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Prayer for the 2018 ASA Annual Conference

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Monday, July 23, 2018

 

Almighty and eternal God, source of all wisdom and understanding, be present with those who gather for the 2018 Annual Conference of the ASA. Guide us to perceive what is right and true and grant us the courage to pursue it. May we make your worship a higher priority than our business. May we experience your loving presence, and rejoice in godly fellowship. Help us to serve the needs of others through our diverse gifts and disciplines. May we learn afresh what it means to be “in Christ” as people of Science. As individuals and as an organization may we fulfill our calling to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.  

 

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Should I become a doctor?

Posted By Melissa Eirich, Wednesday, June 13, 2018

 

Should I become a doctor?

I recently spent 8 hours talking to middle school students about being a physician.  It was not what I expected.  This was not the first time I have spoken to middle school student about being a physician.  Specifically, being an Emergency Medicine physician.  Usually I get asked about gun shots and helicopters: the dramatic stuff they see on TV.  I was prepared for those questions.  I even had a slide show running in the background with real pictures of Emergency Department patients, staff running codes, gun shot and stab wounds, and the mandatory ambulance and helicopter pictures.  This group of students were coached to ask the really hard questions:  How much schooling does it take to become a doctor?  How much does medical school cost?  How much do doctors make? 

Great questions that I wish I had asked when I was in high school.  I am not saying that it would have changed my direction, but who knows?  I knew very little about being a doctor before applying to college.  It probably did not help that I applied to a 6-year combined B.S./M.D. program that sealed my educational fate.  No one ever sat me down and said, “Here are some career options in medicine.  Here are the pros and cons….”  Being well into my third decade in medicine, I have seen a lot of pros and cons in all fields of medicine but not a lot about educating students about them.

I was academic faculty at the University of Rochester for over 12 years.  We trained residents and medical students at all levels.  Yet, there were no lectures on the pros and cons of practicing medicine. By the time you got there, it was assumed you knew what you were in for.  Shame and disappointment was always associated with anyone leaving medical school or residency.  Changing from one residency to another was quite embarrassing and difficult.  Obviously, you were not up to the challenge of that field. 

But how would you know if you really did not know the deep secrets of the field?  Yes, we teach the necessary medical knowledge each field requires.  However, we do not teach students the real costs of medicine.  There is a lot of stress on the individual and their family.  Suicide rates for physicians are more than DOUBLE the rate of the general population.  Double.  The rate of alcohol and drug abuse for physicians is greater than the general public.  Why are the healers so in need of healing?

The answers are complex but part of the problem is preparation.  We are warned repeatedly in medical school just how stressful it is and most schools offer programs and counselors to help.  Once we get into residency, the pressure and hours are more intense and less help is available.  We keep thinking that once we get through residency, things will be so much better.  Well, that is often not the case.  The hours might be better – or might not.  They pay is better but now we have more responsibilities.  We are not adequately prepared for the new stresses of post-residency life.  We have spent 11-15 years in intense training with the false belief that a bigger paycheck will solve many of our problems.  Nope.  Now we must pay back all those student loans, which often add up to $400,000 - $500,000 once the interest is added.  Not to mention the exponentially increasing paperwork, regulations, and minimum requirements needed to practice medicine.  Oh, and taking care of patients…

My goal is to help prepare students and residents for some of these challenges.  This group can offer education, advice and support to other women in medicine.  Hopefully, this blog will start to address some of those issues.  I want to talk about the non-medical parts of medicine: the real and personal parts. 

Please post your questions and comments.  I will do my best to answer them. 

 

 

 

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The Bible and Science: The relation of faith and science

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Saturday, November 25, 2017

 

Robert Runnels Williams is between his mother and father in front of the Williams's home in Redlands, California, 1915.

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For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." (Romans 1:20)

 

Focus question: Does faith play a role in scientific research and how Christians interpret data?

 

Alice C. Linsley

 

In the first installment of this 4-part series on The Bible and Science we noted that many significant breakthroughs in science and technology have been made by professing Christians. For some, success brought them conflict with religious leaders and secular scientists. Vindication came late for Copernicus and Galileo. The inventor of the MRI, Dr. Raymond Damadian, was denied a Noble Prize in Medicine because of his fundamentalist religious beliefs.

When it comes to biblical studies and scientific research, humility is a cardinal virtue. Those who have done the hard work deserve the credit, and the humble acknowledge the help they received from others. Sometimes they admit to serendipitous events or conversations that led them to seemingly miraculous breakthroughs.

