American Scientific Affiliation
Dr. Richard H. Bube., Associate Professor of Materials Science and Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, has been elected to the Executive Council for a term of 5 years. Dr. Bube fills the vacancy created by the retirement from the Council of Dr. Henry Weaver, Jr. of Goshen College.
NEW FELLOWS ELECTED
By being very stingy on the number of fellowships passed out, the Executive Council has succeeded in making such election of great significance to the person so honored. Those recently elected to the grade of Fellow of the ASA:
John A. McIntyre., Distinguished Professor of Physics, Texas A & M Univ.
Paul C. Davis., Dean Los Angeles Pacific College
Wallace A. Erickson, President) Wallace A. Erickson & Co.
Robert L. Bohon, Senior Chemist, Minnesota Mining & Mfg. Co.
our heartiest congratulations to these. Beside their PhD. status and their scientific contributions, participation in and contribution to the work of the ASA is an important qualification weighed by the Fellows as they elect other Fellows,
PSYCHOLOGY COMMISSION UNDERGOES CHANGES
Because of the pressure of other duties, Dr. Paul C. Davis has resigned from the Psychology Commission. To' fill this vacancy, Dr. Parkman has been appointed for a five year term. Dr. Barkman is in post-doctoral work at the Reise-Davis Clinic in Los Angeles and was formerly Chairman of the Indiana Section of the ASA. Dr. David Busby, a psychiatrist in private practice has been requested by the Council to serve as the Chairman of the Psychology Commission, the position formerly held by Dr. Davis. Other members of this Commission are Lars I. Grajoberg and E. Mansell Pattison.
LOCAL SECTION ACTIVITIES
The llth Regional Meeting of the North Central Section of the PSA was held on October 12th in the Coffman Memorial Union of the University of Minnesota. The topic was,, "Probability and its Religious Consequences". Dr. Aldert van der Ziel, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota, spoke on "Probability Considerations in Science and Their Meaning". *'Probability and Godts Providence" was the topic of Dr. Charles Hatfield, Chairman, Department of Mathematics, University of North Dakota. After a coffee break., reactions to the papers were given by Paul Hammer, Th.D., Professor of New Testament Theology, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities., William R. Scott, M.D., Medical Fellow in Surgery, University of Minnesota Hospital and Karel van Vliet, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Minnesota. 0 en discussion of the papers was held after these reactions.
On 5 October., Saturday evening, the New England Section of the ASA met in the Vannevar Bush Room of MIT to hear Dr. Walter Thorson., Professor of Chemistry at MIT, speak on "Restoration of Perspectives". Dr.' Thorson discussed some possible objectives of the scientist of ' evangelical faith. He asked whether the average Christian m9n of sci6nee were too shortsighted and preoccupied with intellectual fads and fashions., e.g. in giving too much attention to problems of evolution.
Bef6re the main address., Dr. Irving A. Cowperthwaite gave a short history-of the ASA. This meeting drew more than 50 persons. The Rew England Section now has official status as the Executive Council accepted their petition.
The officers of the New England Section are:
new men have been elected to the Executive Council of the Los Angeles Section:
John Vosbigian, Assoc. Prof. Chemistry, Los Angeles Harbor College Thomas R. Humphrey,,Resident in Pathology at Wadsworth Veterans Adm. Hospital, Los Angeles Robert B. Fischer, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Palos Verdes State College., I Los Angeles. Robert P. Dilworth., Prof. of Mathematics, California., Institute of Technology., Pasadena Marvin L. Darsie, Anesthesiologist, St. Johns Hospital, Santa Monica.
"We had a good turnout at King's College for the second meeting, of the N.Y.,Metropolitan Section of the ASA, drawing from as far as Stanford., Conn., and Philadelphia, Pa. We adopted officially our provisional constitution which had proven completely adequate during the past year. Then, fifteen minutes later during the same business session someone found a deficiency. There's one in every crowd."
Look, Wayne, this is just another example of the Fourth Law of Thermodynamics:
the maximum cussedness of inanimate objects.
The evening session of the Saturday afternoon and evening affair was given over to a presentation by Mr. Gareth Miller concerning the "Sermons From Science" exhibit at the N.Y. World's Fair to open 22 April 1964. The Section has agreed to help the committee present the world's fair opportunity and challenge to church groups throughout the New York area. Individual ASA members will show a short film on the results of the Seattle World's Fair SFS exhibit. (See following article) The Section is urging other ASA Sections and individual members to cooperate in promoting and supporting this World's Fair Project. Those interested should write to Gareth B. Miller . Sermons From Science., 123 West 57th Street, Suite 508,, N.Y. 19.
