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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2016/03/11

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(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Kudos for Carl Zimmer. Signs of hope in West Virginia. And kudos for Bill Nye.


NCSE congratulates Carl Zimmer for winning the 2016 Stephen Jay Gould
Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution. A recipient of
NCSE's Friend of Darwin award, Zimmer is a prolific science journalist
whose writing on evolution includes Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea
(2001), the textbook The Tangled Bank (second edition, 2013), and the
textbook Evolution: Making Sense of Life (second edition, 2015),
coauthored with Douglas J. Emlen. Zimmer will receive the Gould Prize
and present a public lecture on June 17, 2016, at the Evolution 2016
conference in Austin, Texas.

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 founding executive director 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, Steve Jones in 2014, and Francisco J.
Ayala, a member of NCSE's board of directors, in 2015.

For information about the Gould Prize, visit: 


At its March 7, 2016, meeting, West Virginia's Senate Education
Committee revised House Bill 4014 to require only the review, not the
repeal, of the recently adopted state science standards, according to
the Charleston Gazette-Mail (March 7, 2016).

As NCSE previously reported, the version of House Bill 4014 which
passed the House of Delegates in late February 2016 would prevent the
state board of education from implementing the state science standards
adopted in 2015, and there were indications that the treatment of
climate science in the standards was part of the motivation.

The Senate Education Committee's version of the bill, however, would
establish a panel appointed by deans at Marshall University and West
Virginia University and supervised by the Chancellor of the Higher
Education Policy Commission to review the standards "and recommend
revisions that it considers appropriate."

The bill will proceed to the floor of the Senate, where it might be
accepted, amended further, or rejected; differences between the House
and Senate bills might then have to be reconciled. The legislative
session ends on March 12, 2016.

For information about West Virginia's House Bill 4014 from the
legislature, visit: 

For the story in the Charleston Gazette-Mail, visit: 

And for NCSE's previous coverage of events in West Virginia, visit: 


NCSE is pleased to congratulate Bill Nye ("The Science Guy") for
receiving the National NASA Space Grant Distinguished Service Award
for 2016. The award "was established to recognize individuals whose
life and career have had a long[-]lasting impact in a science,
engineering or education field that is related to aeronautic,
aviation, or space endeavors," according to the National Council of
Space Grant Directors.

The host of the popular science education television programs Bill Nye
the Science Guy and The Eyes of Nye, the chief executive officer of
the Planetary Society (the world's largest space interest
organization), and a member of NCSE's Advisory Council, Nye is also
the author (with Corey S. Powell) of Undeniable: Evolution and the
Science of Creation (2014) and Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to
Change the World (2015).

For a press release about the award, visit: 


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

* Emily Schoerning discussing the wide appeal of supporting science education: 

* Glenn Branch describing Ambrose Bierce's opinion of Charles 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.
1904 Franklin Street, Suite 600
Oakland CA 94612-2922
fax 510-788-7971 

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