CESE board member Kim Johnson has been hard at work refining our presentation on the CESE Method for determining how New Mexico's schools, students and teachers are faring. While the method was originally developed to provide clear paths to school improvement, it can also be used to make teacher merit evaluations much, much fairer than the proposed PED A-F method of assigning scores for performance.
Click here to read the 2013 Annual Meeting (June 29). Comments from out-going president Ken Whiton, and from in-coming president Terry Dunbar; election of slate for 2013-2014; keynote speaker Zack Kopplin, on "Why we need a Second Giant Leap."
Zack Kopplin addresses the CESE 2013 Annual Meeting.
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Courtesy of CESE board member Jack Jekowski, we are pleased to provide several videos from our June 29th, 2013 Annual Meeting.
CESE Annual Meeting 2013 - Zack Kopplin Talk (30 minutes)
CESE Annual Meeting 2013 Zack Q&As (24 minutes)
CESE Annual Meeting 2013 Zack Q&As #2 (7 minutes)
Dave Magic Trick - CESE Annual Meeting 2013 (6 minutes)
CESE thanks Zack Kopplin for an inspiring talk!
The June 2013 Beacon (Vol XVII, No 1) is online!
Contents Preview: Editor’s Message – Kim Johnson; Darwin and Wallace, What did they really think of religion? - Dr. Paul Braterman; School Testing – Lisa Durkin; Cartoon - Dave Thomas; Meeting Announcement at the NM Museum of Natural History – Announcing the CESE 2013 Annual Meeting with a special guest, Zack Kopplin.
You can browse previous issues of the Beacon here.
Our Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, June 29th, 1:00-4:30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the main lecture hall at Northrop Hall on the University of New Mexico campus. Our speaker is noted Louisiana activist Zack Kopplin, who will be speaking on the topic "Why we need a Second Giant Leap."
Zack's efforts to overturn Louisiana's pro-creationist "Science Education Act" were discussed by Phil Plait in a May 5th blog at Slate.
More details about June's Annual Meeting will be forthcoming in the new Beacon.
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MAP TO NORTHROP HALL
CESE is pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for this year's Annual Meeting (to be held on Saturday, June 29th, 1:00-4:30 in Albuquerque, New Mexico) will be none other than Louisiana activist Zack Kopplin. Kopplin has led a vigorous opposition to that state's anti-science legislation, the so-called "Louisiana Science Education Act."
Also, read some of Zack's work at the "Creeping Creationist Vouchers" website.
It's the Spring Break 2013 Climate Change Speaking Tour!
It's Spring Break at New Mexico Tech, and CESE webmaster Dave Thomas is taking a road trip to give a series of talks on the topics of science, pseudoscience, climate change and global warming denial. Here is the schedule. There is a small fee for the Lifelong Learning classes.
- LifeLong Learning for New Mexicans: Science, Pseudoscience and the Battle over Global Warming
Instructor: David Thomas, $14/2 sessions; Monday, March 11 & 18, 10 am – 12N;
Faith Lutheran Church, 10000 Spain Road, NE, Albuquerque, NM
The first of these two lectures will examine what makes science unique among human endeavors. While political, religious and legal arguments all involve making one's case by cherry-picking facts,science proceeds by cherry- picking those hypotheses that best explain all facts. We will consider the role of scientific consensus and peer review, Cargo Cult science, cognitive illusions and more. At the second meeting, we will consider how these concepts apply to climate change and global warming. Why is carbon dioxide more worrisome than other greenhouse gases? How can we tell man-made warming from natural climate change? Has the "Climategate" scandal really disproved global warming? Has science found human-caused global warming to be real, or do we need more data?
- New Mexico Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA), March 12, 2013
Dave Thomas on "Climate Change: Just Nature, or are Humans the Problem?" The AWMA March meeting will be in the Banquet Room at the Golden Corral Buffet and Grill, (10415 Central Avenue NE, northeast corner at Eubank) in Albuquerque on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dave, a New Mexico physicist and teacher, will talk about how can we tell man-made warming from natural climate change, why carbon dioxide is more worrisome than other greenhouse gases, whether the "Climategate" scandal really disproved global warming, if more data are still needed to decide, and more.