Niels Bohr often spoke of the numinous dream that led to his discovery of the structure of the atom. August Kekule said he discovered the Benzene molecule after having a dream of a snake seizing its own tail.

In Toward the Conquest of Berberi, the chemist Robert R. Williams (the son of missionaries) recounts his chance meeting in the Philippines with U.S. Army doctor, Edward B. Vedder. Vedder had discovered that an alcoholic extract of rice bran cured infants who were dying from Berberi. He gave Dr. Williams a bottle of the extract and asked him to identify the substance responsible for its life-saving effect.Twenty-six years of research culminated in the synthesis of thiamine (vitamin B1) by Dr. Williams. The synthesis of this vitamin led to the eradication of Beriberi, a disease that killed millions in the Orient every year.

 

Read it all here.

 

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The Bible and Science

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Monday, November 20, 2017

 

 If Scripture is reliable and the empirical method is valuable, shouldn't the two work together for those who want to understand the Bible?

That question is addressed in the first of a series on "The Bible and Science" at Virtueonline. 

 

 

Alice C. Linsley

It is often said that faith assertions cannot be proven by science, but that is a fallacy. A reader once wrote to tell me, "Science and beliefs do not mix." I responded that "Science begins in belief. One must believe something even to think scientifically."

Another reader shot off this remark, "The Bible and theology are not the enemy of the biological evolution; they are superfluous."

That's the sort of brainless remark one reads at many science sites "where graduate students, researchers, doctors and the 'skeptical community' go not to interpret data or review experiments but to chip off one-liners, promote their books and jeer at smokers, fat people and churchgoers? And can anyone who still enjoys this class-inflected bloodsport tell me why it has to happen under the banner of science?" -- Virginia Heffernan, The New York Times Magazine

Science, at its best, points us to what is real and true. Because that is so, we can expect good science to verify, confirm, and align with the data of Scripture. When something true is asserted evidence can be found to confirm the assertion.

Christians have nothing to fear from science. In a study published by the American Scientific Affiliation, it is estimated that 60% of the breakthroughs in science and technology have been made by persons professing to be Christian.

Read more here.

 

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Prayer for the 2017 ASA Annual Conference

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Tuesday, July 4, 2017

 

Almighty God, whose pleasure it is that your servants should serve you joyfully, grant that all who gather in Colorado will find good fellowship, fruitful conversation, and renewal in their labors. May your Holy Spirit inspire those who speak and strengthen those who work behind the scenes. Continue to use the ASA and CWIS to advance science in the service of your eternal kingdom. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who came into the world to save sinners. May He receive all glory, honor and power, now and forever. Amen.

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Dr. Chris Templar on Her Life and Work

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Thursday, May 18, 2017

 

Chris Templar
 

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I became acquainted with Chris Templar in October 2016 when I attended her fun and informative workshop on robotics in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Dr. Chris Templar is one of the leading technology and robotics professors in the United States. She has been teaching for more than 35 years at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee. The School of Education was named the Templar School of Education in honor of Dr. Templar. She was instrumental in the design and delivery of Johnson’s undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs; preparing the University for four state visits for Tennessee State approval of the teacher education programs; the design of the Chinese studies program, and taking the Master of Arts in Educational Technology project to Zhengzhou, China.
 
Dr. Templar's distinguished career continues through her recent appointment as director of international teacher education and director of educational technology, focusing her efforts on Johnson graduate students from The People’s Republic of China.
 
Alice Linsley: First, thank you, Dr. Templar, for taking time out of your busy schedule to be interviewed. When did you realize that you wanted to serve Jesus Christ?
 
Dr. Templar: I became a Christian when I was 7 years old and was baptized at 13. I knew for as long as I can remember that I wanted to be a missionary to the Chinese.
 
Tell me about your childhood in England. What experiences shaped you and your later interests?
 
I grew up in a Christian home in England with very supportive parents. My parents were very committed to missions and brought me up to look up to missionaries as the Lord’s servants who were special people. When I was four to six years old the communists took over China and all the missionaries had to leave. I grew up in England and various China missionaries mainly from OMF and the BMS came to stay in my home. They were very shell shocked and weary. I did not understand this as a small child but I did understand that they loved China. One of them showed me a tiny shoe which she said a grown up lady wore.

