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    ... From: Eugenie C. Scott To: scott@ncseweb.org Sent: 3/7/2001 4:32 PM Subject: Reminder about Kansas Citizens for Science Conference
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      FW: Reminder about Kansas Citizens for Science Conference

       

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Eugenie C. Scott
      To: scott@...
      Sent: 3/7/2001 4:32 PM
      Subject: Reminder about Kansas Citizens for Science Conference

      *REMINDER**REMINDER**REMINDER**REMINDER**REMINDER**REMINDER**REMINDER*


      The reduced-fee early bird registration deadline for the Science
      Activist's
      Summit in Kansas City is Saturday, March 10. Also, since our first
      emailing, Eugenie Scott of NCSE has been added to the schedule. Register

      now--send us an email and follow with your check.

      *REMINDER**REMINDER**REMINDER**REMINDER**REMINDER**REMINDER**REMINDER*

      PLEASE PASS THIS ON TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW AND TRUST WHO SUPPORT SCIENCE.
      **NOTE: THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD NOT BE POSTED ON LISTSERVS, WEBSITES, OR
      OTHERWISE PUBLICLY DISTRIBUTED.

      -- Keep these instructions attached.**


      ASK THEM TO PASS IT ON!

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      FROM: Kansas Citizens For Science (www.kcfs.org)

      TO ALL PRO-SCIENCE ACTIVISTS:

      You are cordially invited to attend the Science Activists' National
      Summit,
      March 30 & 31 and April 1 in Kansas
      City--to strategize, learn and share information with other activists
      from
      across the country. This Summit is the first
      step toward a national network and information resource supporting
      activists nationwide in defending quality science in their states.

      WHO IS SPONSORING THE SUMMIT?

      Kansas Citizens For Science (www.kcfs.org), a pro-science activist group

      formed in response to the Kansas Board of Education's 1999 adoption of
      public school science standards which eliminated the Big Bang,
      geological
      time, and much of evolutionary theory. Since then, KCFS, a consortium of

      scientists, educators, parents and citizens, has developed successful
      strategies and tactics for countering anti-science efforts at local and
      state levels.

      WHY A NATIONAL SUMMIT?

      KCFS has learned a lot by trial and error. We imagine other activist
      groups
      around the country are doing the same. We
      invite you to come and connect with other activists to shorten the
      learning
      curve. Share information and energy about how to DO THINGS in the public

      arena to defend against attacks on evolution, cosmology, geology, etc.,
      in
      our public schools.

      WHO WILL BE THERE?

      Participants will have different challenges and different experiences
      dealing with this issue. We anticipate they
      will include educators, scientists, students and concerned citizens. We
      will have activists from organizations in
      Kansas and New Mexico, where major victories have been scored. But this
      is
      the important thing: we all have
      questions, and we all have answers.

      Our keynote speaker on Friday evening will be Barry Palevitz, Ph.D.,
      Professor of Botany at the University of
      Georgia, National Public Radio commentator, contributing editor to "The
      Scientist" magazine, longtime science
      literacy advocate, and co-founder of the Sagan Society. Read more about
      Barry at:

      http://dogwood.botany.uga.edu/~palevitz/palevitz.html

      Our Saturday speaker will be Marshall Berman, Ph.D. Dr. Berman is Vice
      President of the New Mexico State Board of
      Education, president-elect of the New Mexico Academy of Sciences, a
      member
      of the American Physical Society, Sigma XI, AAAS and the National Center

      for Science Education. He is also the past president and founder of the
      Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education--the activist
      organization that overturned creationists science standards adopted by
      the
      New Mexico State Board of Education. Read about CESAME at:

      http://www.cesame-nm.org
      Most of the Summit will be spent sharing information as a group. Bruce
      Corner, COO of Symmetrics Marketing
      Corporation, will facilitate this process. Read about Bruce at:

      http://www.symmetricsmarketing.com/about-principles-bios.html

      WHAT WILL WE TALK ABOUT?

      *How do you build an organization from nothing?
      *How do you build coalitions of people/organizations with
      similar goals?
      * How do you get the word out without spending a lot of money?
      *What's the best kind of letter to the editor?
      *Are there times it's best to just ignore the opposition?
      *What are the differences when trying to influence individuals, local
      boards, or state organizations?
      *How do you get more scientists involved?
      *How do you activate the general public?

      WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE SUMMIT?

      * Find out what each activist or group needs to be more
      effective.
      * Share information, resources and contacts.
      * Develop new contacts.
      * Share challenges and success stories.
      * Brainstorm and develop new strategies and tactics.
      * Facilitate formation of new activist organizations.
      * Create an e-listserve for networking of activists.
      * Creation of a document to take home, use and distribute.

      SUMMIT DETAILS:

      *When:

      March 30 & 31 and April 1, 2001. Arrive late afternoon Friday, leave
      after
      lunch Sunday.

      *Where:

      Ramada Inn near Kansas City International Airport (No car rental needed;

      free airport shuttle service available.). All Summit activities will be
      held at the hotel.

      *Hotel:

      Make your own reservations at the Ramada. $59 for a 2-Doubles or 1-King
      room (plus tax) at the Ramada Inn near KCI Airport. Call 1-816-741-9500
      to
      make reservations and ask for the Science Activists' Summit rate.

      *Summit registration fees:

      Conference cost: $140
      Early bird rate: $120 (register by March 10)
      **this means we RECEIVE YOUR CHECK by March 10***
      Full-time student rate: $ 60

      Conference fee includes Saturday lunch and Sunday continental breakfast,

      plus refreshments during breaks.

      ***NOTE: SPACE IS LIMITED, SO PLEASE REGISTER EARLY.***

      HOW TO REGISTER:
      Make your check for the appropriate amount (see above) payable to Kansas

      Citizens For Science. Write "Summit
      registration" on the memo line of your check. Print out and complete the

      form below and mail it along with your check to:

      KCFS
      P.O. Box 5981
      Topeka, KS 66605-5981

      **NOTE: THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD NOT BE POSTED ON LISTSERVS, WEBSITES, OR
      OTHERWISE PUBLICLY DISTRIBUTED. PLEASE SEND *ONLY* TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW
      AND
      TRUST WHO SUPPORT GOOD

      -- Keep these instructions attached.**

      ASK THEM TO PASS IT ON!

      QUESTIONS:

      General questions about the program can be directed to Adrian Melott, at

      melott@.... For non-hotel arrangement questions, contact Liz Craig
      at
      lizard6849@...

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      Send the registration information here by email to kcfs@.... If you
      do
      not have email, enclose it with your check and
      send to KCFS, P.O. Box 5981, Topeka, KS 66605-5981.

      You are not registered until we receive your check.

      SCIENCE ACTIVISTS' SUMMIT REGISTRATION
      (Please print.)
      Name
      Address1
      Address2
      City/State/ZIP
      Representing Organization
      College/University where enrolled, if a student

      Phone (day) ( )

      Phone (eve) ( )

      Email address (required for updates):

      Amount enclosed: _
      for attendee(s).

      Please describe your personal goals for this conference:






      Please tell us about any particular skills you have you think might be
      useful to others attending this conference.




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      Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
      Executive Director
      National Center for Science Education, Inc.
      420 40th Street, Ste. 2
      Oakland, CA 94609-2509
      510-601-7203
      fax: 510-601-7204
      800-290-6006
      scott@...
      http://www.ncseweb.org

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