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

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear friends of NCSE,

Sad news of the death of Ralph J. Cicerone.


Ralph J. Cicerone, immediate past president of the National Academy of
Sciences, died on November 5, 2016, at the age of 73, according to a
memorial notice from the Academy. "The entire scientific community is
mourning the sudden and untimely loss of this great leader who has
been unexpectedly removed from the forefront of the scientific issues
that matter most to the future well-being of society," Marcia McNutt,
Cicerone's successor as president of the National Academy of Sciences,
was quoted in the memorial notice as commenting. "Ralph Cicerone was a
model for all of us of not only doing what counts, but doing it with
honesty, integrity, and deep passion."

During his time at the Academy Cicerone was a strong and effective
voice for both climate education and evolution education. In the words
of the Academy's memorial notice, "Cicerone was an atmospheric
scientist whose research placed him at the forefront in shaping
science and environmental policy, both nationally and internationally.
In 2001, he led a key National Academy of Sciences study about climate
change requested by President George W. Bush. Ten years later, under
Cicerone's leadership, a comprehensive set of reports titled America's
Climate Choices, which called for action on reducing greenhouse gas
emissions while identifying strategies to help the nation and world
adapt to a changing climate, were issued. Under Cicerone's guidance,
the NAS and the Royal Society -- the science academy of the U.K. --
teamed up in 2014 to produce Climate Change: Evidence and Causes, a
readable publication written for policymakers, educators, and members
of the public." Cicerone also helped to develop the Academy's 2008
publication Science, Evolution, and Creationism, a book designed to
give the public a comprehensive and up-to-date picture of the current
scientific understanding of evolution and its importance in the
science classroom.

Cicerone was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on May 2, 1943. He
received his B.S.E.E. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
in 1965 and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Physics
from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1967 and 1970.
He was a researcher at the University of Michigan, the University of
California, San Diego, and the National Center for Atmospheric
Research before moving to the University of California, Irvine, in
1989, where he served as Chancellor from 1998 to 2005. He then served
as the president of the National Academy of Sciences from 2005 to
2016. His honors included the Roger Revell Medal from the American
Geophysical Union.

For the memorial notice from the National Academy of Sciences, visit: 

For America's Climate Choices, visit: 

For Climate Change: Evidence and Causes, visit: 

And for Science, Evolution, and Creationism, visit: 


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Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
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