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Science and the Sacred: Wonders in the Sky above and on the Earth below

June 02, 2022
Wilfred Buck, Science Facilitator, Educator, Cree Elder and Ceremonial Leader; Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, retired. Wilfred Buck has been asked by Western educational and scientific institutions to bring his Indigenous star knowledge into its work on astronomy. As commercial entities become increasingly active in space exploration, issues relating to the colonization of space are becoming part of the conversation, underscoring the need for other voices – such as Buck’s – to counterbalance these perspectives. 
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“What are the limits of religious knowledge?”

October 21, 2021
Troy Van Voorhis  Department Head and Haslam and Dewey Professor of Chemistry, MITandAlex Byrne  Professor of Philosophy, MIT
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What is Human Nature? Moral Challenges for Genetic Engineering Research Today

June 17, 2021
In conversation with Harvard Genetics Professor George Church.
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God & The Human Mind: How Do Cognitive Science and Neuroscience Interface with Religion?

January 27, 2021
Tania Lombrozo - Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology | Director, Concepts and Cognition Lab | Princeton University...... Jordan Grafman - Professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences | Director, Brain Injury   Research, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab | Northwestern University...... Justin Barrett - Editor, Oxford University Press Handbook for Cognitive Science of Religion (forthcoming).
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What do Scientists Around the World Think about Religion and Why does it Matter?

November 12, 2020
Elaine Howard Ecklund, Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and director of the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University
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Intellectual Humility

July 22, 2020
2019 Templeton Prize Winner and Appleton Professor of Natural Philosophy and a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth Marcelo Gleiser and Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Career Development Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT Cullen Buie.
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Lessons from Water Diplomacy in Resolving Complex Problems in Science and Religion through Principled Pragmatism

April 16, 2019
Shafik Islam, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Professor of Water Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
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Human Progress Narratives and the Promotion of Human Flourishing

October 29, 2018
Tyler VanderWeele, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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The Future of Genetic Engineering with Harvard Geneticist George Church and Adult Stem Cell Research Professional James Sherley, M.D., Ph.D.

July 30, 2018
Please be our guest Monday July 30, 5:45PM, for our first ever summer Roundtable on Science and Religion where we are bringing back Harvard Geneticist George Church. Together with American Scientific Affiliation Fellows who have gathered for their annual meetings, we will enjoy the beautiful Tupper Manor on the Atlantic Ocean at the Wylie Inn and Conference Center of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. A reminder of whom we’re featuring, George Church: Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, George is a founding member of the Wyss Institute, and director of PersonalGenomes.org, the world’s only open-access information on human genomic, environmental, and trait data. Known for pioneering the fields of personal genomics and synthetic biology, George developed the first methods for the first genome sequence and dramatic cost reductions since then (down from $3 billion to $600), contributing to nearly all “next generation sequencing” methods and companies. His team invented CRISPR for human stem cell genome editing and other synthetic biology technologies and applications — including new ways to create organs for transplantation, gene therapies for aging reversal, and gene drives to eliminate Lyme disease and malaria. As director of IARPA and NIH BRAIN Projects and National Institutes of Health Center for Excellence in Genomic Science, George has coauthored 450 papers, 105 patents, and one book, Regenesis: How Synthetic Biology Will Reinvent Nature and Ourselves. His honors include Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science, the Time 100, and election to the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.
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Reason, Science, Faith and Optimism, Harvard Professor of Physics Gerald Gabrielse

April 24, 2018
Please be our guest Tuesday April 24th, 6:30 PM, at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge for our next Roundtable on Science and Religion featuring Professor of Physics Gerald Gabrielse as he addresses Reason, Science, Faith and Optimism. As George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics at Harvard Gabrielse was recognized with both the Levenson prize for exceptional teaching and Ledlie prize for exceptional research, along with many international research prizes. An active member of the National Academy of Sciences, he has chaired both the Harvard Physics Department and the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society. Gabrielse is now in transition, joining Northwestern University as a Board of Trustees Professor, and as The Founding Director the Center for Fundamental Physics -- a physics center that has also agreed to host interdisciplinary visitors. The Gabrielse research group tested the most precise prediction of the Standard Model of Particle Physics by making the most accurate measurement every made of a property of an elementary particle. They also tested the Standard Model's most fundamental symmetry to an exquisite precision. He and his collaborators made one of the most stringent tests of supersymmetry and other proposed improvements to the Standard Model. He started low energy antiproton and antihydrogen physics and leads the ATRAP collaboration at CERN. Gabrielse is well-known as a no-nonsense experimental physicist who has made some of the most precise and fundamental measurements of modern physics. He is also a person of faith. He has agreed to reflect upon the synthesis of reason, science and faith that fuels his optimism for the future.