On April 9, 2008, XVIVO, the animation company which produced an award-winning animation of "The Inner Life
of the Cell," charged producers of a forthcoming "intelligent design" film with copyright infringement.
The Darwin's Reach conference will examine the impact of Darwin and Darwinian evolution on science and society in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Robert Darwin and the sesquicentennial of the publication of Darwin's On the Origin of Species. The central theme of this academic conference is an exploration of how Darwin's ideas have revolutionized our understanding of both the living world and human nature.
Missouri's House Bill 2554, introduced on April 1, 2008, would, if enacted, call on state and local education administrators to "endeavor to create an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues, including such subjects as the teaching of biological an
A day after the legislative session began in Louisiana, the sponsor of Senate Bill 561 was in the news, denying that the so-called academic freedom bill would pave the way for creationism to be taught in the state's public schools.
Kenneth R. Miller will be speaking on "God, Darwin, and Design: Lessons from the Dover Monkey Trial" at 7:00 p.m. (Central Time) on April 4, 2008, at the University of Texas, Austin -- and his talk will be webcast live, [Link broken] so people around the world can watch, and even submit questions for the discussion period. (It is necessary to download a small plug-in to view the webcast.) A Supporter of NCSE, Miller was a scientific expert witness for the plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v.
The defendants in the ongoing case Association of Christian Schools International et al. v. Roman Stearns et al. won a legal victory when their motion for partial summary judgment was granted, and the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment was denied, in a March 28, 2008, ruling from Judge S. James Otero.
Senate Bill 561, styled the "Louisiana Academic Freedom Act," was prefiled in the Louisiana Senate by state senator Ben Nevers (D-District 12) on March 21, 2008, and provisionally assigned to the Senate Education Committee, of which Nevers is the chair.
NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott is to receive the UCSF Medal, the highest award of the University of California, San Francisco, on April 23, 2008. In a letter to Scott, the university's chancellor J. Michael Bishop wrote, "The award is offered in recognition of your distinguished advocacy on behalf of science in the public arena.
The recipient of the 2008 Templeton Prize for Progress Toward Research or Discoveries about Spiritual Realities was Michael Heller, a Polish cosmologist and Catholic priest, currently Professor in the Faculty of Philosophy at the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Krakow. John M.