Connect with ESN at ASA This Week

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Register for great one day packages for students in the Chicago area, and read on for details if you’re already coming to ASA.

Hear from a biotech company founder, talk with a citizen science expert, and enjoy Chicago deep dish pizza and a talk by a science advisor to PBS. We would love to see you at the American Scientific Affiliation conference later this week! Here’s your quick guide to what ESN will be cohosting, including the InterVarsity Reception and the Student/Early Career track. Please stop by and see us. And if you’re a local student (grad or undergrad) in the Chicago area, check out the link above for $25 one-day package deals for Saturday and Sunday of the conference. Most of our ESN activities are on Saturday, and ASA has great programming lined up for Sunday.


InterVarsity Reception, After Ken Miller Keynote

When & Where: 9 pm Sat. July 20, just after Ken Miller’s Keynote at Coray Alumni Gymnasium (reception location announced at keynote.

Join us for stimulating discussion, food, and celebration at the InterVarsity reception just after the Saturday keynote.


Student/Early Career Lunch Meetup

When & Where: Regular ASA Cafeteria, Private Meeting Room, 12-1 pm Sat. July 20.

We’ll share a vision for Christians in science living out their vocations to follow Christ and work for the common good–and we may even have a surprise guest connected with NASA! We welcome all students and early career members to join us.


InterVarsity Press/ESN Booth 

When & Where: Exhibit hall, hours and location in ASA program.

Stop by and visit ESN and InterVarsity Press (IVP)! IVP will have a great collection of books available, and we would love to say hello to you.


Student/Early Career Track

When & Where: Meyer 021, Sat. July 20, panel and speed mentoring times below. 

10:15-10:45 am: Finding God in His World: How Working in Science Strengthens Our Faith (Panel Discussion)

You love science, but do you ever struggle to see the significance of a long day in the lab or the field? Do you sometimes wonder how your faith and your scientific work can inform each other? Come hear how working in science deepens the life of faith for our panelists. A citizen science expert and a professor of religion and science at a secular university will share personal stories and ideas that helped them experience God through their scientific work.

Speakers: Dana Oleskiewicz, Denis Lamoureux

10:45-11:15: What I Wish I’d Known: Best Practices for Thriving as an Early Career Science and Technology Professional

What are the 2-3 key things experienced science and technology professionals wish everyone could discover earlier in their careers? Our panel will let you in on the secrets they have discovered for thriving as a student and/or early career professional in a variety of settings. Join us to learn best practices that will help you flourish in your work and life. Panelists will share from a wide range of experience including medicine, microbiology, psychology, computer science, science-related nonprofits, and academia.

Speakers: Daisy Savarirajin, Derek Schuurman, E. Janet Warren

11:15-11:45: Speed Mentoring

Wondering how to put your career in science/tech and your mission as a believer in Christ together? Curious how to flourish in your work? Want to process one of our tracks or a plenary session further? Not sure how to find mentors? Join us for speed mentoring! ESN track speakers and others will be available to share advice and answer your questions in a small group setting.

12:00-1:00: Break for Early Career Lunch Meetup   

1:15-1:45: Building Bridges with Secular Colleagues in Science and Technology

According to a recent Pew survey, a majority of the American public (59%) said science and religion often conflict. For Christians in science and technology fields, talking about faith with secular colleagues can seem daunting, yet often the most meaningful conversations come when we have the courage to talk about how we see faith and science working together. Our panel will share ideas on how they build bridges with secular colleagues and create meaningful dialogue on science and faith. Hear from a citizen science expert, a historian of science, and a biotech company founder on strategies for engaging conversation.

Speakers: Dana Oleskiewicz, Jennifer Powell McNutt, James Sherley

1:45-2:15: Choosing the Best Path for You: Making Good Career Decisions at Moments of Transition

There are huge decisions to make at many moments of an early science and technology career. Our panel will share wisdom on how to make good decisions at moments of transition. Whether you’re figuring out what to do after you graduate, considering a postdoc in a new subspecialty, deciding between job offers, or making other key decisions, please join us. Our panel has experience in industry, government, science-oriented nonprofits, and academia.

Speakers: Leslie Wickman, Johnny Lin, Deb Haarsma

2:15-2:45: Speed Mentoring

Wondering how to put your career in science and your mission as a believer in Christ together? Curious how to flourish as a scientist? Want to process one of our tracks or a plenary session further? Not sure how to find mentors? Join us for speed mentoring! Our ESN track speakers and others will be available to share advice and answer your questions in a small group setting.

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