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Introduction

Thank-you to Dwight Schwartz, Ph.D., the Mid-Atlantic Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries, for taking a few minutes to share a glimpse of his undergraduate & graduate school journey. I am really looking forward to how Candidate For What? will unfold and what insights he will relate along the way not only in this series, but also in future contributions to the ESN blog. Stay tuned. To God be glory! ~ Tom

Thank-you to Dwight Schwartz, Ph.D., for continuing his  series by sharing a glimpse of his undergraduate and graduate school journey. A few questions for you as you dive into Part 2 and 3 (Click here for Part 1):

  • How do you relate to Dwight’s journey through college (and possibly graduate school)?
  • Are you (or did you) follow the recommendations of academic mentors?
  • Have you found your studies giving you a larger perspective on real life?
  • How do you share your journey in higher ed with others? In what manner does your faith relate to your vocation? Note: If you have interest in sharing your story with Emerging Scholars, please click here to read a description of writing for the blog and drop me an email. ~ Thomas B. Grosh IV, Associate Director of ESN, editor of ESN’s blog and Facebook Wall.

Part 2

Two years after finishing high school – I was working to save some money for college – I started taking college courses. And I started to get a bit of a handle on issues of career choice, etc., when, as a college freshman at Messiah College, I pursued not only a major in Chemistry but also a minor in Computer Science. I liked what I already knew of computers, i.e., typing on a display computer in the local department store:

10 print “hello”
20 GOTO 10

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Introduction

Thank-you to Dwight Schwartz, Ph.D., for taking a few minutes to share a glimpse of his pre-college journey through school — a teaser for the insights he will relate not only in his  series, but also in his future contributions to the ESN blog.

As some of you know, I have greatly appreciated getting to know Dwight over the past several years as we have co-labored with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship‘s Graduate & Faculty Ministry (GFM). This summer we were part of the team which represented GFM and the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN) at the American Scientific Affiliation‘s (ASA) Annual Meetings. Despite my undergraduate degree in biology (Grove City College) and decade immersed in InterVarsity’s ministry at Carnegie Mellon, I am a relative newcomer to active involvement with ASA. Dwight, along with Terry Morrison[1], has been a great encouragement in exploring resource sharing with ASA.

InterVarsity Reception at the 2013 ASA Annual Meetings. An opportunity to highlight the work of and invite participants to become more involved with InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministry (GFM) and Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). Click here for audio/video from the ASA mtgs and here for the ESN blog post on Christian Women in Sciences On the Move.

A few items for you to consider as you read Part I of Dwight’s series Candidate For What?

  • How do you relate to Dwight’s journey through school?
  • In what manner are you ahead/behind those your age and/or in your academic stage? And how has your relationship to “peers” affected your self-understanding and relationships with others?
  • What were you “chomping at the bit”[2] to study in high school? How did you express/share this passion with others? How did this pan out with regard to your college major(s)?
  • How do you share your journey through school with others? In what manner does your faith relate to your vocation (more on this coming from Dwight in future posts). Note: If you have interest in sharing your story with Emerging Scholars, please click here to read a description of writing for the blog and drop me an email. ~ Thomas B. Grosh IV, Associate Director of ESN, editor of ESN’s blog and Facebook Wall.

Part 1

Thank-you to Dwight Schwartz, Ph.D., the Mid-Atlantic Area Director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries, for taking a few minutes to share a glimpse of his pre-college journey through school. I am really looking forward to how Candidate For What? will unfold and what insights he will relate along the way not only in this series, but also in future contributions to the ESN blog. Stay tuned. To God be glory! ~ Tom

One of the consequences of being born in November is that you are – or were, in the times in which I was born – theoretically a candidate for going to kindergarten at age four.  You’d turn five before the end of the calendar year, so you’d be five for most of kindergarten.  I know someone who skipped kindergarten as a four-year-old, went straight to first grade as a five-year-old, and was eventually held back for a redo of first grade.  I was held back from starting kindergarten until the end of my sixth year; I was five when I started kindergarten and turned six soon thereafter. Continue Reading…

As you may remember, this summer I once again attended the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) Annual Meetings. What an exciting opportunity not only to be in dialogue regarding In God’s Image: Celebrating Creativity in Science and Invention (click here for audio files and slides of presentations), but also to deepen relationships with friends who are connected with InterVarsity as alumni, students, faculty, and staff.

InterVarsity Reception at the 2013 ASA Annual Meetings. An opportunity to highlight the work of and invite participants to become more involved with InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministry and Emerging Scholars Network.

Interested in becoming part of such a community, rich with a mixture of academic material/presentation and informal conversation? Then don’t miss out on the free ASA student membership!. Whether or not you’re a member [or able to join me for what looks to be a great conference on From Cosmos to Psyche (July 25 - 28, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)], enjoy the steady stream of material available through God and Nature and ASA’s Facebook Wall. Note: God and Nature magazine is a literary resource for everyone who’s ever been confused, conflicted, intrigued, or inspired by the intersection of science and faith.

Drum roll: Yesterday, I received the below email regarding the launch of the Christian Women in Science (CWIS), the formation of which was a dynamic part of this summer’s annual meetings. So yes, I’m enthusiastically spreading the word AND inviting you to do likewise :) In addition to personal communications, maybe your campus fellowship could include the link to this post in their chapter communications (via email, Facebook, etc). ~ Thomas B. Grosh IV, Associate Director of ESN, editor of ESN’s blog and Facebook Wall.

PS.  Note: For an Emerging Scholars Network Blog interview of a significant member of this launch, click here.

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Christian Women in Science (CWIS) is a new organization launched on July 22, 2013 as an affiliate group of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA). Founded in 1941, ASA is an international network of Christians in the sciences. Logo from http://network.asa3.org/resource/group/7144b475-19a8-467f-9463-264f6d270c5d/cwislogo.jpg, accessed 8/29/2013.

Dear Thomas,

We are delighted to announce that Christian Women in Science (CWIS), a new affiliate organization of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA), was launched on July 22, 2013, under the leadership of ASA council member Lynn Billman. Founded in 1941, the ASA is an international network of Christians in the sciences.

The mission of CWIS is to encourage Christian women of all ages to pursue, sustain, and grow in a career in science, technology, engineering or math, and to encourage women in these endeavors to pursue, sustain, and grow in the Christian faith. See the CWIS homepage for more info. CWIS is already having an impact — check out the CWIS blog here — and is planning several programs and activities. Continue Reading…