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Rhode Island resolution to support climate education fails

Rhode Island's House Resolution 5563 — expressing the House of Representatives' support for increased climate education — died on March 27, 2019, when the House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare recommended to hold it for further study.

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Time Traveling with Geology Park

The NCSE office was recently turned into a time traveling scavenger hunt as a way to prototype a new app-based science outreach activity called Geology Park. This activity breaks new ground for NCSE as it’s specifically meant to help adults as well as young people engage with science, and because it integrates real-world tangibles with an NCSE-designed mobile app. Geology Park also breaks the mold of typical science outreach activities in that participants are able to engage without necessarily needing oversight by a facilitator or interpreter.

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Help wanted: Program Coordinator

NCSE is seeking to hire a Program Coordinator.

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NCSE's climate change lessons featured in the Los Angeles Times

NCSE's climate change lessons for teachers — which not only engage students through evidence-based learning but also inoculate them against misinformation — were discussed in the Los Angeles Times (May 6, 2019).

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Three antiscience bills die in Florida

No fewer than three bills — Senate Bill 330, House Bill 855, and Senate Bill 1451 — threatening the integrity of science education in the Sunshine State died in committee when the Florida legislature adjourned sine die on May 4, 2019, as Florida Citizens for Science noted in a May 4, 2019, blog post.

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Climate change education legislation falters in Connecticut

The attempt to require the teaching of climate change in Connecticut's public schools by law is apparently over for now.

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Teaching Climate Change in Oklahoma: NCSE Teacher Ambassador Melissa Lau

NCSE Teacher Ambassador Melissa Lau discusses the complexity—and personal satisfaction—of teaching climate change in Oklahoma, where she has lived her entire life.

 

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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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What Does the Evidence Say?

NCSE Teacher Ambassador Turtle Haste says helping her students understand how to analyze and interpret evidence is key in her science classroom. 

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NABT adds its voice for climate change education

The National Association of Biology Teachers adopted a new position statement in support of teaching climate change in March 2019.

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The Climate Change Education Act returns to the House

The Climate Change Education Act is again in the House of Representatives. H.R. 2349, introduced on April 22, 2019 — Earth Day, appropriately — would authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to institute a competitive grant program aimed in part at developing and improving educational material and teacher training on the topic of climate change.

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Michael E. Mann and Michael B. Lubic join NCSE's board of directors

Michael E. Mann, a climate scientist at Penn State University, and Michael B. Lubic, a partner at the law firm K&L Gates, joined NCSE's board of directors at its April 13, 2019, meeting. 

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NCSE's Reid discusses climate change education on 1A

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid discussed climate change education on WAMU 88.5's nationally distributed 1A radio show on April 23, 2019, along with Leah Qusba, deputy director of the Alliance for Climate Education, and Daniel Morales-Doyle, a science education professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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NPR covers climate education

There is widespread support for climate change education among both parents and teachers, according to a poll commissioned by National Public Radio (April 22, 2019). Yet, as NPR also reported, teachers do not necessarily have everything they need to teach climate change effectively, including state science standards that present the topic accurately.

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The Colors of Climate Awareness

NCSE Teacher Ambassador Sarah Ott engages her community in an Earth Day-inspired mural project that aims to ensure climate change is part of normal, everyday conversation in her Georgia city.

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Creation science bill in South Carolina dies

South Carolina's House Bill 3826, which would, if enacted, have allowed public school districts to offer elective courses on religion — and to "require the teaching of various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science[,] as part of the course content" — died in the House Committee on Education and Public Works on April 10, 2019, when a deadline for bills to pass their house of origin expired.

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High School Biology Students Scavenge for Clues At Local Zoo

NCSE Teacher Ambassador Blake Touchet takes his biology students on an annual field trip to the local zoo to help them better understand biodiversity. The trip always coincides with the week of Earth Day.

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NCSE Teacher Ambassadors Making News

An unexpected role that many NCSE Teacher Ambassadors take on is that of expert witness. They are experts on teaching climate change and evolution and on dealing with doubts—and sometimes challenges—in their communities. This makes them perfect targets for reporters who contact NCSE looking for teachers in the trenches they can talk to about climate change and evolution education. 

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Climate change legislative update from Connecticut

The attempt seeking to require the teaching of climate change in Connecticut's public schools by law continues, despite the death of the original bill proposing the requirement. And in the meantime, the two bills attacking the treatment of climate change in Connecticut's state science standards are dead.

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Climate change in Alaska's new draft science standards

The Alaska state board of education unanimously approved a draft of new state science standards on March 29, 2019, according to KTOO Public Media in Juneau (March 29, 2019) — and climate change is included.

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