The American Scientific Affiliation

ASA NewsNote May 2, 2017

Greetings from the ASA!

It looks like Spring has finally decided to stay in New England. We hope you had a joyous Easter with family and friends.

We have just completed a very busy travel season and enjoyed seeing so many ASA friends around the country. It was wonderful to share the mission and goals of the ASA with so many who are new to the organization and to see new local and student chapters launching. Exciting things are happening!

We always enjoy hearing from our members so feel free to drop us a line any time.

Joyfully in Christ,

Leslie and Vicki


Night Owl $50 Discount for the
2017 ASA Annual Meeting
Now Available

We are delighted that we had 162 early birds register for ASA 2017. There is great excitement in the air and we are expecting another outstanding attendance.

For the rest of you procrastinators, don't worry because we are pleased to announce the night owl discount of $50 through May 31. Register before then and receive a $375 member rate for only $325 (or a $475 non-member rate for $425).

Our goal is an attendance of 350, so we would appreciate your help with spreading the word. Please let your family, friends, colleagues, and students know that this top-notch conference is not to be missed.

View Updated Annual Meeting Brochure

Register Now!


Student Scholarship Fund

Student members are the future leaders of the ASA, and we welcome them to the Annual Meeting. Would you help increase the scholarship fund to make attendance possible for more student members? To date we have provided 18 scholarships, with new applications arriving daily. Please consider donating to provide more opportunity for students to engage in ASA! Click HERE to donate.

Students who wish to apply for a scholarship will find more information HERE.


Remembering Walter Hearn

We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Walter Hearn, at the age of 91, on April 11, 2017, in Berkeley, California. 

Walt had a very long-standing relationship with the ASA: he was a committed and active member and donor for 66+ years. His long-time, faithful service included 25 years as editor of our newsletter; author of the book, Being a Christian in Science; regular contributor to God and Nature magazine; and an ambassador for the ASA, introducing many to the ASA. In addition, he attended many ASA annual meetings, encouraged everyone he met and mentored countless ASA members over the years. 

Sympathy cards to Walt's wife, Ginny, and daughter, Christine Hearn can be sent to: 762 Arlington Ave, Berkeley, CA  94707.

Memorial gifts in Walt’s honor, in lieu of flowers, can be made at this link or sent to: ASA, 218 Boston St., Suite 208, Topsfield, MA 01983. 

Tributes: all members are encouraged to submit their memories of Walt on the ASA tribute forum. Take time to read the tributes of others to learn about the far-reaching impact of a life well-lived for the Lord.


Essay Invitation

Addiction: Diseased Brain, Divided Will, or Restless Heart?

Judith Toronchuk, (PhD McGill) teaches physiological psychology for Trinity Western University. She has published on affective neuronal selection, and both the phylogeny and ontogeny of affective social behavior. She describes for us on the ASA and CSCA web sites the latest developments and challenges in the science of addiction for our society and Christian faith. With opioid, marijuana, nicotine, gambling, porn, and alcohol addictions staggering our society, this topic demands serious attention.

Toronchuk's essay is intended as an invitation. Readers are encouraged to take up one of the insights or questions, or maybe a related one that was not mentioned, and draft an article (typically about 5,000-8,000 words) that contributes to the conversation. These can be sent to Dr. Toronchuk at She will send the best essays on for peer review and then we will select from those for publication in an Addiction theme issue of Perspectives on Science and Christian FaithThe lead editorial in the December 2013 issue of PSCF outlines what the journal looks for in article contributions. For full consideration for inclusion in the theme issue, manuscripts should be received electronically before October 31, 2017.




Register Now for the
2017 ASA Annual Meeting
in Golden, CO!

Registrations are coming in and excitement is building for the 2017 ASA Annual Meeting in Golden, Colorado! Please join us for outstanding speakers, interesting parallel sessions, a poster session, and, of course, many opportunities for fellowship and fun! Click on the links to the left for brochure and registration information.

Promotional Opportunities

Are you or someone you know interested in advertising in the Annual Meeting program booklet, exhibitor space, or sponsorship opportunities? Click HERE for more information.


ASA on the Road

Leslie Wickman, Executive Director, will be speaking on Science & Faith at First Christian Church in Sacramento, CA on May 21. If you live in the area, please plan to attend and feel free to bring family, friends, colleagues, and students.


Calling all ASA Authors

We are compiling a bibliography of books published by ASA members. Please submit your book titles using the online form ASA Author Bibliography Submission.

Support ASA When You Shop Online

Be sure to check out the ASA Bookstore through Christian Book Distributors. Then do the rest of your shopping online with Amazon Smile. ASA receives a percentage of each purchase through both of these sites. Let your regular shopping dollars do a little extra!

Link to ASA Bookstore

Link to Amazon Smile


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Find us at Scientific Affiliation. Like our page and you will find many interesting, intriguing, compelling, and educational posts in your newsfeed. And each is an opportunity to interact with great resources and other ASA members.

The Nexus Forum is a place for ASA members to connect and engage as an online community. The forum is a closed group, and ASA members can request to be added to the group at Forum posts are designed to allow members toget to know each other, share from experience, find support and encouragement in their personal and professional development. Posts will introduce new topics of discussion with specific questions designed to lead to dynamic interaction with fellow ASA members.

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