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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2018/02/02

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

A preview of Evolution's Bite and a reminder about Darwin Day.


NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of Peter S. Ungar's
Evolution's Bite: A Story of Teeth, Diet, and Human Origins (Princeton
University Press, 2017). The preview consists of the introduction,
which explains, "We hold in our mouths the legacy of our evolution,"
and chapter 6, "What Made Us Human," which considers "ideas about what
made us human from the perspective we've built on teeth, diet, and a
changing world."

The reviewer for Science writes, "Evolution's Bite combines personal
anecdotes from Ungar’s own career with vivid historical accounts of
the work of some of the pioneers in the fields of paleoanthropology,
primatology, dental functional anatomy, and paleoclimatology." Ungar
is Distinguished Professor and director of the Environmental Dynamics
Program at the University of Arkansas.

For the preview, visit: 

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


It's time to dust off your Darwin costume again: less than two weeks
remain before Darwin Day 2018! Colleges and universities, schools,
libraries, museums, churches, civic groups, and just plain folks
across the country -- and the world -- are preparing to celebrate
Darwin Day, on or around February 12, in honor of the life and work of
Charles Darwin. These events provide a marvelous opportunity not only
to celebrate Darwin's birthday but also to engage in public outreach
about science, evolution, and the importance of evolution education --
which is especially needed with assaults on evolution education
already under way in state legislatures. NCSE encourages its members
and friends to attend, participate in, and even organize Darwin Day
events in their own communities. To find a local event, check the
websites of local universities and museums and the registry of Darwin
Day events maintained by the Darwin Day Celebration website. (And
don't forget to register your own event with the Darwin Day
Celebration website!)

And with Darwin Day comes the return of Evolution Weekend! Hundreds of
congregations all over the country and around the world are taking
part in Evolution Weekend, February 9-11, 2018, by presenting sermons
and discussion groups on the compatibility of faith and science.
Michael Zimmerman, the initiator of the project, writes, "Evolution
Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the
relationship between religion and science. One important goal is to
elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic -- to
move beyond sound bites. A second critical goal is to demonstrate that
religious people from many faiths and locations understand that
evolution is sound science and poses no problems for their faith.
Finally, as with The Clergy Letter itself, Evolution Weekend makes it
clear that those claiming that people must choose between religion and
science are creating a false dichotomy." At last count, 200
congregations in forty-three states (and five foreign countries) were
scheduled to hold Evolution Weekend events.

For the Darwin Day registry, visit: 

For information about Evolution Weekend, 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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