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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2017/08/25

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(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

NCSE's Science Booster Club program is in the news. And a reminder
that NCSE speakers are ready, willing, and able!


NCSE's Science Booster Club program was featured in a story from
ThinkProgress (August 24, 2017), which described it as "a way of
bringing the science behind climate change and evolution to regular

"The booster club uses volunteers -- often scientists, though anyone
can get involved -- who go to local farmers markets, state fairs,
science festivals, city council meetings, and other community events
and set up booths with hands-on science experiments."

NCSE's Emily Schoerning, who heads the program, emphasized its
non-confrontational and easy-going approach: "you don't act like
you’re doing missionary work... your job is helping people work
through some evidence and helping people process their conclusions."

Penn State climate scientist Michael E. Mann commented, "I've long
said that the solution to the climate problem is going to come as much
from the ground up as from the top down," adding, "The more involved
people can get at the community level, the better."

A further benefit of the program is that it helps to create a
friendlier environment for teachers to present evolution and climate
change in their classrooms, especially important given the sporadic
assaults from legislators and policymakers.

There are currently Science Booster Clubs in Iowa, where it was
piloted, and California, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma,
Texas, and Virginia; applications to start a further four clubs are
currently under review.

For the ThinkProgress story, visit: 

And for further information about NCSE's Science Booster Club program, visit: 


As the only national organization that is wholly dedicated to
defending the teaching of evolution and climate change in the public
schools, NCSE is the perfect place to find someone to speak to your
organization or university about issues relevant to evolution and
climate education and attacks on either or both. Available speakers
include NCSE's executive director Ann Reid, Glenn Branch, Brad Hoge,
Stephanie Keep, Steven Newton, and Emily Schoerning. So if you need a
speaker, please feel free to visit the speaker information page on the
NCSE website or get in touch with the NCSE office. If nobody from NCSE
is available or suitable, we'll try to find you someone who is!

For the speaker information page, visit: 

For NCSE's contact information, visit: 


Have you been visiting NCSE's blog recently? If not, then you've missed:

* Glenn Branch considering American Apocalypse's take on Dudley Joseph Whitney: 

For NCSE's blog, visit: 

Thanks for reading. And don't forget to visit NCSE's website -- -- where you can always find the latest news on 
evolution and climate education and threats to them.


Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Oakland CA 94612-2922
fax 510-788-7971 

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