The American Scientific Affiliation

ASA NewsNote March 8, 2018

Dear Colleague,

Lenten greetings!

These are busy, but exciting days for us and we are happy to share with you these important updates.

We especially hope you will plan to join us for ASA 2018, our Annual Meeting at Gordon College in July. Registration will open soon so stay tuned. We have a great line up of speakers including Francis Collins, excellent parallel sessions, a poster session, and, of course, many opportunities for fellowship and fun.

We always enjoy hearing from our members, so feel free to contact us any time.

Joyfully in Christ,

The ASA Team– Leslie, Vicki, Lyn, and Kristen

ASA 2018—Registration Opens Soon!

We are so excited to host ASA 2018 here on Boston's North Shore in July. Preparations are well underway for your visit. Registration will be open later this month. While you wait, check out our Annual Meeting landing pageherefor a sneak peek of what is to come.

An Evening with Francis Collins

We are delighted that Francis Collinshas accepted our invitation to speak atASA 2018 on Saturday evening, July 28, as part of our Annual Meeting. If you live in the Boston area and/or have friends, colleagues, or members of your church who might be interested in attending, details will be available soon about purchasing tickets for this public lecture.

Promotional Opportunities at ASA 2018

The Annual Meeting provides educators and scientists with a spectrum of opportunities to both enrich their professional life and contribute to the sciences. Would you or someone you know benefit from hosting an exhibit table at ASA 2018? Program advertising and meeting sponsorship are also available. Clickherefor more information.

ASA Student Members

We also welcome and encourage our ASA student members to attend the Annual Meeting in July. Please check out the Student Information pageherefor what to expect and why you should come!

Iowa Chapter Launch

If you live in Iowa, please join Leslie and Vicki at Dordt College on Saturday, March 24 (time and place to be determined) for the launch of a new local chapter. We are looking forward to kicking off an ASA chapter in the Hawkeye State.

NewExecutive Council Members

We are pleased to announce the results of the Executive Council election. Thank you to all who voted.

William Jordan, PhD
Professor of Mechanical Engineering,
Baylor University

Bill has been an ASA member since 1980 and was elected an ASA Fellow in 2016. His council term will commence on April 1.

Judith Toronchuk, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair, Human Research Ethics Board,
Trinity Western University

Judy has been an ASA member since1982 and was elected an ASA Fellow in1998. Judy's term began at our January
meeting in Southern California.

Welcome, Bill and Judy!

Leslie on the Radio

Leslie continues to work on the radio show on the Christian Exchange. We have posted her interviews on our website. Clickhereto listen and check back for more episodes.

ASA Website

If you are encountering problems connecting to our website, please contact Randy


We would love to help you publicize your local chapter events in our next News Note! Contact Kristen Broughton for details

Only 3 Weeks Left in our Fiscal Year— Please help us end the year strong!

Annual Fund Update

Thank you very much for your generous response to our Annual Fund. Our fiscal year ends March 31, and we are seeking to raise another $21,694 to balance the operating budget. Would you prayerfully consider a first-time or additionalgiftto help us meet our funding goal?

Capital Campaign Is Fully Funded!

By God's grace, 281 donors have made 481 gifts totaling $150,000 to fund the purchase of our office condominiums. This bold and strategic move helps the ASA in the following ways:

  1. Provides ability to build equity in a tangible asset.
  2. Engages broad constituency in pooling resources for greater impact.
  3. Reduces occupancy costs by 75%
  4. Puts the ASA on a strong financial foundation for the future.

We are ever grateful for the enthusiastic and generous response from our members.
To God be the glory!

Upcoming Events

  • The next ASA Ohio Chapter meeting will be on March 17, at 10:00 am, at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. David Winyard and Scott Dyer will both be giving talks. If you live in the area, please join them.
  • The Spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society will be held in New Orleans, March 18–22. If you are planning to attend the meeting, there will be a one-hour, very casual meeting of Christians in chemistry on Monday, March 19, at the Starbucks located in the Atrium of the New Orleans Convention Center. If you might be able to attend, email Fritz Schaefer
  • Wheaton/Naperville chapter members are encouraged to attendFor the Healing of the Nations: Global Health and the Environment, March 13–17 at Wheaton College. For more information on the schedule and the plenary speakers clickhere.

Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile has a new promotion running
March 12–31. During this time, Amazon will be tripling its donation amount to 1.5% when customers make their first eligible Amazon Smile purchase. shopping and help the ASA.

Virtual Bookstore

Check out our online bookstore in partnership with Christian Book Distributors (CBD): This bookstore 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 the ASA receives a 10% sales commission on all purchases made through the CBD virtual bookstore.

In addition, check out these new books by ASA authors:

  • Pillars of Creation: How Faith, Science, and Reason Bring Meaning to Our Universe
    by Scott Flaig
  • Jesus, Beginnings, and Science: A Guide for Group Conversation
    by David Vosburg
  • Mere Science and Christian Faith: Bridging the Divide with Emerging Adults
    by Greg Cootsona

If you have a new book, we'd be happy to let ASA members know about it in our next NewsNote.


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