KCFS Update – November 14, 2006

KCFS Update
November 14, 2006

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EVENTS
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On Thursday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m., Eugenie C. Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, will give a talk on “Faith, Reason, and Assumption in Understanding the Natural World.”  Dr. Scott will speak at the Kansas Union Ballroom at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities and the Biodiversity Institute. For details, visit:
http://www.hallcenter.ku.edu/cgi-bin/cal.shtml?e=10869

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KCFS Annual Meeting

On Sunday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m., the annual meeting of Kansas
Citizens For Science will be held at the Topeka Public Library. Check
directory in the lobby to locate the meeting room. Anyone who is a
member, was a member, or wishes to become a member or renew membership, is invited to attend. Board members will be elected, and President Jack Krebs will give a brief look back at KCFS accomplishments in 2006 and outline goals for KCFS in 2007 and beyond. For information, e-mail Jack at jkrebs@sunflower.com.

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RELATED STORY
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http://tinyurl.com/y4uhsx
Science advocate urges de-politicizing science
Johnson County Sun – November 9, 2006
Account of Eugenie Scott’s November talk at Johnson County Community College.

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STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
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http://tinyurl.com/yymd92
Conservative Majority Off Board of Education
Johnson County Sun – November 9, 2006

http://www.cjonline.com/stories/110906/leg_schoolboard.shtml
Kansas school board manages 6-4 majority
Topeka Capitol-Journal – November 9, 2006

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/local/15956052.htm
Moderates settle for 6-4 majority on Board of Education
Kansas City Star, November 8, 2006

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/15954298.htm
Bacon retains education seat
AP – Kansas City Star – November 8, 2006

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn10491-us-scientists-weigh-up-election-results.html

U.S. scientists weigh up election votes
New Scientist – November 13, 2006
[Blimey! Even the Brits are watching Kansas’ BOE elections.]
KCFS Prez Jack Krebs, Ohio pro-science activists and others are quoted regarding their states’ elections and their possible impact on science.

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,1946288,00.html
Enemies of science
Spin doctors and government agencies are undermining the quest for knowledge
The Guardian (UK) – November 13, 2006
Tony Blair vows to stand up against those who distort science.

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EDUCATION
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http://tinyurl.com/ygqafc
States supporting removal of intelligent design in classrooms
Daily Vidette – 10/20/06

The debate over creation versus evolution has been ongoing for several decades, but now states are supporting that intelligent design be left out of the science classroom.

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OF INTEREST TO SCIENCE EDUCATORS
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http://www.hhmi.org/catalog/main?actionfiltered=product&itemId=304
Evolution:Constant Change and Common Threads – DVD image
Presented at HHMI’s 2005 Holiday Lectures on Science. Two discs, lecture time approx. 240 min.

How has the amazing diversity of plants and animals evolved? What can fossils, butterflies, and stickleback fish tell us about the deep common ancestry of all living forms? In four presentations, Dr. Sean B. Carroll and Dr. David M. Kingsley explore how key developmental genes, natural selection, and time fuel the evolutionary process. They also discuss how Charles Darwin’s ideas about evolution ignited a revolution in biology that continues to this day.

DVD includes detailed chapter search by scientific topic; direct access to animations; English subtitles; interviews with the speakers; special features on genetic switches, selection, stickleback fossils, and visualizing gene activity; and a discussion on evolution and religion featuring two theological experts.

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FEATURED ARTICLE
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http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1555132,00.html
God vs. Science
TIME – November 5, 2006
We revere faith and scientific progress, hunger for miracles and for MRIs. But are the worldviews compatible? TIME convenes a debate.

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SCIENCE NEWS
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20061106/sc_nm/science_haze_dc_1

Saturn moon gives clues about early life on Earth
Reuters – November 6, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Billions of years ago, Earth may have been shrouded in a blanket of atmospheric haze like that seen on Saturn’s moon Titan, providing organic material that nourished our planet’s earliest life forms, researchers said on Monday.

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DESIGN WHINE, PART DUH
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http://www.evolutionnews.org/2006/11/evolution_nat_geo_1.html
In which the Discovery Institute’s chief apologist, Casey Luskin, snivels that award-winning science writer Carl Zimmer (author of “Evolution,” the book from the WGBH/PBS TV series) doesn’t know beans about evolution.

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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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