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

02.13.2017

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award for 2017: Edward J. Larson, the Pepperdine University historian and legal scholar who won a Pulitzer Prize for his 1997 book about the Scopes trial, Summer for the Gods; Richard E. Lenski, the Michigan State University evolutionary biologist famed for his E. coli Long-Term Experimental Evolution Project; and Daniel J. Phelps, a geologist and unrelenting critic of a young-earth creationist ministry headquartered in his native Kentucky.

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05.09.2016

NCSE is pleased to announce the winners of the Friend of Darwin award for 2016: Andrew J. Petto, a physical anthropologist, who formerly served on NCSE's board of directors and as the editor of Reports of the National Center for Science Education; Donald R. Prothero, a paleontologist and prolific author whose latest book is The Story of Life in 25 Fossils; and Paula Spence, a cartoonist and artist who has been contributing graphics of all sorts to NCSE for almost a decade.

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11.08.2013

Genie Scott to retire; Ann Reid to take the reins

Ann Reid is joining NCSE as Executive Director, starting January 2, 2014. She will replace Eugenie C. Scott, who has led NCSE in fighting the good fight for science education for 27 years.

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08.19.2013

NCSE launches its first blog

It was worth the wait.

After pondering the pros and cons of this newfangled "Internet" thing, NCSE has launched the Science League of America—our blog dedicated to defending the teaching of evolution and climate change. The blog is at www.ncse.com/blog

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06.05.2012

Friend of Darwin award recognizes lifetime evolution educator, young grassroots activist

 

It's an age-old story—the master and the newcomer. The expert who has devoted decades to keeping students on the right path. And the new kid who throws himself into the battle for truth, beauty, and the sheer joy of challenging the status quo.

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02.20.2012

The Friend of Darwin award recognizes rapper, writer, and educator for their unstinting defense of evolution

Some Friends of Darwin are center stage—literally. Others work quietly behind the scenes, nudging, cajoling, and otherwise "herding butterflies" to get things done. Still others defend science with books, lectures, and crackerjack research.

 

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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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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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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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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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06.26.2009

The Society for the Study of Evolution has honored NCSE's executive director with its first Stephen Jay Gould Prize. Named in memory of paleontologist and popular science writer Stephen Jay Gould, this award recognizes outstanding work in communicating the insights, applications, and importance of evolutionary biology to the general public.

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06.19.2009

Scientific American names the 10 most important leaders in science and technology

Barack Obama and Bill Gates are in good company. The NCSE's Dr. Eugenie C. Scott joins Obama and Gates as members of the Scientific American 10 honor roll. This honor roll pays tribute to the ten people in the last year who have "demonstrated exceptional leadership and accomplishment in guaranteeing that future technologies will be applied to the benefit of humanity".

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05.19.2009

NASA officials demand Big Bang be called a "theory"; national parks selling creationist books; teachers pressured to teach creationism

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03.20.2009

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is expanding its online video presence with its new YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/NatCen4ScienceEd.

Here you'll find reports from the evolution/creationism wars—footage of contentious testimony, landmark and illuminating speeches, conference coverage, excerpts from television appearances, and presentations. In the future, look for classroom videos, tutorials for teachers, videos contributed by NCSE members, and much more.

When you visit our YouTube channel, check out a couple of key areas. At top right you'll see the latest, hot video. (In this case, executive director Dr. Genie Scott explaining evolution to the Texas Board of Education.) Below this video window you'll see the Playlist area. We've broken down our initial offerings into different categories—Genie Scott's testimony before the Texas Board of Education; the board's chairman, Don McLeroy, expounding on why evolution is false; and some light-hearted coverage of our recent Project Steve celebration.

Please explore the site, tell us what you like (and don't), and suggest improvements and changes. Send your comments to Robert Luhn at luhn@ncseweb.org.

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02.14.2009

PRESS RELEASE

 

A kilosteve attained!

A new Darwin inaugurates the third century of evolution.

Steven P. Darwin — Steve #1000

 

CHICAGO -- It was nip and tuck, but when the dust settled, Dr. Steve Darwin was named the 1000th Steve in NCSE's Project Steve.

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02.12.2009

PRESS RELEASE

1000th Steve to be crowned at AAAS press conference

 

 

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05.23.2008

 

Next entry looks at attacks on science education around the country

 

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05.20.2008

 

A nonprofit's archives track the rise and fall of attacks on evolution

 

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05.06.2008

 

While legislatures focus on antievolution bills, a new video helps students see how evolution works

 

Oakland, California, May 6, 2008 -- As attacks on evolution education remain in the news, with proposed antievolution legislation in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, and Missouri in the headlines, a new video rebutting the basic premise of "intelligent design" creationism is now available on www.ExpelledExposed.com.

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04.15.2008

 

www.ExpelledExposed.com finds new creationist "documentary" lacking accuracy on many levels

 

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03.18.2008

 

NCSE's executive director Eugenie C. Scott is to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of New Mexico on May 17, 2008. In a letter to Scott, the university's president David J. Schmidly wrote, "This degree is a reflection of the high regard in which you are held and acknowledgement of the vast accomplishments you have made in your career."

 

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12.13.2007

 

November 13, 2007 -- The National Center for Science Education congratulates the producers of Judgment Day, a documentary about the seminal Kitzmiller v. Dover trial of 2005, for its accurate portrayal of the case that showed intelligent design to be a specific religious viewpoint. Judgment Day premiers on November 13, 2007, on PBS stations nationwide.

 

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