Join us on Saturday, March 4, 9 am-3 pm
Christianity and Science… friends or foes? Can there be a thoughtful partnership? Join us for a day of exploring the relationship between Science and Christian faith – where respected scientists and theologians will talk about relevant issues regarding faith and science, particularly those issues surrounding the interaction of faith and Scripture, the origins of life, and the cosmos. This event is open to all with a special welcome to students – middle school through college.
This event was made possible through the support of an award from the Science and Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries project at Fuller Seminary. The opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of Fuller or the STEAM project.
SCHEDULE & EVENT DETAILS
Science & Faith Bus Schedule
8:30 am – Check-in
9 am – Session 1: Beginnings: Genesis 1 Through the Eyes of Ancient Israelites – Charles Yu
9:50 am – Session 2: Christianity and the Questions of Origins: Major Positions along the Creation/Evolution Continuum – Jeff Hardin
10:40 am – Break
11 am – Session 3: Perspectives of Three Scientists on the Integration of Science and Faith – Izabela Szlufarska, Wan-Ju Li, and Rick Lindroth
12 pm – Lunch
1 pm – Session 4: Planets, Galaxies, Black Holes, and Life: A Universe of Wonder* – Jennifer Wiseman
2 pm – Question and Answer with Presenters*
*please note that these sessions will not be recorded.
|Jennifer Wiseman, Ph.D.
Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is an astronomer, author, and speaker. She studies the process of star and planet formation in our galaxy using radio, optical, and infrared telescopes, and is currently a senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She is also interested in national science policy and public science engagement, and has served as a Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society. She currently directs the program of Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She received her B.S. in physics from MIT, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987, and continued her studies at Harvard, earning a Ph.D. in astronomy in 1995. She continued her research as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Hubble Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. She then served as a Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society, working with the staff of the Science Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Wiseman is a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a network of Christians in Science. She has authored several essays addressing the relationship of astronomy and faith, and frequently gives talks to schools, schools, civic organizations and campus groups on the excitement of scientific discovery. She grew up on an Arkansas farm enjoying late night stargazing walks with her parents and pets.
|Charles Yu, Ph.D.
Charles spent his early childhood in Taiwan and immigrated with his family to Southern California when he was ten. At UC Berkeley, he met his wife Serena and received a B.S. in electrical engineering (1990). As they sojourned in Vancouver, British Columbia, Charles got his Master of Divinity at Regent College (1997) and worked as a minister to Chinese-Canadian college students. After moving to Madison in 1997, Charles received his Ph.D. in Hebrew and Semitics (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible) at UW-Madison (2011). Before coming on staff with Blackhawk Church, Charles enjoyed a teaching ministry with InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries as a Campus Theologian. In his spare time, Charles enjoys reading books on military history and barbecuing in his backyard. Charles and his wife have two daughters.
|Jeff Hardin, Ph.D.
Jeff Hardin received a M.Div. from the International School of Theology and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of California-Berkley. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Zoology and Faculty Director of the Biology Core Curriculum at UW-Madison. He conducts research on the molecular basis of embryonic development and teaches courses in embryonic development and cell biology. Jeff is also a member of the Religious Studies Program at UW and co-directs the Isthmus Society, dedicated to fostering dialogue between science and religion in the Madison community. Jeff is the Chair of the Board of the BioLogos Foundation, a ministry that helps the church see the harmony between science and Christian faith. He also serves faculty and graduate student ministries on the UW-Madison campus. Jeff and his wife Susie have two sons.
|Rick Lindroth, Ph.D.
Rick Lindroth has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Illinois-Urbana. He is a Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Department of Entomology, and recently completed a 6-year stint as Associate Dean for Research, at UW-Madison. His research interests are broadly “evolutionary ecology”, with a particular emphasis on the effects of global environmental change on forest ecosystems. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Ecological Society of America, and is a member of the BioLogos Voices speaking bureau. Rick and his wife Nancy have two daughters and two grandsons, and have served in a variety of capacities at Blackhawk Church for 30 years.
|Wan-Ju Li, Ph.D.
Wan-Ju has degrees in Biomedical Engineering (B.S., Chung-Yuan University, Chung Li, Taiwan; M.S., Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA) and a Ph.D. in Cell and Tissue Engineering from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA. A tenured UW-Madison professor, he leads the Musculoskeletal Biology and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory. The focus of his research is on nanostructural biomaterial and musculoskeletal tissue engineering using electrospinning – a technology developed in 1934 for weaving fiber into textiles – to create intricate scaffolds that mimic human collagen. He then cultures adult stem cells in those scaffolds so they can grow into mature, functional tissue with the goal that they be implanted into injured and arthritic joints, helping patients lead healthier, pain-free lives. Wan-Ju is married with two young daughters and is involved in the Blackhawk Chinese Ministry.
|Izabela Szlufarska, Ph.D.
Izabela Szlufarska is a Harvey D. Spangler Professor of Engineering at UW-Madison with faculty appointments in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Department of Engineering Physics. She was born and raised in Poland and in 1999 she moved to the US to pursue her graduate studies. Izabela received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville in 2002 and she joined the faculty at UW-Madison in 2004. In her research Izabela uses computer simulations to design materials for such applications as safe nuclear energy systems, low-friction engineering components, and water purification. Izabela’s work has been recognized by a number of awards, including National Science Foundation CAREER award, Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, H.I. Romnes Faculty Fellowship, and Vilas Associate Professorship. Izabela and her husband Dane have two baby boys.