Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

First Annual UpChucky Awards Announced

05.03.2010
When it comes to dissing evolution (and science in general) there's no lack of volunteers. How to decide which among them is the worst?

Enter the intelligently designed UpChucky Award, which recognizes supreme achievement in the field of persistently rejecting evolution in the most stomach-turning way imaginable. This crown of cluelessness, this diadem of density, this badge of bullpucky isn't awarded to just any Darwin doubter. The UpChucky is bestowed on that one creationist whose efforts in the preceding year would inspire Darwin (or any rational person) to "drive the porcelain bus".

The nominees:

Don McLeroy, former chair, Texas Board of Education
Don is a dentist and when he's not drillin', he's fillin' the Texas Board with an amalgam of misinformation and misunderstanding about evolution. His numbing effect on the board is accompanied by a high-pitched whine--the sound of Don drilling holes in Texas state science standards. (Thankfully, Texas voters just booted McLeroy off the board.)
... more about:
»AWARD »McLeroy »NCSE »Science Education »Texas »UpChucky

Notable Don quote: "Somebody's got to stand up to experts!"

Ray Comfort, Living Waters
Los Angeles-based evangelist Ray Comfort was best known for an unintentionally comic video with former child star Kirk Cameron about the divine design of the banana. Then Ray had a revelation: Darwin's Origin was in the public domain! Why not distribute the work--with a "special" introduction blaming Darwin for Hitler--to college students nationwide? Why not indeed? But the tainted tome was roasted by critics and Comfort accused of plagiarism.

Notable Ray quote: "Behold the atheist's nightmare! Now, if you study a well-made banana, you'll find..."

Casey Luskin, Discovery Institute
Casey Luskin, according to his masters at the Discovery Institute, helps "educators and policymakers nationwide to teaching (sic) evolution accurately." (We presume some words are missing--perhaps "establish barriers"?) This is a task to which he brings a logorrheic zeal, penning nearly 700 blog posts and press releases in the last five years.

Notable Casey quote: When asked if intelligent design--as mentioned in a proposed Florida law--constituted "scientific information", Luskin dithered, saying, "In my personal opinion, I think it does. But the intent of this bill is not to settle that question. The intent of this bill is...it protects the 'teaching of scientific information.'"

Al Jazeera
Al Jazeera isn't a source of quality science journalism on its best day, but its coverage of the scientific papers about "Ardi" (Ardipithecus ramidus) really cranked up the reality distortion field. The headline: "Ardi Refutes Darwin's Theory".

Notable quote: "[American scientists]...announced yesterday that Ardi’s discovery proves that humans did not evolve from ancestors that resemble chimpanzees, which refutes the longstanding assumption that humans evolved from monkeys.”

And the winner is...Don McLeroy! (Chunderous applause.)

Said Steve Mirsky, who announced the coveted UpChucky award during a ceremony held in conjunction with the 2010 AAAS convention in San Diego:

"The amazing thing about Don is that he's a dentist who spends all his time--when he's not destroying academic standards in Texas--working with some of the primary evidence of human evolution. Teeth! Whole fossil lineages can be defined by their teeth! Don doesn't get that. He's clearly a worthy winner of the first annual UpChucky award."

Links:

Don McLeroy:
"McLeroy booted in Texas"
http://ncse.com/news/2010/03/mcleroy-booted-texas-005354
YouTube: "Somebody's got to stand up to experts!"
http://www.youtube.com/user/NatCen4ScienceEd#p/c/3AFF8FA262EAA0C3/19/pzrUt9CHtpY
"Creationist board chair profiled"
http://ncse.com/news/2009/03/creationist-board-chair-profiled-004643
Ray Comfort:
Don't Diss Darwin
http://www.dontdissdarwin.com
Casey Luskin:
"Getting the Mooney Treatment"
http://scienceblogs.com/loom/2006/11/13/getting_the_mooney_treatment.php
YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/NatCen4ScienceEd#p/c/3AFF8FA262EAA0C3/6/3zfWlogl8Q8
Al Jazerra:
"Islamic creationism in the news"
http://ncse.com/news/2009/11/islamic-creationism-news-005141
MEDIA NOTE: If you want to use the UpChucky logo with your story, download the file here:

https://rcpt.yousendit.com/829439497/f3c541a7aa3e9817058da823647e34e5

A smaller version is here:

https://rcpt.yousendit.com/829440049/f25057e40166f8b0c9e04b576721b7cd

CONTACT: Robert Luhn of the NCSE, 510-601-7203, luhn@ncse.com

Web site: www.ncse.com

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization that defends and promotes the teaching of evolution in the public schools. The NCSE provides information and resources to schools, parents, and concerned citizens working to keep evolution in public school science education. We educate the press and public about the scientific, educational, and legal aspects of the creation and evolution controversy, and supply needed information and advice to defend good science education at local, state, and national levels. Our 4000 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious affiliations.

Robert Luhn of the NCSE, 510-601-7203, luhn@ncse.com

Robert Luhn | Newswise Science News
Further information:
http://www.ncse.com

Further reports about: AWARD McLeroy NCSE Science Education Texas UpChucky

More articles from Awards Funding:

nachricht Muscle Growth in the Computer: International Team Wants to Unravel the Formation of Myofibrils
13.06.2018 | Technische Universität Dresden

nachricht Innovation Award of the United Nations Environment Programme for PhD Student from ZMT
22.03.2018 | Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung (ZMT)

All articles from Awards Funding >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Temperature-controlled fiber-optic light source with liquid core

In a recent publication in the renowned journal Optica, scientists of Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology (Leibniz IPHT) in Jena showed that they can accurately control the optical properties of liquid-core fiber lasers and therefore their spectral band width by temperature and pressure tuning.

Already last year, the researchers provided experimental proof of a new dynamic of hybrid solitons– temporally and spectrally stationary light waves resulting...

Im Focus: Overdosing on Calcium

Nano crystals impact stem cell fate during bone formation

Scientists from the University of Freiburg and the University of Basel identified a master regulator for bone regeneration. Prasad Shastri, Professor of...

Im Focus: AchemAsia 2019 will take place in Shanghai

Moving into its fourth decade, AchemAsia is setting out for new horizons: The International Expo and Innovation Forum for Sustainable Chemical Production will take place from 21-23 May 2019 in Shanghai, China. With an updated event profile, the eleventh edition focusses on topics that are especially relevant for the Chinese process industry, putting a strong emphasis on sustainability and innovation.

Founded in 1989 as a spin-off of ACHEMA to cater to the needs of China’s then developing industry, AchemAsia has since grown into a platform where the latest...

Im Focus: First real-time test of Li-Fi utilization for the industrial Internet of Things

The BMBF-funded OWICELLS project was successfully completed with a final presentation at the BMW plant in Munich. The presentation demonstrated a Li-Fi communication with a mobile robot, while the robot carried out usual production processes (welding, moving and testing parts) in a 5x5m² production cell. The robust, optical wireless transmission is based on spatial diversity; in other words, data is sent and received simultaneously by several LEDs and several photodiodes. The system can transmit data at more than 100 Mbit/s and five milliseconds latency.

Modern production technologies in the automobile industry must become more flexible in order to fulfil individual customer requirements.

Im Focus: Sharp images with flexible fibers

An international team of scientists has discovered a new way to transfer image information through multimodal fibers with almost no distortion - even if the fiber is bent. The results of the study, to which scientist from the Leibniz-Institute of Photonic Technology Jena (Leibniz IPHT) contributed, were published on 6thJune in the highly-cited journal Physical Review Letters.

Endoscopes allow doctors to see into a patient’s body like through a keyhole. Typically, the images are transmitted via a bundle of several hundreds of optical...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

Munich conference on asteroid detection, tracking and defense

13.06.2018 | Event News

2nd International Baltic Earth Conference in Denmark: “The Baltic Sea region in Transition”

08.06.2018 | Event News

ISEKI_Food 2018: Conference with Holistic View of Food Production

05.06.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Graphene assembled film shows higher thermal conductivity than graphite film

22.06.2018 | Materials Sciences

Fast rising bedrock below West Antarctica reveals an extremely fluid Earth mantle

22.06.2018 | Earth Sciences

Zebrafish's near 360 degree UV-vision knocks stripes off Google Street View

22.06.2018 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>