Delegates will convene at North Central College July 29 through Aug. 1 for the 66th annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation, jointly hosted by Wheaton College.
The American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) is a fellowship of men and women of science and related disciplines who share a common fidelity to the word of God and a commitment to integrity in the practice of science. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Science-Faith Synergy: Glorifying God and Serving Humanity.”
Plenary sessions are as follows:
· Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger, Professor of Religion and Chair of the Religion Department at Hope College, will lecture on the topic “One Example of Science-Faith Synergy: How We Can Glorify God and Serve Humanity by Caring for the Earth.”
· Dr. Dorothy Chappell, Dean of Natural and Social Sciences at Wheaton College, will discuss “Challenges, Changes and Chalices in the Natural Sciences.”
· Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist and Professor of Geosciences at Texas Tech University, will address “Climate Change: Why Are Science and Faith in Conflict?”
· Dr. William Hurlbut, Consulting Professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurological sciences at Stanford University Medical Center, will discuss “Stem Cells, Embryos and Ethics: A Continuing Controversy.”
· Dr. Gareth Jones, Professor of Anatomy and Structural Biology and Director of the Bioethics Centre at the University of Otago, will lecture on “Glorifying God in a Scientific Millieu: The Contrasting Domains of Neuroscience and Reproduction.”
· Dr. Mary Schweitzer, Professor of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences at North Carolina State University and Curator of Vertebrate Paeleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, will address “Dinosaurs Under the Microscope: A New Look at Old Dinosaurs.”
The conference will include trips to Matthiessen State Park, Morton Arboretum, Fermilab, Yerkes Observatory and Wheaton College. The group’s two most recent annual meetings have been held at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. (2010) and at Baylor University in Waco, Texas (2009).
More information about the conference, including the full conference schedule and registration information, is available at asa3.org. North Central offers a variety of facilities available for community use. To learn more, contact the Office of Community Development at 630-637-5560 or visit Rent College Facilities.