The National Center for Science Education is the only national organization that specializes in defending the teaching of controversial issues (such as evolution and climate change) in public schools.

Because of our special expertise and experience, NCSE is often contacted by members of the press who are writing about the evolution/creationism controversy or about the teaching of global warming and other climate science issues that have come under political attack. Our staff can provide reliable information about creationism, evolution, climate change, and the state of science education in the United States.

If you need information, background, comments, or referrals to other sources, don't hesitate to contact us. Contact: Robert Luhn, Director of Communications at luhn@ncse.com

01.18.2012

McCaffrey to spearhead the new initiative

Mark S. McCaffrey has joined NCSE's staff to spearhead its new climate change initiative. A veteran climate change educator, McCaffrey will be in charge of NCSE's efforts to defend and support the teaching of climate change. (See NCSE's mission statement here.)

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01.13.2012

NCSE has long focused upon defending and promoting the teaching of evolution and the nature of science. Why are we now adding climate change to this list?

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01.13.2012

A new initiative in the struggle for quality science education

 

Science education is under attack—again.

This time it's under attack by climate change deniers, who ignore a mountain of evidence gathered over the last fifty years that the planet is warming and that humans are largely responsible. These deniers attempt to sabotage science education with fringe ideas, pseudoscience, and outright lies.

But the National Center for Science Education won't let 'em get away with it.

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06.29.2011

 

Announcing NCSE's Bumper Sticker Contest!

 

Our classic bumper stickers...

"Evolutionists do it with increasing complexity"

"Honk! If you understand punctuated equilibria"

...will remain in the lineup. But it's time to bring some new players onto the field.

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04.11.2011

This has been a busy year for creationists. Since January, anti-science legislators in seven states have proposed nine bills attacking evolution and evolution education. Many are so-called "academic freedom" bills, like Tennessee's HB 368, which allows teachers to "help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories covered in the course being taught." (For general background on academic freedom acts, go here.

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03.29.2011

Which creationist made us toss our cookies?

 

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03.21.2011

Friend of Darwin award recognizes Eldredge's major contributions to the public understanding of evolution

 

Niles Eldredge has been making the case for evolution—explaining, defending, and expanding the scientific account of the history of life—for over 40 years.

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02.07.2011

One-stop shopping for evolution resources

In the last two years, the NCSE has reached out to members, the public, and the press, via YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and other digital tools. Keeping track of all these venues can be daunting. Fret no more!

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01.16.2011

National science groups support NCSE with $$$

 

Is your organization standing tall for evolution? For science education? For the scientific method?

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12.17.2010

Those crafty creationists just won't let up. Since they can't get their way in the courts or state legislatures, their new tactic is to attack the curriculum itself, from science standards to textbooks, forcing teachers to teach science the creationist way.

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10.19.2010

USA Science & Engineering Festival expo features 1500 exhibits, 75 stage shows, and infinite fun

 

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05.25.2010

New resource for scientists, researchers, educators, the press, and concerned citizens

 

Check out NCSE's new web page devoted to surveys, polls, and relevant reports. The aim is to track public opinion about evolution, creationism, religion, and related issues.

The page: http://ncse.com/creationism/polls-surveys

What you'll find:

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05.24.2010

"Friends of Darwin" take center stage

 

They came from Texas. Big, brawny men, with big, brawny brains. They had a mission: To make evolution education safe for kids throughout the Republic of Texas.

These three men—David Hillis, Gerald Skoog and Ron Wetherington—stood tall for evolution!

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05.17.2010

"Wear sunscreen--and trust your brain!"

 

That's just some of the sage advice that NCSE's executive director Dr. Eugenie C. Scott passed along to graduates at the University of Missouri on Saturday, May 15. Dr. Scott was at UM to not only deliver a commencement speech, but to receive an honorary doctorate celebrating a career devoted to defending the teaching of evolution in the public schools.

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05.10.2010

Will 2010 be the Year of Science Denial?

 

Science deniers, creationists, and their fellow travelers aren't just targeting evolution. Now they're turning their sights on global warming.

Proof positive? The South Dakota legislature has passed House Concurrent Resolution 1009, which encourages teachers to present "balanced teaching" on global warming. The state senate has passed a similar resolution.

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05.03.2010

Which creationist was the most nauseating?

 

When it comes to dissing evolution (and science in general) there's no lack of volunteers. How to decide which among them is the worst?

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01.12.2010

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott Joins Carl Sagan, C. Everett Koop in National Academy of Sciences honor

 

The National Academy of Sciences has named Dr. Eugenie C. Scott the latest recipient of the NAS Public Welfare Medal. She joins an elite club that includes Carl Sagan, C. Everett Koop, David Packard, and Vannevar Bush.

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01.12.2010

 

"Creation", the new film about Darwin starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, premieres on Friday, January 22, in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley, Boston, and Washington, DC.

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12.31.2009

PRESS RELEASE

 

TOP TEN EVOLUTION/CREATIONISM STORIES OF THE YEAR

Darwin celebrated; evolution still under attack

 

 

 

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12.08.2009

NCSE shifts from .org to .com domain

NCSE is now using ncse.com—shorter and easier to remember than ncseweb.org—as its primary domain name. The change is already in effect on NCSE's web site and e-mail. But never fear: links and e-mail to ncseweb.org will be automatically forwarded to ncse.com.

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11.30.2009

 

NCSE challenges creationist's "special" edition of Darwin's Origin

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11.30.2009

Does Darwin's On the Origin of Species need a special introduction? Creationist Ray Comfort thinks so. On Thursday, November 19, mere days before the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin, Comfort plans to distribute free copies of Origin at colleges and universities across the U.S. and (on the 24th) in Canada.

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10.19.2009

NCSE's Scott joins Scientific American's revamped Board of Advisers

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott has joined Scientific American's revamped and expanded Board of Advisers. In her new role, Dr. Scott will have a hand in shaping the course of the magazine, offering advice and feedback on upcoming editorial plans, manuscripts, article proposals, and more.

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10.08.2009

California Academy of Sciences honors Dr. Eugenie C. Scott

It's better than an Oscar. The NCSE's Dr. Eugenie Scott has received the California Academy of Sciences' highest honor: the Fellows Medal. The Medal recognizes Dr. Scott's "...many important contributions to science, education, and evolution, and for her tireless efforts to safeguard scientific integrity in public life."

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09.08.2009

Francis Collins Nomination: Expert Sources

With the recent nomination of Francis Collins to head the NIH, there's been a lot of talk about the potential conflict between the man's religious views and his work as a scientist...and his potential impact (positive or negative) on the NIH.

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