AMERICAN SCIENTIFIC AFFILIATION - CANADIAN SCIENTIFIC & CHRISTIAN AFFILIATION
VOLUME 30 NUMBER 1 FEBRUARY/MARCH 1988
HESS JOINS COUNCIL: HUMMEL PRESIDENT
Gerald D. Hess, professor of biology at Messiah College, has been elected by the ASA membership to serve a five-year term on the ASA Executive Council beginning 1988. He replaces retiring Council member Am Hunt. Hess received his B.A. in biology at Messiah, his M.S. and Ph.D. in physiology at Michigan State. He has an active research interest in the physiology of aging. Jerry was program chair for the 1981 ASA Annual Meeting and helped to plan the 1987 ASA Gene-Splicing Conference.
The other nominee, David L. Swift, professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University, received almost as many votes. (We like ASA's democratic spirit in presenting two nominees for Council, but "the one that got away" is always so well qualified, shouldn't we invent a special slot for that individual to fill? -Ed)
The Council's rules of succession apply normally this year, so Charles Hummel becomes president, Stanley Lindquist moves to the vice-presidency, and Howard Van Till takes over as secretary-treasurer. Ed Olson gains the official title of past president.NEW PUBLICATION ON THE WAY
The plan is to include an issue of SEARCH in most issues of the journal, to be pulled out and given to one's pastor or anyone interested in a Christian view of science. Offprints can be used for ASA convention booths and in other ways. To keep costs down, distribution in bulk and by request rather than by individual subscription will be tried first. As an irregular publication, SEARCH issues will be numbered sequentially but not dated except for their year of copyright. Eventually, the back issues will form a whole collection of materials informing the public about the role of ASA and CSCA.
Four highly experimental issues of SEARCH are planned for 1988. Feedback on content, format, style, and distribution will be welcome. Each issue will focus on one individual who integrates personal Christian faith with a calling to scientific or technological work. A wide variety of individuals will be featured in the same general format - as long as that works. Page 1 tells a human story, page 2 a scientific story based on that person's work. Page 3 reflects theologically on the scientific story, and page 4 presents a worshipful response, tying things together on a personal, devotional level.
Will it work? We're not sure, but it's worth a try to show how one story of science and faith, integrated in an actual life, can be told in the separate languages of science, theology, and worship. SEARCH will be written and edited in Berkeley by Newsletter editor Walter Hewn, designed and produced in Ipswich by managing editor Nancy Hanger. If neither editor nor ASA's desktop publishing software crashes, 1988 could be a year of new outreach for ASA.REACHING OUT AND BUILDING UP
Behind every story there's another story. One story behind the above story concerns a new phase of life for the Weary Old Editor (WOE is me.-Ed).
The Newsletter editor thought 1988 would be the year to turn himself in to Social Security. Plans changed when a lot of things came together at the August meeting of the ASA Council. In the past, this Newsletter has been turned out "on contract" for ASA. For 1988 and 1989, its editor will be a salaried ASA employee, with the Newsletter and the new SEARCH publication only two of the editorial projects assigned to him.
An immediate project is preparing revisions for a third printing of ASA's booklet for teachers. Next comes a full-length book (drawing on material from Teaching Science) for Christian parents. Its aim is to help them distinguish science from scientisms, to calm their fears about science, and to encourage their support of good science teaching in the schools. The book will be published and distributed by a Christian publishing house with royalties going to ASA.
Those plans and more are spelled out in the 1987 Annual Report, which should soon be in members' hands. Phase 2 of the projected TV series proceeds, with some six figure funds already promised for Phase 3 (production). Only a year after an outstanding Gene-Splicing conference, ASA will co-sponsor with the Christian Medical Society a major 1988 conference on Human Personhood and the Health Sciences. It will be held June 2-5 at Gordon College in Massachusetts.
ASA's other plans for 1988 include growth to over 3,000 members, plus new avenues of service and witness to the scientific community and the Christian community. Funds are being sought to help ASA play a greater role in assisting the Third World with our technological skills. International emphasis will reach a kind of "summit" at PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY on AUGUST 5-8, when the 1988 ANNUAL MEETING focuses on Christian perspectives on "SCIENCE, WEAPONS, AND HOPE.'IS PEACE A REASONABLE HOPE?
