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09.09.2015

A federal lawsuit contending that teaching evolution in West Virginia's public schools is unconstitutional is over. In the decision (PDF) in Smith v. Jefferson County School Board et al., issued by the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia on August 25, 2015, the defendants' motions to dismiss the case were granted. 

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09.08.2015

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line. 

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09.08.2015

A milestone: there are now over 120,000 fans of NCSE's Facebook page. Why not join them, by visiting the page and becoming a fan by clicking on the "Like" box by NCSE's name?

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09.04.2015

Eric Davidson, CaltechEric Davidson

The eminent developmental biologist Eric Davidson died on September 1, 2015, at the age of 78, according to a September 2, 2015, notice from Caltech.

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09.03.2015

William B. ProvineWilliam B. Provine

The historian of science William B. Provine died on September 1, 2015, at the age of 73, according to a Facebook post from his wife.

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09.01.2015

Researchers asked residents of New Hampshire about their trust of scientists as a source of information about five topics: vaccines, climate change, nuclear power safety, evolution, and genetically modified organisms.

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08.31.2015

Richard KatskeeNCSE is delighted to congratulate Richard B. Katskee, a member of NCSE's board of directors, on his appointment as the legal director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

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08.25.2015

Evolution: Making Sense of Life cover

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of the second edition of Carl Zimmer and Douglas J. Emlen's Evolution: Making Sense of Life (Roberts and Company, 2015). 

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08.24.2015

We laughed, we cried, we felt a thousand emotions. And when the dust finally settled, we were left with the usual pile of dead anti-science copycat bills, often from the usual players. We're looking at you, Missouri and Oklahoma.

The tally was nearly identical to 2014's. Four bills targeted evolution, one climate science, two unspecified "scientific controversies," and one adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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08.21.2015

AP and NORC logos

A new poll on public attitudes toward Pope Francis's encyclical on climate change included questions on the occurrence of climate change itself. Asked "Do you think that global warming is happening, or do you think global warming is not happening?" 69% of respondents said yes, 16% said no, 15% said that they were not sure, and 1% skipped or refused to answer the question. 

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