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  • Lloyd Miller
    Dear Colleagues, I m forwarding to you this message from Anthropology News Editor Stacy Lathrop. She s looking for someone to interview Niles Eldredge and his
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 2, 2007
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      Dear Colleagues,

      I'm forwarding to you this message from Anthropology News Editor
      Stacy Lathrop. She's looking for someone to interview Niles Eldredge
      and his son, Greg, and write a piece for the AN. If you're
      interested, please contact me, or Stacy directly if you prefer.
      Apropos to our recent listserv discussion, it looks like the
      Eldredges and Springer Publishing are coming to the aid of classroom
      teachers in the struggle to teach evolution.


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      > From: "Stacy Lathrop" <slathrop@...>
      > Date: March 1, 2007 12:35:40 PM CST
      > To: "Lloyd Miller" <lloyd.miller@...>
      > Subject: FW: Darwin's 198th Birthday
      > Hi Lloyd,
      > I am a bit late on reading this release to me, but I thought I
      > might forward it to you to see if you think if 1) it would make a
      > good story/interview in AN, and if so 2) if you have ideas of who
      > might be good to write it. I�m aware that the SACC group has been
      > discussing the topic for quite some time now.
      > Thanks!
      > Stacy
      > From: Jeff Rutherford [mailto:jeff@...]
      > Sent: Monday, February 12, 2007 1:03 PM
      > To: Stacy Lathrop
      > Subject: Darwin's 198th Birthday
      > Stacy,
      > Today, on Charles Darwin's 198th birthday, Springer, the second-
      > largest publisher worldwide in the science, technology, and
      > medicine (STM) sector, is wading into the contentious evolution vs.
      > intelligent design debate.
      > Springer is announcing the planned launch of a new quarterly
      > journal Outreach and Education in Evolution, to aid teachers "in
      > the trenches" battling creationists and intelligent design
      > proponents. And, in a unique twist, the journal will be co-edited
      > by a father and son team Niles and Greg Eldredge, a world-renowned
      > evolutionary biologist and a highly skilled and sophisticated
      > science high school teacher.
      > If you're interested, I can arrange for you to speak with Springer
      > about their decision to publish this new journal which could prove
      > controversial. I can also arrange for you to speak with the two co-
      > editors, Niles and Greg Eldredge. Here's the press release being
      > issued today.
      > Fighting to keep Darwin in the classroom
      > New journal Outreach and Education in Evolution will arm educators
      > for battle with creationists
      > Heidelberg / New York, 12 February 2007
      > Nearly a century ago, John Scopes was found guilty of violating a
      > Tennessee statute when he taught evolution in his classroom. Though
      > an appeals court later reversed his conviction on a technicality,
      > the law lingered on the books, joined by later laws promoting
      > "scientific creationism," and, most recently, "intelligent design."
      > The battle to keep religiously based explanations of the history of
      > life--especially human life--out of the science curriculum
      > continues unabated. And though a number of educational institutions
      > and organizations have had notable success in combating intelligent
      > design in the classroom, what is needed now is a fresh source of
      > evolution materials and anti-creationism ammunition for our school
      > teachers on the front lines of this ongoing battle. Today,
      > onDarwin's 198th birthday, Springer announces plans for a new
      > journal which will do just that.
      > A father-and-son team--a world-renowned evolutionary biologist and
      > a highly skilled and sophisticated science high school teacher--
      > have decided it's time to help science educators fight back against
      > the strong pressure creationists are exerting on public education.
      > In the new journal Outreach and Education in Evolution, to be
      > published by Springer starting in March 2008, editors-in-chief
      > Niles and Greg Eldredge intend to fill the gap between scientific
      > literature and curriculum materials normally available to educators
      > and students.
