NCSE is pleased to announce the sixth issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education in its new on-line format. The issue — volume 31, number 6 — features George Allan Alderman III's account of his visit to Kent Hovind's creationist theme park, Dinosaur Adventure Land, and Ian C. Binns's review of the battle over science in Louisiana since the passage of the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act in 2008. For his regular People and Places column, Randy Moore discusses the controversial career of the nineteenth-century preacher and enthusiast for evolution Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887).
Plus a host of reviews of books relating to the creationism/evolution controversy: Marc-André Lachance reviews David Herbert's Charles Darwin's Religious Views: From Creationist to Evolutionist; John M. Lynch reviews Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt's A Meaningful World; Arthur McCalla reviews Lenn E. Goodman's Creation and Evolution; Arcady Mushegian and Eric Kessler review John C. Avise's Inside the Human Genome; Juli Peretó reviews Fazale Rana's Creating Life in the Lab; and Jeffrey Shallit reviews James Le Fanu's Why Us? How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves.
All of these articles, features, and reviews are freely available in PDF form from http://reports.ncse.com. Members of NCSE will shortly be receiving in the mail the print supplement to Reports 31:6, which, in addition to summaries of the on-line material, contains news from the membership, a regular column in which NCSE staffers offer personal reports on what they've been doing to defend the teaching of evolution, a new regular column interviewing NCSE's favorite people — members of NCSE's board of directors, NCSE's Supporters, recipients of NCSE's Friend of Darwin award, and so on — and more besides. (Not a member? Join today!)