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2015 Winter Day Conference Documents

Posted By Michael A. Everest, Thursday, November 06, 2014

There are three files attached to this post that you may use for promoting this event.  

1)  A poster promoting the 2015 Winter Day Conference

2)  A flyer with all the pertinent information for attendees

3)  A call for papers for those interested in making a presentation at the meeting

 It looks like it is going to be a great event  Registration is live! 


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2015 Winter Day Conf.: CALL FOR PAPERS—Due Mon., 12/8/14—So Calif Christians in Science

Posted By Michael A. Everest, Monday, October 13, 2014
  • “Science and Faith Dialogue for Christian Vocation, Discipleship, and Witness”

    The 2015 Winter Day Conference of
    The Southern California Christians in Science Local Chapter of the American Scientific Affiliation

    9:00 AM – 5 PM on Saturday, February 7th, 2015
    Segerstrom Science Center, Perry Lecture Hall, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

    Plenary Talks and Events:

    “Reframing Original Sin: A New Frontier in Science and Theology”
    Joel Green, Professor and Dean in the School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

    “The Lesson of Grace in Teaching”
    Francis Su, Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College

    “Science, Scientists, and the Church” A Moderated Panel of Scientists and Pastors Discuss Science-Faith Dialogue, Discipleship, and the Church

    Call for Contributions:

    Southern California Christians in Science invites contributed 20-minute talks, posters, and panel discussions. Submissions may address any topic dealing with the intersection between Christianity and science and technology, although sessions on the following topics related to the conference theme are especially encouraged:

    • Faith and learning in the Classroom, Faith and Learning for the Church. Christian educators and students in science, theology, and other disciplines share their best classroom lessons on science and faith.
    • New Science, Ancient Faith. Contributions should explore the relevance of developments in astronomy, genomics, neuroscience, and other research frontiers for Christians.
    • Views from the pulpit, Views from the Lab. Contributions will examine how science’s picture of the cosmos can inform, enrich, and create tensions for Christian discipleship and church life.
    • Science, Origins, and the Church: Approaches, Opportunities, Developments, and Pitfalls. This session will seek to clarify the state of debate over issues related to the origin of the cosmos, Earth, life, and humanity; suggest new approaches and directions; offer warnings; and otherwise explore the impact and relevance of the origins discussion for the church in North America.

    Undergraduates and beginning graduate student contributions are welcome and instructors that address science and religion issues in their courses are especially encouraged to invite their students to participate. Submissions from pastors interested in the role science-faith dialogue plays in the life of the church are also encouraged.

    Submissions should be sent to Stephen Contakes at by Monday, December 8

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    October 25 Bible & evolution conference in Claremont

    Posted By Michael A. Everest, Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    This was sent to me by David Vosburg of Harvey Mudd.



    I thought you might want to send a note to the SCCS list about a conference I'm hosting at Harvey Mudd next month. I've attached a flyer, and more info is here:


    "The Bible, Evolution, and Human Origins: Starting Conversations” with John Walton, Jack Collins, and Jeff Schloss
    Saturday, October 25, 2014
    Harvey Mudd College, Claremont


    For more information and to register, see:

    The early registration discount will end on September 27 or 30, so interested folks should act soon. 

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    Fall Meeting Announcement

    Posted By Michael A. Everest, Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    Join us at 7 PM on Saturday 11 October for the fall meeting of the Southern California Christians in Science (your local section of the American Scientific Affiliation).

    Russ Howell will be speaking on "Mathematical Effectiveness and the Lewis-Anscombe Debate."  He will provide a look at how the Lewis-Anscombe debate has mutated into discussions of the "unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics" issue.

    The talk will be in the Hahn Fireside Room of the Tyler Campus Center at Pepperdine University (building 30 on the campus map).  Dinner will be available for purchase from the campus foodservice (estimated $8-$15), and you may eat in the Fireside Room which will be reserved for us starting at 6 PM.

    Prof. Howell is the Kathleen Smith Professor of Mathematics at Westmont College.  He is known for editing "Mathematics Through the Eyes of Faith" and for his textbook "Complex Analysis for Mathematics and Engineering"---currently in its sixth edition.  He is also editing a forthcoming edition of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith.