NEW YORK WORLDS FAIR
There will be interesting, startling "sermons" at the New York 1964-65 WorldIs Fair delivered in the Sermons From Science pavilion now under construction. The discourses will be unlike any sermons ever preached from pulpits.
The exhibit, which drew capacity audiences at the Seattle World's Fair in 1962, is a project of a committee of Christian laymen, sponsored by the Christian Life Convention of New York City. Dr. James Humphries, Medical Director of the Home Life Insurance Company, is Chairman of the exhibit and W. Scott Nyborg, former Executive Secretary of the Christian Business Men's Committee of New York City, is the Executive Director.
Science films in color as well as live demonstrations will be offered in the pavilionts air-conditioned theater.
Multilingual films on such subjects as the atom, space, underseas life and other subjects, produced by the Moody Institute of Science, will seek to show that science and religion are in complete harmony. Earphones and a panel at each of the 500 seats will allow visitors to dial any one of six languages,
The live demonstrations by Dr. George Speake of Moody Institute will include such phenomena as eyes th~3t see in total darkness, a cry that can shatter glass, a flashlight-that "talks". In one demonstration, he stands on a metal platform allowing 1,0001000 volts of electricity to pass through his body as lightning flashes from metal caps on his fingers.
Program s will last 30 minutes and will be continuous all day, on the hour. The exhibit drew 447,000 spectator's at Seattle and the N.Y. exhibit is expected to attract many times that number.
Mr. Nyborg said that the films and demonstrations would attempt to show the handiwork of God in nature and to remind visitors of the Biblical truth that "The earth is the Lordts and the fullness thereof, the sea and all that dwell therein."
GEOLOGISTS FLOCK TOGETHER
The national meetings of the Geological Society of America were held ih New York City this year. A number of ASA members were*there,, including Wayne U. Ault, Donald C. Boardman, Donald Carr, Roger Cuffey, David A. DeVries, Herbert W. Feely., Edwin A. Olson,, ~7an_k_fl. Roberts, George R.-7tevens and Karl Turekian. Both William . Tanner and Karl TUri-ekian chaired Eechnical sessions. Va-TTe-Ault reports that many of the ASA members r6solved to have an ASA breakfast at the GSA meeting next year. Good thinking, men.
MASTODON GOES TO WHEATON
You know how it is when enrollment is down.
Wheaton College geologists have been involved in the excavation of a genuine mastodon skeleton from a field in nearby Glen Ellyn. Superior Judge Joseph Sam Perry was having his private lake dredged when workmen unearthed a 42-inch thigh bone on October 16th. The dredge operator alerted the judge who called local papers. The Wheaton Daily Journal notified Wheaton College officials and Dr. Cyril Luckman, professor of Zoology, Dr. Donald Boardman, Chairman of the Geology Department, and Dr. Douglas Block., Assistant Professor of Geology, went to have a look-see. They liked what they saw and obtained permission from Judge Perry to dig. Within a few days over 100 of the mastodonts 211 bones had been found, including the complete skull with well preserved teeth (fluoride., no doubt). It may turn out to be one of the most complete skeletons ever found. Wood fragments buried with it as well as the bones are being dated by radiocarbon methods. Douglas Block supervised the excavation work.
CALL FOR CONVENTION PAPERS
If enough papers don't come in for the John Brown University convention in August 1964, Wayne Ault's body will lie a'smoldering in the grave along with a few other carcasses supplied by the rest of the Natural Science Commission.
The Commission calls upon the entire ASA membership for suggestions and contributions. If you feel a paper. or a. sumposium is needed in a certain area, please let your ideas be known. Though the program' will be largely in the natural sciences, there will be sessions allotted to philosophy of science, psychology, social science and general themes.
Dr. Ault makes a special appeal to the leadership of the local sections to smoke out potential authors and subjects suggested by their past meetings. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is set for 15 February 1964. These should be 200 words or less and in triplicate tQ facilitate review by the respective c6mmissions. The abstract should repr6sent fully the-content and basis of the paper. All submissions should be sent to Dr. Wayne U. Ault., Chairman, Natural Science Commission, 41 Highview Avenue., Nanuet., N.Y.
ASA MEMBERS IN PRINT
Walter R. Hearn Associate.Professor of Biochemistry., Iowa State Univerity, has, of all things, broken out in poetry, and very worshipful poetry at that. Appearing on the outside-back cover of the November, 1963, issue of HIS Magazine is his poem entitled, "63 Thanksgiving". Here is a sample verse:
"Praise the Lord,, created thing!
