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GSC Seminar on Evolution and Religion Moved to MCCC


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Bob Edwards
Public Relations Department
Glenville State College
(304) 462- 6390

Glenville, WV—Due to technical issues the final two seminars of  ‘The Impact of Science and Religion on Society’ series will be held in room 315 of the Mollohan Campus Community Center.

The third of four scheduled seminars will be held Tuesday, March 19th at 6:30 p.m. in MCCC room 315. Complimentary beverages will be served in the MCCC pre-function area beginning at 6:00 p.m. The speakers for part three of the series, ‘Evolution and Religion: Why They Are Not Mutually Exclusive,’ will be GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Ross Conover, GSC Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Sara Sawyer, and Reverend Mark James of the Wesley Foundation.

“Evolution is an observable phenomenon. Confusion often arises in the public about the definition and mechanisms of evolution. Our seminar presentation will seek to clarify what evolution is and is not. We will also attempt to dispel common misconceptions about evolution,” stated Dr. Sara Sawyer and Dr. Ross Conover.

The first two seminars in the series, ‘Science and Pseudoscience: Sorting Fact from Fiction’ and ‘Unite the Two So Long Disjoined Knowledge and Vital Piety: A Pastor’s Perspectives on Scientific Discoveries and Faith,’ have received high marks from those in attendance.

Dr. Gary Morris, Dr. Joe Evans, Dr. Ross Conover, Dr. David O'Dell, Reverend Mark James, and Dr. Sara Sawyer.

Caption: Members of the GSC 'The Impact of Science and Religion on Society' panel are pictured left to right: Dr. Gary Morris, Dr. Joe Evans, Dr. Ross Conover, Dr. David O'Dell, Reverend Mark James, and Dr. Sara Sawyer.

“I have enjoyed the seminars so far and feel they have been very enlightening. The seminars have been very clear, understandable, and really interesting. Pseudoscience, a mentioned topic, absolutely surprised me. Up until then, I had always faithfully believed in homeopathic remedies and I couldn’t believe I had been so easily duped by products that haven’t been scientifically proven. I feel the seminars have been important to me because I have become more aware about what science really is. I plan on attending the other seminars as I am interested to learn more about the impact of science and religion on society,” said Autumn Harkins of Grantsville (Calhoun County), West Virginia. Harkins is a GSC sophomore Education major with specializations in Elementary Education and Secondary Mathematics.

“I was very impressed with the first two seminars and look forward to attending the final two that are scheduled.  The information given at the seminars are thorough and informative.  I had very little knowledge of the subjects before the seminars because of not being taught these issues in school, so I take in this information and try to talk about it with others, to make them also aware.  It is important to me because the more I learn the more I wonder why I was not taught this earlier in my schooling. I have been sharing what I learn with my own children because odds are that they are not going to be taught these issues in their early schooling,” said GSC senior Amanda Davis of Glenville.

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.

Following each seminar, a reception will be held in the pre-function 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 or call (304) 462-6305.

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