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NCSE Evolution and Climate Education Update for 2016/08/26

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

There are a few changes on NCSE board of directors to report.


At the most recent meeting of NCSE's board of directors, Francisco J.
Ayala was elected as president, replacing Brian Alters, whose term on
the board expired. Ayala is University Professor, the Donald Bren
Professor of Biological Sciences, and Professor of Philosophy at the
University of California, Irvine; his honors include the National
Medal for Science, the Templeton Prize, and the Stephen Jay Gould
Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution.

"We are grateful to Brian Alters for his years of service to NCSE and
to the cause of defending the integrity of science education,
including his serving in the Kitzmiller trial," commented NCSE's
executive director Ann Reid. "And we feel confident that with the
support of Francisco Ayala we will be able to continue the important
work defending and promoting the teaching of evolution and climate
change that Alters so ably supported."

Also at the meeting, two new members joined the board: Barry Polisky
and Kenneth R. Miller. Miller is a professor of biology at Brown
University, the coauthor, with Joseph S. Levine, of several popular
biology textbooks, and the author of Finding Darwin's God (1999) and
Only a Theory (2008). Like Alters, he testified for the plaintiffs in
the Kitzmiller trial. He is also a long-time member of NCSE's Advisory

After a successful academic career as a molecular biology researcher
at Indiana University, Polisky served as chief scientific officer for
a number of biotechnology start-ups, including Sirna Therapeutics and
Marina Biotech, and as research vice president at Merck and Co. He
currently is serving as a consultant for a number of companies
developing interfering RNA-based therapeutics.

On NCSE's board Miller and Polisky join Lorne Trottier of Matrox (the
board's vice president), Robert M. West of Informal Learning
Experiences (the board's secretary), Barbara Forrest of Southeastern
Louisiana University, Michael Haas of Orion Renewable Energy Group,
Richard B. Katskee of Americans United for Separation of Church and
State, and Benjamin D. Santer of Lawrence Livermore National

For information about NCSE's board of directors, visit: 


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

* Josh Rosenau discussing ScienceDebate 2016: 

* Josh Rosenau wishing a happy birthday to the National Parks: 

And much more besides!

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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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