    He was twice honored with Westmont’s “Teacher of the Year” award.  He has lived and worked abroad (Korea, Scotland, England), and co-led Westmont’s Europe semester. A piano player, he also enjoys tennis, ocean kayaking, and hiking with his wife (Kay) and yellow lab (Dickens).

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    Spring SCCS Meeting - April 5th - Dr Darrel Falk

    Posted By Katherine Hine, Thursday, February 27, 2014
    Our Spring SCCS Meeting will take place on Saturday, April 5th at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Santa Ana, CA.

    Our speaker is Dr Darrel Falk : Genesis and Genetics. Friends or Foes?

    Dinner will be at 6 pm (donations accepted) and the program will begin at 6:45 pm.

    Dr Darrel Falk is a Professor of Biology at Point Loma Nazarene University and former president of the Biologos Foundation.

    We hope to see you there!

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    SCCS 2014 Winter Day Conference Schedule and List of Presentations

    Posted By Katherine Hine, Saturday, January 11, 2014

    The SCCS Winter Day Conference is coming!  January 25th will see us at Azusa Pacific University.  With two plenary and twenty five contributed presentations, we expect the conference to stimulate vigorous discussion and reflection on a variety of topics from diverse viewpoints.

    Please see the attache documents for the days schedule and list of speakers and presentations!  

    To register, visit our SCCS Events Calendar!

    We look forward to seeing you there!


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    Call For Papers for 2nd Annual SCCS Winter Day Conference

    Posted By Katherine Hine, Wednesday, November 06, 2013

    Call for Papers

    "Pursuing Science-Faith Dialogue with Unity & Grace”

    Southern California Christians in Science

    2014 Winter Day Conference

    9:30 AM – 5 PM on Saturday, January 25th, 2013

    Segerstrom Science Center, Perry Lecture Hall

    Azusa Pacific University,Azusa, CA

    Featured Speakers:

    Joel Martin, Curator of Crustacea, Chief of the Division of Invertebrate Studies, LA County Museum of Natural History

    Richard Gunasekera, Director of Graduate Programs in Biomedical/Biological/Forensic

    Sciences and Professor of Biology, University of Houston-Victoria

    The Southern California Christians in Science local chapter of the American Scientific Affiliation invites submissions for 20-minutes talks, posters, or panel discussions for consideration for its 2nd annual winter day conference. Submissions may be for a talk, panel discussion, or book review on any topic related to the general area of science, technology, and Christianity, although students and postdoctoral scholars are also welcome to contribute scientific research posters based on their laboratory research. There will be a special session for undergraduates and beginning graduate students; instructors teaching courses that incorporate science and religion topics are encouraged to invite their students to submit presentations.

    Submissions should be sent to Stephen Contakes at Please include:

    1) Presenting author or panelist’s full names, contact information (mail, phone, and email), and, if appropriate, organization, academic rank, and job title

    2) Full names of all co-authors, and if appropriate, their ranks or titles, and institutions/organizations

    3) Preference for a poster, panel discussion, book review, or 20-minute oral presentation

    4) Title and 200-350 word abstract

    Abstracts must be received by Monday, December 9th. Authors will be notified of the acceptance status of their papers by Friday, December 20th. Again, submissions should be sent to Stephen Contakes at

    A conference invitation and registration page is available at:

    Please contact any member of the conference planning committee for more information:

    Leslie Wickman (, Director of the Center for Research in Science, Azusa Pacific University

    Stephen Contakes (, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Westmont College

    Katherine Hine (, Webmaster, Southern California Christians in Science

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    Fall Quarterly Mtg with Roger Weins

    Posted By Katherine Hine, Monday, October 14, 2013

    October 5, 2013, Local Section Meeting with Roger Weins

    Eight ASA members( Stan Anderson, Stephen Contkes, Michael Everest, Jason and Kathy Hine, Kevin Iga, Myron Mann, Roger Wiens) and two guests met together at Pepperdine University in Malibu for a time of fellowship and to hear a talk by Roger Wiens of Los Alamos National Lab.

