Wednesday, August 30, 2006

 

Evolutionary biology reappears on federal grant list

In an update to "US Department of Education 'overlooks' evolution" (direct link, posted Thursday, August 24, 2006; blog entry appended below) the New Scientist now reports:

Evolutionary biology, mysteriously missing from the list of undergraduate subjects eligible for a US federal grant, has been reinstated after a flurry of protest.

David Dunn of the Department of Education says its absence was the result of a misunderstanding. 'As soon as the omission came to our attention, we took steps to correct it.' However, the incident has left pro-evolution campaigners wondering whether evolutionary biology was deliberately left out by people who find Darwinian evolution at odds with their religious beliefs.

US Department of Education 'overlooks' evolution

The New Scientist: Evolutionary biology is mysteriously missing from the list of undergraduate subjects eligible for a US federal grant.

The department of education claims the omission is simply a mistake and insists that US students taking evolutionary biology majors are eligible for the grants. However, the incident has left pro-evolution campaigners wondering whether evolutionary biology was deliberately eliminated from the list by people who find Darwinian evolution impossible to reconcile with their own religious beliefs.

"I have reason to believe there is a serious problem here," physicist Lawrence Krauss of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, told New Scientist.

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