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CREATIONISM IN THE
SCIENCE CLASSROOM?

Presenter: Nick Gotelli, Professor, Community Ecologist, Department of Biology, UVM


Topic 20:

Thursday, June 16, 2011, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington Waterfront, Burlington, VT.

A mind expanding thought provoking evening for adults, exploring challenging topics with industry experts.

The principles of evolution inform much of the teaching and research in biology at the college level. However, some people are strongly opposed to the teaching of evolution in public schools. What is your take on this topic? Join us in conversation with Nick Gotelli, Professor, Community Ecologist, Department of Biology, UVM. Free event for 21+ with cash bar and themed drink; FREE hors d’oeuvres sponsored by VT Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society.
 


 

A bio about Nick Gotelli:

Nick Gotelli is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont. He is a community ecologist who studies the evolutionary ecology of carnivorous plants, and the responses of aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates to climate change. He received his PhD in 1985 from Florida State University, where he studied the population dynamics and larval ecology of soft corals and ascidians in the northern Gulf of Mexico. He serves as an editor for the journals Ecology and The Journal of Biogeography. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and is the author of two text books: A Primer of Ecology, and A Primer of Ecological Statistics (with Aaron Ellison). He is currently co-authoring a field guide and identification key to the ants of New England. For the past 20 years, he has taught Ecology & Evolution and Community Ecology to hundreds of students at the University of Vermont. He also teaches graduate seminars in biostatistics, scientific writing, and scientific speaking. In his spare time, he is a blues & folk guitarist and a vegetarian chef.
 

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Questions to help you think about the topic:

  1. How should the curriculum and content of science courses be determined?
     
  2. Should controversial content be part of the school curriculum or should it be avoided entirely?
     
  3. Do the answers to these questions depend on whether we are talking about public versus private schools, or colleges versus grade schools?
     
  4. Do opposing viewpoints always merit consideration?
     
  5. How do educators decide upon course content and choose textbooks?
     
  6. To what extent should popular public opinion or mandated government standards determine educational content?

Links suggested by Nick and others on this topic:

We will be webcasting this presentation live on June 16. Click here to sign up for a reminder email.

Cafe Scientifique questions or topic suggestions:
Please contact Linda Bowden at lbowden@echovermont.org

Our next Cafe Scientifique will be Thursday, September 8, 2011.

Café Scientifique is sponsored by:
Sigma Xi  

 

 

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