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Stephen Hawking dies

The eminent physicist Stephen Hawking died on March 14, 2018, at the age of 76, according to The New York Times (March 14, 2018).

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A last-ditch assault on climate change education in Idaho

Idaho's House Concurrent Resolution 60 (PDF), introduced by the House Education Committee on March 12, 2018, would, if enacted, delete a single standard — ESS 3-4-1 — from the proposed science standards currently under legislative review.

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Congratulations to Duane Jeffery

Duane Jeffery, a former member of NCSE's board of directors, a member of its advisory council, and professor emeritus of biology at Brigham Young University, is to be honored with the National Science Teachers Association's Presidential Citation for 2018, according to a

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Respite in Florida

When the Florida legislature adjourned sine die on March 11, 2018, two pairs of bills that would, in their different ways, have undermined the integrity of science education in the Sunshine State died.

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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa dies


Iowa's House File 2317, which if enacted would have reversed the state's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards in 2005, died on February 16, 2018, when a deadline for bills to pass committee in their house of origin passed.

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John Sulston dies

The distinguished biologist John Sulston died on March 6, 2018, at the age of 75, according to the Guardian (March 9, 2018).

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NCSE's annual report for 2017

NCSE's annual report for 2017 is now available (PDF) on NCSE's website.

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A novelty in Connecticut

Connecticut's Senate Bill 345 would, if enacted, require the teaching of climate change "consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards" in the state's public schools, and would also task the state department of energy and environmental protection with helping local and regional school districts develop appropriate curricula to do so.

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Help wanted: Director of Communications

NCSE is seeking to hire a Director of Communications. 

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Farewell to Robert Luhn

NCSE bids farewell to Robert Luhn, who joined NCSE as its first Director of Communication in 2008. Bringing his decades of expertise as a technology and environmental journalist to the job, Luhn was instrumental in raising NCSE's profile among traditional and new media and in connecting journalists with NCSE staff.

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The New Abnormal: On the Outs with the Trumps

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Tue, 2018-02-27 23:30
An MSN news article relates the curious case of Ms. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, friend (or perhaps former friend) of First
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NCSE in Climate Fwd:

NCSE was featured in Climate Fwd:The New York Times's e-newsletter "with stories and insights about climate change" — for February 21, 2018: "climate change is presented as a controversial subject in a significant number of American classrooms, according to research from the National Center for Science Education."

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Nature covers Florida

Florida's House Bill 827 and Senate Bill 1644 — similar bills that would make it easier for creationists and climate change deniers to smuggle instructional materials they favor into public school classrooms — were front and center in a recent report (February 23, 2018) in the journal Nature on legislation targeting the integrity of science education.

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Victory in Idaho?

"After three years of resistance at the GOP-dominated Idaho Statehouse, including more pushback from House Republicans this session, the Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 on Thursday to approve revised school science standards as-is — with no parts relating to climate change deleted," reports the Idaho Statesman (February 22, 2018).

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Moving Window Averages and Ocean Acidification

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2018-02-21 17:28
There’s an interesting study on carbon dioxide effects on ecosystems. I’m trying to lay my hands on the full paper,
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Another Child Sex Criminal in the Trump Camp

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2018-02-21 06:18
It isn’t just campaign workers anymore. The “Trump.Dating” matching website (I am not making this up) previously featured a photo
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Hardware: The Phone Has a Problem

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Wed, 2018-02-21 05:33
It took me a while to figure out that my LG G5 phone was changing shape. The unevenness in color
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The New Abnormal: School Shootings and Fire Alarms

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Sun, 2018-02-18 18:30
Here’s what we have come to now. We need to have a cost-benefit analysis with Bayesian statistics to determine whether
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Instructional materials bill advances in Florida House

Florida's House Bill 827 — which would make it easier for creationists and climate change deniers to smuggle instructional materials they favor into public school classrooms — was approved, with slight modifications, by the House Education Committee on a 19-0 vote on February 15, 2018.

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Creationist lawsuit dismissed in Pennsylvania

"For the second time in a decade, a state appeals court has told a taxpayer that he can't sue his school district because it teaches the theory of evolution in science class," reported PennLive (February 16, 2018).

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