Steven NewtonSteven Newton

Writing at the Huffington Post (February 12, 2010), NCSE's Steven Newton offered, in honor of Charles Darwin's 201st birthday, a list of five ways in which evolution is important to medical practice: improving the understanding of H1N1 and emerging diseases, HIV, vaccines, antibiotic resistance, and drug development.

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Kentucky's House Bill 397 would, if enacted, allow teachers to "use, as permitted by the local school board, other instructional materials to help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific theories in an objective manner, including but not limited to the study of evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning."

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A milestone: there are now over 5000 fans of NCSE's Facebook page. Why not join them, by visiting the page and clicking on the "Become a Fan" box by NCSE's name?

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John T. ScopesJohn T. Scopes

A batch of photographs from the Scopes trial was recently acquired by the Smithsonian Institution Archives.

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The Education Department of the American Society for Microbiology is currently soliciting participants for its Biology Scholars Program Research Residency — a year-long virtual residency geared toward helping undergraduate biology faculty understand and apply evidence-based research in biology education.

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Mississippi's House Bill 586, which if enacted would have required "scientifically sound arguments by protagonists and antagonists of the theory of evolution" to be presented in the state's schools, died in committee on February 2, 2010, according to the legislative website.

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Eugenie C. ScottEugenie C. ScottNCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott recently read from, and discussed, the second edition of her book Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction (University of California Press, 2009) in Albany, California — and video is now available on NCSE's YouTube channel. Additionally, she was recently interviewed for three different podcasts: The Skeptic Zone ("the podcast from Australia for science and reason"), Skeptically Speaking, and the Rational Alchemy blog. And if that's not enough, a talk that she gave on "Evolution versus Creationism" at Stanford University in 2008 is now available on-line.
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Carl ZimmerCarl Zimmer

NCSE offers its congratulations to Carl Zimmer for winning the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award for 2009 in the large newspaper category.

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Barbara ForrestBarbara Forrest

Barbara Forrest was profiled in the January 2010 issue of Church and State, published by Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of a chapter from the second edition of Douglas J. Futuyma's popular textbook Evolution (Sinauer Associates, 2009). The chapter is on natural selection and adaptation.

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