Incubator for Interdisciplinary Connections

Friday, July 19, 2:00–5:00 PM

Jeff Schloss, Jennifer Wiseman, Michael Murray, James Peterson, Gayle Woloschak, and Geoffrey Fulkerson | Moderated by Walter Rogero

The American Scientific Affiliation has, from its inception, helped its members and the Christian community grapple with topics that are not the sole purview of science. Hard questions at the intersection of faith and science call us to think not only in the so-called “hard sciences” but also in theological, philosophical, and sometimes historical or social science paths. Much as the Apostle Paul reminds the Church that we are all members of one body, and each member makes unique contributions, this workshop is designed to assist participants in developing their own unique contribution to the faith and science conversation through relationships with others.

Workshop content draws from a growing panel that includes Michael Murray, Gayle Woloschak, and James Peterson, along with expertise borrowed from AAAS DoSER and the Carl F.H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding. The workshop will be practical in orientation: exploring the benefits of cross-disciplinary collaboration and sharing stories that explicate “best practices” as embodied in the experience of our panelists, including how to create and develop the relational element that is at the heart of the best collaborations. In addition, the workshop will allow participants to begin making preliminary plans for their own cross-disciplinary work and to discover how the ASA can partner in this process. Time will be allotted for those who wish to “pitch” their ideas to the group.

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Jeffrey Schloss

Jeffrey Schloss is Senior Scholar at the BioLogos Foundation and Distinguished Professor of Biology & T. B. Walker Chair of Natural / Behavioral Sciences at Westmont College, where he also directs the Center for Faith, Ethics & Life Sciences.  Jeff received his BS from Wheaton College and his Ph.D. in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology from Washington University.  He has held interdisciplinary appointments at the University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, St. Anne’s College Oxford, and Princeton’s Center of Theological Inquiry.  His scholarly interests involve evolutionary perspectives on human nature and moral/religious cognition. In addition to empirical work, collaborative projects with theologians and philosophers have included Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue (Oxford); Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective (Eerdmans), The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on the Origins of Religion (Oxford), and Understanding Moral Sentiments (Transaction).  Jeff has published extensively and learned a lot through a rewarding and longstanding collaborative friendship with philosopher Michael Murray, who tells him his writing is “florid.”


Jennifer Wiseman

Jennifer J. Wiseman is an astrophysicist, author, and speaker. She studies the formation of stars and planets in our galaxy using radio, infrared, and optical telescopes. Dr. Wiseman studied physics for her bachelor’s degree at MIT, discovering comet Wiseman-Skiff in 1987. After earning her Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University in 1995, she continued her research as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Hubble Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Wiseman also has an interest in national science policy and has served as an American Physical Society Congressional Science Fellow on Capitol Hill. She is currently a senior astrophysicist with NASA, and she also directs the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Wiseman enjoys giving talks on the excitement of science and astronomy to schools, youth and church groups, and civic organizations. She is a former Councilor of the American Astronomical Society and a former President of the American Scientific Affiliation.


Michael Murray

Michael Murray is the President of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. He is also Senior Visiting Scholar in Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College (Lancaster, PA). In addition to a variety of articles in the history of philosophy and the philosophy of religion, he has recently authored or edited Philosophy of Religion (Cambridge, with Michael Rea) and Nature Red in Tooth and Claw: Theism and the Problem of Animal Suffering (Oxford), The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion (Oxford, with Jeffrey Schloss), On Predestination and Election (Yale) and Divine Evil? (Oxford, with Michael Rea and Michael Bergmann).

James C. Peterson

 (PhD Virginia) is the Schumann Professor and Director of the Benne Center for Religion & Society at Roanoke College, and Virginia Tech. As the Editor-in-Chief of Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, he is delighted to see essays submitted for peer review that have been co-written by experts in the relevant disciplines. Attuned to that interdisciplinary discussion, he has published books such as Changing Human Nature, that bring together the fields of genetics, theology, philosophy, and public policy, and for another example, this year was invited to address the ethics of gene editing at both the quadrennial Parliament of World Religions and the annual meeting of the AAAS.

Gayle E. Woloschak

Gayle E. Woloschak is Professor of Radiation Oncology, Radiology, and Cell and Molecular Biology and Associate Director of the Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence in the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University; prior to 2001 she and her research group were at Argonne National Laboratory in the Biosciences Division. She is also Adjunct Professor of Religion and Sciences at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, as well as President of the Orthodox Theological Society of America (OTSA). Dr. Woloschak received a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences with a specialization in Immunology from the University of Toledo, Medical College of Ohio (1980), and she completed her postdoctoral training in the Departments of Immunology and Molecular Biology at the Mayo Clinic, where she later became an Assistant Professor. Dr. Woloschak’s scientific interests are predominantly in the areas of molecular biology, radiation biology, and nanotechnology studies. She has authored over 200 scientific papers and received grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy. Dr. Woloschak is on the editorial boards of five scientific journals, including the joint publication board for  Zygon: A Journal of Science and Religion. She is a member and currently Associate Director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, and director of the Epic of Creation and Future of Creation Science-Religion programs.


Geoffrey Fulkerson

Geoffrey H. Fulkerson (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the assistant director for the Henry Center for Theological Understanding (HCTU) which provides opportunities for ministers, professionals, and academics in various fields to work collaboratively with seminary faculty for the promotion of gospel-centered thinking and living. He is founder and editor to HCTU's periodical, Sapientia, and cochair to the Stott Award Committee which provides a congregational grant supporting the teaching and spreading of the Christian doctrine of creation. Geoffrey lives in Deerfield, Illinois, with his wife, Katherine and their four children.

Walter A. Rogero

Walter A. Rogero II (DMin, MDiv, and MA in missions, all from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK) is the Founder of Framing Conversations, an organization that helps individuals, churches, and groups navigate the big questions related to science, philosophy, and historic Christian faith. Over the past six months, he has served consulting roles with three national organizations, and is part of the leadership team at Peaceful Science, an endeavor based out of Washington University in St. Louis, MO, that seeks to benefit society and further the faith and science conversation in investigation of what it means to be human.

Prior to this, Walter was the Senior Pastor of churches in Arlington, VA, on Martha’s Vineyard, MA, and in Mountain Home, AR, where he currently resides. He has also served churches in Oklahoma and Florida. In addition, he was a Senior Program Associate for the Science for Seminaries Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion in Washington DC, where he continues to serve as a project advisor.