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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2014/10/17

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

NCSE is going to take a few teachers on its Grand Canyon excursion --
and you can help. And a batch of new videos at NCSE's YouTube channel,
plus a preview of George Marshall's Don't Even Think About It.


The National Center for Science Education is pleased to accept
applications for its inaugural class of Grand Canyon Teacher Scholars.
Lucky teachers will be given an all-expenses-paid seat on NCSE's
annual Grand Canyon expedition, an eight-day voyage through some of
the world's greatest geological wonders. It's an opportunity of a
lifetime, giving deserving teachers a hard-earned vacation and an
incomparable learning experience.

For over a dozen years, NCSE has chartered a raft trip through Grand
Canyon, with staffers Steve Newton and Josh Rosenau currently taking
the lead in the unique and tongue-in-cheek "two model" tour of the
canyon's geological history. Rafters descend through the strata,
considering the hundreds of millions of years revealed on the canyon's
walls, and examine how creationists try to explain that same evidence,
and why such efforts are doomed to fail.

"The Grand Canyon is the best geology classroom in the world,"
explains Steve Newton, a programs and policy director at NCSE and a
geology professor at the College of Marin. "There's no better way to
see deep time and explore the processes that shape our Earth than to
raft down the Colorado River as it cuts down through the eons, past
the Great Unconformity, to rocks almost half the age of the Earth."

"Any teacher would be lucky to be chosen for this scholarship," added
Rosenau. "Aside from the wonders of the canyon and the inspired
presentations Steve and I prepare, the great joy of the NCSE
expedition is the mix of scientists, scholars, and brilliant polymaths
who join us. The winning teachers will have a chance to learn from a
lot of brilliant people, and bringing more teachers into the campfire
conversations will enrich all of our experiences."

"We all want to find ways to honor the amazing work science teachers
do, and I'm glad NCSE has this opportunity," explained NCSE executive
director Ann Reid. "It'll be exciting to see all the applicants, and
to give everyone a chance to help give teachers this spectacular
reward." Teachers are encouraged to apply now (the deadline is January
5, 2015), and anyone interesting in helping teachers have this
experience can contribute to the scholarship fund.

For the scholarship application, visit: 

For the chance to contribution to the scholarship fund, visit: 

And for information about NCSE's Grand Canyon excursions, visit: 


NCSE is pleased to announce the addition of a further batch of videos
to NCSE's YouTube channel. Featured are a promotional video for
Climate Smart & Energy Wise, a new book from Mark McCaffrey; Glenn
Branch speaking on "After Kitzmiller -- What?" to the Center for
Inquiry Los Angeles in 2014; and Eugenie C. Scott speaking on "Playing
with Deception" to the Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas in 2014. Plus
there's footage of Scott receiving a Distinguished Service to Science
Education Award from the National Science Teachers Association in
Boston in 2014, and a series of archived webinars aimed at broadening
and deepening the networks of activists that make NCSE's work
possible. Tune in and enjoy!

For information about Climate Smart & Energy Wise, visit: 

And for NCSE's YouTube channel, visit: 


NCSE is pleased to offer a free preview of George Marshall's Don't
Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change
(Bloomsbury, 2014). The preview consists of chapter 42, "In a
Nutshell: Some Personal and Highly Biased Ideas for Digging Our Way
Out of This Hole," in which Marshall offers suggestions for action on
climate change in light of the book's review of the psychological
barriers to accepting the science.

Praising Don't Even Think About It, James E. Hansen, the former
director of NASA's Goddard Institute and a member of NCSE's Advisory
Council, writes, "Illuminating and important -- [Marshall] makes clear
why we continue down a dangerous path of increasing climate
disruption, even when attractive, hospitable, alternative paths are
available." And Bill Nye adds, "Please read this book, and think about

For the preview of Don't Even Think About It (PDF), visit: 

For information about the book from its publisher, visit: 


Have you been visiting NCSE's blog, The Science League of America,
recently? If not, then you've missed:

* Josh Rosenau wondering whether Sherlock Holmes was scientifically literate: 

* Stephanie Keep explaining what is and what isn't random about evolution: 

* Mark McCaffrey applauding the EPA administrator's call for climate
science education: 

And much more besides!

For The Science League of America, 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.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
510-601-7203 x303
fax: 510-601-7204

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