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August 25th, 2006, 11:45 AM
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Evolutionary biology has vanished from the list of acceptable fields of study for recipients of a federal education grant for low-income college students.[/b]
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August 26th, 2006, 10:42 AM
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I had a hard time opening the article, but based on your headline, I surely hope it's the former rather than the latter. What kind of country could we call ourselves if you can only study what the government pre-approves in order to get grants????
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August 27th, 2006, 07:49 PM
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Mr. Nassirian said people at the Education Department had described the omission as “a clerical mistake.” But it is “odd,” he said, because applying the subject codes “is a fairly mechanical task. It is not supposed to be the subject of any kind of deliberation.”

“I am not at all certain that the omission of this particular major is unintentional,” he added. “But I have to take them at their word.”

Scientists who knew about the omission also said they found the clerical explanation unconvincing, given the furor over challenges by the religious right to the teaching of evolution in public schools. “It’s just awfully coincidental,” said Steven W. Rissing, an evolutionary biologist at Ohio State University.

Jeremy Gunn, who directs the Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at the American Civil Liberties Union, said that if the change was not immediately reversed “we will certainly pursue this.”


I am glad the ACLU is already working on this.
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