Faith and love are important, as the apostle Paul said. But let's not give up hope, either. Put AUGUST 5-8 on your calendar.MAKING NEWS IN GEORGIA
By October 8, the Constitution had discovered that Fritz Schaefer is an evangelical Christian. It ran a front page story, "UGA Science Profs Lectures on Religion Prove Volatile Brew." In the first paragraph, reporter Steve Goldberg called Schaefer "a creationist Bible teacher." A major flap had developed over extracurricular lectures Fritz was giving, using a university classroom. He had been called to UGA president Charles Knapp's office because of faculty complaints. Botany professor Barry Palevitz objected not only to presenting religious views in a university classroom but also to Schaefer's views on creation, which Palevitz called "rubbish."
Schaefer was quoted as saying that his most important discovery came outside the laboratory in 1973 when he became a Christian. Berkeley students who found out that their professor was in a Bible study group asked him about his religious views, so he had organized a lecture showing that many scientists had believed in God and the Bible. Expression of his religious views had set off a faculty debate in Berkeley, he said, but he hadn't expected the avalanche of complaints and legal questions generated by his colleagues in Athens.
" 'At Berkeley, we just let everything hang out,' he said. 'Communists of every known variety were giving lectures in classrooms. I was astonished that someone would think this was illegal.' " President Knapp stood up for Schaefer's right to exercise free speech, adding that "This kind of intellectual ferment is good for the place."
On October 29, an Athens Daily News editorial, "Open Classrooms for Bible Scholar," asked how Schaefer's use of empty classrooms on his own time to teach the Bible could represent "an establishment of religion" prohibited by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. After all, nobody thought Schaefer was speakmg for the university, and student attendance was entirely voluntary, as it was for other student meetings on campus.
On October 31 a Constitution editorial, "Intellectual Curiosity Prevails in Athens," gave its blessing to Fritz's extracurricular lectures, with a twist. The UGA situation was uncomfortably similar to what was going on at Mercer, a Southern Baptist university. At Mercer, the conservative faction of Southern Baptists was hounding the president and trustees for being too "liberal." Great punch line: "The twin flaps illustrate just how far some Georgia institutions of higher learning may have to go to shake the taint of provincialism."
The last word we have from Georgia is a letter to the editor from Fritz Schaefer published in the November 14 Constitution. His credentials as a "creationist" have been overblown, he said, unless that term means that "God created everything that was or is or is to be" - a belief held by a large majority of American citizens. His acceptance of the evidence for the Big Bang, a 4.5-billion-year-old earth, and the fossil timetable of the orderly appearance of different species, though, means that he is not a "creationist" in the restricted sense defined in various federal court cases.
Most of the procedural objections came after the first of his three lectures on "Science and the Christian Faith," Fritz pointed out, even though he had said very little about the licreation/evolution" controversy. One of the few things he said about it was that the interpretation of Genesis I is Via point of respectful diversity among Christians." The real objection, he thought, was to the claims of Jesus Christ he presented in that lecture - which led faculty members offended by those claims to attach a negative label to him. They came up with "creationist" as that pejorative label.MAKING NEWS EVERYWHERE
Oh, well, the ASA Gene-Splicing Conference rated a substantial article by Peter Vibert in New England Church Life (Oct 1987). In fact, we've noticed ASA names popping up all over this fall.
For example, David F. Siemens, Jr. of Mesa, Arizona, made the "Letters" page of the October 9 issue of Science (p. 143). Commenting on an assertion about the unlikelihood of AIDS transmission by mosquito bites, Dave pointed out that scratching a bite can damage epithelium and that swatting a blood-gorged mosquito can expose damaged tissue to much more virus-containing blood than the 100 femtoliters clinging to the biter's proboscis. Dave's comment drew replies in the December 11 issue (p. 1497).
Several people, including Gordon Mills of Galveston, Texas, spotted Kenneth Olsen's name in a U.S. News & World Report editorial by editor David Gergen (November 23, p. 80). Ken, president of Digital Equipment Corporation of Massachusetts, was cited in a list of corporate leaders successfully restructuring their companies to make them competitive in today's international markets. (American-style perestroika? -Ed)In December, Norman Geisler of Dallas Theological Semi- nary was featured on an hour-long program of a three part PBS TV series, "God and Politics." The third program focused on the "Reconstructionism" of Rousas Rushdoony, Gary North, and other "theonomists" or "dominion theologians." After host Bill Moyer interviewed a number of leaders of the movement, he turned to Norm Geisler for a conservative theologian's evaluation. Norm stated on camera that the Reconstructionists' way of integrating politics and biblical teachings is inappropriate in a democratic society. (Incidentally, Norm has produced his own series of six 45-minute videotapes on "Christianity Under Attack," available from Encounter Services, P.O. Box 2500, Dallas, TX 75221.)
Too bad the American Scientific Affiliation never gets mentioned in such stories.ON BEING INTERVIEWED
From the 70 members interviewed, Stepp chose two couples to add a personal dimension to her larger story. The Arvesons were one of them- Paul told her of his 1963 conversion to Christ as a George Washington University student. That made it into print, but not much he said about science and faith -and nothing about ASA. Considering how much the original story was cut, Paul could hardly object to the few inaccuracies that crept into the printed version.
In the process Paul learned a few things about being interviewed by the media: (1) Don't kid around or let your hair down too much; you're speaking to the world when you speak to a reporter. (2) Condense your ideas to pithy phrases or sentences that will make "good quotes." (3) Don't expect a secular reporter to share your understanding of the gospel, or to be your means of spreading it. (4) Establish rapport, but expect a professional reporter to remain detached even if you share common ground.
(A 5th point: keep mentioning the American Scientific Affiliation. Sooner or later our name will get into print. Ed.)MAINLINING AMONG THE PRESBYTERIANS
Wait Heam, whose daughter Christine is ASL interpreter for the church's ministry to the hearing-impaired, was asked to introduce Dave. At an ASA literature table set up that Sunday, Walt sold about 40 copies of the September Perspectives issue (containing Dave's "Yin and Yang in Psychological Research and Christian Belief') and a dozen copies of Teaching Science in a Climate of Controversy. The Logos Bookstore table did a brisk business selling Psychology 77trough the Eyes of Faith, hot off the press from Harper & Row in San Francisco. Coauthored by David G. Myers and U.K psychologist Malcolm A. Jeeves, it's the first volume to appear in the new Christian College Coalition series of "supplemental texts."
In December Walt again passed himself off as a pseudo-Presbyterian, at a Consultation on the Church & Contemporary Cosmology held at Mercy Center near the SFO airport. The Consultation was organized by the Task Force on Theology & Cosmology of the Advisory Committee on Church & Society of the Presbyterian Church (USA). It drew about 100 people from all over the country, including 10 ASA members. Theologians Langdon Gilkey of Chicago Divinity School, Harold Nebelsick of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, and Benjamin Reist of San Francisco Theological Seminary interacted-with scientists (especially physicists), the deliberations being summed up masterfully by scientist/theologian Ian Barbour of Carleton College.
ASA's Committee for Integrity in Science Education provided a copy of Teaching Science in a Climate of Controversy for each participant. Calvin College physicist Howard Van 7711 was an official respondent to one of the papers, and Gordon College chemist Jack Haas played the piano for periods of worship. One of the most exciting exchanges took place when Carnegie-Mellon physicist Bob Gfiffiths chided the theologians for taking the metaphysical implications of quantum paradoxes far more seriously than do any quantum physicists.
Other ASAers making their presence felt in various ways were Messiah College science historian Ted Davis, Montreat-Anderson physicistLloyd Davis, Fremont (CA) pastor Paul McKowen, NJ-Tech physicist Jim Neidhardt, Wheaton biologist Al Smith, and Oceanside (CA) physician William Wood. ASA members Dick Bube and John Wiester (both from CA) were invited but unable to attend.
Dan Little, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, New York, who led the daily worship periods, proposed formation of a group to continue discussion of science and theology within the Presbyterian church. He was assured that many Presbyterians are already members of ASA, but ASA will offer its support to a new Presbyterian kid on the block. (See BULLETIN BOARD, Item 3.)CALVIN COLLEGE UPDATE
According to Gelderloos, a committee studying the writings of professors Menninga, Van Till, and Young will advise the board on how to respond to their critics. The idea that any action against the three is contemplated is "a false impression created by reports in the popular press." We're glad to hear that-but it probably didn't hurt for outsiders to support the board's commitment to maintain "an atmosphere of academic freedom."
Howard Van Till has been expecting the whole thing to be settled by early 1988. He sent us copies of his threepart series in ne Banner of the Christian Reformed Church: "About Doctrines and Pictures" (28 Sept 1987); "The Snowstorm and the Big Bang" (5 Oct); and "The Creation/Evolution Debate: Fruitful Witness or Costly Blunder?" (12 Oct). The editor's blurb on the second article credits Howard with distinguishing between "the scientific concept of cosmic evolution and the atheistic worldview of evolutionary naturalism." All three are examples of fine writing at a popular level for a Christian audience.BULLETIN BOARD
2. Mark A. Kalthoff is about to undertake a dissertation study at Indiana University on the history of ASA. Mark has completed a Master's degree and all course work for a Ph.D. in the history & philosophy of science. After preliminary inquiries to Alton Everest and some other ASA "oldies and goodies," Mark has examined Alton's insider's history plus some of the ASA archives in the Wheaton College library. He thinks he has a prime topic to illuminate the relationship between science and Christianity in 20th-century America. This spring he will be fully immersed in it and will welcome input from ASAers who can contribute pertinent information in the form of interviews, correspondence, personal notes, papers, etc. Mark will be working mostly at home, so contact him at 3795 West Long Lake Drive, Reading, MI 49274 (tel.: 517-283-2412).
