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Science Standards in Texas Schools: Tuesday’s Show (February 7, 2017)

Science Standards in Texas Schools: Tuesday’s Show (February 7, 2017)

School Bus Education Illustration - MHagertyOn Wednesday (Feb. 1, 2017), the Texas Board of Education held a preliminary vote on science standards, which some worry could make room for the teaching of creationism in science classrooms.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we learn more from Texas Tribune reporter Aliyya Swaby, and then discuss famous court battles over evolution and creationism with Josh Blackman from South Texas College of Law Houston.

Also this hour…

‘The Value of the Moon’

The Lunar and Planetary Institute provides research and support to NASA here in Houston. Among its ten staff scientists is Dr. Paul Spudis, whose research is focused on the geological history and evolution of the moon. As development of the Orion spacecraft ramps up — with plans to travel beyond low-Earth orbit for the first time since the Apollo program ended in the early 1970’s.

Spudis argues it’s appropriate that a return to the moon should precede any manned mission to Mars. We revisit our May 2016 conversation with Spudis about what he sees as the benefits of returning to the moon, and what he hopes will be the process and timeline for America’s return to lunar orbit.

I Have a Name

A journalist is using photographs she’s taken to help identify the remains of those who’ve died trying to cross the Texas-Mexico border. Jen Reel is a multimedia editor for the Texas Observer, and she’s created an online photo gallery. There, people looking for missing loved ones can scan through images of belongings found alongside unidentified people who’ve died trying to cross the border in South Texas. She tells Michael Hagerty about the project, which is called Yo Tengo Nombre — or I Have a Name.

A Field Trip to the Houston Maritime Museum

You’re surely aware that Houston has a ship channel. And perhaps you’ve even heard that the city’s port is one of the busiest in the country. But still, many might not think of Houston as a big sea-faring city.

But Houston has enough of a maritime history to warrant its own museum. The Houston Maritime Museum is just down the street from Hermann Park, nestled off a side street. And Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin visited the museum to talk with its director, Leslie Bowlin, to learn what visitors can expect to see when they stop by.

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Abner Fletcher

Abner FletcherAbner Fletcher is a multimedia producer for Houston Matters and Houston Public Media.View all posts by Abner Fletcher →