Monthly Archives: October 2005

Remembering My Brother

My brother, Daniel Neal Elsberry, would have been 39 years old today. Instead, he was murdered at age 30. There’s a lot of adjustment that happens after a violent act. I’m still dealing with it. I ran across a picture of Daniel that shows him back at my parents’ house in Lakeland. He’s sitting in… Read More »

Evolution in Kansas

An installation of the “Explore Evolution” exhibit will open on Nov. 1 in the Museum of Natural History at the University of Kansas. This is an NSF funded exhibit, with six installations around the country. (My OSLEP class at OU visited the one at the Sam Noble Museum there — I was able to point… Read More »

A Confluence of the Sectarian and the Profane

While I was in Salt Lake City, Utah last week for the Geological Society of America’s annual conference, I took a side trip to visit Temple Square. Workers were laying down new roofing on the tabernacle. Jay Labov pointed out that the choice of roof underlayment material was particularly appropriate:

Hawkwalk 2005/10/23

Diane and I took Rusty hunting today, along with Farli and Ritka. We went to an industrial park, which makes a nice quiet place on a Sunday. Gotta have transportation. Our van gets the family to hunting spots. Nowadays it helps when the hunting spot is not terribly far from home. And here’s the spot,… Read More »

Behe and “Pandas” Paleontology

Over on the Discovery Institute blog, Casey Luskin defends Michael Behe’s performance in court: Behe is a biochemist, and thus it is not likely that the authors of Pandas sought Behe’s input on sections dealing with paleontology. Too bad. Biochemist Behe might have had more of a clue concerning paleontology than whoever it was that… Read More »

Yecke and I Go A Round

Cheri Pierson Yecke, Florida’s new K-12 Chancellor of Education, and I were quoted in a recent Palm Beach Post article by Kimberly Miller. Elsberry, of the National Center for Science Education, said that during the science rewrite in Minnesota, drafts of curriculum included “maybes” and “possibles” whenever evolution was mentioned. Elsberry said Yecke also gave… Read More »

OK, That’s a Funny Commercial

Check out the press release and Quicktime web movie of this Guinness commercial featuring evolutionary deep time as a selling point for their product. It might have been nice if the producer had consulted a biologist, but it is a hoot anyway.

Back from OSLEP

I’m back home from a five-day seminar for the Oklahoma Scholars Leadership Enhancement Program (OSLEP). There were nine student participants, with a wide diversity of backgrounds, and two observing faculty. We covered current events, had a primer on evolutionary biology, discussed the various forms of antievolution, went over legal issues, and wrapped things up earlier… Read More »

Internet News

Take a look at this article and see if you find it disturbing. It essentially says that the EU and UN are looking to wrest control of the root servers of the Internet away from the US Department of Commerce and ICANN. I’m thinking that this is an excellent issue for Bolton to tell the… Read More »

Panda’s Thumb Receives Accolade from SciAm

Scientific American magazine bestowed one of its 25 Science and Technology Web Awards for 2005 on the Panda’s Thumb weblog. I had barely gotten PT running last year before I ended up in the hospital. We passed our millionth visit at PT early in September, 2005, and now SciAm takes note. Included in that accolade… Read More »

Thoughts on Dover

The Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District (KvD) trial is about to head into its second week. The plaintiffs’ case so far has included several fact witnesses attesting to the pro-creationism bent of the school board since about 2002 and the harm that has been experienced since the implementation of the DASD “intelligent design policy”.… Read More »