Let all space with praises ring! . . .
Alpha, beta, gamma rays:
Join the chorurs of His praise!...
Viruses and protozoa:
Praise the faithful God of Noah!...
Man who can subdue the earth:
Praise the God who gave you birth! . . .
Dr. Frank Allen., whose fourscore and ten years have neither dimmed his mind nor stilled his pen, is one of the four Honorary Fellows of the ASA. Formerly Professor of Physics at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Allen has an article, "In The Beginning; GOD" in the November issue of The Evangelical Christian and another., "Ishmael., God Shall Hear" in the December issue of the of the same paper. The ASA has great respect for this great student of God's Word and God's Works.
George F. Howe, Professor of Biology Westmont College,had a letter to the editor in the Nov issue of The American Biology Teacher" responding in the form of a 'minority report' to a series of articles, "Notes on the Teaching of Evolution" by Dr. Elwood Ehrle, Dr, Howe's letter states:
"A growth and development in any science (teaching or research phases) demands that all valid alternative hypotheses be evaluated particularly in problem areas. It will be noted by reading the works at the end of this letter that many qualified scientists are dissatisfied with certain aspects of the evolutionary ccsmology. Some of these men are by no means "anti-evolutionists".
Dr. Howe then refers to the work if Nilsson., Kerkut) Mixter., Stoner, Zimmerman,
Klotz, the ASA., Custance, etc. He also states:
"This letter is not an appeal to a dogmatic Creationism in the classroom but is rather a plea for some long-needed objectivity in an area where dogmatism of any sort can hinder the freedom of scientific advancement."
In the August
issue of ETERNITY magazine is an article by James Hefley,,
"What Can an Honest Scientist Believe?" This would be only of passing interest
to ASA members except that Mr. Hefley has succeeded in finding some honest scientists
among ASA members. Mr. Hefley talked to ten evangelical scientists who were
Christians and asked them such questions as "Do you feel that the Christian faith
is outmoded for today's scientists?" "Can a Scientist believe in God and the
supernatural and still maintain intellectual integrity?" "What are some of the
weaknesses which you have observed in current preaching and teaching?" "In your
opinion are there basic conflicts between the Bible and science, and if so, how
can they be solved?" Of the ten scientists,*five are members of the ASA: Irwing
Knobloch, Robert Fischer, David Busby, Conrad Blomquist and Russell Mixter. Looks like the other five are membership prospects! Want to know the answers to
the questions? Now listen! How would Russ Hitt, editor of Eternity like it if
we copied all his stuff?
Christianity Today for July 19, 1963, carried an account of the ASA-ETS conference at Asbury College. "One manifestation of the new movement within the scientific fold is a body of evangelical Christians who call themselves the American Scientific Affiliation. Bringing to their organization a firm belief in the inspiration of the of the Scriptures and in the divinity and atonement of Jesus Christ and contributing minds well versed in the physical and social sciences, these scholars now numbering excess of 1,200
On September 11, 3.963, the National Retired Teachers Association and the American Association of Retired Persons at their regional convention in Oklahoma City awarded a citation for service to Senator Fulbright of Arkansas, Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby of the 'Houston Postt, and Dr. A. Kurt Weiss, Professor of Biology at Oklahoma City University. The citation was given "in appreciation for significant and valued contribution to the enrichment of retirement living".
LOCAL SECTIONS AND THE NATIONAL CONVENTION
It is suggested that the officers of each local section make sure that their group is represented at the ASA National Convention at John Brown University Augusty 1964. "Take something to the convention, bring something back" is the motto.
WARNING TO ASA WRITERS
Good writers are always pursued, but perhaps not as relentlessly as good ASA writers will be pursued by Howard W. Mattson, associate editor of the journal, "International Science and Technology", a Connover-Mast Publication. Because Howard is an ASA member, he 'prefers the brethren' and intends to look for authors in the ASA roster. As he is a chemist, he handles most of the articles on chemistry that find their way into the magazine, and does considerable travelling in search of good papers.
An excellent service is being rendered the scientific community by such general journals as Discovery (English), Scientific American and International Science and Technology. To offset the evils of scientific specialization, we all need autoritative survey articles to keep abreast rapid developments in other disciplines. Howard Mattson is dedicating himself to filling this need and full support is encouraged. Formerly editor of Bell Laboratories Record, Mr. Mattson would be delighted to entertain suggestions of articles in any scientific or technological field. Their aim is to discuss a new development in terms of its significance to the whole field of technology., rather than its detailed structure. He may be reached at 205 East 42nd Street, New York City.
