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NCSE's Oklahoma Teacher Ambassador in the news

Melissa Lau, an NCSE Teacher Ambassador from Oklahoma, was featured — wearing her NCSE Teacher Ambassador t-shirt — in a story on climate change education on NPR's StateImpact Oklahoma (July 11, 2019). 

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Massachusetts bill seeks to protect science education

When a bill that would require Massachusetts's state science standards to "include only peer-reviewed and age-appropriate subject matter" was discussed in the Joint Committee on Education on July 9, 2019, the sponsor explained that it would keep climate change denial out of the science classroom, according to the Lowell Sun (July 10, 2019).

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Meet Our Newest Teacher Ambassadors Focused on the Nature of Science

Understanding how science functions is critical for anyone who engages in science learning. For that reason, we’ve embarked on developing our first cohort of NCSE Teacher Ambassadors who will create a series of lessons on the Nature of Science. This group will be meeting at Clemson University this summer, working with Cynthia Deaton and two NCSE staff: me and Kate Carter, our director of community science education.

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"Teaching global warming in a charged political climate"

Melissa Lau, an NCSE Teacher Ambassador from Oklahoma, was highlighted in a story headlined "Teaching global warming in a charged political climate," which appeared in the Hechinger Report (July 6, 2019) and in the Washington Post (July 6, 2019).

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Meet Our New Cohort of Teacher Ambassadors Focused on Evolution

We’re proud to introduce our second cohort of NCSE Teacher Ambassadors focusing on evolution. This group will be meeting at BEACON on the Michigan State University campus this summer, working with Louise Mead, me, and my colleague at NCSE Kate Carter to update our soon-to-be-published evolution lessons and strategize ways to offer effective professional development for teachers in their areas.

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Climate Change Goes Glocal

Climate change education can feel like a balancing act between two extremes. Activities using data and graphs, crucial for evidence-based learning, often don’t personally resonate, while those featuring polar bears on melting icebergs and sea turtles with plastic in their stomachs can feel emotionally manipulative and overly reductionist.

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Norman Geisler dies

The theologian Norman Geisler died on July 1, 2019, at the age of 86, according to Christianity Today (July 1, 2019), which wrote, "Described as 'a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham,' Geisler was a prolific author, apologist, and professor, as well as the co-founder and former president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) in North Carolina and co-founder of Veritas International University in California." He wrote or edited over a hundred books during his long career.

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What is All the Fuss About Counseling Over the Internet?

Telic Thoughts - Mon, 2019-07-01 11:55

Internet therapy is what everyone seems to talk about these days. If you are going through anxiety and depression, then you might want to try online counseling. It helps you understand yourself better and assist you in achieving your goals. Recently, e-counseling has proved to be quite useful and often preferred to traditional therapy where you have to meet with a therapist. Many people these days prefer internet therapy due to its convenience. This mental health treatment method has proved both helpful and therapeutic. Patients don’t have to worry about whether this treatment will work for them because it actually does. You should check out the benefits (and downsides) described at and understand why a lot of individuals are now considering it. Here are some of the benefits.

Enhances accessibility to therapy

It’s not everyone that has access to a professional counselor in their locality. You find that some people live in rural areas where it’s hard and sometimes almost impossible to find a single mental health professional. E-counseling provides a platform such that no matter where you are, you can get all the help you need as long as you have a secure internet connection. Mental illness can be quite disturbing, but the good thing is that there are solutions to the same.

Provides convenience and affordability

When going through online counseling, you will be getting your therapy sessions online in the comfort of your home. You don’t have to travel or anything. You only require a secure internet connection and a Smartphone or laptop. Also, you get to decide when to schedule your sessions. You can choose the time that’s best for you that you know you will be at home. Also, online therapists offer affordable treatment options in case you are not covered by insurance

Provides quasi-anonymity

Online therapy allows users to text from their phone or laptop. Usually, there isn’t physical confrontation with the therapist, but same government regulations are followed like with an office-based therapy. When texting, people find it easier to open up much more quickly as opposed to if they were opening up about their issues in person. You feel relieved knowing that there isn’t someone sitting across the room looking at you and as a result, you can talk about anything. Online therapy enables an individual to lessen their sense of shame and divulge in just about anything.

It can be educative

Mental health is not a topic one can take lightly. An e-therapy platform is quite resourceful in helping people discover more about psychological health. Whether you think your mental health is excellent, online therapy can help you become stronger. There is a lot to learn so that you never get troubled by anxiety or depression.

Online therapy is on the rise. However, that does not mean it doesn’t have its downsides. If you are considering this treatment option then you should know that several insurance companies don’t cover E-Therapy. It all depends on your state and the type of insurance you use. Also, there is the issue of confidentiality and privacy. You see with e-therapy, information is transmitted online, which adds yet another layer of complexity. Your data could be subject to privacy leaks as well as hacks, which are a concern brought about by technology.