At this very young age I learned to love China. I collected autographs of these people and most of them wrote a Bible verse in Chinese in my album. It was a very impressionable mark in my life. As I grew older I loved science and engineering, played with building kits and remember how much I wanted a chemistry set but that was a “boy’s” toy as was an erector set - called Meccano in England. I remember drilling holes in my dollhouse to wire it with electric lights. I was soundly punished this was just after the world war and toys were passed down from relatives as they were hard to find. I thought dolls were silly much to my mother’s dismay who felt she needed to develop the nurturing side in me. But I took the dolls I received to pieces to see how they worked! I remember receiving a new doll and taking it to pieces after I had been warned that I must not break it. So from an early stage I was certainly drawn to science and math. Today I would be a STEM child. I went to a British state school until 11 when I won a scholarship to a British public school. ( A high quality private school) This was a girls school and the headmistress wanted to help us see that girls could do things just as much as boys. She was years ahead of her time. I was placed in the math and physics stream and took O and A levels in these areas. But I decided I wanted to be a missionary and wanted to study Theology. This was very much opposed by my headmistress. But I landed up going to Leeds University to study Theology.
 
Who else influenced your life and future direction?
 
When I was in Leeds I met the person who was most influential in my life apart from my parents. Dr Verna Wright was a professor and head of the medical school at Leeds University. Verna was a dynamic Christian who believed in evangelism and also believed in mentoring students to see how to become dedicated to the Lord. Until he died he wrote me at least two or three letters a year prayed for me and helped me not only in Leeds but in so many different ways. From Leeds I moved to London University and completed my BA and M.Div and my Graduate Teaching certificate (the equivalent of teacher licensure). By then I had applied to OMF to become a missionary. The mission board insisted that I work at teaching for a year so that I had experience before going overseas. During the OMF training I met many China veterans and my love for the Chinese only developed. I did the Wycliffe Bible Translators summer linguistics program and learned Thai for a week but during that time I heard not one tone. So my results came with a recommendation that I not be sent to a tonal area and definitely not learn Chinese. OMF did some other testing at the University of London and each time the response came back that I could hear no tones and should not learn a tonal language. This appeared to close the door to that world. OMF and I decided that I would go to Indonesia. But wonder of wonders I was sponsored by a Chinese church who spoke Indonesian. They wanted me to teach in their seminary. I learned the language and spent four years there. I came to America for my furlough and worked on a M.A. and a Ph.D.

When the time came back I was unable to return to Indonesia and landed up with an invitation to Johnson University –then Johnson Bible College where they asked me to develop a teacher education program. On my second visit to JBC the Dean of Students said he had something special at his house and maybe I would like to see it. This was 1978 and he had the first model I TRS-870 that came to Knoxville. Five minutes playing with that computer and I was hook. I saw so much potential for computers with children and have played with computer and robots and other things ever since. As a result of this we taught the first required course for computers for teachers in Tennessee, and finally developed an accredited program at the masters and ed specialist level in educational technology. Gradually I have worked more on more on ed tech until now I do that all the time.
 
What do you love about your present work? What project has you excited?
 
I love working with graduate students, particularly the Chinese graduate students. I am really interested in the use of Robots and coding in the elementary and middle school and in the potential of the makerspace concept in the development of creativity with elementary and middle school children.

 

I am also very interested in the integration of Bible in the STEM environment.
 
What inspires you to try new things?
 
I just love trying everything new that comes along. Having two advanced degrees in ed tech I have to make sure that my department keeps up with the developments in the field. This means that I will always be trying new things.
 
Tell me about the naming of the Templar School of Education in your honor.
 
Johnson University honored me by naming the school of education the Templar School of Education after the work the Lord had enabled me to do in the founding and developing of the educational program.
 
Perhaps another great reward comes from the success of your students?
 
I have no children of my own, but I have many graduates’ children around the world who call me granny. All I do is done for the Lord and to glorify Him. I try to mentor my students just as Verna Wright mentored me.


Dr. Templar working with Chinese graduate students
Credit: Wade Payne, Special to the News Sentinel
 
 
How did you become involved with robots?

In 1981 I first went to MIT for the LOGO conference sponsored by Papert. In the discussion at the end of the conference they were identifying groups that were not represented at the conference. A Jewish gentleman stood up and said one other group not represented was the religious minority. Papert said that if ever they presented a proposal it would be considered. On the plane on the way home I drafted a proposal for a study of the book of Philippians and the visits Paul made to Philippi in Acts to be worked by 4-6th grade students in LOGO and drama.
 