3. A Presbyterian Association for Religion & Science was tentatively established in December at a Consultation on the Church and Contemporary Cosmology sponsored by the Presbyterian Church (USA). So far PARS is just an idea, an address, and a person willing to compile a mailing list and accept "seed money" in lieu of dues. That person is Kenneth McCall, who chaired the Consultation at which PARS was proposed. Now pastor of a Presbyterian church, Ken was formerly director of development for the Center for Theology & the Natural Sciences at Berkeley's Graduate Theological Union. As a "Chapter 9" organization, PARS would be eligible to have a booth at each General Assembly. Consultation participants brainstormed a number of ideas for PARS to work on -including more conferences. (Shucks, we told 'em, ASA has been having Annual Meetings like that for over 40 years, and publishes a great journal besides.-Ed.) Names for the mailing list, and contributions (made out to PARS), should be sent to Kenneth McCall, First Presbyterian Church, Box 662, Bend, OR 97709.
4. The Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology (ITEST), mentioned briefly in the last issue, is "an international, interdisciplinary, interfaith community of Christians concerned with ... the revolutionary advance in scientific and technological capability, particularly as it is being directed toward living systems." ITEST tries to act as an "early-warning system for the Church" about scientific advances, to promote Christian teaching about such matters, and to "build a community of scientists who are dedicated to the advancement of scientific understanding as well as to the growth of the Church. "Since 1968 it has sponsored over 30 conferences and published the conference proceedings. The director is Robert Brungs, S.J. The flyer sent by Jim Neidhardt contains other indications of Roman Catholic affiliation ("the Church" with a capital C-Ed). Jim says many of the dozen or so conference proceedings stiff available are quite perceptive. They sell for $6 each. Sample topics: Artificial intelligence (1984); Space exploration (1985); Brain research/human consciousness (1986). For a complete list, write ITEST, 221 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103.
5. Calendar recycling. This Newsletter used to run a series called "How To Recycle Something." Some of you probably picked up one of our tips and got in the habit of saving calendars for re-use. By now you've put away your 1987 calendar (or perhaps the 1981 calendar you used last year, with the same pattern of days) until 1998. This year is trouble, though-unless you saved a calendar from 1902, 1932, or 1960. Our Wedded Editor's solution is to use a 1982 calendar for January and February, forget about February 29 (this is leap year), then for the rest of 1988 use a 1983 calendar. It's hardly worth buying a 1988 calendar unless you're really frugal: it won't be good again until 2016.OBITUARY
Edwin was born in the North of Ireland of American-British parentage. Although he won all sorts of degrees and honors, including a Master's in geography from Northwestern University, his primary scholarly interest was history. He had a Ph.D. in history from Oxford and was a Life Fellow in the Royal Historical Society. At the time of his death he was president of the Los Angeles-based Oxford Association for Research in Revival.
Edwin is survived by his wife, three children, and their children. Only a year ago Edwin and Carol returned to Durban, South Africa, to celebrate their 50th anniversary in the city where they had married on 15 January 1937. Since Edwin's own "great awakening" in the presence of the Lord, the family has been sorting his papers and correspondence and seeing several manuscripts through to publication. Although he had worked with a sense of urgency in recent years, Edwin left several incompleted works.
Edwin Orr proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraged evangelism in many settings, but his first love was for "the quadrangle and campus." As a perennial scholar himself, he could address "fellow students" in language they could understand. He never sought the limelight. Younger ASA members may not even recognize his name, but in the 1960s Edwin Orr attended our Annual Meetings whenever his worldwide travel schedule would allow.(Our condolences to the Orr family. We have a copy of Edwin's 1977 Faith 7hat Persuades, dedicated to Thomas F. Staley of the Staley Lectures for his encouragement of "apologetics evangelism." We also cherish a copy of Edwin's 1960 Faith That Makes Sense, autographed by the author at an ASA meeting.-Ed)
Richard H. Bube was honored in April, at a reception by his materials science colleagues, for his 25th year on the Stanford faculty. In August Dick and Betty returned to Neuchfitel, Switzerland, locale of a memorable sabbatical a few years ago. They were on their way to Hamburg, Germany, where Dick gave an invited paper at the International Solar World Congress. Photoconductivity of Solids finally went out of print after 26 years, but Dick finished revising the 2nd edition of Electrons in Solids while working on a new book for Revell on science and Christian faith.
