The American Scientific Affiliation

ASA NewsNote August 31, 2016

ASA Receives STEAM Grant!

Dear Colleague,

As summer comes to a close, we have some exciting news to share with you.

1.Virtual Bookstore

We have a great new online bookstore, in partnership with Christian Book Distributors: http://convention.christianbook.com/ . . .Don’t delay, check it out today! This launch expands our available online resources, gives our website greater visibility, and allows us to offer books recommended by ASA readers at a discount to members and visitors alike. And the best part is that ASA receives a 10% sales commission on all purchases made through the CBD virtual bookstore!

2. 75th Anniversary Dinner Event at Wheaton College on Tuesday, Oct. 11

We are delighted to announce that ASA will be hosting a 75th anniversary dinner at Wheaton College on Tuesday, October 11. As you may know, 2016 is a milestone year in the life of the organization as we are celebrating 75 years of God's faithfulness. Please save this date and stay tuned for a personal invitation. If you live in the Chicago area or plan to be in the area, we hope you'll join us for this special celebration event.

3.ASA Receives STEAM Grant Award

It is with great excitement that weshare the news that ASA has been awarded a $25,000 STEAM grant. The Science and Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries (STEAM) project is a program at Fuller Theological Seminary for catalyzing the integration of Christian faith and science for emerging adults in college and post-college ministries.

ASA's STEAM project is called "ASA Local Chapters Campaign: Influencing the Influencers." Our project will create resources and educational materials for Christians in the science and faith communities to intentionally engage emerging adults around the integration of Christian faith and science. ASA desires to influence the influencers, and therefore provide a broader threshold over which students and young professionals may enter this important area. The project will include three main emphases:

1. Strengthen and revitalize ASA local chapter activity

2. Increase engagement of educators and faith community leaders

3. Equip ASA members and faith leaders to engage with students through educational events, forums, and mentoring programs

ASA executive leadership (Leslie and Vicki) will visit eight (8) strategic locations across the US and Canada to support active local chapters and discuss revitalizing/establishing new local chapters with key ASA members. In the coming days, we'll be in touch with ways that you can assist and partner with us in this exciting endeavor.

4.Student Scholarship Fund

We are pleased that we had a record number of students—55!—in attendance at the recent conference at APU. The ASA student scholarship fund enables student and early career scientists to attend the annual meeting at a significantly discounted rate. Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of our members making charitable contributions for this purpose. See the chart below for an accounting of the fund to date. Our desire is to replenish the fund so that we can repeat these scholarships again next year. If you feel led to participate, please click on this link to make your donation today.

2,950 4/1/16 Balance

-3,388 Scholarships Awarded

+ 200 Gifts Received

(238)Current Balance

 

5.NEXUS Moves to Facebook—Join at link below.

Nexus Forum has moved over to Facebook! NEXUS is a private Facebook group designed to connect Student and Full members through intentional conversations. The purpose of these intentional conversations is to facilitate the development of young Christians in Science through the sharing of experience and advice by more experienced members, and to enhance the personal growth of all members through strengthening the member community.

Click the link below and ask to join this private Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ASANexusForum/

6.Audio/Video Recordings of 2016 Annual Meeting

Once again Terry Gray, has done a fabulous job with the audio/video recordings. They are now available here.

7.InterVarsity’sEmerging Scholars Network Awarded STEAM Grant To Expand ASA Student Track

InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network(ESN) was also awarded a STEAM grant to run an expanded student/early career track at the ASA 2017 Annual Meeting, and to share a faith/science curriculum for small groups monthly at its blog. ESN has been collaborating with ASA for over a year to support students thinking through faith/science questions, and led a well-receivedstudent trackat the 2016 Annual Meeting. We're thrilled to expand those collaborative opportunities for next year. Stay tuned for more!

Thank you for your faithful engagement with us!!

Gratefully yours,

Leslie and Vicki

 


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