Boston’s Hayden Planetarium carries standard of scientific study – Editorial The Standard Times – Aug 17, 2011

Hayden Planetarium carries standard of scientific study [click on title to be redirected to The Standard Times] Dr. Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. — © 2011 Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth  Science is just a refined device for resolving ordinary curiosity and a powerful liberator of superstition. It is the subsistence kit to defeat re-emerging […]

Wrong at Forecasting Armageddon – Editorial The Standard Times – June 3, 2011

Harold Camping wrong at forecasting “Biblical End” [click on title to be redirected to The Standard Times] Dr. Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. — © 2011 Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth  Scripture is a silly source of insight to forecast the end of the world. But science helps us hypothesize more fascinating phenomena than the […]

A Stationary Ark on Isle of Jersey – Editorial The Providence Journal – March 25, 2011

A Stationary Ark on Isle of Jersey [click on title to be redirected to The Providence Journal] Dr. Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. — © 2011 If the biblical story about the Ark were true, Noah’s attempt to save animals from the Flood would have driven them into inbreeding depression. Sentenced to incest, the descendants from the […]

New England Professors Accept Evolution, But They Are Religious – Editorial The Standard Times – Jan 15, 2011

Why Accepting Evolution Matters …New England professors accept evolution, but they are religious… [click on title to be redirected to The Standard Times] Dr. Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. — © 2011 Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth  People do not “believe” in evolution; we either accept it, or doubt about it, or reject it. But […]

TEN TIPS ABOUT: How university professors can contribute to strengthen evolution literacy

By Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. & Avelina Espinosa — © 2011 Excerpts from “New England Faculty and College Students Differ in Their Views  About Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Religiosity” published in Evolution Education and Outreach (1) By being proactive rather than reactive in confronting the “anti-evolution wars.” It is imperative that the university professors reach […]

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“Theory of Evolution” versus “Concept of Evolution”

By Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. & Avelina Espinosa — © 2011 Excerpt from “On the Theory of Evolution versus the Concept of Evolution” published in Evolution Education and Outreach “…It is important to make a distinction between the theory of evolution and the concept of evolution, but without compromising logic… As scientific theory (Greek theoria), evolution […]

Acceptance of evolution by Biology Majors at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth is one the highest in the United States

What is an effective way of communicating evolutionary principles to students? By Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. — © 2011 Comprehensively: (i) discuss the reality of evolution explicitly and directly, (ii) teach human evolution and place humans within the Apes, as primates, as animals, (iii) explain why the fossil record is discontinuous and incomplete, (iv) connect forensics, […]

THE “JACKPROT” SIMULATION

The Jackprot is a didactic slot machine simulation that illustrates  how mutation rate coupled with natural selection  can interact to generate highly specialized proteins. Conceptualized by Guillermo Paz-y-Miño C. (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth), Avelina Espinosa (Roger Williams University) and Chunyan Y. Bai (Roger Williams University), the Jackprot uses simplified slot-machine probability principles to demonstrate how mutation rate […]

RESEARCH ARTICLES on Acceptance of Evolution

“New England Faculty and College Students Differ in Their Views About Evolution, Creationism, Intelligent Design and Religiosity“NEW just published (online access) in Evolution Education and Outreach, December 18th 2010 [PDF] Figure 1. Percentage of New England faculty (Fac) versus college students from public secular (Pub), private secular (Priv) and religious (Rel) institutions who think evolution […]