Many a mail brings a big envelope to ye editor with a tiny piece of paper inside with notes from a guy named Asa., last name is Office. Here are some samples:
Asa office will not be sending out prospective member forms to the membership anymore because of the added expense - (our financial status at present is at an all time low). However, we trust that members will continue to send lists of names of people whom they believe would be interested in our organization and its purposes. ASA Exec. Secretary states: "Find us 5.,000 subscribers to our Journal and we would have no financial problem." So keep the names coming., PLEEZE.1
The ASA office is receiving several requests for 'the book "Modern Science and Christian Faith" which has been out of print for some time. If anyone would care to donate their copy, the ASA would be deeply grateful.
FAIR WINS JOURNAL NAME CONTEST
Donald C. Fair's entry in the ASA Journal name contest, THEOS AND COSMOS, has been declared the winner, Congratulations! This doesn't necessarily mean that the Journal will actually be given this name, only that the contest is over and that Don Fair submitted the entry judged best.
JOURNAL HAVING FACE LIFTED
The Editorial Board and Staff are doing some fancy skull work these days to make a more attractive Journal and one of higher quality in every way. A new printer is being considered as well as a new two-color cover, so brace yourself for that MARCH ISSUE.'
The Newsletter of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies comes out with a colorful head looking very much like that of ASA News except that it is green instead of blue. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it really doesn't flatter us. It flatters the manufacturer's house organ we copied.
Seriously, the CAPS are planning their 1964 convention. Date: March 3.1.and April 1, 1964; Place: Pine Rest Christian Hospital, Grand Rapids; Theme: The Dynamics of Forgiving; Address for information: 2010 Kalamazoo Avenue, S.E.~ Grand Rapids 7, Michigan.
The Christian Medical Society held their Third International Convention on Missionary Medicine on Wheaton College Campus, December 27-10., 1963
ASA NEWS is nominally slated for six issues per year, appearing on no set dates because of the unpredictability of ye editors schedule. Like the fourth person in the back seat, the last one gets all the blame for the crowding. Likewise, Volume 5, Number 6 is really sliding in on its haunches to make it in 19611
Ye editor spent one of the wildest three week period of his career on a trip to England., the Continent and Scandinavia. Accompanied by his wife, he visited nine countries, studying the distribution of Moody films in each, and consulting with the committees and individuals involved.
High Spots: A most interesting conference with Dr. Oliver Barclay of IVF in London who directs the iwork of the Research Scientists Christian Fellowship and attending with him one of their sessions at the University of London . Being the guest of honor at a luncheon in Jesus College., Oxford University and inspecting their very impressive research installations, meeting many British men of science who are keen Christians...flying to Helsinki with the sun setting at 1:30 PM...
Impressions: Economic prosperity everywhere, the same signs of materialism we see here . . . . Denmark with 4 million population now boasts a million TV receivers...Great demand for Moody films for TV . . . Worst weather encountered? Dowmpour in LA as we left, snowstorm in Chicago as we returned!
Disappointments: Just not enough time to look up ASA members abroad such as Richard T. Wright at Uppsala University and Uuras Saarnivaara near Helsinki could have really opened up a keg of icicles.
Dr. Paul R. Bauman, Administrative Vice-President of Le Tourneau College in Longview., Texas, writes to Dr. Hartzler, 'Our physics teacher, Dr, Newton Gaines, died very suddenly just before school opened in September. We had two men on the campus who were able to take over his responsibilities but both are now carrying an overload because of it and are not fully qualified for all areas of instruction in that field. We have encountered some difficulty in finding a new physics professor with a Ph.D. degree. You would do us a tremendous service., Harold., if you could send us the names of any qualified men who would hold our Christian point of view. If you can give us any helpful information I would like to suggest that you direct your letter to our academic dean, Dr. Raymond E. Gingrich,"
Dr. Wayne Frair, Associate Professor of Biology, The Kingt's College, Briarcliff Manor, New York, writes, "We have quite a few very capable science majors and I was wondering if, perhaps some of our ASA 'members may have openings for summer work that our students could take."
William Paul, Head of the division of Religion and Philosophy (including psychology and education at Central College, Pella., Iowa says that his school is planning on adding faculty members in Philosophy, Biology, Education and French. They would be happy to receive applications or inquiries.
Barclay Bowman is a Christian and a junior in pre-medical studies at the University of Michigan interested in working in biological medical research as a laboratory assistant this coming summer. His course background includes inorganic and organic chemistry, general zoology and developmental anatomy. Anyone interested should communicate with Mr. Bowman at 101 North Ingalls Street) Apt.H, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
V. Elving Anderson, ASA President, attended the AAAS meeting in Cleveland and wanted to publicize the possibility of ASA members getting together, but the lateness of this issue shot down the idea. Sorry!
Alan R. Baldwin has received his M.A. degree in science education from Adams State Coiiege, Alamoosa, Colorado,, and is now on the faculty of Central Junior High School where he teaches General Science.
Donald C. Boardman, Chairman of the Dept. of Geology, Wheaton College., was one of geologist selected to participate in a summer conference on the stratigraphy and structure of the Appalachians. As Alumni Chairman of the Scholastic Honor Society, he was instrumental in bringing Arnold Toynbee, the noted historian, to the campus recently.
Raymond H. Brand,, Associate Professor of Biology, Wheaton College, represented the college at the 16th International Congress of Zoology in Washington D.C. in August. It was the first such conference held in the U.S. since 1907. Dr. Brand is also directing an undergraduate scientific equipment program which recently received a $5,820 grant from the Nat'l. Sci. Fnd.
Dennis G. Carlson is a new member who is a medical missionary in Ethiopa. This year he will teach at Gondar Health College, a division of Haile Selassie University. His address will be USAID/E. APO 319, New York.
Richard J. Ellis is breathing a bit easier now as he whirled victoriously through
his orals for a Ph.D. in botany at University of California, Berkeley.
His dissertation will be on the brown algae.
F. Alton Everest was recently elevated to the grade of Fellow of the Society of motion Picture and Television Engineers.
John W. Haas, Jr., of Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, has received a $2,000 grant from the N.S.F. for a program of research participation for college teachers.
H. Harold Hartzler, Executive Secretary of the ASA informs us that Mrs. Hartzler underwent surgery for a malignant tumor in Mankato recently and is now taking cobalt treatments at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis. She is recuperating in a satisfactory manner and let us pray that this progress will continue.
S. Richey Kamm, Professor of History, Wheaton College, is the current recipient of of the Alumni Association research grant. He is pursuing the topic, "Christianity, the Free Societies and the Communist Challenge". His recent publications include articles in Christianity Today, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Pakistan and is co-author of "The Teaching of Social Studies in Illinois". He has also written an article for Encyclopedia Britannica.James H. Kraakevik, Chairman, Department of Physics, Wheaton College., presented a paper on "Airborne Measurment of Atmospheric Ions" at the Triennial meeting of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics at Berkeley, California in August.
John Leedy has prepared a science series for Scripture Press according to an advertisement in Moody Monthly.
Cyril E. Luckman, Professor of Zoology, Wheaton College, has published a paper on the response of the submaxillary glands of nature mice to various hormones.William W, Paul attended the 13th International Congress of Philosophy in Mexico City, September 6-14, and presented a paper on "Metaphysics and Current Philosophical Naturalism". Dill has recently been made head of the Division of Religion and Philosophy at Central College, Pella, Iowa.
Robert M. Page Director of Research, Naval Research Laboratories, Washington D.C.., recently participated in the ceremonial groundbreaking for a new building at NRL. This marks NRL's 140th year of service to the nation, the embodiment of the idea of Thomas A. Edison. NRL has entered into a 5-year plan for rehabilitation of laboratory facilities which will cost some $12 million and include a new type cyclotron.Lawrence H, Starkey has become a willing fugitive from the ivyed halls of learning for a time as he has accepted a position as engineering writer for General Dynamics Astronautics in San Diego. He is working in one of the smaller, more elite technical writing groups associated with a project that is so highly classified he may never find out what he is doing.
Peter L. Tan has recently joined the staff of the Research Foundation of the
National Canners Association as a research biochemist, He is investigating the chemical nature of
Enteroto in A, which is a poison produced
by Staphylococcus aureus
196-E. Dr. Tan is interested in forming an
informal evangelistic Bible study group in his downtown Washington DO
apartment and would appreciate the prayers of the 1SA members for the
project. He lives at 1262 - 21st St. N.W,
Lloyd Taylor of Eastern Nazarene College, Wollaston, MA., has received a grant under the NSF program of research participation for college teachers.
Henry Weaver Jr has written a 24-page booklet., "Television: Friend or Foe?" which has been published by Herald Press. This appeared as "How to Live With TV in October issue of Eternity Magazine.
Robert L. Wilson) Head., Department of Geology and Geography., University of Chatanooga, was also one of the 20 geologists selected to participate in the Apalations study project last summer.
Ex. Sec. H. Harold Hartzler, 414 South Broad Street Mankato, Minnesota
News Ed. F. Alton Everest, 947 Stanford Street Santa Monica, Calif.