• A bill sponsored by the chair of the Indiana Senate Committee on Education and Career Development has been passed by the committee. The legislation, if enacted, would allow schools to require the teaching of "various theories concerning the origin of life, including creation science." The bill received bi-partisan support and passed in an 8-2 vote. Senator Dennis Kruse (R-District 14), who is sponsoring S.B. 89, introduced similar legislation in the 2000 and 2001 sessions of the Indiana legislature.

  • The White House has withdrawn its nominee for chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Scott Doney was nominated in August 2010 to oversee NOAA's science and technology programs. Senator David Vitter (R-LA) has blocked the nomination for more than a year over an unrelated matter: the Administration's halt of deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The position of chief scientist at NOAA has been vacant for more than a decade.


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