2012

03.16.2012

Oklahoma's House Bill 1551 — one of two bills attacking the teaching of evolution and of climate change active in the Oklahoma legislature during 2012 — passed the House of Representatives on a 56-12 vote on March 15, 2012.

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03.15.2012

Senate Bill 893 — nicknamed, along with its counterpart House Bill 368, "the monkey bill" — is back.

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03.12.2012
F. Sherwood RowlandF. Sherwood Rowland

The distinguished atmospheric and environmental chemist F. Sherwood Rowland died on March 10, 2012, at the age of 84, according to the obituary in the Los Angeles Times (March 12, 2012).

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03.12.2012

Oklahoma's Senate Bill 1742 — one of two bills attacking the teaching of evolution and of climate change active in the Oklahoma legislature during 2012 — is dead, having died in committee on March 1, 2012, when a deadline for bills in the senate to be reported from their committees passed.

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03.12.2012

"After many years in which evolution was the most contentious issue in science education, climate change is now the battle du jour in school districts across the country," the Wall Street Journal (March 11, 2012) reports (subscription required).

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03.09.2012

NCSE is pleased to announce the debut of a new resource in the climate change section of its website: "Voices for climate change education."

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03.06.2012

Senate Bill 374 (PDF), prefiled in the Louisiana Senate on March 1, 2012, and provisionally referred to the Senate Committee on Education, would, if enacted, repeal Louisiana Revised Statutes 17:285.1, which implemented the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act, passed and enacted in 2008.

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03.05.2012

John Freshwater's legal challenge to the decision to terminate his employment as a middle school science teacher in Mount Vernon, Ohio, was defeated again, on March 5, 2012, when Ohio's Fifth District Court of Appeals upheld (PDF) a lower court's rejection of his challenge.

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03.05.2012

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award for 2012: Judy Scotchmoor, the Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs at the University of California Museum of Paleontology who led the development of the popular Understanding Evolution website, and Zach Kopplin, the young activist who as a high school student in Baton Rouge in 2011 launched a drive to repeal Louisiana's antievolution law.

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03.04.2012
Michael Mann

Climate scientist Michael Mann's private e-mails and research notes will remain private, thanks to a ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court.

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