Note: Please register by July 18 to ensure your conference gift package arrives on time. You’re welcome to register at any point, but we will be incorporating items from the gift package in the event, and would love to get it to you on time.
Learn: Praveen Sethupathy will speak on Building Trust as Christians in the Scientific Workplace
Worship: Music by Jonathan Ogden
Enjoy: Gift package, including coffee & Science and Faith: Student Questions Explored
Engage: Connect with colleagues and mentors in interactive groups
Explore: Reception w science fiction authors Kristin Janz and Donald Crankshaw, editors of Mysterion
Praveen is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences and Director of the Center for Genomics at Cornell University, where he directs a research lab focused on genomic approaches to understand human health and disease. He received his BA degree from Cornell University and his PhD in Genomics from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Human Genome Research Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Francis Collins, he moved in 2011 to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics. The same year he was selected by Genome Technology as one of the nation’s top 25 rising young investigators in genomics. In 2017, he returned to Cornell University as an Associate Professor. Praveen has authored over 95 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals and has served as a reviewer for over 35 different journals. Recent honors include a faculty merit award for outstanding teaching and mentoring and the prestigious American Diabetes Association Pathway To Stop Diabetes Research Accelerator, which is awarded to only three people per year. Praveen has been an invited speaker for the Veritas Forum, has served on the advisory board for the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, and serves on the Board of Directors for the BioLogos Foundation, which seeks to convey harmony between science and faith. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife and three children.
Donald Crankshaw and Kristin Janz, Mysterion Editors
The Christian faith is filled with mystery, from the Trinity and the Incarnation to the smaller mysteries found in some of the strange and unexplained passages of the Bible: Behemoth and Leviathan, nephilim and seraphim, heroes and giants and more. There is no reason for fiction engaging with Christianity to be more tidy and theologically precise than the faith itself. Mysterion first launched as an anthology of Christian-themed speculative fiction and then evolved into an ezine, edited and published by the husband and wife team of Donald S. Crankshaw and Kristin Janz.
Donald S. Crankshaw has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he did a thesis in superconducting quantum computing. This was more helpful for writing fantasy than he expected, though less helpful for writing science fiction than he had hoped. He has published short stories in venues such as Nature Futures, Black Gate, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. Currently he and his wife edit and publish Mysterion, an online magazine of speculative fiction engaging with Christianity, which he helps support with his day job as a technical consultant for intellectual property litigation.
Kristin Janz was born in Vancouver, grew up in Nova Scotia, and moved across the continent twice more before settling in the Boston area. She studied organic chemistry at the University of British Columbia (M.Sc., 1998), and spent 13 years as a medicinal chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. She is also a fantasy and science fiction author and graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop (2008) with over 20 published short stories. Along with her husband, author Donald S. Crankshaw, she edits and publishes the online speculative fiction magazine Mysterion, which seeks out stories that engage meaningfully with the Christian faith from a wide range of perspectives.
Jonathan Ogden, Worship Leader
Jonathan Ogden is a christian singer-songwriter and producer. As well as being the lead singer in the indie worship band Rivers & Robots, he helps to run an organisation called Set Sail, which aims at equipping, encouraging and inspiring christian artists and creators to make Jesus known through creative worship. With a background in graphic design, Jonathan has a passion for bringing together both visual and musical elements in creative ways to worship God and make Him known to the world. Jonathan is based in Manchester, UK and lives as a full time ‘creative missionary’.
Conference Schedule, Saturday July 25
All times are given in Eastern Daylight Time, and the conference will include short breaks to enjoy the coffee & tea we’ll be sending in your gift package.