NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2010/04/09
(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)
Dear Friends of NCSE, Twofold congratulations are in order for NCSE Supporter Sean B. Carroll. Plus more video and audio featuring NCSE staff, and a sample from Douglas Palmer's Evolution: The Story of Life.
TWOFOLD CONGRATULATIONS FOR SEAN B. CARROLL NCSE congratulates Sean B. Carroll for winning the 2010 Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution (to be awarded at the SSE meeting in Portland, Oregon, in June 2010) and for becoming the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's vice president for science education (beginning in September 2010). In announcing the award, the Society for the Study of Evolution cited Carroll's "distinguished career both advancing the science of evolution and in conveying that knowledge to the general public," noting that he is "a leading spokesperson in the public sphere for evolutionary biology" and listing his numerous honors for scientific and educational achievements. The Stephen Jay Gould Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognize individuals whose sustained and exemplary efforts have advanced public understanding of evolutionary science and its importance in biology, education, and everyday life in the spirit of Stephen Jay Gould; its first recipient was NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott. Carroll will also become the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's vice president for science education, according to a press release issued on April 7, 2010, which described him as "a gifted scientist who also displays an extraordinary talent for translating complicated scientific ideas in compelling, understandable ways to members of the public of all ages." In the same press release, Carroll explained, "I want to help other people have as much fun as I have. ... We all need inspiration, but how do we nourish curiosity and inspire an interest in science, particularly among young people? These are crucial challenges and I hope to promote the very positive role that science can play in our culture." A Supporter of NCSE, Carroll is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and Professor of Molecular Biology, Genetics, and Medical Genetics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of, most recently, Remarkable Creatures (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), and a monthly column published in The New York Times Science Times. For the SSE's announcement, visit: http://www.evolutionsociety.org/SSE2010/Events.html For the HHMI's press release, visit: http://www.hhmi.org/news/carrollvp20100407.html For information about Remarkable Creatures, visit: http://ncse.com/store/title/remarkable-creatures-epic-adventures-search-origin-species For Carroll's column in The New York Times, visit: http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/news/science/columns/remarkable_creatures/index.html FOR YOUR WATCHING AND LISTENING PLEASURE NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott was interviewed at the University of Notre Dame in September 2009 about ways of teaching evolution effectively -- and now a video of the interview is available on NCSE's YouTube channel. Plus NCSE's Steven Newton and Chris Mooney (the author of The Republican War on Science and the coauthor of Unscientific America) were interviewed on KPFA radio's The Sunday Show with Philip Maldari about Texas's state science education standards on April 4, 2010; audio of the show is available until April 16, 2010. And NCSE's Scott discussed evolution education on the Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast -- produced by the New England Skeptical Society in association with the James Randi Educational Foundation -- on March 31, 2010 (look for podcast #246). Tune in and enjoy! For the interview with Scott, visit: http://www.youtube.com/NatCen4ScienceEd For the interview with Newton, visit: http://kpfa.org/archive/id/59960 For the podcast with Scott, visit: http://www.theskepticsguide.org/ A PEEK AT EVOLUTION NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Douglas Palmer's Evolution: The Story of Life (University of California Press, 2009). Included are lavishly illustrated spreads on Darwin's Origin, the pattern of life, the variety of fossils, reconstructing the past, Snowball Earth, sea scorpions and jawless fish, greening the land, the diversification of marine reptiles, and synapsida. The reviewer for Natural History comments, "If time machines were real, this would be the book to carry on nature hikes into the distant past," and Kevin Padian writes, "Palmer's scholarship is up to date and the text passages are highly appropriate. He has a sense for a good story and good science as well. This book is a prodigious effort, not least in the artwork, but also in the assembly of photos and illustrations, and of course the text." For the preview of Evolution (PDF), visit: http://ncse.com/files/pub/evolution/Evolution--StoryofLife.pdf For information from the publisher, visit: http://www.ucpress.edu/books/pages/11033.php Thanks for reading! 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