HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner registers 'strong concerns' over suppression of science films

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The following letter was sent Monday 28 March 2005 to 410 members of the Association of Science-Technology Centers by Alan I Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of the journal Science. The letter was prompted by recent reports that Imax theaters in at least a dozen U.S. cities have declined to show films that endorse the science of evolution.

Dear Colleagues:

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, shares with science and technology centers and museums a deep commitment to improved public understanding of science and the role it plays in people's lives. We are writing now to express strong concerns about increasing threats to science that endanger our shared missions and to offer our support and partnership in dealing with them.

A March 19, 2005 New York Times article-"A New Test for Imax: The Bible vs. the Volcano," by Cornelia Dean-raised serious issues about the future of science and scientific freedom in America. The article, which detailed the growing trend of science museums declining to show Imax films that mention the process of evolution, explains that fear of protests has prompted some museum managers to scrub such offerings from play lists. The films include "Galapagos," about the islands where Darwin theorized about evolution; and "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea," a look at life in the super-heated world of deep-sea vents.

The desire not to antagonize audiences and to avoid negative business outcomes is entirely understandable. Yet, the suppression of scientifically accurate information as a response to those with differing perspectives is inappropriate and threatens both the integrity of science and the broader public education to which we all are committed. It is also objectionable to many stakeholders-including many with strong religious c
'"/>


29-Mar-2005


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Statement from Dr. Alan I. Leshner, CEO of AAAS, on the Kansas State Board of Education vote
2. AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner urges US to continue collecting job data on women workers
3. AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner welcomes proposed Washington state legislation on stem cell research
4. AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner statement on the UN cloning debate
5. New AAAS report cites serious concerns with electronic voting
6. Natural mechanism for immune suppression paves way for cancer trials
7. Oxidative stress stimulates p38 MAPK-mediated tumor suppression
8. Scripps Research study reveals new function of protein kinase pathway in tumor suppression
9. Transplant cures rats type 2 diabetes without need for immune suppression drugs
10. UCSF study shows suppression of telomerase enzyme can inhibit spread of melanoma
11. Wildfire suppression costs may be reduced using new model

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:6/30/2017)... ARLINGTON, Va. , June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... a leading developer and supplier of face and ... the ATA Featured Product provider program. ... created an innovative way to monitor a driver,s ... benefit greatly from being able to detect fatigue ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... , May 23, 2017  Hunova, the first robotic gym for the ... been officially launched in Genoa, Italy . The first ... and the USA . The technology was developed ... market by the IIT spin-off Movendo Technology thanks to a 10 million ... News Release, please click: ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... RAM Group , Singaporean based ... in biometric authentication based on a novel  ... to perform biometric authentication. These new sensors are based on ... Ram Group and its partners. This sensor will have ... and security. Ram Group is a next generation ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... States multicenter, prospective clinical study that demonstrates the accuracy of the FebriDx® ... identifying clinically significant acute bacterial and viral respiratory tract infections by testing ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... AMRI, a global contract research, development ... patient outcomes and quality of life, will now be offering its impurity solutions ... new regulatory requirements for all new drug products, including the finalization of ICH ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... October 11, 2017 , ... ... President Andi Purple announced Dr. Suneel I. Sheikh, the co-founder, CEO and chief ... ), Inc. has been selected for membership in ARCS Alumni Hall of ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... ... 11, 2017 , ... Personal eye wash is a basic first aid supply for any work ... which eye do you rinse first if a dangerous substance enters both eyes? It’s one ... with its unique dual eye piece. , “Whether its dirt and debris, or an ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: