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GSC to Host Second Seminar on Science and Religion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2013

For more information:
Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462- 6390
Bob.edwards@glenville.edu

Glenville, WV—The second of four seminars on ‘The Impact of Science and Religion on Society’ will be held at Glenville State College on Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Presidents Auditorium in the Heflin Administration Building. Complimentary beverages will be served in the auditorium foyer beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Reverend Mark James of the Wesley Foundation will be the speaker for the second seminar titled ‘Unite the Two So Long Disjoined Knowledge and Vital Piety: A Pastor’s Perspectives on Scientific Discoveries and Faith.’ James will demonstrate that scientific discoveries can enhance our understanding of our world without undermining our religious faith. “I will discuss the history of the debate and polarization between theology and science. I will present some examples of compatibility between sacred texts and science, how science can help us understand scripture and vice versa,” said James. The Glenville State College Foundation is providing funding for this seminar.

The inaugural edition of the series, ‘Science and Pseudoscience: Sorting Fact from Fiction’ was held on Tuesday, January 29th. GSC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. David O’Dell gave a presentation on the distinction between real science and pseudosciences. “I felt like my presentation was well received by those in attendance and it generated many good questions that were addressed by our panel. I believe that we were able to establish the idea that a person should not simply accept something as scientific fact without first having knowledge about the subject,” said O’Dell.

The GSC Science & Mathematics Department hosted a reception following the seminar.  Pictured left to right; GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Ross Conover, Reverend Mark James of the Wesley Foundation, GSC Assistant Professor of Biology and Department of Science and Mathematics Chair Dr. Gary Morris, GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Sara Sawyer, GSC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. David O'Dell, and GSC Professor of Physical Science Dr. Joe Evans.

The GSC Science & Mathematics Department hosted a reception following the seminar. Pictured left to right; GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Ross Conover, Reverend Mark James of the Wesley Foundation, GSC Assistant Professor of Biology and Department of Science and Mathematics Chair Dr. Gary Morris, GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Sara Sawyer, GSC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. David O'Dell, and GSC Professor of Physical Science Dr. Joe Evans.

Part three of the series, ‘Evolution and Religion: Why They Are Not Mutually Exclusive’ is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19th. GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Ross Conover, GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Sara Sawyer, and Reverend Mark James of the Wesley Foundation will be the speakers.

The series concludes on Tuesday, April 16th with ‘Status of Science Education in the U.S.: On the Brink of Cultural Extinction.’  GSC Professor of Physical Science Dr. Joe Evans will explore the reasons for the marginal to poor performances of United States’ students on science and math and the steps that can be taken to rectify the situation.

“Our first seminar was well attended and went really well. There was good support from GSC students, faculty and staff, and the community. I believe that we stimulated some open dialog that will lead to even more participation for the rest of the series,’ said Dr. Gary Morris, GSC Assistant Professor of Biology and Department of Science and Mathematics Chair and coordinator of the series.

Following each seminar, a reception will be held in the pre-event area on the third floor of the Mollohan Campus Community Center. Light refreshments will be served. The seminars are free and open to the public.

For more information on the seminar series, contact Morris at Gary.Morris@glenville.edu or call (304) 462-6305.

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