Addiction: Diseased Brain, Divided Will, or Restless Heart?

Judith Toronchuk (PhD McGill) teaches physiological psychology for Trinity Western University. She has published on affective neuronal selection, and both the phylogeny and ontogeny of affective social behaviour. She describes for us here the latest developments and challenges in the science of addiction for our society and Christian faith. That focus calls for our attention with opioid, marijuana, nicotine, gambling, porn, and alcohol addictions staggering our society. Toronchuk’s 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. Toronchuk at toronchu@twu.ca. She will send the best essays on to peer review and then we will select from those for publication in an Addiction 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 October 2017.

Looking forward to hearing your perspectives,

James C. Peterson
Editor of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

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

Loving God with All Your Mind, and Alzheimer’s

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 1 May 2017.

Looking forward to hearing your perspectives,

James C. Peterson
Editor of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith

Think Write Publish: Science & Religion

CSCA folks may be interested to take advantage of this unique opportunity to participate in a writing fellowship focusing on non-fictional narratives that emphasize the compatibility of science and religion.
Did you know that we’ve been posting calls for papers/abstracts on this site that relate to science and religion? Find them from the main menu: Participate > Calls for Submissions > Calls for Papers.

Communicating Harmonies Between Science & Religion Using Narrative Nonfiction—Through an Innovative, Collaborative Thinking and Writing Program

This is a call for applicants to our flagship program–12, two-year, non-residential narrative writing Fellowships. Fellows will receive travel to 3 all-expense-paid writing workshops around the nation, dedicated mentors and editorial support, exposure of their work at 5 events at science museums in the US and Canada, publishing opportunities, and a $10,000 honorarium.
Recipients of the Think Write Publish Fellowship will develop and write a true story or a series of true stories exploring the harmonies between science and religion. The Fellowship program will not only give Fellows the time and opportunity to craft a publishable story, but will provide them with essential professional guidance and a community of Fellow writers and influential members of the publishing world.
The deadline for applications is May 15, 2016.
The program is based at Arizona State University–Think Write Publish–focused on exploring the intersections between science and religion.

Call for Papers: Atheism and the Christian Faith

The Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith has put out a call for papers for their upcoming conference on Atheism and the Christian Faith in Edmonton, Alberta.

ATHEISM AND THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
May 6-7, 2016

Papers and Presentations along the lines of the theme of Atheism and the Christian Faith may be approached interdisciplinarily from the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Formal Sciences and from the subdisciplines of philosophy, theology, apologetics, psychology, sociology, history, culture, art and ethics, etc. There is a broad range of possible topics with some overlap. This list is neither exhaustive nor intended to be restrictive: Atheism as Religion, Atheism and Morality, Atheism and Meaning, Atheism and Apologetics, Atheism and Cosmology, Atheism and Teleology, Atheism and Ontology, Atheism and Postmodernism, Atheism and Politics, Atheism and Economics, Atheism and History, Atheism and Biology, Atheism and Psychology, Atheism and Society, Atheism and the Arts.

Paper proposals should include an abstract of 150-300 words outlining the topic related to the theme, method and purpose. The paper should be close to 2500 words. The presentation should last around 25 minutes with approximately 5 minutes for question and answer. PowerPoint, DVD and Internet are available for the presentation.

Deadline for proposal submission is Friday 22nd April 2016. Scholars who want their original unpublished papers for the conference published in our online journal the Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith may submit them for adjudication at any time. Fill out the form below to submit an abstract for the conference. (Source)

Official Call for Papers Here