Saturday, April 15, 2006

Evolution vs. Creationism In The Classroom At GSA-NC In Akron

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The Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Akron will host the North-Central Regional Earth Science Conference of the Geological Society of America next Thursday and Friday, 20-21 April, with pre-and post-conference field trips, and workshops on Saturday, April 22. Highlights include talks on global climate change, evolution vs. creationism in the classroom, water resources management, and the only Civil War battle fought in Ohio.

Approximately 400 geoscientists from around the country are expected to attend the 40th annual meeting of the North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America. The meeting takes place at the University of Akron Student Center, Akron, OH.


"Countering Creationism in the Classroom"
Friday, 21 April,1:00-5:00 p.m., University of Akron Theater
Thirteen 20-minute presentations will cover topics ranging from "young earth" and intelligent design to culturally-based nonscientific attitudes and biases and the challenges of advancing scientific literacy. Convener, Dr. Lisa Park at the University of Akron.

View abstracts of the talks at HERE.

Teaching Evolution in the K-12 Classroom.
Sponsored by Central Section, National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Sat., 22 Apr., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Classroom techniques for teaching the basic concepts of evolution and the diversity of life throughout the K-12 curriculum. Fee: US$5, includes resource packet and continental breakfast. For more information please contact Pam Keiper ( at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for more information.

And, the themed session, Recent Advances in Systematics, Evolution, and Paleobiology of Fossil Vertebrates, run by Darin Croft, Case Western Reserve University and the palaeoblogger. This session will highlight current research in vertebrate paleontology, with an emphasis on evolution, systematics, and paleobiology of dinosaurs and Cenozoic mammals.

For further information regarding on field trips, please contact the field trip czar, Joe Hannibal, 216-231-4600 ext. 3233,