National Center for Science Education
NCSE's executive director Ann Reid was interviewed by Tania Lombrozo for NPR's 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog (November 21, 2016) about the implications of a Trump presidency for climate change education.
On November 14, 2016, the Supreme Court declined (PDF, p. 2) to review COPE et al. v. Kansas State Board of Education et al., thus bringing the case to a decisive end. At issue was Kansas's adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards, which, according to the plaintiffs-appellants, "establish[ed] and endorse[d] a non-theistic religious worldview" in violation of the Constitution.
Ralph 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.
With the addition of Steven G. Allen on October 18, 2016, NCSE's Project Steve attained its 1400th signatory.
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.
In a column published in the November 2016 issue of Scientific American, Steve Mirsky continues to relate his excursion through the Grand Canyon with NCSE.
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."
Writing in the Guardian (September 28, 2016), two members of Congress — Mike Honda (D-California, District 17) and Edward J. Markey (D-Massachusetts) — incisively presented the case for their Climate Change Education Act, currently under consideration in both houses of Congress.
The Wyoming state board of education unanimously voted to approve a new set of state science standards on September 23, 2016, according to the Sheridan Press (September 24, 2016).
COPE et al. v. Kansas State Board of Education et al, the creationist lawsuit seeking to reverse Kansas's 2013 decision to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards on the grounds that the state thereby "establish[ed] and endorse[d] a non-theistic religious worldview," is now under appeal to the Supreme Court.
In a column published in the October 2016 issue of Scientific American, Steve Mirsky relates his excursion through the Grand Canyon with NCSE.
Members of the Texas state board of education launched a preemptive attack on a panel appointed to streamline the state science standards for biology during its September 14, 2016, meeting, according to the Texas Freedom Network's Kathy Miller, who criticized the attack in a September 16, 2016, letter to the board posted on the Texas Freedom Network's blog.
NCSE is pleased to congratulate Bruce Alberts on receiving the 2016 Lasker-Koshland Award for Special Achievement in Medical Science.
A new lawsuit challenges a chain of public charter schools in Arizona for their religious advocacy — which reportedly includes creationism. In a September 7, 2016, press release, Americans United for Separation of Church and State explained, "Heritage Academy, which has campuses in Mesa, Queen Creek[,] and Laveen, uses a textbook in its mandatory American government class for seniors that teaches students religious concepts such as creationism, divine judgment after death and the Ten Commandments. The public charter school also teaches religious principles through other class curricula."