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    Audrey
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    Hi, Mara -

    Thought I would share some interesting links for the evolution folks:

    1. A farm in Illinois that has rescued one variety of corn from extinction, profiled in the NYT:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/magazine/30food-t-000.html

    2. "From everyday to scientific: How children learn to observe the biologist's world," a paper from UPCLOSE (The University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments, http://upclose.lrdc.pitt.edu/) that looks at the process of learning to do scientific observation within a discipline & proposes "a framework that hypothesizes how everyday observers could develop practices that are more like scientific observers":

    http://upclose.lrdc.pitt.edu/publications/pdfs/eberbach_crowley_2008.pdf

    3. Insightful commentary on Francis Collins' leadership at the NIH, as well as some scientist's fears about his religion:

    http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2009/08/francis_collins_five_themes_for_the_nih.php

    and one response to the Collins "controversy," an open letter from the American Scientific Affiliation (http://www.asa3.org/ASA/aboutASA.html):

    http://www.calvin.edu/archive/asa/200909/0059.html

    Best regards,

    Andrew Wetzel

    Setember 1, 2009
    Fossil bird feather color
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/science/01feath.html?ref=science


    Sex and the chicken
    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090826/full/news.2009.863.html

    Male biased evolution and the human split from apes
    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090828/full/news.2009.870.html

    Grumpy Turtle Dad at old age
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/01/090127-reptile-dad-AP-picture.html

    DNA swaps
    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090826/full/news.2009.860.html

    Human mutation rate
    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090827/full/news.2009.864.html

    Darwin 200
    http://www.nature.com/news/specials/darwin/index.html

    1. A farm in Illinois that has rescued one variety of corn from extinction, profiled in the NYT:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/30/magazine/30food-t-000.html

    2. "From everyday to scientific: How children learn to observe the biologist's world," a paper from UPCLOSE (The University of Pittsburgh Center for Learning in Out-of-School Environments, http://upclose.lrdc.pitt.edu/) that looks at the process of learning to do scientific observation within a discipline & proposes "a framework that hypothesizes how everyday observers could develop practices that are more like scientific observers":

    http://upclose.lrdc.pitt.edu/publications/pdfs/eberbach_crowley_2008.pdf

    3. Insightful commentary on Francis Collins' leadership at the NIH, as well as some scientist's fears about his religion:

    http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2009/08/francis_collins_five_themes_for_the_nih.php

    and one response to the Collins "controversy," an open letter from the American Scientific Affiliation (http://www.asa3.org/ASA/aboutASA.html):

    http://www.calvin.edu/archive/asa/200909/0059.html

    Best regards,

    Andrew Wetzel

    Evo-devo and Jaws (must be a theme today)
    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090909/full/461164a.html

    Darwin and the London Museum
    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090909/full/news.2009.897.html

    Rapid evolution of birds: Man-eating New Zealand eagle
    http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2009/09/kiwi_scientists_add_to_maori_m_1.html

    Swimma bombiviridis--bombing sea worm
    http://blogs.nature.com/news/thegreatbeyond/2009/08/worms_wiggling_with_weapons_wa.html

    Microbial oceanography
    http://www.nature.com/nature/supplements/insights/microbial_oceanography/index.html#editorial

    Evolution and Ecology
    http://www.nature.com/evoeco/index.html


    National Geographic February 2009 Issue
    "What Darwin Didn't Know"
    http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/02/table-of-contents

    Jenny Boughman, U. Wis. Zoology,
    Sticklebacks in the Milwaukee Journal.
    http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=786243

    An "Intelligent Design" exhibit at the University of
    Pennsylvania and Philadelphia's "The Year in Evolution", from
    Wall Street Journal .
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121970645883770965.html

    NYT article on the return of science to policy decisions, etc.
    http://judson.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/02/back-to-reality/?th&emc=th

    In the Light of Evolution: Biodiversity and Extinction Vol II (National Academies of Sciences)
    http://books.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12501&utm_medium=etmail&utm_source=National%20Academies%20Press&utm_campaign=New+from+NAP+1.06.09&utm_content=Downloader&utm_term=

    Teaching Evolution: Educators Decry New Louisiana Policy
    http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/323/5913/451b?sa_campaign=Email/sntw/23-January-2009/10.1126/science.323.5913.451b
    Science 23 January 2009:
    Vol. 323. no. 5913, p. 451
    DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5913.451b

    Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

    Science teachers in Louisiana have been given permission to use supplementary material in the classroom in a move that many scientists and educators regard as a backdoor attempt to allow creationism and its variants into the classroom.