The proposal I submitted was accepted and the following year I showed a video in which the faculty and staff children on our campus presented the results of their study and work. It was watched by a professor from Toyama University in Japan who stopped me on the sidewalk after the session and invited me to come to his university and present the material, which I subsequently did. This work with LOGO was my early experience of coding and fine arts combined with young children.
 
Computer education moved away from the creative discovery approach to the use of computers with children favored by Seymour Papert and others, becoming much more structured. But the pendulum has swung back to the more creative discovery approach. I have run pilot programs and graduate classes with various robots for children, taught cad software (Tinkercad) to children as young as 3rd grade, and worked with them as they have seen the success of their 3D printed objects. 
 
I also have worked with professors from Anhui Normal University in China to help them develop makerspace and robotic courses for their masters programs in educational technology.  I have found that the opportunities to share with teachers both in America and China have expanded exponentially. After fifteen trips to China to teach in the area of educational technology and robotics I am settling down to teach the Chinese who come to me.  One of my graduates is following in my footsteps and going to China to teach this summer.

 

While I have worked for the majority of my professional life in some aspect of technology it has always been my desire to integrate the Lord, His Word, and His ways into the work I am doing.  I have never found this hard to do. The things we use in educational technology were created by the Lord, and in all things I seek to give glory to Him. 
 

 

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Dinosaurs in Your Garden

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Friday, April 14, 2017

 

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Archaeopteryx fossil

By James L. Amos (National Geographic Society), via Wikimedia Commons

 

Did you explore science and religion when as a child? Lizzie Coyle encourages just that with her travelling bag of fossils. Lizzie is an evolutionary biologist and the youth and schools outreach officer for the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion. She is the Institute’s go-to girl for all things fossilized.

Read this interview Ruth Bancewicz did with Lizzie Coyle. 

 

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Only $25,000 to Meet the Goal

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Monday, March 27, 2017

 

Pushing to the Finish Line!

God provided the ASA with two surprise grants: one directly from John Templeton Foundation and another one for STEAM (Science & Theology for Emerging Adult Ministries) from Fuller Theological Seminary and John Templeton Foundation. Both bolster our efforts in reaching students and young adults in our local chapters campaign. 


We are rejoicing in the Lord, giving thanks to God for his manifold blessings on our shared ministry.

Executive Director, Leslie Wickman, and I just returned from productive days in Bonita Springs and Fort Myers, Florida, and we will soon be spending time in Houston and Dallas, Texas, meeting and interacting with new and existing members within the ASA community. We have witnessed many transformed lives because of the work of the ASA.

Now we’re in the final week of our fiscal year, with approximately $25,000 left to raise by March 31, 2017. The ASA is a member-led and member-funded ministry and we rely on charitable contributions from our faithful members to fund 42% of our operating budget. To keep up the strong momentum, would you please consider an additional or first-time gift or pledge now?

Here are some ways to donate:
Check: ASA, 218 Boston Street, Suite 208, Topsfield, MA 01983
Credit Card: Click Here
Stock: Click Here

Your generous donation to the ASA will undoubtedly lead to significant life and ministry transformation; we hear personal testimonies to that effect on a regular basis. Thank you very much for your friendship and partnership!

With much gratitude,

Vicki L. Best
Director of Operations and Development
American Scientific Affiliation
218 Boston Street
Suite 208
Topsfield, MA  01983

Phone: 978.807.5189

Email: vicki@asa3.org

 

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The Bible Through the Lens of Anthropology

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Wednesday, March 22, 2017

 

I extend an invitation to the members of Christian Women in Science to join the conversation at a new Facebook group The Bible and Anthropology

This international forum shares ideas, insights, discoveries, images, and documents that help the members gain a deeper understanding of the Bible through application of cultural anthropology. Anthropology degrees are not a prerequisite for participation! Share what you experience where you live and how the experience relates to Scripture. Help advance the scientific field of Biblical Anthropology.

Also, today I am celebrating the 10-year anniversary of my blog JUST GENESIS. If you have never visited the blog, please take a moment to look at the research there.

2017 ASA Annual Meeting

I ask your prayers for this research and for the up-coming Annual Conference in Golden, Colorado July 28-31. Go here to register for the conference.

 

Best wishes,

Alice C. Linsley

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Call for Abstracts

Posted By Alice C. Linsley, Thursday, January 19, 2017

 

Abstract for ASA 2017

Please consider submitting an abstract for presentation at the July Annual Meeting in Golden, Colorado. The deadline for submission is February 15, and is coming quickly!

See the call for abstracts link here.

The meeting is July 28-31 and many activities are planned. Check out the details here.

 

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