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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2015/11/27

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

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J. Petto, a new if posthumous book from Robert J. Schadewald, and a
new poll of American public opinion on climate change.


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NCSE is pleased to congratulate Andrew J. Petto on receiving the
Evolution Education Award for 2015 from the National Association of
Biology Teachers, sponsored by BSCS (Biological Sciences Curriculum
Study) and the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action. The
award recognizes innovative classroom teaching and community education
efforts to promote the accurate understanding of biological evolution.

Senior Lecturer in Anatomy and Physiology at the University of
Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and co-editor (with Laurie R. Godfrey) of
Scientists Confront Creationism: Intelligent Design and Beyond (2008),
Petto is the former editor of Reports of the National Center for
Science Education and a former member of NCSE's board of directors.
His "Evolution in the Context of Teaching Biology" appears in the
print supplement to RNCSE 35:6.

Eugenie C. Scott, NCSE's founding executive director, commented, "No
one knows more about teaching evolution effectively than Anj Petto.
And no one is more dedicated to mentoring teachers to do a better job
in teaching evolution." She added, "Anj 'gets it' better than anyone I
know when it comes to communicating to students, teachers, and his
fellow scientists what needs to be done to improve evolution

For information about NABT's awards, visit: 


Robert J. Schadewald (1943-2000), a former president of NCSE's board
of directors, was working on a manuscript about the history of the
flat-earth movement until the week of his death. Now, thanks to his
sister Lois Schadewald and his widow Wendy Schadewald, a final version
of The Plane Truth is freely available on-line in web and ebook

Writing at the Skeptical Society's Insight blog (November 19, 2015),
Daniel Loxton comments, "During his life, Bob Schadewald was the
world's leading skeptical expert on the history of flat-Earth
advocacy. ...  Always there is more to learn. But we who are left to
continue that work are richer today, for we have Bob Schadewald's last
gift to the scholars of the weird."

For The Plane Truth on-line, visit: 

And for Daniel Loxton's blog post about The Plane Truth, visit: 


Two in three Americans think that global warming is happening, and
about half think that, if it is happening, it is mostly owing to human
activity, but only about one in ten know that nearly all climate
scientists agree that global warming is happening as a result of human
activity. Those were among the key findings of Climate Change in the
American Mind: October 2015.

Presented with a definition of global warming as "the idea that the
world's average temperature has been increasing over the past 150
years, may be increasing more in the future, and that the world's
climate may change as a result" and asked whether they thought that
global warming is happening, 67% of respondents said yes, 16% said no,
and 18% indicated that they didn't know.

Asked about the cause of global warming, on the assumption that it is
happening, 53% of respondents said that it is caused mostly by human
activities, 33% said that it is caused mostly by natural changes in
the environment, 8% opted for "neither because global warming isn't
happening," and 5% volunteered that it was a mix of human activities
and natural causes.

Asked to indicate "what percentage of climate scientists think that
human-caused global warming is happening," only 12% selected a value
between 91% and 100% -- the correct range, as repeated independent
studies have demonstrated. The mean of the values selected by the
respondents was 67%; the median was 74%.

The study was conducted by the Yale Project on Climate Change
Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate
Change Communication. The surveys were administered in a web-based
environment from September 30 to October 19, 2015, using an on-line
research panel of 1330 American adults.

According to the report, the sample "includes a representative
cross-section of American adults -- irrespective of whether they have
Internet access, use only a cell phone, etc.  Key demographic
variables were weighted, post survey, to match US Census Bureau
norms." The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3% at the 95%
confidence level.

For Climate Change in the American Mind: October 2015 (PDF), visit: 

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


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

* Minda Berbeco discussing the Letters to the Future project: 

* Glenn Branch congratulating a promoter of "intelligent design" on
finally describing Richard Dawkins's "weasel" example correctly: 

* Ann Reid discussing the harassment of the National Center for
Environmental Information: 

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
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