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Huston SmithThe eminent scholar of religion Huston Smith died on December 30, 2016, at the age of 97, according to The New York Times (January 1, 2017).

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Ralph J. CiceroneRalph J. Cicerone, immediate past president of the National Academy of Sciences, died on November 5, 2016, at the age of 73, according to a memorial notice from the Academy.

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Jason R. Wiles

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Jason R. Wiles on receiving the Evolution Education Award for 2016 from the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Excellence in Teaching Award for 2016 from the Association of College and University Biology Educators.

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A sampling of Jack T. Chick's antievolution writings.

Jack T. Chick, the author and publisher of numerous fundamentalist cartoon tracts, died on October 23, 2016, at the age of 92, according to the Facebook page of Chick Tracts.

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Pew Research Center

A new survey from the Pew Research Center suggests, "Political fissures on climate issues extend far beyond beliefs about whether climate change is occurring and whether humans are playing a role ... These divisions reach across every dimension of the climate debate, down to people's basic trust in the motivations that drive climate scientists to conduct their research."

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Phyllis Schlafly and Ronald Reagan in 1987, via Wikimedia CommonsThe conservative political activist Phyllis Schlafly died on September 5, 2016, at the age of 92, according to The New York Times (September 5, 2016).

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Tim LaHayeThe evangelical writer and activist Tim LaHaye died on July 25, 2016, at the age of 90, according to NBC News (July 25, 2016). LaHaye was best known for the Left Behind series of novels, coauthored with Jerry B. Jenkins, in which he imagined the Apocalypse unfolding according to his premillennialist and pretribulationist understanding of Scripture. In 2005, Time magazine included LaHaye and his wife Beverly LaHaye — founder of Concerned Women for America — in its list of the twenty-five most influential evangelicals in America.

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AGU logoNCSE is delighted to congratulate Richard Alley on receiving the Climate Communications Prize and Naomi Oreskes on receiving the Ambassador Award from the American Geophysical Union.

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Naomi OreskesNCSE is delighted to congratulate Naomi Oreskes on receiving the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication for 2016.

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