National Center for Science Education

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The National Center for Science Education is "a not-for-profit, membership organization providing information and resources for schools, parents and concerned citizens working to keep evolution in public school science education." The executive director, since 1987, is Eugenie C. Scott, a physical anthropologist.



Kitzmiller v. Dover

The trial of Kitzmiller v. Dover, which began on 26 September 2005 in Harrisburg, PA, is a constitutional challenge to the teaching of "Intelligent Design" creationism in public schools. The NCSE is tracking the events of the trial[1] and maintaining an extensive resource page.[2]

Project Steve

The Center's "Project Steve" mocks opponents of evolution who claim that the number of scientists opposed to "Darwinism" grows daily by restricting signatories to its strongly pro-evolution statement to professional scientists named "Steve" (or some variant thereof).[3] As of 4 October 2005, the statement has been signed by 635 Steves.

The Project Steve statement reads (in its entirety)[4]

Evolution is a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the biological sciences, and the scientific evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of the idea that all living things share a common ancestry. Although there are legitimate debates about the patterns and processes of evolution, there is no serious scientific doubt that evolution occurred or that natural selection is a major mechanism in its occurrence. It is scientifically inappropriate and pedagogically irresponsible for creationist pseudoscience, including but not limited to "intelligent design," to be introduced into the science curricula of our nation's public schools.

News Archive

For several years, the NCSE has maintained a news archive[5] of stories about events in the ongoing public struggle between evolution science and creationism.


  1. ^ Kitzmiller coverage begins press release, NCSE website, 23 September 2005.
  2. ^ Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District, NCSE website.
  3. ^ Project Steve Press Release, NCSE website, 16 February 2003.
  4. ^ NCSE Project Steve, NCSE website.
  5. ^ Archive of News Stories at the NCSE website.

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