    The meeting started at 9AM with a time of informal fellowship over a potluck breakfast. The formal program began at 10 AM with short time of worship and singing led by Jason and Kathy Hine. Afterwards Michael Everest gave abrief introduction to the ASA, Roger’s radiometric dating article on the ASA website, and his recent book Red Rover: The Inside Story of Robotc Space Exploration, From Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity. Roger’s talk was entitled "Getting to Mars with the Curiosity Rover: The Space Mission and the Spiritual Journey.” His talk discussed his involvement in the development and deployment of the ChemCAM instrument on the Curiosity Rover. These goals were related to the search for life on Mars in that the Curiosity Rover was developed to assess the habitability of Mars for life. The Curiosity Rover was built to carry a large payload of instruments, including the ChemCAM, for which Roger is the principal investigator. The ChemCAM is a remotely operated turret-mounted laser and telescope atop the rover which performs laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to obtain atomic emission spectra from geologic samples in Mars’ surface. In other words, the ChemCAM is used to find out the elemental composition of rocks and soil on Mars. Roger presented some of the more interesting results obtained with the ChemCAM, including how the ChemCAM revealed that the rocks on Mars are hydrated with a few percent water.

    Roger explained how he became involved in the Curiosity Rover mission, starting from his providential involvement in the Genesis space mission, his move to Los Alamos where he first became acquainted with LIBS, troubles with an unethical collaborator, the selection of his ChemCAM for inclusion in the Curiosity Rover mssiion, and the spiritual and political struggles he faced when he was maligned during a time when the project was threatened with cancellation.

    Roger described the challenge of landing the Curiosity Rover safely on Mars, which was solved by deploying a retro rocket package which lowered the Rover to Mars’ surface on ropes. He even sohwed footage of the Rover’s succcessful landing near mount Sharpe, where the Rover found rounded pebbles indicative of erosion in a river or lakebed and much more diverse igneous rocks thant were previously thought to exist on Mars. He lso noted that the Rover didn’t find any methane and other organic molecules or other signs of life.

    Roger answered a variety of questions after his talk, including ones about the nature of water on the Martian surface, the government shutdown, climate change and global warming on both Earth and Mars, the Curiosity mission’s end, and plans for the next mission.

    The meeting concluded at 11:30 AM.

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    Getting Oriented on the New Site

    Posted By Jason N. Hine, Monday, December 10, 2012
    Updated: Monday, December 10, 2012

    Welcome to the new web home of the Southern California Christians in Science (SCCS).  This new site offers a number of features not found on our old site. Read on to learn about these features and how to use them. 

    Our home page includes sections showing upcoming events, recent activity on the site, and contact information for the local chapter's officers. 

    The home page also shows a menu for accessing various site features, including   a directory of group members, discussion forums, and any photos our members have uploaded to our gallery.  Non-members can view some of these features, but to participate or contribute you must be a registered member. If you haven't already done so, please take a moment to register with the ASA and join our chapter (it's free).

    Registration allows you to take advantage of other features of this new site, including automatic notifications: This feature makes it easy to stay informed of new events, or of replies to your forum posts. You can also use your profile page to share your affiliations, background, interests, and other biographical information with your fellow members.

    This site also features an event registration feature that makes it easy to RSVP for upcoming events.

    Lastly, our new home is fully integrated with the ASA site, which makes it much easier for visitors and members to stay informed about ASA events and news. 

    As your SCCS Webmaster, I'm excited about the features our new web home provides, and I hope you are, too. Remember to register and join the SCCS if you haven't already, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the new site.

    Kind regards,

    Jason Hine, SCCS Webmaster


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    News for SCCS Events: 2010 - 2012

    Posted By Jason N. Hine, Sunday, December 02, 2012

    Attached to this blog post is a PDF containing an archive of the reports made on Southern California Christians in Science (SCCS) events during the years of 2010 through 2012. These reports were first published on our group's page on the old ASA site. The reports are being archived here so they aren't lost when the our old page goes away... more on that in an upcoming post.

    - Jason Hine, SCCS Webmaster  

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