Archives for July, 2011

Eri Gentry on Biopunks

My fascination with biopunks and DIYbio is well-established, and Eri Gentry is a hero in that world. Her talk about DIYbio at the recent Open Source Conference is a fascinating look not just at the potential for DIYbio and the motivations of biopunks, but a nice look at the ways people get pushed away from…

Marie-Claire Shanahan has a couple of great posts up about the science of science education, and research on what it takes to actually change someone’s mind. They’re great posts, and hold the promise of many more insightful looks at the skills and approaches best suited to increasing science literacy. That’s a topic of no small…

Japan is awesome

What other culture has invented a dish in which a squid is reanimated and dances as you pour soy sauce over it?

In discussing the National Science Board’s latest stand on whether to report evolution literacy, and how to do so, I didn’t get into the details of Jon Miller’s concerns. Chris Mooney quotes that passage from the Science report, and raises some concerns. Science reported that the NSB will, in the 2014 Science and Engineering Indicators,…

A bit over a year ago, we reported on the removal of evolution from a report by the NSF’s governing body, the National Science Board. The NSB is presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed, and sets broad policy for the NSF. Every other year, it publishes a report on Science and Engineering Indicators for the nation,…

Happy birthday to me!

I’m so old now, I remember when raising the debt ceiling didn’t produce an existential crisis.

Evolution wins in Texas

Sorry for not posting an update last Friday, but I was in the Board meeting and then on a plane. I gather most of you found the news update at NCSE’s website, where traffic hit record levels. As you recall, the Texas State Board of Education met on Thursday as the Committee of the Full…

A grey lining in Texas

As folks who follow me on twitter know, today was a pretty good day in Texas. I’m here watching the board vote on science supplements for public schools. I put together a 20 page report on the flaws in a supplement provided by International Databases, LLC, and presented it to the board. Most of the…

Why we fight

Tomorrow, I’ll be speaking to the Texas Board of Education to urge them not to undermine science textbooks, and to reject any supplement that includes creationist content. The only textbook supplement I know of that was submitted containing such creationist content comes from a one-man publisher called International Databases. ID, LLC’s supplement, not surprisingly, promotes…

And now… Texas

This Thursday, the Texas Board of Education will vote to adopt science textbook supplements. You’ll recall that the board approved new science standards a couple years ago, and that they were a mixed bag. They dropped inaccurate language about “strengths and weaknesses” of scientific theories (language used to attack evolution in textbooks last time they…