Regardless, online therapy has provided a solution to many mental health patients. Having someone who is always there to talk to, can be of a considerable benefit than you realize. Knowing you can always reach out for help from the comfort of your home can play a significant role in your recovery process. When going through mental illness, never hesitate to ask for help.

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RNCSE 39:3 now online

NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education — volume 39, number 3 — is now available online. 

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Myth Information: Is Human Hearing That Mysterious?

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Fri, 2019-06-21 15:08
This is a post about human hearing, technology, science writing, and internet services. Have you ever wondered how persistent myths
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Help wanted: Director of Teacher Support

NCSE is seeking to hire a Director of Teacher Support.

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New science standards adopted in Utah despite opposition

The Utah state board of education voted 11-4 to adopt a proposed new set of high-school-level state science standards on June 6, 2019, despite resistance from a few members of the board centering on evolution and climate change.

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Climate change education legislation over in Connecticut

The attempt to require the teaching of climate change in Connecticut's public schools by law ended — for now — when the Connecticut General Assembly adjourned sine die on June 5, 2019, with House Bill 7083 unpassed by the Senate.

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Another Child Sex Criminal (#4 so far) in the Trump Camp

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Tue, 2019-06-04 01:15
I haven’t been combing news reports with any great efficiency, but every once in a while a news item just
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Climate change education legislation persists in Connecticut

The attempt to require the teaching of climate change in Connecticut's public schools by law is still proceeding.  On May 28, 2019, the Connecticut House of Representatives voted 103-43 to pass House Bill 7083, after it was amended to change a requirement that science be taught to a requirement that science "including climate change consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards" be taught.

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Climate change education legislation revives in Connecticut?

The attempt to require the teaching of climate change in Connecticut's public schools by law briefly revived in late May 2019, according to the Connecticut Mirror (May 24, 2019), when the House of Representatives considered adding a provision to require the teaching of climate change to House Bill 7113.

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New climate change poll highlights political differences

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. "Climate change is now more politically polarizing than any other issue in America," the program's director Anthony Leiserowitz told the Guardian (May 22, 2019).

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Why is Chronic Pain Getting You Down?

Telic Thoughts - Thu, 2019-05-02 14:45

Have you lived with chronic pain for a while now? If so, why can’t you get rid of it or at least stem the tide?

For many people in such a position, chronic pain has all but taken over their lives. As a result, everyday things many take for granted become burdensome for those with pain.

If chronic pain has been getting you down, when do you say enough is enough?

Making a Stand Against Chronic Pain

In your efforts to make a stand against chronic pain, here are some thoughts to keep in mind:

  1. You do have options often – Unless the chronic pain is beyond control, you do have options. With this in mind, take some time to research what they may be if you have not up to now. As an example, are you aware of the herbal remedy kratom? Top Extracts kratom capsules work to lessen the chronic pain many deal with. As a result, life can be more enjoyable. This while taking a capsule that is easy to swallow and convenient. In doing research on kratom and other such types of remedies, the Internet can be a great resource. Go online and see what herbal remedy or remedies may be best suited to help you get the upper-hand on the pain.
  2. Your attitude plays a role – Even if you find the right remedy in the fight against pain, attitude will play a role. That said are you trying to be as positive as possible in dealing with the pain? If you are all too often negative about the pain, it can make it become even worse. You can go from not wanting to take part in different activities with family and friends. Before too long; you feel a little isolated. You may also not be focusing on diet and exercise. As a result, your body pays the price. Try your best to be upbeat despite the pain you are enduring.
  3. Your diet does matter – Speaking of what you put in your body, are you doing enough to get the right foods? Not eating well can lead to more problems associated with your chronic pain. As you gain more weight, it can make it harder on your muscles and bones to do their daily jobs. As such, you do not get the daily exercise your body needs. Do your best to get to and stay at a desirable weight for your age and height.
  4. Your workouts are key also – Last, do you get much in the way of daily exercise? Even going for a short walk on a daily basis is better than no exercise at all. Do your best to be active. In return, your body will thank you for it. Yes, it can be more cumbersome to try and exercise when dealing with chronic pain. That said it is to your benefit to exercise.

Dealing with chronic pain is difficult even when you have others by your side.

If you’re not the one in pain, it may well be you are trying to make your partner healthier as they battle pain.

No matter the situation, do all you can not to let chronic pain get you down.


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Eye Evolution: A Closer Look

In a previous article I described how theories of innovation provide insight into the limits of natural selection. Brian Miller
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