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A glimpse of Monarchs and Milkweed

Tue, 2018-01-02 22:05

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Anurag Agrawal's Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution (Princeton University Press, 2017).

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A glimpse of Monarchs and Milkweed

Tue, 2018-01-02 22:05

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Anurag Agrawal's Monarchs and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their Remarkable Story of Coevolution (Princeton University Press, 2017).

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Farewell to Steven Newton

Tue, 2018-01-02 16:17

NCSE bids farewell to Steven Newton, who joined NCSE as a Programs and Policy Director in 2008.

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Farewell to Steven Newton

Tue, 2018-01-02 16:17

NCSE bids farewell to Steven Newton, who joined NCSE as a Programs and Policy Director in 2008.

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RNCSE 38:1 now on-line

Tue, 2017-12-26 21:15

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line. The issue — volume 38, number 1 — is the ninth issue in the newsletter's new, streamlined, and full-color format.

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Larry Flammer dies

Thu, 2017-12-21 18:46

Larry Flammer, a master biology teacher, died on December 13, 2017, at the age of 83, according to e-mail from his family.

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A new poll on climate change and political views

Wed, 2017-12-13 21:28

A new report from the Yale Program on Climate Communication offers new data on Americans' beliefs and attitudes about climate change, with a particular emphasis on the influence of political views.

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Publicly funded science miseducation in private schools?

Tue, 2017-12-12 21:49

A new study suggests that textbooks that miseducate students about evolution and climate change may be in wide use in private schools that receive public funding through voucher or tax-credit schemes, according to Rebecca Klein in a lengthy article in the Huffington Post (December 7, 2017).

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A new instructional materials bill in Florida

Sat, 2017-12-02 02:48

"A controversial new state law that makes it easier for Florida residents to challenge books used in public schools could get overhauled next year so those who dislike certain texts could also suggest replacements they find more appropriate," reports the Orlando Sentinel (December 1, 2017).

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Colin Groves dies

Fri, 2017-12-01 19:56

The eminent biological anthropologist Colin Groves died on November 30, 2017, at the age of 75, according to a press release from the Australian National University.

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Jerry Fodor dies

Fri, 2017-12-01 18:02

The distinguished philosopher of mind Jerry Fodor died on November 29, 2017, at the age of 82, according to The New York Times (November 30, 2017).

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A second antiscience bill in Florida

Wed, 2017-11-29 23:24

Florida's House Bill 825, prefiled on November 28, 2017, would, if enacted, require "[c]ontroversial theories and concepts ... [to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner," while allowing local school districts to use either the state science standards or alternatives "equivalent to or more rigorous than" them.

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The latest from Florida

Tue, 2017-11-28 18:44

The effects of Florida's new law making it easier for creationists and climate change deniers to harass their local school districts are already manifesting, according to a report from the Associated Press (November 18, 2017). 

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NCSE's Branch and Reid in a special edition of Scientific American

Mon, 2017-11-27 21:45

NCSE's Glenn Branch and Ann Reid's "50 Years Ago: Repeal of Tennessee's 'Monkey Law'" was selected for inclusion in "The Science Behind the Debates," a special edition of Scientific American dated December 2017.

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Alan Walker dies

Wed, 2017-11-22 17:58

The distinguished paleoanthropologist Alan Walker died on November 20, 2017, at the age of 79, according to a November 21, 2017, Facebook post from his wife Pat Shipman.

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A new antiscience bill in Florida

Tue, 2017-11-21 00:07

Florida's Senate Bill 966, prefiled on November 17, 2017, would, if enacted, require "[c]ontroversial theories and concepts ... [to] be taught in a factual, objective, and balanced manner," while allowing local school districts to use either the state science standards or alternatives "equivalent to or more rigorous than" them.

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Kenneth R. Miller on current threats to evolution education

Mon, 2017-11-20 19:22

Kenneth R. Miller, president of NCSE's board of directors and professor of biology at Brown University, features in a ten-minute documentary about current threats to evolution education, produced by Retro Report and hosted at The New York Times.

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A glimpse of Darwin's Backyard

Fri, 2017-11-17 18:00

NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview (PDF) of James T. Costa's Darwin's Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory (W. W. Norton, 2017). 

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Congratulations to Bertha Vazquez

Wed, 2017-11-15 22:55

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Bertha Vazquez on receiving the Evolution Education Award for 2017 from the National Association of Biology Teachers.

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Victory in New Mexico

Tue, 2017-11-14 22:36

New Mexico is now officially the nineteenth state to have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. 

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