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Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards for 2017

Mon, 2017-02-13 18:00

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

Mon, 2017-02-13 14:57

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

Fri, 2017-02-10 19:06

"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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Attention, filmmakers!

Tue, 2017-02-07 21:32

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

Mon, 2017-02-06 19:59

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

Mon, 2017-02-06 18:21

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

Fri, 2017-02-03 20:33

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

Thu, 2017-02-02 00:10

"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

Tue, 2017-01-31 00:08

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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Concerns mount about South Dakota's antiscience bill

Fri, 2017-01-27 20:48

"Parents and educators worry that legislation advancing in the South Dakota Legislature would open the floodgates for teachers to present nearly any topic as science," according to the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader (January 27, 2017), referring to South Dakota's Senate Bill 55, which passed the Senate on January 25, 2017.

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South Dakota's antiscience bill passes the Senate

Wed, 2017-01-25 22:46

South Dakota's Senate Bill 55 passed the Senate on a 23-12 vote on January 25, 2017, "despite guidance from the State Department of Education, state school boards, school administrators, teachers and scientists," according to the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader (January 25, 2017).

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Update from South Dakota

Tue, 2017-01-24 19:17

South Dakota's Senate Bill 55 passed the Senate Education Committee on a 4-3 vote on January 24, 2017, despite the opposition of the state's educational communities, according to the Sioux Falls Argus-Leader (January 24, 2017).

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Antiscience resolution in Indiana

Fri, 2017-01-20 22:06

Indiana's Senate Resolution 17, introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Education and Career Development as of January 23, 2017, would, if adopted, ostensibly urge the state department of education "to reinforce support of teachers who choose to teach a diverse curriculum." But the teaching of evolution is the specific target of the bill.

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Evolution education under attack in Turkey

Fri, 2017-01-20 21:17

A draft of a new national curriculum in Turkey omits evolution, according to soL international (January 15, 2017).

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Antievolution legislation in Oklahoma

Fri, 2017-01-20 21:00

Senate Bill 393 (PDF), styled the Oklahoma Science Education Act, is the latest antievolution bill in the Sooner State.

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Farewell to Josh Rosenau

Fri, 2017-01-20 20:05

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NCSE's Reid and Branch on Betsy DeVos

Wed, 2017-01-18 22:40

NCSE's Ann Reid and Glenn Branch contributed "Will education secretary pick Betsy DeVos dilute science instruction in schools?" to Stat (January 18, 2017), a new national publication specializing in health, medicine, and scientific discovery.

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Hugh Iltis dies

Tue, 2017-01-17 20:17

The distinguished botanist, conservationist, and environmentalist Hugh Iltis died on December 19, 2016, according to the University of Wisconsin (December 30, 2016).

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Darwin Day resolution in Congress

Tue, 2017-01-17 00:03

House Resolution 44, introduced in the United States House of Representatives on January 11, 2017, would, if passed, express the House's support of designating February 12, 2017, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of Charles Darwin as "a worthy symbol of scientific advancement on which to focus and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity intended to promote a common bond among all of Earth's peoples." The bill was referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, where similar bills, such as H. Res. 548 in 2016, have failed to receive a hearing.

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Antiscience legislation in South Dakota

Mon, 2017-01-16 20:00

South Dakota's Senate Bill 55, introduced on January 11, 2017, and referred to the Senate Education Committee, appears to be the first antiscience bill of the year.

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