      > Niles Eldredge has been a paleontologist on the curatorial staff of
      > the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) since 1969. His
      > theory of "punctuated equilibria" (co-authored with Stephen Jay
      > Gould) is a milestone in contemporary evolutionary biology. He has
      > combated the creationist movement through lectures, articles and
      > books and is the curator responsible for the content of the major
      > exhibition Darwin which opened at the AMNH in New York in November
      > 2005, drawing in over 500,000 visitors. Greg Eldredge has a Masters
      > Degree in Education and has been a New York City school teacher for
      > the past three years. He is a co-author of the children's book The
      > Fossil Factory. The two are supported by an international editorial
      > board, made up of some of the most renowned scientists in the field.
      > Niles and Greg Eldredge are in agreement: "Evolution remains the
      > central unifying idea in biology and yet is still a source of
      > contention and confusion in the classroom. In Outreach and
      > Education in Evolution, we'll cover the gamut, from molecules to
      > ecosystems and from 'intelligent design' to natural selection. We
      > aim to make a big difference in evolutionary education."
      > Amelia McNamara, Vice President, Publishing, Life Sciences and
      > Biomedicine at Springer, said, "Springer stands behind evolutionary
      > theory as a fundamental component of modern science education,
      > especially now since the 'intelligent design' advocates have made
      > worrying attempts to promote their views in public schools. We are
      > committed to helping educators teach Darwin's theory to students at
      > all levels. Outreach and Education in Evolution will provide them
      > with the tools they need."
      > Outreach and Education in Evolution, a traditional peer-reviewed
      > journal with non-traditional features, will address these concerns.
      > Each quarterly issue will feature peer-reviewed articles on
      > evolution, "letters from the trenches," interviews with prominent
      > scientists and educators, lesson plans, critical essays, cartoons,
      > puzzles, reviews on evolution in the media (books, movies, museum
      > openings and exhibitions) and more. The full-color online edition
      > will offer added value, for example chat rooms, teaching resources
      > and blogging opportunities. In addition, Springer has committed up
      > to $10,000 annually in grants and prizes for the best paper, the
      > best lesson plan, etc. The journal, aimed at members of the
      > educational, museum, and scientific community involved in the
      > teaching of evolutionary theory, will be available at a very
      > affordable price.
      > Kathleen K. Smith, Director, National Evolutionary Synthesis
      > Center, said, "As an official partner of Outreach and Education in
      > Evolution, NESCENT is pleased to support this important endeavor.
      > Focusing on the issues and challenges surrounding evolution
      > education, it will provide a much needed resource for teachers
      > presenting this important but often poorly understood subject. I
      > believe that it will fill a valuable niche."
      > Douglas J. Futuyma, Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook
      > University and President of the American Institute of Biological
      > Sciences, added, "Increasing public understanding of science is of
      > utmost importance. This is most urgently required with respect to
      > evolution, which commands acceptance by less than half the American
      > public. Springer's new journal is very timely and indeed well
      > overdue. It is sure to play a major role in science education in
      > the United States and beyond."
      > Telmo Pievani, Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University
      > of Milan, Italy, said, "Outreach and Education in Evolution is
      > absolutely opportune in its mission. It is much needed today for
      > European audiences as well, where some conservative and religious
      > leaders have grasped the political power of the tricky ideas of
      > 'intelligent design.' For such a project, education is the main
      > pathway."
      > Springer (www.springer.com) is the second-largest publisher
      > worldwide in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector.
      > Springer is part of Springer Science+Business Media, one of the
      > world's leading suppliers of scientific and specialist literature.
      > The group publishes over 1,700 journals and more than 5,500 new
      > books a year, as well as the largest STM eBook Collection
      > worldwide. Springer has operations in over 20 countries in Europe,
      > the USA, and Asia, and some 5,000 employees.
      > The editors-in-chief, Niles and Greg Eldredge, are available for
      > interviews.
      > Best,
      > Jeff
      > Jeff Rutherford
      > jeff@...
      > 413 369-4128 - phone
      > 866 677-4108 - fax
      > Skype: JeffRutherford
      > AIM: jeffreyrutherfrd
      > Jeff Rutherford
      > jeff@...
      > 413 369-4128 - phone
      > 866 677-4108 - fax
      > Skype: JeffRutherford
      > AIM: jeffreyrutherfrd
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