On Wednesday, 22 March, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the American Institute of Biological Sciences and the National Association of Biology Teachers will bring high school and undergraduate biology educators together with scientific researchers and education experts in a town meeting to discuss the current landscape for teaching evolution vis-a-vis state level actions, and to discuss what should be done next.
"The number of states that encourage, permit, or tolerate not to mention respect the teaching of evolution and the study of natural origins has decreased substantially in the past year. The scientific community has to take a stand and to counteract this trend," explained AIBS Executive Director Richard O'Grady.
"In response to that prevalent and very real threat, we felt compelled to present accurate scientific information in a forum where a plan could be put together to prevent more states from following suit," said Wayne Carley, NABT executive director.
Six panelists will address a broad range of scientific, pedagogic, and socio-political factors currently affecting the teaching of evolution across the educational spectrum. Panelists include Rodger Bybee, Biological Sciences Curriculum Study executive director; Jon Herron, zoology lecturer at the University of Washington; Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education; David Wake, professor of integrative and comparative biology at the University of California, Berkeley;
and Brad Williamson, AP biology teacher at Olathe East High School, Olathe, KS. M. Patricia Morse, acting professor on the faculty of the Zoology Department at the University of Washington, chair of the National Research Council Committee on Attracting Science and Mathematics Ph.D.s to K-12 Education, and project lead on an AIBS/Packard Foundation grant to review high school biology instructional materials, will moderate the event.
Admission to the town meeting is free, but it is being held in conjunction with the 52nd AIBS annual meeting (co-sponsored and hosted by the Smithsonian Institution), so space is limited and cannot be reserved arrive early. RSVPs are not required. The event will be audio-taped; tapes may be purchased for $10 plus shipping and handling by contacting the AIBS Communications Office at 202/628-1500, ext. 261, 202/628-1509, fax, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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