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Lynn Billman's First Huff Blog Post

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lynn Billman is the President of Christian Women in Science. She recently wrote an fine article that appeared at Huff Post/Religion about Christian women in STEM. We hope that this will be the first of many! Here are the opening paragraphs:

Christian Women in STEM are a Vulnerable Minority

Lynn Billman

As the President of Christian Women in Science (CWIS, part of the American Scientific Affiliation), I hear many stories about the struggles of women of this faith who are interested or work in science, technology, engineering and math. Some stories are encouraging, but others are enough to break my heart.
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Rochelle was a high school biology student who was excited about the advances in genetics that her teacher shared with her in school. She dreamed of making a difference in the world by doing medical research. However, when her church youth leader told her that there were too many gaps in the fossil record to believe evolution and that only atheists believed in evolution, Rochelle's sense of direction began to waver. If she became a medical researcher, would she have to give up her Christian friends?

Liz had enjoyed her 10 years as a geology professor at a mid-sized state college. She rarely talked about being a Christian, but recently the subject came up when she told her department head about spending her weekend serving supper at the local Christian mission, and telling people about the love of Jesus. A couple months later her application for tenure was turned down. She never got a clear explanation of why she was rejected. As Liz found, being a Christian and a scientist in a secular institution can feel like being a "lesbian still in the closet."

Read the whole article here.

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Julie Reynolds says...
Posted Friday, February 28, 2014
I really would like to read the whole article, but the link doesn't seem to work.

Feeling like I need to be "in the closet" about being a Christian is something I definitely relate to. But I've also feel like I need to keep quiet about being a biologist when I'm at Church. The end result is that I don't really feel like I fit anywhere. I'm really glad to have found CWIS.



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Alice C. Linsley says...
Posted Saturday, March 01, 2014
You have to right click on the link and open it in a new window.
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Lynn L. Billman says...
Posted Saturday, March 01, 2014
Julie, that is exactly why ASA exists and why CWIS exists! Because perceptions by both the science and faith communities have been manipulated so much by extremists that we have to hide ourselves. Time to come out of the closet, in my opinion! Science is not to be ashamed of - science is another way to understand God and His world. Even the editor of Christianity Today recently said so!
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