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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2018/01/05

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(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

A glimpse of Monarchs and Milkweed, and a farewell to Steven Newton.


NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Anurag Agrawal's Monarchs
and Milkweed: A Migrating Butterfly, a Poisonous Plant, and Their
Remarkable Story of Coevolution (Princeton University Press, 2017).
The preview consists of chapter 2, "The Arms Race," in which Agrawal
describes both the coevolution of monarch butterflies and milkweed and
the history of scientific research on their coevolution.

According to the reviewer for NSTA Recommends, "What sets this book
apart is two things: the superior quality of the writing and the range
of scientific depth to which each topic is explored. Agrawal could
give the recent grandmaster of science writing, Stephen Jay Gould, a
proverbial run, and as a consequence, the book is highly accessible to
everyone in a wide age range and from a variety of educational

For the preview, visit: 

And for information about the book from its publisher, visit: 


NCSE bids farewell to Steven Newton, who joined NCSE as a Programs and
Policy Director in 2008. During his time at NCSE, he helped grassroots
activists across the country resist assaults on the integrity of
science education, with a special emphasis at the community college
level. As a geologist specializing in paleoclimatology, he was
particularly valuable to NCSE both in conducting outreach to teachers
in the earth sciences and to geologists and in preparing for NCSE's
undertaking the defense of the teaching of climate change against
ideological interference. With Josh Rosenau, he also conducted NCSE's
Grand Canyon excursions. A gifted writer, he contributed articles to
such venues as Earth, The Earth Scientist, New Scientist, the
Christian Science Monitor, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. In the past
few years, his time was divided between NCSE and the College of Marin,
where he teaches courses in geology and oceanography. All of us at
NCSE wish him the best in his future endeavors.

For information about NCSE staff and available speakers, visit: 


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

* Ann Reid discussing the importance of empathy in science education: 

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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