Wednesday, April 27, 2005


Public Relations Geniuses

Just one year ago, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed into law the Kansas Economic Growth Act, which was created to advance the state's bioscience and research base. Over a 10-year period, the state plans to spend $500 million to promote the bioscience industry and bioscience-related jobs.

While there's been very little coverage of the biosciences initiative outside Kansas, the state school board's decision to put evolution on trial is now generating an Everest of news articles in the national media.

An Associated Press report has been picked up so far by: The Detroit News, The Provo Daily Herald, Yahoo! News, MSNBC, ABC, and the San Diego Union-Tribune.

"If you don't understand evolution," Emily Hane, a 17-year-old Topeka student tells AP reporter John Hanna in the article, "you don't really understand biology."

That's the real message the school board is sending about Kansas. Unfortunately, that message will likely speak louder to scientists and bioscience entrepreneurs than the $500 million appropriated by the legislature.


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