Skip navigation.
The Critic's Resource on AntiEvolution

NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2016/05/27

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Kudos for Judy Scotchmoor from the Paleontological Society. And a
review of The Not-So-Intelligent Designer by NCSE's Glenn Branch.


NCSE is pleased to congratulate Judy Scotchmoor on receiving the
Pojeta Award, which recognizes "exceptional professional or public
service by individuals or groups in the field of paleontology above
and beyond that of existing formal roles or responsibilities," from
the Paleontological Society.

Formerly the Director of Education and Public Programs at the
University of California Museum of Paleontology, where she oversaw the
development of the popular Understanding Evolution and Understanding
Science websites, Scotchmoor is a long-time member of NCSE and a
recipient of its Friend of Darwin Award.

For the Paleontological Society's Facebook post about the award, visit: 

For Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science, visit: 

And for NCSE's story about Scotchmoor's receiving the Friend of Darwin
award, visit: 


NCSE's deputy director Glenn Branch reviewed Abby Hafer's The
Not-So-Intelligent Designer (Cascade Books, 2015) for California
Classroom Science. Hafer, he explained, argues "that intelligent
design is refuted by the quirks and kinks, the makeshift solutions and
haywire failures, of human biology. Along the way, she offers a
spirited assault on the promoters of intelligent design, accusing them
of purveying uncertainty and doubt about evolution, peddling religion
disguised as science, and engaging in propaganda reminiscent of the
tobacco industry." Although he identified a number of weaknesses in
the book, he concluded by recommending it to science teachers as "a
lively, opinionated, and provocative introduction to the topic."

For Branch's review, visit: 

And for information about the book from its publisher, visit: 


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

* Emily Schoerning discussing "Iowa Nice" in the context of informal
science education: 

* Glenn Branch exposing a creationist misrepresentation of Ernst
Mayr's attitude toward evolution: 

* Emily Schoerning explaining a new initiative from the Science
Booster Club program: 

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 

Check out NCSE's blog, Science League of America: 

Read Reports of the NCSE on-line: 

Subscribe to NCSE's free weekly e-newsletter: 

NCSE is on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter: 

NCSE's work is supported by its members. Join today!