The New York Times reports that evolutionary biology has vanished from the list of acceptable majors under the National Smart Grant program, which provides $4,000 grants to low-income students majoring in physical, life, or computer sciences, as well as other courses of study deemed “critical” to national security. Katherine McLane, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education, said that the omission was “inadvertent,” and another spokeswoman said that the major would be returned to the list. However, as of August 23, the major was still missing from the list. If a major is not on the list, students cannot receive funding unless they declare a major that is on the list. The fact that the major is missing at all is raising concerns among scientists given the current atmosphere surrounding the teaching of evolution… (Note: This site requires free registration.)