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ECHO VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT- KATE MEYER

POSTED OCTOBER 3 AT 10:59 AM

ECHO's Mission is to Educate and Delight our…

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June 8, 2011

Contact: Linda Bowden
lbowden@echovermont.org
802.864.1848 ext. 117

Downloadable photos available at
www.echovermont.org/visitors/photos.html

CREATIONISM IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM?
 Thursday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 pm at ECHO’s Café Scientifique
 ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center

BURLINGTON, Vt. — 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.

On Thursday, June 16, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center invites its adult audience to join expert Nick Gotelli in examining and discussing creationism in the science classroom. Professor Gotelli is a Community Ecologist in the Department of Biology at the University of Vermont, where he has taught ecology and evolution to science majors for the past 20 years. He will be making his presentation and facilitating discussion at ECHO’s Café Scientifique, a mind expanding, thought provoking evening for adults at ECHO, where we invite guests to explore challenging topics with industry experts.

“If the creationists have legitimate, scientific criticisms of evolution, they should publish them in legitimate, scientific journals. We welcome such findings, but to date none have been presented”, says Nick Gotelli.

Does the creationist perspective even merit discussion in the classroom? Some say it should not be included in the science classroom because it does not qualify as science. Others feel that controversial topics should be part of the school curriculum. So who decides the curriculum in our schools? Public opinion? School boards? Individual teachers? Does it matter whether we are talking about public or private institutions? Colleges versus high schools or elementary schools? How are such decisions reconciled with the legal separation of church and state and the freedom of individuals to pursue their own religious beliefs?

These questions and more will be discussed at ECHO’s Café Scientifique and, as always, everyone is invited to join the conversation!

DETAILS: Café Scientifique, Topic #20: Creationism in the Science Classroom. Free event for 21+ with cash bar and themed drink; FREE hors d’oeuvres sponsored by VT Sigma Xi, Scientific Research Society.

For more information call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386 or visit www.echovermont.org/events/cafesci

 

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is located at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, on Vermont’s Burlington Waterfront. ECHO features 70 live species, more than 100 interactive experiences, changing and permanent exhibits and seasonal events — all exploring the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The 2.2 acre Leahy Center environmental campus is also highlighted by the Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room, UVM’s Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, Lake Champlain Navy Memorial, ECHO’s Eclectic Gift Shop, and ecology-themed Café managed by Sugarsnap. Open year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day. For more information visit echovermont.org, call (toll-free) 1.877.324.6386, or write to ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, One College Street, Burlington, VT 05401. 

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