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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2016/05/13

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

The winners of NCSE's Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards for 2016.


NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award
for 2016: Andrew J. Petto, a physical anthropologist, who formerly
served on NCSE's board of directors and as the editor of Reports of
the National Center for Science Education; Donald R. Prothero, a
paleontologist and prolific author whose latest book is The Story of
Life in 25 Fossils; and Paula Spence, a cartoonist and artist who has
been contributing graphics of all sorts to NCSE for almost a decade.

"Anj Petto served NCSE, as well as the cause of science education, so
long and so well that he was a natural choice," commented NCSE's
executive director Ann Reid, "while it would be hard to think of
anyone who has contributed as much to the public understanding of the
paleontological evidence for evolution and against creationism as Don
Prothero." She added, "And Paula Spence's art for NCSE has
entertained, enlightened, and educated thousands of people."

NCSE is also pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of the
Planet award for 2016: Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University; Dana
Nuccitelli and John P. Abraham, who contribute the Climate Consensus
-- the 97% column to the Guardian; and Skeptical Science, a website
devoted to explaining climate change science and rebutting global
warming misinformation created and maintained by John Cook of the
University of Queensland.

"All of the Friends of the Planet for 2016 shine as climate
communicators, in different but complementary ways," Reid explained.
"Katharine Hayhoe excels at building connections between science and
society and Dana Nuccitelli and John Abraham have consistently
provided timely commentary on the latest developments. And Skeptical
Science is simply unrivaled as a vast, up-to-date, and in-depth source
of accurate and accessible information on climate change science."

The Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards are presented
annually to a select few whose efforts to support NCSE and advance its
goal of defending the teaching of evolution and climate science have
been truly outstanding. Previous recipients of the Friend of Darwin
award include Niles Eldredge, Susan Epperson, John F. Haught, and the
plaintiffs in Kitzmiller v. Dover. Previous recipients of the Friend
of the Planet Award include Michael Mann, Naomi Oreskes, and the
Alliance for Climate Education.

For information about the two awards, visit: 


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

* Josh Rosenau discussing the contributions of Katherine Hayhoe and
Donald Prothero: 

* Minda Berbeco discussing the contributions of John Abraham and Dana
Nuccitelli and Skeptical Science: 

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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