KCFS Update – October 23, 2006

KCFS Update
10/23/06

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EVENTS
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“The Once and Future Intelligent Design”
Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, will give a free public lecture, “The Once and Future Intelligent Design” on Thursday, November 2, at 7:00 pm at Kansas State University in Manhattan in the Alumni Center Ballroom. The event is sponsored by the KSU Center for the Understanding of Origins.

Scott will also speak at the following events in Kansas:

Friday, November 3: “Genie’s Top 10 Ways to Teach Evolution Better” at 4:00 pm in Room 101 Thompson Hall, Kansas State University Cosponsored by KSU Center for the Understanding of Origins and the Geology Department.

Saturday, November 4: “Politics, Education, and Evolution” at 7:30 PM in Carlsen Center Room 211 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park.  Free. [Sponsored by KCFS]

Thursday, November 16: “Faith, Reason, and Assumption in Understanding the Natural World” at 7:30-9:00 pm at the University of Kansas in Lawrence in the Kansas Union Ballroom. Part of the Hall Center for the Humanities Difficult Dialogues at the Commons series.

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KCFS Annual Meeting to be held November 19

If you are a KCFS member, past, present, or prospective, you are cordially invited to KCFS’s annual meeting starting at 2:00 p.m. on November 19 at the Topeka Public Library. There will be a brief overview of what KCFS has done over the past year and a  look at some future plans. Officers and Board members for the coming year will be elected, and there will be snacks and beverages. If you wish to join or renew your membership, you can do so at the meeting.

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http://www.lindahall.org/events_exhib/peirce_studies.shtml

Talks on “Information Theories and the Philosophy of Science” at Linda Hall Library
As part of the celebrations marking the 60th Anniversary of the Linda Hall Library, the Charles S. Pierce Center for Philosophy and History of Science of Kansas City will be offering a series of four talks on topics concerning Information Theories and the Philosophy of Science. The talks will take place on four consecutive Saturdays: October 28, November 7, 14, and 21, 2006. Eliseo Fernández, Reference Librarian, will present these talks from 10:00 am – noon in the auditorium of the Linda Hall Library (5109 Cherry, Kansas City, Missouri).

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KANSAS
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http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/oct/05/ku_student_group_stands_science/?ku_news

KU student group stands for science
Organization seeks voice in evolution debate
LJ World – October 5, 2006

… Kansas University students are joining the fray with the launch of KU Students for Science, an organization aided by and similar to Kansas Citizens for Science, a larger statewide organization that weighed in when a conservative majority on the state school board voted for new science standards that introduced criticism of evolution.

http://www.hutchnews.com/news/regional/stories/board101706.shtml

Board hopefuls debate myriad of issues
The Hutchinson News – October 23, 2006
Willard, Wempe give views on Sebelius’ comments, Morris’ pre-departure travel.

http://www.49abcnews.com/blogs/campaign_briefing/2006/oct/11/sebelius_wants_power/

Gov. Sebelius wants power over school board
49ABCnews.com – October 11, 2006

(Topeka Capital-Journal) Sebelius attacks school board: Calling the Kansas State Board of Education one of the state’s worst public relations tools, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday said she would push in a second term for a constitutional amendment to shift the board’s powers to the governor’s office.

http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2006/oct/14/ed_board_chairman_sebelius_elitist/

Ed board chairman: Sebelius an ‘elitist’
Abrams says governor owes apology over Phelps comparison
Associated Press  – October 14, 2006

Topeka — Calling her an “elitist” and a “big-government liberal,” the state school board’s chairman on Friday criticized Gov. Kathleen Sebelius over her proposal to strip the board of its power to set education policy.

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NATIONAL
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061010/ap_on_re_us/michigan_science

Evolution wins out in Mich. curriculum
AP – LANSING, Mich. October 10, 2006
The State Board of Education on Tuesday approved public school curriculum guidelines that support the teaching of evolution in science classes — but not intelligent design.

http://tinyurl.com/yldcqn

Political Backlash Builds Over High-Stakes Testing
Public Support Wanes for Tests Seen as Punitive
Washington Post – October 23, 2006
LAUDERHILL, Fla. — School exams may be detested by students everywhere, but in this state at the forefront of the testing and accountability movement in the United States, the backlash against them has become far broader, and politically potent.

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EDITORIAL
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http://cjonline.com/stories/101506/opi_ediboard.shtml

State Board of Education — Try again
By The Capital-Journal editorial board – October 15, 2006
Many Kansans have had enough of the loose cannon known as the state board of education.

http://tinyurl.com/yatezo

The Sun’s picks for Nov. 7
Johnson County Sun – October 12, 2006

The general election is Nov. 7, but Johnson Countians don’t have to wait until then to vote. Advance voting starts next week. Residents may begin casting ballots by mail on Wednesday; in-person early voting gets under way Oct. 24 at three locations. The registration deadline for registering to vote is October 23. . . .

http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2006/10/sunflower_state.html

Sunflower State’s politics getting noticed
The latest national columnist to take note of the shifting political winds in Kansas was the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, who wishfully pointed to the state last week as further evidence that the “right-wing coalition is showing signs of coming apart.”

http://www.the-scientist.com/2006/10/1/32/1/

Sizing Up Bush on Science
The Scientist – October, 2006

Is the 43rd President of the United States really science’s worst-ever enemy?
On a typical day in the Oval Office, the US president, tired of simply watering down reports and testimony that contradict something he supports, decides to simply disband his scientific advisory positions. Along the way, he eliminates the office of presidential science advisor. . . .

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HUMOUR
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http://www.comedycentral.com/shows/the_colbert_report/videos/most_recent/index.jhtml
Check out the two-part interview on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” of Nobel laureate Peter Agre, representing Scientists and Engineers for America.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061006/sc_nm/science_ignobels_dc_2
Stinky feet, annoying noise top IgNobel prize list
Reuters – October 5, 2006
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Research into stinky feet, a study on the sound of fingernails on a blackboard and a device that repels teen-agers with an annoying high-pitched hum on Thursday won IgNobel prizes — the humorous counterpart to this week’s Nobel prizes.

[NOTE: In 1999, the KBOE won an Ig Nobel in the SCIENCE EDUCATION category.]

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BLOGS/SITES TO WATCH
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Red State Rabble
http://redstaterabble.blogspot.com

The Panda’s Thumb
http://www.pandasthumb.org

Talk Origins
http://www.talkorigins.org
The foremost source for information about evolution, creationism and related topics.

National Center for Science Education
http://www.ncseweb.org

Creationism’s Trojan Horse
http://www.creationismstrojanhorse.com

The Loom – A blog by Carl Zimmer
http://scienceblogs.com/loom

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