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2010 annual membership meeting

Friday, January 8th, 2010

The general public is invited  to Florida Citizens for Science’s annual general membership meeting January 23, 1:30-4 p.m. It will be held at the Marshall Student Center (Conference Room 3700), University of South Florida, Tampa. FCS members, or those wanting to become members, are encouraged to show up at 1 p.m. in order to be part of our election of board members.

Physics professor Dr. Paul Cottle will be our guest speaker. He is an outspoken proponent of sound science education in Florida and writes for his own blog Bridge to Tomorrow. The subject for his talk will be “A Legislative Program for Science Education in Florida.” This event is free and should be well worth your time in light of all the dismal news about science education in our state and the financial hardships still to come for education overall.

Darwin Day & FCS Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Darwin Day is coming up! See the main Darwin Day website for background on this annual event.

Here in Florida there is a full day of Darwin in store for folks around Tallahassee Feb. 9 at FSU. There will be guest lectures and panel discussions by:

Sir Harry Kroto, Nobel Leaureate and Professor of Chemistry at FSU
Eugenia Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education
Michael Ruse, Professor of Philosophy at FSU
Frederick Davis, Associate Professor of History at FSU
Leo Sandon, Prefessor Emeritus of Religion, FSU
A Bucky Ball Workshop for children led by Sir Harry Kroto

Florida Citizens for Science will be holding our annual membership meeting during the Darwin Day events there at FSU. Our meeting will be held at 1 p.m. in a classroom near the celebration events.  FCS will have a table in the atrium where we can meet and talk to people.   The classroom number where the annual meeting will be held will be at this table in the morning.  We will have a petition there you can sign and hopefully a couple copies of the final new science standards.

The purpose of the meeting is to elect a board of directors and review the past year.  We will also discuss any continuing efforts needed to ensure acceptance by the State Board of Education of the new science standards and what direction FCS should go after that decision.

Another Darwin Day event is being held Feb. 9 at at Fern Forest Nature Center 201 S Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek Florida. There will be lectures, films, music, displays and of course BIRTHDAY CAKE.

There will be a Darwin Day lecture at Florida Community College, Jacksonville Feb. 6: Tracing Our Prehistoric Ancestors the DNA Way: An Anthropological Adventure by University of Florida’s Dr. Connie Mulligan.

Oh, and back at FSU on Feb. 8, members of FSU’s Union of Freethinking Students will be reading from Darwin’s works.

Did I miss any Florida events? If so, let me know in the comments.

Media Fact Sheet issued

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

A media fact sheet concerning some common fallacies reporters may encounter while covering the story of evolution in the state science standards was recently sent out. If you are a reporter or editor and didn’t get one, or if you’re just someone interested in what it says, please have a look. We do have a media page on our main website with useful links and contact information.
Also, if you are interested in seeing the draft of the science standards, head over to the Office of Mathematics and Science. The draft standards can be found there.

Evolution roadblocks presentation at FAST

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

Florida Citizens for Science presented “Overcoming roadblocks to teaching evolution” during the Florida Association of Science Teachers annual conference. Three FCS board members traveled to Orlando for the Saturday talk, finding an enthused and engaged audience. Some of the folks who listened to our talk commented that they were glad they stuck around to see us. Our talk had drawn the short straw; we were scheduled for the last block of sessions on the last day of the conference. Nonetheless, the audience didn’t just passively listen to our talk, but actively participate, sharing experiences and offering their own advice.

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Public Understanding

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

I am happy to announce that Florida Citizens for Science has joined the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science, otherwise known as COPUS. COPUS has assembled quite a network of organizations and individuals across the nation who are excited about science and want to spread the word to the general public. A major project the COPUS network has taken on is “Year of Science 2009,” which is a year-long celebration of science, so to speak. We’ve already started coordinating with some of the other Florida organizations.

If you are interested in being a part of these exciting efforts, you can sign up with us here at FCS, or sign your organization up with COPUS. Either way, I am looking to working with you!

Other Florida organizations in COPUS:

Florida Academy of Sciences

Florida Museum of Natural History

Pinellas County Environmental Lands Division

FCS now tax exempt

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

A message from FCS president Joe Wolf:

We are now officially a 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization.  The
effective date for this is Feb. 28, 2006.  We can now accept tax exempt
contributions.

Congratulations everyone.

Minnesota information relevant to Florida antievolution

Saturday, June 16th, 2007

Wesley Elsberry is looking for some Minnesota Department of Education information from 2003. Depending on what he digs up, he might find it to be connected to activity here in Florida today. Please help him out if you can.

Report on activities

Tuesday, February 6th, 2007

Report on Florida Citizens for Science

(This report is from Florida Citizens for Science president, Joe Wolf) The recent State of the Union Message reminds us that I need to make a report to you on the state of Florida Citizens for Science.

What we have done in 2006
Establishment

Florida Citizens for Science was established in 2006. A governing board was elected, officers were chosen, bylaws were created and approved, and a strategic plan was developed. We have brochures, a logo, a website, and a bank account. With that important work behind us now, it’s time to look forward to the year ahead.

Science standards review
We started work on a new set of public school science standards last year and now we need to do some last bits of polishing before presenting them to the Department of Education at the appropriate time. These draft standards are looking very good. We presented an early draft to a think tank working on science education in Florida where it was well received.

Plans for 2007 and needs
Science standards review

Participating in this review of the state science standards will be one of our most prominent tasks this year. Besides presenting our own standards draft, we are also recruiting qualified people to apply for a seat on the Department of Education’s review committee. If you want to play a role in these efforts, please speak up and we’ll put you to work. We are going to trust that our government will do the right thing, but we also stand ready to take action if things take a turn for the worst. We’re going to need your voices if we have any hope of making enough noise to make a difference. (more…)