27 December 2007

Open-source journal on evolution education

Via Wired Science: the new journal Evolution: Education and Outreach aims to connect working biologists with elementary and secondary science teachers to provide a resource for teaching about evolution. And all its articles will be freely available online.

The inaugural issue includes an essay by John N. Thompson, one of the leading names in my own sub-field of coevolutionary ecology, which points out that the popular press frequently fails to use the word "evolution" when it covers such concrete examples as antibiotic-resistant bacteria and host shifts by disease organisms. I've noticed this myself, and I think it's a very relevant issue: without calling evolution by its name, idiotic disconnects like the one between President Bush's "teach the controversy" position and his spending for bird-flu preparedness aren't as obvious.

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