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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2015/07/03

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

A new issue of Reports of the NCSE. Plus a prize for Francisco J.
Ayala and a new poll on dinosaur/human coexistence.


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 4 -- contains Michael Buratovich's "Where
Are My Genes? Genomic Considerations on Darwin's Doubt, Lorence G.
Collins's "When Was Grand Canyon Carved?" and Maarten Boudry's
review-essay of Kelly James Clark's Religion and the Sciences of
Origins. And for his regular People and Places column, Randy Moore
discusses WGN Radio, which aired a live broadcast of the Scopes trial
from Dayton, Tennnessee, in 1925.

Plus a host of reviews of books on climate change: Peter Buckland
reviews Philippe Squarzoni's Climate Changed, Jeffrey T. Kiehl reviews
Michael L. Bender's Paleoclimate, Stephan Lewandowsky reviews George
Marshall's Don't Even Think About It, Kenneth G. Miller reviews Vivian
Gornitz's Rising Seas: Past, Present, Future, Tegan Morton reviews
Grady Klein and Yoram Bauman's The Cartoon Introduction to Climate
Change, and Gordon Sayre reviews Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway's
The Collapse of Western Civilization.

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 35:4, 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 35:4, visit: 

For information about joining NCSE, visit: 


NCSE congratulates Francisco J. Ayala for winning the 2015 Stephen Jay
Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution. A member of
NCSE's board of directors and of its Advisory Council, Ayala is
University Professor, the Donald Bren Professor of Biological
Sciences, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California,
Irvine. Ayala received the Gould Prize and presented a public lecture
on "Copernicus and Darwin: Two Revolutions" on June 26, 2015, at the
Evolution 2015 conference in Guarujá, Brazil.

Ayala received the National Medal for Science, the nation's highest
award for lifetime achievement in scientific research, in 2001, and
the Templeton Prize in 2010, as well as honorary degrees from
twenty-one universities worldwide. He testified for the plaintiffs in
McLean v. Arkansas, a 1982 case challenging the constitutionality of a
law requiring equal time for creation science in the public schools,
and was the lead author of Science, Evolution, and Creationism
(National Academies Press, 2008).

The Stephen Jay Gould Prize is awarded annually by the SSE "to
recognize individuals whose sustained and exemplary efforts have
advanced public understanding of evolutionary science and its
importance in biology, education, and everyday life in the spirit of
Stephen Jay Gould." NCSE's Eugenie C. Scott was the recipient of the
first Gould Prize, in 2009, followed by Sean B. Carroll in 2010,
Kenneth R. Miller in 2011, David Quammen in 2012, Judy Scotchmoor in
2013, and Steve Jones in 2014.

For information about the Evolution 2015 conference, visit: 

For Science, Evolution, and Creationism, visit: 


Prompted by the release of the movie Jurassic World, a new poll from
YouGov indicates that Americans are about evenly split on the question
of whether dinosaurs and humans lived on the planet at the same time.

Asked "Do you believe that dinosaurs and humans once lived on the
planet at the same time," 14% of respondents said definitely, 27% said
probably, 18% said probably not, and 25% said definitely not; 16% were

Demographically, YouGov noted, "While most Americans who describe
themselves as 'born again' (56%) believe that humans and dinosaurs
once shared the planet, most Americans who do not describe themselves
as born again (51%) think that they did not."

In seeming confirmation of the roughly even split in opinion, a poll
of registered voters in Texas in 2010 found that 30% agreed and 41%
disagreed with "The earliest humans lived at the same time as the
dinosaurs," with 30% saying that they didn't know.

Similarly, in Reports of the NCSE in 2010, George Bishop and his
colleagues described a 2008 survey in which 40% of respondents agreed,
and 48% of respondents disagreed, with "Dinosaurs lived at the same
time as people."

But the 2008 survey, which posed a large number of related but
different questions to the respondents, also revealed apparent
inconsistencies in their views: for example, 69% of respondents agreed
with "Dinosaurs became extinct about 65 million years ago."

In its press release, YouGov says that "the last dinosaurs died out 65
million years ago." In fact, the scientific consensus is that
dinosaurs are still extant: birds are theropod dinosaurs. It is
unclear to what extent respondents were influenced by the scientific

The poll surveyed 1000 adult Americans between June 15 and 17, 2015,
apparently on-line; the margin of error reported was plus/minus 4.4%.
Further details of the polling methodology are not readily apparent.

For YouGov's press release about the poll, visit: 

For information about the 2010 and 2008 polls cited, visit: 

And for NCSE's collection of polls and surveys, visit: 


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

* Steven Newton debunking a claim from John Stossel about politics and science: 

* Minda Berbeco discussing the creationist presence at NEA's conferences: 

* Josh Rosenau musing on possible titles for Disney's upcoming film
about Darwin: 

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.
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