    Last year, as part of a wave of so-called academic freedom bills, Louisiana legislators passed a law covering the teaching of "controversial" scientific theories that include evolution, origins of life, and global warming (Science, 20 June 2008, p. 1572). State education officials initially drafted policy language explicitly prohibiting teachers from teaching intelligent design. But that language was dropped before last week's unanimous vote by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, along with a disclaimer saying that religion should not be taught under the guise of critical thinking.

    Supporters, including the Seattle, Washington-based Discovery Institute and the Louisiana Family Forum, say the policy will foster critical thinking in students. But opponents say that more is at stake. "We fully expect to see the Discovery Institute's book, Explore Evolution, popping up in school districts across the state," says Barbara Forrest, a philosopher at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Patsye Peebles, a retired science teacher who helped the education department draft the earlier policy language, says there's no mistaking the meaning of the last-minute change in the board's policy: "The creationists got what they wanted."

    Unevolved: Same Old Silliness, Slim Victory for Science (Creationism alive and well in Texas)
    By Lee Nichols
    http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Issue/column?oid=733250


    'Banquet at Delmonico's'
    By BARRY WERTH
    Reviewed by DEBBY APPLEGATE
    An intellectual history of how the concept of evolution
    evolved in the decades after the Civil War.

    Review:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/books/review/Applegate-t.html?8bu&emc=bu

    ..................

    'Darwin's Sacred Cause' and 'Angels and Ages'
    Reviewed by CHRISTOPHER BENFEY
    Adrian Desmond and James Moore's book links Darwin's hatred
    of slavery with his work on natural selection; Adam
    Gopnik's compares Darwin's writing style with Lincoln's.

    Review:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/01/books/review/Benfey-t.html?8bu&emc=bu

    Sean Carroll and Ron Number on radio
    http://origins.fsu.edu/schedule/scifri.shtml
    http://origins.fsu.edu/schedule/index.shtml

    Canadian Science Minister and Evolution
    http://chronicle.com/article/Canada-s-Science-Minister/42572

    The April, 2008, 7th Annual International Bioethics Forum is now up on our web site at
    http://www.evolution.wisc.edu:16080/bioethics/

    Steve Paulson's presentation, "Science vs. Religion: What's Really at Stake in the Debate" can be found at
    http://www.evolution.wisc.edu:16080/bioethics/paulson.html

    Cameron Currie work
    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090329/full/458561a.html

    Back in January, we had some correspondence about Jim Crow receiving the USCD/Merck Life Sciences Achievement Award, but I'm not sure that the honor was ever announced to the entire Genetics community. After a delay because of Jim's health problems, the award was finally presented to Jim yesterday. The previous winners of this relatively new award were Francis Crick, Sydney Brenner, and Stephen Harrison.
    Here's are two links that give the details.
    http://2009deansymposium.ucsd.edu/about.html
    http://www-biology.ucsd.edu/news/article_033109.html


    Fossil bird feather color
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/01/science/01feath.html?ref=science


    Sex and the chicken
    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090826/full/news.2009.863.html

    Male biased evolution and the human split from apes
    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090828/full/news.2009.870.html


    DNA swaps
    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090826/full/news.2009.860.html

    Human mutation rate
    http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090827/full/news.2009.864.html

    Darwin 200
    http://www.nature.com/news/specials/darwin/index.html


    Mara McDonaldSep 14, 2009 12:28 PM

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    By VERLYN KLINKENBORG

    Mara McDonaldSep 14, 2009 12:28 PM

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