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Help wanted: Director of Teacher Support

NCSE is seeking to hire a Director of Teacher Support. 

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Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards for 2017

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award for 2017: Edward J. Larson, the Pepperdine University historian and legal scholar who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 book about the Scopes trial, Summer for the Gods; Richard E. Lenski, the Michigan State University evolutionary biologist famed for his E. coli Long-Term Experimental Evolution Project; and Daniel J. Phelps, a geologist and unrelenting critic of a young-earth creationist ministry headquartered in his native Kentucky.

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Darwin Day declared in Washington

Washington's governor Jay Inslee declared February 12, 2017, Darwin Day in the state of Washington, urging (PDF) "all citizens in our state to join me in this special observance."

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Climate change language deleted from draft Idaho standards

"The House Education Committee voted Thursday [February 9, 2017] to remove references to climate change and human impact on the environment from a new set of science standards," according to Idaho Ed News (February 9, 2017).

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The Conservative Climate Change Modest Proposal Advances

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Thu, 2017-02-09 13:40
There’s a Washington Post report that the WSJ op-ed proposal is much more than just an op-ed. There is an organized political move underway to make this happen. The WaPo report mostly focuses on the carbon tax and dividend, fails to mention Pillar 3 on border adjustments, and is unspecific about the proposed regulatory rollback.… Read More »
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A Modest Proposal, Conservative Climate Change Style

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Thu, 2017-02-09 05:37
The Wall Street Journal (who else?) ran an op-ed titled, “A Conservative Answer to Climate Change”. The good news is that George Schultz and James Baker III are taking climate change seriously enough to propose doing something about it. The bad news is that the proposal is about as close to doing nothing as is… Read More »
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Attention, filmmakers!

Scientists and science educators of all stripes — students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators — are invited to enter the Seventh Annual Evolution Video Competition, sponsored by the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the BEACON Center fo

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Update from South Dakota

South Dakota's Senate Bill 55, which would empower science denial in the classroom, is still awaiting a hearing in the House Education Committee, currently scheduled for February 13, 2017. In the meantime, the bill continues to attract state and national attention.

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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa

House File 140, introduced in the Iowa House of Representatives on January 31, 2017, and referred to the House Education Committee, would, if enacted, prohibit the state board of education from "adopting, approving, or requiring implementation of the [N]ext [G]eneration [S]cience [S]tandards by school districts and accredited nonpublic schools."

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Antiscience legislation in Texas

House Bill 1485, introduced in the Texas House of Representatives on February 2, 2017, is the fourth antiscience bill of the year, joining similar bills in Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Dakota.

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A disappointing vote in Texas

"The Texas State Board of Education on Wednesday [February 1, 2017] voted preliminarily for science standards that would keep in language that some say opens the door to creationism," the Texas Tribune (February 1, 2017) reports.

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Darwin Day declared in Delaware

Delaware's governor and lieutenant governor, John Carney and Bethany Hall-Long, declared February 12, 2017, Charles Darwin Day in the state of Delaware, urging (PDF) "all citizens to join us in celebrating his tremendous contributions in the field of science."

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Creationist classification of theropods

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2016-11-12 20:03
“Liaoning scene” by Emily Willoughby. Guest post by Jonathan Kane. Mr. Kane describes himself as an “armchair paleontologist” who worked as an intern at the New Jersey State Museum under natural-history curator David C. Parris from 2001 to 2005. He is the lead author of God’s Word or Human Reason? An Inside Perspective on Creationism, coauthored by Emily Willoughby and T. Michael Keesey, shortly to be published by Inkwater Press. A major focus of... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Triboniophorus graeffei

Panda's Thumb - Sat, 2016-11-12 20:03
Photograph by Paul Blake. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Triboniophorus graeffei – red triangle slug, Mount Castle area, Great Dividing Range, southwest of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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False promise of genetically modified crops

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-11-02 22:43
The Times is more polite than I am; today it ran an article Doubts about the promised bounty of genetically modified crops, by Danny Hakim. Well, I read the article and looked more closely at the supporting material, Broken promises of genetically modified crops, by Karl Russell and Danny Hakim, and I frankly have no doubts. As Mr. Hakim writes, An analysis by The Times using United Nations data showed that the United States and... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Evolution topics coming to CSICON Las Vegas

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2016-11-02 22:43
If you don’t know about this year’s CSICON, check it out! There are several evolution-related talks, including Richard Dawkins (4:00 Friday Oct. 28th), Eugenie Scott (9:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 29th, “Sins of Evolution Education”) and Bertha Vazquez (9:30 AM Sat., “The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES)”). There is a paper session on Sunday, October 30th. At 9:45 AM I’ll be presenting “ War of the Weasels: An Update on Creationist Attacks on Genetic... Dave Thomas http://www.nmsr.org
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Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-10-27 03:06
Pelecanus erythrorhynchos – American white pelican, Walden Ponds, Boulder, Colorado, July 16, 2016. Mea culpa: The birds were just beyond the limit of my equipment, but this was the first time I recall seeing pelicans so late in the season and certainly the first time I have seen a juvenile. It may be sampling error – I do not visit Walden Ponds every week – but I wonder whether they are changing their migration... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Sayonara, EvolutionBlog

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-10-27 03:06
Jason Rosenhouse is calling it a day. His EvolutionBlog is ceasing publication. Jason is one of the veterans in the evolution/creationism wars, dating back to his postdoc at Kansas State around 14 years ago, when he got involved with the Kansas Board of Education’s efforts to pollute the teaching of biology with creationism. While Jason blogged on other topics–chess, religion, math–for our purposes here let it be remarked that Jason is one of the most... Richard B. Hoppe
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More on Ark Park on opening day

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2016-10-27 03:06
Dan Phelps, who visited the Ark Park on opening day, has published a longer account, Kentucky Gets an Ark-Shaped Second Creation “Museum” on the website of the National Center for Science Education. The article has lots of detail and many more interesting pictures than we ran on PT. One section that especially amused me was the Ark Park’s attack on what you might call cutesy children’s books that tell the Noah story – which Mr.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Philosophers to debate evolution; scientists protest

Panda's Thumb - Fri, 2016-10-21 17:39
Joel Velasco of Texas Tech University will debate Paul Nelson of the Discovery Institute on the topic, “Is Darwin’s theory flourishing or floundering?” according to an article by Victoria Cavazos in Hilltop Views, the student newspaper of St. Edward’s University of Austin, Texas. We will not discuss whether it is floundering or foundering; it is doing neither, and 11 science faculty expressed their opposition to the debate, which they called a “debate.” The signatories to... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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