In case you didn’t see it, hot off the press in The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Journal: An editorial titled “Evolution and Its Discontents: A Role for Scientists in Science Education.” (The FASEB Journal, 2008;22:1-4).

The editorial reports the results of a public opinion survey on evolution and education and contains an appeal from the authors for scientists to become more involved in public life.

Who are the authors? These folks:

American Association of Physics Teachers, American Astronomical Society, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Institute of Physics, American Physical Society, American Physiological Society, American Society for Investigative Pathology, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, American Society of Human Genetics, Biophysical Society, Consortium of Social Science Associations, Geological Society of America, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, National Academy of Sciences, National Science Teachers Association, and Society for Developmental Biology.

Check out the article, and be prepared to wish to bang your head at the numbers of those surveyed that think humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time.

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. You know, this is exactly why I switched from Zoology to Education.

  2. A line in Jurassic Park goes something like, “Man and Dinosaurs, thrown back into the mix together.”

    Maybe Spielberg vanquished reason from American minds.

  3. Better not read it at work then; I need to model NON-head-banging behavior for our students. ;-)


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