KCFS Update – October 30, 2006

KCFS Update
October 30, 2006
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KANSAS GENERAL ELECTION
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[Don’t forget to vote – Election Day is Tuesday, November 7!]

http://tinyurl.com/yyj6yk
Directory of Kansas Offices and Candidates on the Ballot
in the November 2006 General Election

This is a Directory of Kansas Offices and Candidates on the Ballot in the November 2006 General Election provided by Vote-USA. Use the name links to obtain a) biographical information about each candidate, b) each candidate’s position and views on issues, and c) a pictures of each candidate. Use the office buttons to obtain side-by-side comparisons of the candidates’ views and positions on various issues.

http://tinyurl.com/y8d7fk
Voters turnout Nov. 7 may hold key in state race for school board
Johnson County Sun – October 26, 2006
The key to the race for the 3rd District seat on the Kansas State Board of Education will be voter turnout, said Don Weiss, the Democrat who is challenging Republican incumbent John Bacon. Both are from Olathe.

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/opinion/15868219.htm
Kansas City Star – October 28, 2006
Board of education needs reasonable voices
In August, Kansas voters signalled that they wanted their state Board of Education to go a different direction. . . .

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/15869301.htm
Kansas Board of Education leanings loom large
Incumbent hopes to hang on

Conservative Republican John Bacon faces Democratic challenger Don Weiss for a seat from the area.
The Kansas City Star – October 28, 2006

Kansas voters set a new direction for the state’s Board of Education in August when they chose moderates to carry the Republican banner in two seats held by conservatives.

Now the question is whether voters will further pad the new six-vote moderate majority by replacing the two conservative Republican board members who advanced to the Nov. 7 general election.

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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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EDUCATION
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http://tinyurl.com/yb5ksv
Education commissioner brushes off his critics
Kansas City Star – October 26, 2006
Kansas official says he prefers to talk about his job accomplishments.
Bob Corkins isn’t packing up his desk. Not yet.

http://blogs.kansas.com/weblog/2006/10/no_anniversary_.html
No anniversary bouquet from Brooks to Corkins

http://tinyurl.com/yxyy67
White House adviser emphasizes science careers for college students
The Exponent – October 30, 2006
The White House’s top adviser for science and technology discussed the importance of stressing careers in science and engineering to young people in his keynote speech Friday.

http://tinyurl.com/v87cm
Scientists Endorse Candidate Over Teaching of Evolution
New York Times – October 26, 2006
In an unusual foray into electoral politics, 75 science professors at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have signed a letter endorsing a candidate for the Ohio Board of Education.

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SCIENCE NEWS
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SPOOKY SCIENCE ON THE WEB
Halloween science? Sure! Listen to two past “Science Friday” shows:

http://www.sciencefriday.com/pages/1995/Oct/hour2_102795.html
The one from October 27, 1995, looks at Halloween mysteries and superstitions. For example, are black cats really evil spirits? And why do vampires shy away from garlic bread?

http://www.sciencefriday.com/pages/1997/Oct/hour2_103197.html
The October 31, 1997, show examines healing methods with an “eek” factor, such as leeches and maggots, and then discusses an exhibit that explores how Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” reflected scientific thinking of the time and helped shape peoples’ view of science.

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http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org
Got kids? Take them to Science News For Kids online!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061025/sc_nm/science_honeybee_dc_3
Secrets of the honey bee revealed in genome code
Reuters – October 25, 2006
LONDON – Scientists have unravelled the genetic code of the honey bee, uncovering clues about its complex social behavior, heightened sense of smell and African origins.

http://www.ccnmag.com/news.php?id=4575
Scientists Crack Open Stellar Evolution
CCN News – October 28, 2006
Using 3D models run on some of the fastest computers in the world, LLNL physicists have created a mathematical code that cracks a mystery surrounding stellar evolution.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/10/061026095211.htm
New Genetic Analysis Forces Re-draw Of Insect Family Tree
Science Daily – October 26, 2006
The family tree covering almost half the animal species on the planet has been re-drawn following a genetic analysis which has revealed new relationships between four major groups of insects.

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DESIGN WHINE
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http://tinyurl.com/yeqg3k
Evolution News & Views
[The Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture blog]
British Media Continue Misinformation Campaign on Evolution and Intelligent Design
It looks as if the reporting on evolution and intelligent design is even worse in the UK than it is here in the US. I was just forwarded this article from last week’s Independent titled “Does Creationism Have a Place in the Classroom.” . . .

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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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