebrate Darwin Day, on or around February 12, in honor of the life and work of Charles Darwin.

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Richard B. HoppeRichard B. Hoppe III, a psychologist and pro-evolution education activist, died on January 3, 2018, at the age of 76, according to a notice from Kenyon College.

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Senate Bill 1644, introduced by Tom Lee (R-District 20) on January 5, 2018, would, if enacted, revise the procedures for adopting instructional materials to permit members of the public to recommend instructional materials for consideration by the state or their district school board, which would then be required to get in touch with the publisher of those materials and allow it to submit a bid for evaluation.

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Steven Newton

NCSE bids farewell to Steven Newton, who joined NCSE as a Programs and Policy Director in 2008.

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NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line. The issue — volume 38, number 1 — is the ninth issue in the newsletter's new, streamlined, and full-color format.

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Larry FlammerLarry Flammer, a master biology teacher, died on December 13, 2017, at the age of 83, according to e-mail from his family.

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Report coverA new report from the Yale Program on Climate Communication offers new data on Americans' beliefs and attitudes about climate change, with a particular emphasis on the influence of political views.

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HuffPost logoA new study suggests that textbooks that miseducate students about evolution and climate change may be in wide use in private schools that receive public funding through voucher or tax-credit schemes, according to Rebecca Klein in a lengthy article in the Huffington Post (December 7, 2017).

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"A controversial new state law that makes it easier for Florida residents to challenge books used in public schools could get overhauled next year so those who dislike certain texts could also suggest replacements they find more appropriate," reports the Orlando Sentinel (December 1, 2017).

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