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Dr. Lin Allen Shares a Vision for CWIS

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Tuesday, November 5, 2013

 Alice C. Linsley

One of the members of Christian Women in Science (CWIS) is also on the Rocky Mountain Board of the American Scientific affiliation. Dr. Lin Suzanne Allen is in the Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Northern Colorado. Her research includes court case analyses that address scientific questions. The research focuses on language and images in court argument and the construction of heroic imagination in public memory.

Lin holds a B.A. degree in Speech and Drama from Idaho State University; an M.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of Oregon.

Lin has served as Director of Forensics and Debate for Idaho State University and taught in the Greenspun School of Communication at the University of NevadaLas Vegas

Allen volunteers as a lector at St. Peter Roman Catholic Parish in Greeley and is a Parish Council Member. Other volunteer work includes CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), and Presidency of the Colorado Chapter of PARTNERS of the AMERICAS.

Lin is indeed a very busy woman! In additional to all the above, she is Minor Advisor for Communication Studies, an advisor for Law Club, and a Faculty in Residence at Harrison Hall on the University of Northern Colorado campus.

She has been traveling a great deal also. Her first college credits were earned in an overseas European program the summer after high school graduation, studying Comparative Cultures and Governments. At the time of this interview she was in PhuketThailand. She has led a Study Abroad course in Athens on Classical Rhetoric in Greece. She studied cultural narratives of the New China in Beijing and presented research in TokyoSingapore, and Brazil. At home, she has delivered presentations in TexasChicagoAlaskaWashingtonD.C., and San Francisco.

What follows is a brief interview with Dr. Allen.

CWIS: What drew you to the Christian Women in Science organization?

Dr. Lin Allen
ALLEN: Lynn Billman's extraordinary gift of inspiring ASA members to view our world from a spirit of wonder and gratitude. Lynn is faith personified. 

CWIS: What are your hopes for CWIS's future?

ALLEN:  That there will be an openness to learn how faith, science and the humanities intersect and enrich one another. 

CWIS: Please share your thoughts on ways CWIS can edify Christian women in science and technology.

ALLEN: By providing a creative forum for charting how the mythos of science and faith inform and influence our research questions and inspire directions for discovery. Human life is a mystery that becomes richer and deeper as we explore our scientific pilgrimage. 

CWIS: In your view, how might CWIS serve to build and strengthen the greater Body of Christ?

ALLEN: An article by Pichaya Svasti published in the October 24, 2013, Bangkok Post provides a guiding illustration of how we create our lives via exploration. Titled "Diving into the past," the interview features Pornnatcha SankhasprasitThailand's first female underwater archaeologist:

"With her love for solving mysteries, she was a volunteer assistant to underwater archaeologists since she was 19, after attending a summer camp at the Fine Arts Department's Office of Underwater Archaeology in Chanthaburi ....

Pornnatcha has undertaken a dangerous task in her hopes of better understanding the past, especially through recovery of artifacts from the Ayutthaya Era, a Siamese kingdom that existed from 1351 to 1767. Has she ever wondered what it would be like to live during that time?  In keeping with Buddhist narrative, she says, "I think everyone was reborn from one point.”  

For Pornnatcha science and religious belief go hand-in-hand. The two enrich each other. She illustrates how the archaeology of faith and the faith of archaeology can be a guiding vision. Likewise, CWIS can help to bring a renaissance of the science-faith, faith-science narrative.

CWIS: Tell us more about some of the cases you have worked on.

ALLEN: Some of my cases include Venice’s METAMORPH, the Lincoln Museum, the JFK memorial site, Memphis’ Graceland, and the narrative published by Mark Owen (pseudonym for Matt Bissonnette), a Navy SEAL who took part in the raid that ended the life of Osama Bin Laden.

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Alice C. Linsley says...
Posted Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thanks for the interview, Lin. I hope you are enjoying your time in Thailand.
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