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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2015/11/13

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Sad news of the death of Marshall Berman. And a milestone for NCSE on Facebook.


The physicist and science education activist Marshall Berman died on
October 25, 2015, at the age of 76, according to a November 8, 2015,
obituary from the Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math
Education (CESE) in New Mexico. Passionate about the quality of
science education, Berman served for four years on the state board of
education and was a leader in the state's science education
organizations, including the New Mexico Academy of Science, New
Mexicans for Science and Reason, and CESE.

Berman became involved in the fight against creationism in 1996, when
the state board of education voted to remove references to evolution
and the age of the earth from the state's science standards. After
lobbying, education, and legislative efforts all failed, Berman won
election to the board, and convinced his new colleagues to restore
evolution and the age of the earth to the standards. Berman's efforts
in New Mexico were recognized by NCSE with a Friend of Darwin award in
1999. Berman was instrumental in rebuffing subsequent efforts to
compromise the scientific integrity of the standards and to pass
antievolution bills in the state legislature. His motivation was not
hard to discern: creationism, in Berman's view, was a threat to "all
of science and society," as he explained in a 2005 column published in
the American Physical Society's newsletter. In 2006, he told Stanford
Medicine Magazine, "It's hard for me to imagine a bigger threat that
all of us face. It's time to take action. Get involved in politics and
take a stand for science."

Berman was born on June 16, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan. He earned his
B.S. in physics from the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in
nuclear physics from Wayne State University. He spent his professional
career at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico,
where he worked for thirty-two years on nuclear reactor safety,
managing a variety of defense research projects. He also served as the
executive director of the U.S. Council of Competitiveness's Innovation

For the obituary from CESE, visit: 

For Berman's column in the APS newsletter, visit: 

For the article in Stanford Medicine Magazine, visit: 

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Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
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