From the NCSE: Congratulations to NESCent
NCSE is happy to congratulate the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) on the renewal of its grant from the National Science Foundation. According to a March 2, 2010, press release, NESCent was awarded a five-year grant renewal in the amount of $25 million, to continue its core programs in evolution research, informatics, and education through 2014.
This is the second major NSF grant that NESCent has received, which brings the total funding for the Center to $40 million. The grant will enable the Center to continue its core programs in evolution research, informatics and education through 2014.
Perhaps the only reedeming lines of research are those such as this one Measuring evolutionary change in modern human populations using cohort data. NESCent would do well to track evidence of genetic entropy and decay, but why are almost no funds devoted to this important topic? Why do I think they would NEVER touch this important topic?
About the only testable prediction I saw from NESCent was that women are evolving to become fatter.
Here are some of the other 40-million dollars worth of “discoveries”:
My view? Make the tax dollars of Ken Miller and friends pay for NESCent, not my tax dollars.