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Antiscience bills die in Florida

Sun, 2016-03-13 02:27

House Bill 899 and Senate Bill 1018 both died in committee on March 11, 2016, when the Florida legislature adjourned. Ostensibly aimed at empowering taxpayers to object to the use of specific instructional materials in the public schools, the bills were promoted by groups with a record of objecting to the treatment of evolution and climate change in textbooks, as NCSE previously reported.

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Carl Zimmer to receive Gould award

Tue, 2016-03-08 19:31

Carl Zimmer

NCSE congratulates Carl Zimmer for winning the 2016 Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution.

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Attack on science standards in West Virginia blunted?

Tue, 2016-03-08 18:04

At its March 7, 2016, meeting, West Virginia's Senate Education Committee revised House Bill 4014 to require only the review, not the repeal, of the recently adopted state science standards, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail (March 7, 2016). 

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Congratulations to Bill Nye

Fri, 2016-03-04 18:20

NCSE is pleased to congratulate Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") for receiving the National NASA Space Grant Distinguished Service Award for 2016.

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RNCSE 36:1 now on-line

Tue, 2016-03-01 20:36

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education is now available on-line. 

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Bible-as-science-reference bill in Idaho defused?

Fri, 2016-02-26 22:59

Idaho's Senate Bill 1321 (PDF) — which originally would have permitted the use of the Bible in Idaho's public schools "for reference purposes to further the study of" a variety of topics, including "astronomy, biology, [and] geology" — is reportedly going to be amended to omit the references to the sciences.

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Attack on science standards in West Virginia

Fri, 2016-02-26 20:50

West Virginia's House Bill 4014, which passed the House of Delegates on February 26, 2016, would, if enacted, prevent the state board of education from implementing the state science standards adopted in 2015 — and there are indications that the treatment of climate science in the standards is part of the motivation.

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Two (or three) down in Oklahoma

Fri, 2016-02-26 20:00

Oklahoma's House Bill 3045 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," died in the House Rules Committee on February 26, 2016, when a deadline for bills in the House of Representatives to be reported from committee expired.

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Antiscience bill dies in Oklahoma

Fri, 2016-02-26 15:30

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 1322 (PDF), which would, if enacted, have deprived administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies," died in the Senate Education Committee on February 25, 2015, when a deadline for senate bills to be reported from committee expired. 

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Antiscience bill in Mississippi dies

Tue, 2016-02-23 22:45

Mississippi's House Bill 50, whose principal sponsor acknowledged was intended to allow teachers in the public schools to present creationism, died in the House Education Committee on February 23, 2016, when a deadline for bills to be reported out of committee expired.

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Anti-NGSS bill in Iowa dies

Sat, 2016-02-20 01:41

House File 2054, which, if enacted, would have reversed Iowa's decision to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, died in committee on February 19, 2016, when a deadline for bills to be reported out of committee expired. The NGSS's treatment of evolution and climate change appears to have been part of the motivation for the bill.

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Polling climate in Alaska

Fri, 2016-02-19 19:45

"Three-quarters of Alaskans are sold on the existence and seriousness of global warming, but far fewer are convinced that it's caused by human activity, according to a poll commissioned by Alaska Dispatch News," reports Alaska Dispatch News (February 13, 2016).

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NCSE and the Grand Canyon 2016

Fri, 2016-02-19 18:33

Explore the Grand Canyon with NCSE! Reservations are still available for NCSE's next excursion to the Grand Canyon — as featured in the documentary No Dinosaurs in Heaven. From June 30 to July 8, 2016, NCSE will again explore the wonders of creation and evolution on a Grand Canyon river run conducted by NCSE's Steve Newton and Josh Rosenau. 

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Coverage of "Climate Confusion Among U.S. Teachers"

Wed, 2016-02-17 18:38

"Climate Confusion Among U.S. Teachers" (PDF), a paper in the journal Science describing the first nationwide survey of climate change education in the United States, conceived and funded by NCSE and conducted in collaboration with researchers at Pennsylvania State University, received extensive coverage in the press. Here is a sampling.

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Bible-as-science-reference bill in Idaho

Tue, 2016-02-16 20:21

Idaho's Senate Bill 1321 (PDF), introduced on February 12, 2016, and referred to the Senate Committee on State Affairs, would, if enacted, permit the use of the Bible in Idaho's public schools "for reference purposes to further the study of" a variety of topics, including "astronomy, biology, [and] geology."

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Arizona's Darwin Day bill progresses

Tue, 2016-02-16 18:23

Arizona's Senate Resolution 1001, which would, if enacted, express the Senate's recognition of February 12, 2016, as International Darwin Day, was passed on a 5-1 vote by the Senate Committee on Natural Resources on February 15, 2016.

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Antonin Scalia dies

Tue, 2016-02-16 00:13

Antonin Scalia

Antonin Scalia, a justice on the United States Supreme Court, died on February 13, 2016, at the age of 79, according to the obituary in The New York Times (February 14, 2016). Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, Scalia served on the court from 1986 until his death. The Times wrote of the controversial Scalia that his "transformative legal theories, vivid writing and outsize personality made him a leader of a conservative intellectual renaissance in his three decades on the Supreme Court."

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Facebook: n > 150,000

Fri, 2016-02-12 14:45

A milestone: there are now over 150,000 fans of NCSE's Facebook page. Why not join them, by visiting the page and becoming a fan by clicking on the "Like" box by NCSE's name?

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"Climate Confusion Among U.S. Teachers"

Thu, 2016-02-11 20:15

The first nationwide survey of climate change education in the United States, conducted by researchers at NCSE and Pennsylvania State University, was described in "Climate Confusion Among U.S. Teachers," published (PDF) in the February 12, 2016, issue of the journal Science.

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Update from Mississippi

Wed, 2016-02-10 22:27

The principal sponsor of Mississippi's House Bill 50 acknowledged that the bill seeks to allow teachers to present creationism.

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