Reports of the National Center for Science Education

Print Edition Contents: 30 (3)


  1. Updates
    News from California, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey,Tennessee,Texas, the nation, and Australia.
  1. From Evolution to Global Warming in South Dakota
    A legislative proposal borrows a tactic from the antievolution movement to attack what is taught about climate change.
  1. The Case of Mark Tangarone
    Steve Newton
    A course proposal in the Darwin bicentennial year was turned down by a school district because “topics need to be altered this year to eliminate teaching of Darwin’s work and the theory of evolution.”
  1. Uproar over Evolution in Israel
    Glenn Branch
    The chief scientist in Israel’s Ministry of Education questions reliability of evolution and climate change. Sound familiar?


  1. News from the Membership
    What our members are doing to support evolution and oppose pseudoscience wherever the need arises.
  1. Farewell, Susan
    NCSE says goodbye to Susan Spath.


  1. Americans’ Scientific Knowledge and Beliefs about Human Evolution in the Year of Darwin
    George F Bishop, Randall K Thomas, Jason A Wood, and Misook Gwon
    Americans’ knowledge about evolution often conflict with their beliefs. It is not uncommon for people to hold contradictory views.


  1. Address to the National Academy of Sciences
    Eugenie C Scott
    Remarks to the NAS on receiving the Public Welfare Medal.
  1. Moore, Moore, Moore, and More
    This issue’s book section features the works of authors named Moore — many of whom you have met on these pages.
  1. NCSE On the Road
    Check the calendar here for NCSE speakers.


  1. Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter
    Shelley Emling
    Made famous in the tongue-twister “She sells seashells by the seashore,” this ordinary woman made a huge impact on paleontology in her very short life.
  1. Teaching Evolution in Muslim States: Iran and Saudi Arabia Compared
    Elise K Burton
    Both governments and their schools are under strict religious oversight, but the differences in how they teach science, and especially evolution,may surprise you.



  1. George McCready Price
    Randy Moore
    The father of the “Flood geology” that underlay the emergence of “scientific creationism” in the 1960s.


  1. The Natural Selection by Ona Russell
    Reviewed by Susan Branch
  2. One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin by Kathryn Lasky
    Reviewed by Kate Miller
  3. Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
    Reviewed by Laurel Saiz
  4. Optical Allusions by Jay Hosler
    Reviewed by T Ryan Gregory
  5. The True Adventures of Charley Darwin
    by Deborah Heiligman
    Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
    by Carolyn Meyer
    Reviewed by Anne H Weaver
  6. The Greatest Show on Earth:
    The Evidence for Evolution

    by Richard Dawkins
    Reviewed by Douglas Theobald
  7. The Scopes Trial:
    The Battle Over Teaching Evolution

    by Stephanie Fitzgerald
    Reviewed by Carrie Sager