Our CSCA Vancouver chapter is very pleased to have Dr. Tom McLeish of Durham University, UK visit us this fall! From October 31 to Nov 3, Tom will be giving a number of public talks in BC’s Lower Mainland (details below).
Tom McLeish is Professor of Physics at Durham University and also chairs the Royal Society’s education committee. After a first degree in physics and PhD (1987) in polymer physics at Cambridge University, a lectureship at Sheffield University, in complex fluid physics, lead to a chair at Leeds University from 1993.
McLeish takes a fresh approach to the science and religion debate, taking a scientist’s reading of the enigmatic and beautiful Book of Job as a centrepiece, and asking what science might ultimately be for. Rather than conflicting with faith, science can be seen as a deeply religious activity, and the current form of a deep and continuous thread in human culture. He longs to equip churches to work with science as God’s gift, and for secular scientists to see the search for wisdom about the world in science.
His research interests include: (i) molecular rheology of polymeric fluids); (ii) macromolecular biological physics; (iii) issues of theology, ethics and history of science. He has published over 180 scientific papers and reviews, and is in addition regularly involved in science-communication with the public, including lectures and workshops on science and faith. In 2014 OUP published his book Faith and Wisdom in Science. He has been a Reader in the Anglican Church since 1993, in the dioceses of Ripon and York.
Lecture Tour of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia:
(More info on McLeish and the tour in general here.)
Our Local Chapters Project is featured in the September/October issue of Faith Today, Canada’s Christian Magazine (page 11). Read the online article at this link.
As it turns out, our Project is actually on-track to start eight additional chapters (two more than the article mentions). We at CSCA are very excited about such a great start. Stay tuned for more updates, as we will soon release more details, including the personal reflections of our 2016 scholarship winners.
Bryan C. Auday, PhD, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Gordon College, Wenham, MA, and is also the founding Director of the Neuroscience Program there. He recently completed as Co-Medical Editor the Salem Health Magill’s Medical Guide (7th edition), Vols. 1-5, Hackensack, NJ: Grey House Publishing, 2014. Auday describes for us here the latest developments and challenges from Alzheimer’s Disease for the sciences, our society, and Christian faith. The essay is intended as an invitation. Readers are encouraged to take up one of the insights or questions, or maybe a related one that was not mentioned, and draft an article (typically about 5,000-8,000 words) that contributes to the conversation. These can be sent to Dr. Auday at Bryan.Auday@gordon.edu. He will send the best essays on to peer review and then we will select from those for publication in an Alzheimer’s science theme issue of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith. The lead editorial in the December 2013 issue of PSCF outlines what the journal looks for in article contributions. For best consideration for inclusion in the theme issue, manuscripts should be received electronically before 31 December 2016.
Looking forward to hearing your perspectives,
James C. Peterson
Editor of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith
The June 2016 issue of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, the peer-reviewed academic journal of the ASA and CSCA, has arrived in Canadian mailboxes. As is often the case, there are a good number of Canadian contributions to this issue, which we highlight below. If you are not yet a member of CSCA, the journal may be available in an academic library near you.
Canadian Contributions to PSCF 68, no. 2 (June 2016)
CSCA Past President and PSCF Editor James C. Peterson opens the issue with a brief editorial about its theme, entitled “Natural evil and the love of God.” This is followed by Canadians writing two of the four main articles and three of the nine book reviews. Of course there are other valuable articles, communications, and reviews, but we are highlighting these below for their “Canadian content.”
- John R. Wood (The King’s University in Edmonton, AB and an ASA executive council member): “An ecological perspective on the role of death in creation”
- Bethany Sollereder (Oxford, and former student and early career representative on the CSCA executive council): “Evolution, suffering, and the creative love of God”
- Derek Schuurman (Redeemer College, Ancaster, ON) on Mapping your academic career: Charting the course of a professor’s life by Gary Burge
- Hendrik van der Breggen (Providence University College, Otterburne, MB) on Beyond the abortion wars: A way forward for a new generation by Charles Camosy
- James J. Rusthoven (McMaster emeritus professor of oncology) on Christian bioethics: A guide for pastors, health care professionals, and families
In the early months of this year, our Local Chapters Project Team (your Executive Council) hit the ground running on a number of different fronts. Find out more in our June 2016 Newsletter:
Click here: Continue reading our Local Chapters Project Newsletter (June 2016).