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John Calvin McNair Lecture on Science and Theology


The McNair lecture was established by the 1857 will of John Calvin McNair who asked that “the object of which lecture(s) shall be to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other…”
Jennifer Wiseman  

2013 Lecture

Presented by: Dr. Jennifer Wiseman
Senior Project Scientist, Hubble Telescope
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Director, American Association for the Advancement of Science's Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion

October 29
6 p.m. Dinner
7 p.m. Lecture
Carol Grotnes Belk Main Room
The William Henry Belk Center

The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required, and we encourage you to make your reservation at your earliest convenience and no later than one week prior to the event (Oct. 22). Please call 910-277-3968 and leave a voicemail message that names each attendee or email rsvp@sapc.edu, write McNair Lecture in the subject, and list each attendee. Space will be limited.

Dr. Jennifer Wiseman is the Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. She previously served as the Chief of the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory. Since June 2010, she has also served as the director for the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion. She is also the current Council President of the American Scientific Affiliation.

In 1987, as an undergraduate at MIT, she discovered a comet and it is named the Wiseman-Skiff. She completed her bachelor's degree in physics from MIT before moving on to receive her doctorate in astronomy from Havard University. She conducted postdoctoral research in star formation as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Hubble Fellow at Johns Hopkins University. She was a 2001-2002 Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society and served with the staff of the Committee on Science of the U.S. House of Representatives. From 2003-2008 she was the program scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Interested in creating a positive dialog on the relationship of science, values and faith, she travels around the world giving presentations to a variety of religious groups, colleges, civic groups and schools.

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