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Evolution, and now climate change, under attack in Arizona

As the latest draft (PDF) of a new set of state science standards for Arizona is apparently on its way to the state board of education for its approval, concerns about the compromised treatment of evolution remain — and have been now joined by concerns about the deletion of material about climate change.

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NSTA issues statement on teaching climate science

The National Science Teachers Association issued a position statement on the teaching of climate science on September 13, 2018.

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NCSE's Ann Reid in Education Week

In a column (September 11, 2018) for Education Week, NCSE's executive director Ann Reid warned of the obstacles to effective climate change education — campaigns to promote doubt and denial, inadequate preparation provided for teachers, and the ideological polarization o

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Congratulations to Michael E. Mann

NCSE is delighted to congratulate Michael E. Mann on his selection to receive the 2018 Climate Communication Prize from the American Geological Union. The prize is conferred annually in recognition for communication of climate science.

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Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza dies

The distinguished geneticist Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza died on August 31, 2018, at the age of 96, according to La Repubblica (September 1, 2018).

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Michigan Citizens for Science Has a New Domain

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Fri, 2018-08-31 17:05
Things have been quiet on the evolution/creation front in Michigan. So quiet that the domain for Michigan Citizens for Science
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Farewell to Claire Adrian-Tucci

NCSE bids farewell to Claire Adrian-Tucci, who joined NCSE in 2016.

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Evolution in Arizona: Staying Vigilant

NCSE's Deputy Director takes exception to the idea that proposed changes to a draft of state science standards in Arizona which dilute the teaching of evolution are "unremarkable and unobjectionable."

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Polling the flat earth

Writing for Scientific American's blog (August 21, 2018), Craig A. Foster of the US Air Force Academy and NCSE's Glenn Branch discuss what "seems to have been the first systematic attempt to assess the American population's views on the shape of the Earth." 

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Michael E. Mann and Meg Herbert On Their New Climate Change Children’s Book

Renowned climate scientist Michael E. Mann and author and illustrator Megan Herbert provide insight into their new children's book about climate change, The Tantrum That Saved the World.

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Book Review: The Tantrum that Saved the World 

The Tantrum that Saved the World, a children's book about climate change written by Michael E. Mann and Megan Herbert, is reviewed by a fifth grade teacher and her students.

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A new survey on climate change

"A record 60% of Americans now think that global warming is happening and that humans are at least partially responsible for the rising temperature," according (PDF) to the latest survey from the National Studies on Energy and the Environment conducted by the University of Michigan and Muhlenberg College.

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The Washington Post on Paying for Health Care

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Tue, 2018-08-14 04:14
There’s a Washington Post editorial board op-ed on Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare for all” proposal. I’m going to work on just
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NCSE's advice to the EPA

In a memorandum (PDF) dated August 7, 2018, NCSE's executive director Ann Reid wrote to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science" and to urge the EPA to withdraw its proposal.

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Net Neutrality: FCC FCC’s Itself

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Thu, 2018-08-09 03:31
Last year, John Oliver had an an exceptional episode of “Last Week Tonight” devoted to the net neutrality issue. One
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Help wanted: part-time fall intern

NCSE is seeking to hire a part-time fall intern to assist with the national launch of the Science Booster Club program.

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NCSE's Science Booster Club Program in the literature

A study showing that NCSE's Science Booster Club Program's no-conflict approach increased community science literacy and engagement was just published in JCOM Journal of Science Communication.

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Need a speaker?

As the only national organization that is wholly dedicated to defending the teaching of evolution and climate change in the public schools, NCSE is the perfect place to find someone to speak to your organization or university about issues relevant to evolution and climate education and attacks on either or both.

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A Garden Grows, Thanks to NCSE’s Science Booster Club Program

A Maryland high school environmental club uses a grant from NCSE's Science Booster Club to transform an overgrown garden into an oasis of native plants and beauty, drawing in the surrounding community to help along the way.

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"Bringing Darwin Back"

"Bringing Darwin Back," published (subscription required) in the August 2018 issue of Scientific American, discusses efforts to improve evolution education in the American science classroom — and NCSE is featured.

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