Scholarship Winner’s Reflection: Dayna Nelson

The CSCA is once again offering five scholarships of up to $1600 each to send Canadian students to science-religion conferences of their choosing. Here is a reflection from Dayna Nelson (B.A. cand., University of Waterloo), one of 2016’s winners.

Dayna Nelson attended the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation (July 22 – 25, 2016, Azusa Pacific University).

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Andrew Reeves, Colborne Kemna, Dayna Nelson, and Timothy Opperman at ASA 2016.

ASA 2016 was a fantastic success, and it was my favourite of the conferences I’ve attended so far. The theme “Brain, Mind and Faith” was of particular interest to me because it focused on the interplay between psychology and religion–topics that are normally handled separately in my studies. Since I have not had the opportunity to study these in an integrated fashion, I was more than thrilled to explore it, albeit briefly, here.
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Thoughts on “Is Genesis History?”

by Bob Geddes

Bob GeddesI will be dating myself here: many, many years ago, actor Lily Tomlin, a master of many comedic roles, would portray a precocious five-year old girl named Edith Ann. Sitting in a vastly oversized chair, she would regale listeners with stories about her daily adventures, which often included her dog Buster. She would end each segment by saying “And that’s the truth,” followed by a moist, lip-induced raspberry. We are in a time where there is much focus on what is truth and what is factual. “Fake news” is a daily buzzword.

American Del Tackett, founder of “The Truth Project,” is the feature commentator of a movie creating another buzz in some Christian circles, entitled “Is Genesis History?”. I have not seen the movie, although it is being shown in selected Canadian cities on Tuesday, March 14. As a former geologist and retired minister, I have received a few emails seeking my advice on whether one should go see it. While not yet having access to the movie, I do trust those who have given it a geological review. Continue reading

Scholarship Winner’s Reflection: Timothy Opperman

The CSCA is once again offering five scholarships of up to $1600 each to send Canadian students to science-religion conferences of their choosing. Here is a reflection from Timothy Opperman (Regent College, Vancouver), one of 2016’s winners.

Timothy Opperman attended the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation (July 22 – 25, 2016, Azusa Pacific University).

Timothy (right) with Denis Lamoureux at ASA 2016.

I had a fantastic time attending the annual conference of the American Scientific Affiliation, and I felt particularly fortunate that my first time was the 75 Anniversary of the ASA. My mind was spinning with excitement as I arrived at Azusa Pacific University, and I had high expectations of quality lectures and presentations, as well as hope for some genuine connections with fellow attendees. I am pleased to say that my expectations were thoroughly exceeded. Not only were the presentations engaging and challenging, but I also met some of the most fascinating people from a wide variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Every element combined into an excellent experience that I highly recommend to anyone with an interest in the intersection of science and religion. Continue reading

Project Newsletter: First Year in Review

Screen Shot 2017-01-27 at 14.58.17CSCA folks are encouraged to read our January 2017 newsletter. Here you can read our report on the first year of our Local Chapters Project and some exciting developments as we begin our second year.

Click here to read the newsletter (PDF).

ASA 2017 Call for Abstracts

CSCA members are encouraged to submit abstract for this year’s annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation (July 28–31, 2017 at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado).
ASA2017ABSTRACT DEADLINE: February 15, 2017

This year’s meeting theme is “Exploring New Heights for Science & Stewardship,” and it will also feature the latest research in other areas of physical, biological, and agricultural sciences, and engineering and technology education relating to the theme.

Scholarships

  • ASA Scholarships: A number of members have graciously provided funding for a limited number of scholarships. Scholarships are available to early career and student ASA members on a first-come, first-served basis. (All CSCA members are ASA members.) Detailed information and application are available under the Annual Meeting tab on the ASA website.
  • CSCA Scholarships: For student members of the CSCA, our own scholarship is also an option.

Details & Submission Form Here
TOPICAL AREAS FOR ORAL AND POSTER SESSIONS

  • Energy, Water, and Environment: Technical presentations on uses, sources, and transmission/ distribution of energy; research on water, air, land, wildlife, and ecology overall
  • Ethics and Economics of Creation Care/Sustainability: Presentations focused on the ethics and economics of energy, water, environment, and people
  • Educating Students and Faculty: Presentations on new ideas in educating Christian students about science and technology, secular faculty about Christianity, and science education in churches and home schools
  • Engineering and Applied Technology: Technically focused presentations on engineering research or projects, technology in service to the poor
  • Exploring Physical Sciences: Geology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, other earth sciences
  • Exploring Biological and Agricultural Sciences: Medical research, life sciences, plant and soil science, other agricultural research
  • Theology and Other Areas: Theological and philosophical insights