Christian Women in Sciences On the Move

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.

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 – your female co-worker, a woman at church, your sister or aunt. Encourage women to get involved – and get involved yourself!

Randy Isaac
Executive Director

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Tom Grosh IV

Enjoys daily conversations regarding living out the Biblical Story with his wife Theresa, four girls, around the block, at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church (where he hosts the Christian Scholar Series), on campus as part of InterVarsity Graduate & Faculty Ministry (serving fellowships such as the Christian Medical Society/CMDA at Penn State College of Medicine), online as the Associate Director of the Emerging Scholars Network, in the culture at large, and in God's creation.

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