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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2015/05/01

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

A new issue of Reports of the NCSE is published. And NCSE is
represented in a new MOOC on climate change denial.


NCSE is pleased to announce that the latest issue of Reports of the
National Center for Science Education is now available on-line. The
issue -- volume 35, number 3 -- is a special book review issue,
containing a round dozen reviews of books on various topics in
biology. And for his regular People and Places column, Randy Moore
discusses Frank White, the Arkansas governor who signed the Balanced
Treatment for Creation-Science and Evolution-Science Act, which was
overturned by the 1982 decision in McLean v. Arkansas.

As for the reviews, David Baum reviews Franklin M. Harold's In Search
of Cell History, Daniel Fairbanks reviews Eugene E. Harris's Ancestors
in Our Genome, Jonathan Marks reviews Henry Gee's The Accidental
Species, Jeffrey McKee reviews Chip Walter's Last Ape Standing, Kevin
Padian reviews The Tree of Life, edited by Pablo Vargas and Rafael
Zadoya, Rafe Sagarin reviews Douglas J. Emlen's Animal Weapons: The
Evolution of Battle, Pat Shipman reviews John Gurche's Shaping
Humanity, Susan Spath reviews John Archibald's One Plus One Equals
One, Corwin Sullivan reviews Niles Eldredge's Extinction and
Evolution, Marshall D. Sundberg reviews Joseph E. Armstrong's How the
Earth Turned Green, Erica Torrens reviews J. David Archibald's
Aristotle's Ladder, Darwin's Tree, and Linda Wolfe reviews Marlene
Zuk's Paleofantasy.

All of these articles, features, and reviews are freely available in
PDF form from Members of NCSE will shortly be 
receiving in the mail the print supplement to Reports 35:3, which, in
addition to summaries of the on-line material, contains news from the
membership, a regular column in which NCSE staffers offer personal
reports on what they've been doing to defend the teaching of
evolution, a regular column interviewing NCSE's favorite people, and
more besides. (Not a member? Join today!)

For the table of contents for RNCSE 35:3, visit: 

For information about joining NCSE, visit: 


A just-launched first-of-its-kind massive open online course on
climate change denial, "Making Sense of Climate Science Denial," is
already reaching over ten thousand people around the world -- and NCSE
is represented.

The course material contains interviews with researchers and activists
from around the world, including NCSE's Josh Rosenau, Mark McCaffrey,
and Eugenie C. Scott, as well as Ben Santer, a member of NCSE's board
of directors.

Writing in the Guardian (April 21, 2015), Dana Nuccitelli, one of the
course instructors, explained, "The goal is for the students to come
out of the course with a stronger understanding of climate science,
myth debunking, and the psychology of science denial that's become so
pervasive and dangerous in today's world."

The coordinator of the course is John Cook, fellow at the University
of Queensland's Global Change Institute Climate Communication and the
creator of the popular climate-change-denial-debunking website
Skeptical Science.

Offered through the EdX MOOC platform, the "Making Sense of Climate
Science Denial" course -- nicknamed Denial 101x -- is free and open to
the public; a verified certificate of completion is $100. The course
began on April 28, 2015, and lasts for seven weeks.

For information about "Making Sense of Climate Science Denial," visit: 

For the complete videos with Rosenau, Scott, and Santer, visit: 

For Nuccitelli's column in the Guardian, visit: 

For Skeptical Science, visit: 

And for NCSE's resources on climate science and climate education, visit: 


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

* Minda Berbeco heralding a possible statement on climate change
education from the California PTA: 

* Stephanie Keep discussing the pedagogical usefulness of examples of
evolution in action: 

* Ann Reid recounting her social encounter with a climate change denier: 

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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