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AAS Informational Email 2008-06

Marcos Huerta, John Bahcall Public Policy Fellow
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Subject: Sound Science for Florida's Public Schools: Panel Discussion with Renowned Scientists and Educators

This Informational Email is being sent to our Florida members announcing a panel discussion on science education in Tallahassee.

** Sound Science for Florida's Public Schools: Panel Discussion with Renowned Scientists and Educators

* Why: In response to the Florida Board of Education's adoption of new standards for the teaching of science in Florida's public schools, two pieces of legislation were filed - Senate Bill 2692 and House Bill 1483, both deemed as relating to "teaching chemical and biological evolution" and purporting to pertain to "academic freedom". In reality, the bills, if passed, would provide cover for the teaching of religious beliefs as science in Florida's science classrooms. This event highlights the need to promote and protect sound science teaching in Florida's science classrooms, for the sake of our children and our state's economic future.

* What: Panel discussion with renowned scientists and educators, "Sound Science for Florida's Public Schools"

* When: Monday, April 14, 2008, at 7 pm

* Where: Challenger Learning Center, Digital Dome/Planetarium, 200 S. Duval Street, Tallahassee

* Who: Speakers include: Dr. Harold Kroto, Nobel Prize Winner Chemistry, 1996, FSU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Dave Campbell, a drafter of the new biology science standards, and who teaches International Baccalaureate and AP Biology; Vic Walczak, ACLU of Pennsylvania Legal Director and Lawyer in the 2005 landmark case Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District challenging the teaching of intelligent design in public schools; and Maryann Fiala, Executive Director of American Electronics Association (AeA) Florida Council.

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ann S. Lumsden, PhD, Department of Biological Science FSU and President of the National Association of Biology Teachers from 2001 to 2002.

** This event is free and open to the public. Legislators, the media, and the community are invited to attend.

Sponsors include:

American Association of Anatomists (AAA)
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)
American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG)
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)
Florida Citizens for Science (FCS)
Genetics Society of America (GSA)
National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT)
Society for Developmental Biology (SDB)


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