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 Godâ€™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.
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!Â Whether or not you’re a member [or able to join me for what looks to be a great conference on From Cosmos to PsycheÂ (July 25 – 28,Â McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)], enjoy theÂ steady stream of material available throughÂ God and NatureÂ and ASA’sÂ Facebook Wall. Note:Â God and Nature magazineÂ 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 ScienceÂ (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).Â ~Â Thomas B. Grosh IV, Associate Director ofÂ ESN, editor of ESNâ€™sÂ blogÂ andÂ Facebook Wall.
PS.Â Â Note: For an Emerging Scholars Network Blog interview of a significant member of this launch, clickÂ here.
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.
In the future, CWIS email communications will go only to persons who have joined CWIS through ASA; this saves time by using the ASA membership software to manage the email address list. If you are interested in the mission of CWIS, whether you are male or female, join Christian Women in Science now! To join CWIS:
If you are a member or follower of ASA, you already have a registered account with ASA and can sign in with your username and password. Just navigate to the menu option Chapters and Groups/Affiliates/CWIS to open the CWIS homepage. There will be an option just under the heading “Affiliates: CWIS” that says “join group.” Click and you will become a member of the CWIS group.
If you are not a member or follower of ASA, you will need to join ASA as a member (free or up to $85/yr depending on your situation) or a follower (free) on the ASA website here. Then proceed to join CWIS as above.
Please forward this information to anyone else you think might be interested â€“ your female co-worker, a woman at church, your sister or aunt. Encourage women to get involved â€“ and get involved yourself!
About the author:
Tom enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa and their four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he teaches adult electives and co-leads a small group), among healthcare professionals as the Northeast Regional Director for the Christian Medical & Dental Associations (CMDA), and in higher ed as a volunteer with the Emerging Scholars Network (ESN). For a number of years, the Christian Medical Society / CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine was the hub of his ministry with CMDA. Note: Tom served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship / USA for 20+ years, including 6+ years as the Associate Director of ESN. He has written for the ESN blog from its launch in August 2008. He has studied Biology (B.S.), Higher Education (M.A.), Spiritual Direction (Certificate), Spiritual Formation (M.A.R.), Ministry to Emerging Generations (D.Min.). To God be the glory!