National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Southeastern Section Newsletter
Email Edition - Summer / Fall 2002
Editor's Comments: the evolution of the newsletter  

As someone who has designed, developed, and maintained personal and educational webpages, this new challenge was enjoyable. I was able to experience the joys and pains of learning Macromedia's Dreamweaver MX. But it was worth it. So for those of you receiving the email edition of the Summer/Fall 2002 newsletter (or what I call the e-newsletter), I hope you will find your e-newsletter easy to navigate and in a format that at least seems logical.

My hope is that the e-newsletter will catch on and that you will grow to enjoy it. It will save SE NAGT money (by reduced postage and paper usage). The e-newsletter will also serve as an digital archive of sorts for SE NAGT, because if you're like me after a week of receiving your paper SE NAGT newsletter it's either been lost, recycled, or tossed in the trash. Now you can get to SE NAGT's newsletter website and what was lost, has been found!

Furthermore, if you have any complaints, gripes, suggestions, or comments, please let me know. I promise not cry or hold a grudge. I do not believe that this particular version of the digital newsletter represents the pinnacle of electronic publishing. I am sure it will continue to evolve and you are welcome to assist in the evolutionary process.

And speaking of evolution, what is going on down in Georgia? (Don't know. Haven't heard. See Regional News.) Everytime I read about the local Board of Education in some other state trying to whitewash evolution and associated concepts (such as geologic time) out of Biology or Geoscience textbooks, a big shiver just runs down my spine because I know there will be a day when my home county or state will have to deal with this issue.

Luckily, SE NAGT can help members stay informed about relevant or controversial issues in our region that might affect them. Could what happened in Cobb County, Georgia, occur where I live? Oh, it is definitely possible in our region. My question is at what point are we as geoscientists failing to convince the public that science and religion are not mutually exclusive. I'm not going to address that here.

Lastly, how do we stay current with potentially important or controversial geoscience issues occuring across eight states? Report items you think are newsworthy to your State Representative or to me directly.

Thanks, Stan



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