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Archives for February, 2009

Friday Felid #7

Jungle cat, Felis chaus Schreber 1777 (source)

Darwin Day 2009 in Oklahoma

Abbie (of ERV fame) and I after my talk at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Natural History Museum. It went well, I think. About 350 folks in the audience and the local NPR and PBS stations will apparently be offering audio and video at some stage. No questions from creationists (surprisingly) and, while the theme was…

Darwin Day Lecture in Oklahoma

You probably already know that today is the bicentennial of Darwin’s birthday. What you may not know is that I’m giving a talk tonight (7pm) at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Natural History Museum on “Was there a Darwinian Revolution?” It is the open address for the University of Oklahoma’s “Darwin 2009” celebrations. If you’re in…

ASU Disestablishes programs and degrees

I’m in Oklahoma at the moment (more anon perhaps) but was dismayed, to put it mildly, to see the following announcement come from ASU’s Provost: The funding lost in the recently revised FY09 state budget has forced Arizona State University to cap enrollment and to close applications to next year’s freshman class on March 1,…

Republican War on Education

Let’s look at what the Republicans in the Senate are currently fighting against in the stimulus bill: $40 billion in aid to state governments for education and other programs; money that economists say is a relatively efficient way to pump up the economy by preventing layoffs, cuts in services or tax increases. $20 billion for…

Alabama

No sooner that I posted the current status of anti-evolution legislation that Glenn Branch posted on a new ?academic freedom? bill in Alabama. HB 300 is sponsored by Republican (seeing a trend here?) David Grimes and has been sent to committee. Unsurprisingly, it?s the same old DI boilerplate that is popping up everywhere. So the…

Mississippi Disclaimer Bill Dead.

The NCSE is reporting that the Mississippi Disclaimer Bill has died in committee, leaving Alabama as the only state with a disclaimer on biology textbooks. Apparently the bill?s sponsor, Gary Chism (R-Distinct 37) is considering ?drafting another bill next year supporting the teaching of the strengths and weaknesses of evolutionary theory in public school classrooms.?…

Friday Felid #6

Domestic cat, Felis catus L.

Another ?academic freedom? bill, this time in Iowa. Those little beavers over at the DI have been busy over the past few months apparently. The “Evolution Academic Freedom Act” (HF 183; ?A bill for an act relating to the teaching of chemical and biological evolution in school districts and public postsecondary institutions and providing an…

February brings travel and talks

February is going to be a busy month for me. Sunday I leave for Oklahoma where I will be giving the lead-off public lecture for their Darwin 2009 Celebration. I will be speaking on the 12th at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on the topic of ?Was There A Darwinian Revolution?? Any…