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I?m quoted in a press release regarding a teacher training workshop (the ?Evolution Challenges Workshop?) we?re giving at ASU to help middle and high school teachers teach evolution. Money quotes: Studies have shown that ?16 percent of high school biology teachers are essentially young earth creationists who deny human evolution, with only 28 percent accepting…

Apparently I have to take 12 9 days of unpaid furlough before May 15th. And it can?t be days I teach on, i.e. it has to be Monday or Friday. All because the Republicans in the state senate want to gut K-16 education in Arizona. Seriously, in a state that hasn?t raised state taxes in…

A few days ago I highlighted the current state of the Natural History Museum in Dublin. Nigel Monaghan, the Keeper of the museum, contacted me and has kindly allowed me to repost a piece he wrote for Museum Ireland on the past and future of the museum. Enjoy!

Cutting education funding in Arizona

Arizona Republicans have proposed that education – from kindergarten through university – should be the first thing to get the chop in a proposed budget. They are looking to cut $1.5 billion from education over the next 18 months with the K-12 system being hit for nearly $1 billion of that. I agree with our…

Not so Alive, Alive O!

As I?ve mentioned before, I spent a good part of my graduate years working on specimens in the collections of the Natural History Museum in Dublin. Some readers may have read of the museum through the essay ?Cabinet Museums: Alive, Alive O!? in Stephen Jay Gould?s Dinosaur in a Haystack. Gould was a fan of…

T minus 8 days and counting …

It?s the week before teaching starts again and I?m staring at a ?to do? list that somehow managed to increase in size over the winter break. That?s never good, especially when that list includes a few book reviews and a short article. I had hoped that the coming semester would be a relatively quiet one,…

2009

The coming year should be fairly productive. Here are what I hope to be the highlights for 2009: Finish and submit three book reviews over the next few weeks Finish some work for the History of Science Society’s Committee on Education Have a paper accepted by Pediatrics (more of that anon) Teach my Origins, Evolution…

The Tyndall Correspondence Project

The Tyndall Correspondence Project (of which I am a participant) has now gone online. Our aim is to follow in the footsteps of the Darwin Correspondence Project and transcribe the letters of the Irish physicist, John Tyndall. The site is a little bare at the moment, but more information and resources will be forthcoming.

HSS 2008

So I’m here in Pittsburgh for the History of Science Society annual meeting. Had a chance to catch up with Janet and Ben while meeting Michael Robinson (of Time to Eat the Dogs) for the first time. Congratulations to him for winning the HSS Forum for History of Science in America book prize for his…

ASU has a number of exciting graduate programs in history, philosophy and social studies of science (with particular emphasis on the biological sciences). I am a faculty member for three of these programs (Biology & Society, Philosophy & Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology) and have worked with PhD and MA/MS students. If…