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Ann Reid
Ann Reid became the executive director of the National Center for Science Education in 2014. For fifteen years she worked as a research biologist at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where she was responsible for sequencing the 1918 influenza virus. She then served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council’s Board on Life Sciences for five years and then, most recently, as director of the American Academy of Microbiology. In both roles she oversaw major efforts aimed at communicating science to the public.

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Entries by Ann Reid

Science Is Accountable. Are Politicians?

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:23 PM

A profoundly misleading headline appeared in the November 17th Washington Post: "NOAA Climate Feud: Pursuit of Scientific Truth vs. Public Accountability." In fact, the article printed below this dry headline involves not...

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Bacon Whoopee

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2015 | 12:51 PM

Hats off to Anahad O'Connor of The New York Times, whose article "So Will Processed Meat Give You Cancer?" does a nice job putting into perspective the IARC announcement that processed meats probably cause...

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What We're Reading

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2015 | 10:29 PM

Here are some of the stories that caught NCSE's eye this week. Feel free to share articles that crossed your screen in the comment section, or e-mail us directly during the...

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Let's All Take a Deep Breath About Pandemics

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 11:47 AM

again?" width="132" />Pandemics make for great drama. No TV or movie season is complete without at least one viral apocalypse--preferably involving zombies--sweeping the globe. But pandemics aren't just science fiction. They have happened--and perhaps will happen again. (For more, see "Breakthrough:...

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What We're Reading

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 1:00 AM

Here are some of the stories that caught NCSE's eye this week. Feel free to share articles that crossed your screen in the comment section, or e-mail us directly during the week with things that caught your eye. We'll add the best to our weekly posts.


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The Too Sweet Smell of Charity

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2015 | 4:07 PM

When is a charitable donation not a charitable donation? Well, I suppose all money comes with strings. But at...

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What We're Reading

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 3:54 PM

In addition to staying on top of efforts to interfere with the teaching of evolution and climate change, we here at NCSE HQ try to follow the latest developments in evolutionary biology...
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2.3 Million Species in One Tree...A Decent Start!

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 5:07 PM

Just published yesterday in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is a tour de force of thinking big, working together, and demonstrating that even science that is messy and incomplete can be incredibly useful and worthy of publication.

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The Mistakes People Make when They Write about Vaccine Safety

(0) Comments | Posted August 12, 2015 | 1:30 PM

Do me a favor. Go to your favorite search engine and enter "vaccines." Then click on "images."

Go ahead. I'll wait.


Want to slap your forehead? Now search...

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NCSE Endorses a Call to Action: Innovation, an American Imperative

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:18 PM

The National Center for Science Education was recently invited to endorse Innovation: An American Imperative (PDF) -- a "call to action by American industry, higher education, science, and engineering leaders urging Congress to enact policies and make investments that ensure the United States remains the global innovation leader."


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Misconception Monday: Viruses Are Not Omnipotent, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 2:51 PM

In Part 1, I told you about my work with the 1918 influenza virus, and promised to tell you more about why the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2 (HPAIH5) influenza strain that is currently rampaging through chicken farms in the Midwest is unlikely to jump to humans.


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Misconception Monday: Viruses Are Not Omnipotent, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 8:25 AM

Back in the day, when I was the kind of scientist who worked in a lab, I spent seven years deciphering the genetic sequence of the 1918 influenza virus at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington D.C. The pandemic caused by this virus, which erupted...

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Thank a Teacher Thursday: Dominic Casulli and the Power of Encouragement, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 11:39 AM

If we've seen one thing over and over again in this series of stories about influential teachers, it's that a little personal attention and encouragement from a teacher can change the course of a student's life. In the case of Dickson Despommiers, Professor Emeritus of microbiology and public health at...

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Freeman Dyson Offers Up a Smorgasbord of Climate Change Misconceptions

(491) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 11:21 AM

To say that Freeman Dyson is a highly respected scientist is an understatement. Over his 91 years, he has made seminal discoveries in mathematics and physics;written evocatively (and provocatively) on what it means to be a scientist, the role of science in society, and the culture of science; shared the...

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Dinner Party 101: In Which Ann Meets Dr. Skeptic, Part 2

(17) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 12:31 PM

In the first installment, I left you with the assignment of coming up with a response to a "skeptical" scientist who thinks current climate change might just reflect a natural cycle.

I suspect that, like me, your first instinct would be to begin building the case, using the scientific...

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Dinner Party 101: In Which Ann Meets Dr. Skeptic, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2015 | 11:13 AM

We've all been there: Thanksgiving dinner with that uncle -- the outspoken climate-change-denier ("Please, it was so cold this winter!"); a phone call with an anti-vaxxer friend ("Everyone knows that vaccines contain dangerous chemicals!"); or an attempt to impress by a daughter's new boyfriend ("But I've heard that the mammalian...

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Combating Denial Through Play

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2015 | 3:36 PM

Could we combat science denial by getting scientists to play Rock Band with non-scientists? Well, that might just be crazy enough to work.

A little background: I commute each day by bicycle and train, and there's not quite enough time on the train to get any work done. For a...

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NCSE's 2015 Friend of Darwin Award Goes to Neil Shubin: Scientist, Author, Movie Star, and Storyteller

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 2:20 PM

And the First 2015 Friend of Darwin Award Goes To: Neil Shubin, scientist, author, movie star, and storyteller.

As I write this post on Friday, March 20, the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is in full swing. Like most everyone else who filled out a bracket, mine was already thoroughly busted...

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Thank a Teacher Thursday: A Legacy of Passion for Teaching

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 12:16 PM

Jim Krupa is a professor of biology at the University of Kentucky (UK), member of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences, and 2012 recipient of the National Association of Biology Teachers Evolution Education award. During his 25 years at UK, he has taught more than 23,000 students and I think it's...

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Roald Dahl, The BFG and the Measles

(93) Comments | Posted February 19, 2015 | 11:50 AM

"I has told you five or six times," he said, "and the third will be the last."
--The BFG, from Roald Dahl's book of the same name

The recent outbreak of measles -- once eradicated in the United States -- is a cause of deep concern and frustration to...

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