Ronald S. Carson of Renton, Washington, is an engineer working for Boeing Aerospace on electromagnetic effects technology. Ron, wife Merrie, and their two sons moved in September from Redondo Beach, California, where he worked for TRW.
Derek Chignell, Chemistry Dept. chair at Wheaton College, has finally straightened us out on PACU, which stands for Pacific & Asian Christian University. "Pac-U" is a missionoriented university on the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawaii, established in recent years by YWAM. (We already knew "Y-Wam": Youth With A Mission. -Ed) Derek was there temporarily to help PACU's College of Science & Technology initiate new programs with emphasis on technical applications in developing countries, and to work on their extension program. (Last summer Derek and his son also discovered a Brazilian "pacu" fish in the London Zoo aquarium. After we apologized for our "Snafu" in the item about him, Derek had to look up that acronym in a dictionary. In WWII, "Situation Normah All Fouled Up" was the lowest level of S.O.P., or Standard Operating Procedure. A worse level was FUBAR, or 'Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition." In our outfit things seldom reached the third level, so I've forgotten that one. - Ed)
Young-il Choo is an associate research scientist in the Computer Science Dept at Yale University, studying languages for parallel computers and their mathematical models. He would like to get together with other ASAers in the New Haven area. Young-il received his Ph.D. in computer science from Caltech, where he was also active in the Pasadena Covenant Church. He says his thinking about a Christian response to technology (and computers in particular) has been stimulated by his reading of several books by Jacque Ellul.
Donald G. Davis, Jr., professor in the Graduate School of Library & Information Science at the U. of Texas in Austin, was in Brighton, England, in August for the meeting of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Don, editor of Libraties and Culture, was elected chair of IFLA's Round Table of Editors of Library Journals. While in Brighton he also participated in an international library history seminar at the University of Sussex.Madlyne Flora has left her teaching job but not the field of science education. She's now full-time director of educational marketing for Intelitool, Inc. (P.O. Box 459, Batavia, IL 60510), producers of computer software for hands-on laboratory learning of physiological functions. Intelitool's attractive new catalogue features systems for measuring human
ECG, muscle parameters, spirometry, and reflex arc, using an Apple II or IBM-compatible computer for data acquisition and analysis. Brother-in-law Steve Flora, another ASA member, writes the software and helps develop new products, but half a dozen kinfolks contribute their talents to the family business. Marilyne, who's likely to answer the phone (312-406-1041), would like ASA members to identify themselves to her when they call. If she does some traveling for Intelitool in 1988, she may drop in on ASAers as well.
Raymond E. Grizzle has moved from Piscataway, New Jersey, to Durham, New Hampshire -familiar to ASAers as the address of our journal editor, Wilbur Bullock. Ray didn't say on his postcard what he's doing in Durham, but it's nice to see an ASA presence growing there. (New Hampshire is a prime place to live, they say, but a primary place to visit.-Ed)
David Lindberg of the U. of Wisconsin gave the plenary lecture at the History of Science Society meeting in Raleigh, North Carolina, in November. Ted Davis of Messiah College arranged a mini-symposium and gave a paper, and Sara Miles of Wheaton, Illinois also gave a paper. According to Ted, themes relating science and Christianity were prominent in many sessions. Other ASAers participating included Jack Haas, Russ Bishop, and Ari Legwetter.
Stanley E. Lindquist, founder and president of Link Care Center in Fresno, California, is now vice-president of ASA's Executive Council. Stan has devoted over a third of his life to Link Care, a resident facility providing psychological services for missionaries on their way to or from foreign fields. For Stan's 70th birthday on November 8, the board and staff put on a surprise birthday party, complete with presentation of a Book of Memories composed of tributes to Stan's life and work.
Richard L. Lindroth is an insect ecologist joining the Dept. of Entomology, College of Agricultural & Life Sciences, U. of Wisconsin (1630 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706). He expects to have funds to support two new grad students (Ph.D. candidates) as research assistants for summer/fall 1988, investigating roles of plant natural products and insect detoxication mechanisms in insect-plant interactions. Interested candidates should write or call Richard (tel.: 608-263-6277).
Robert B. Mann has moved from the U. of Toronto to become associate professor of physics at the U. of Waterloo, also in Ontario. He spoke at the Canadian Association of Physicists' summer workshop on theoretical physics and at the CAP annual meeting this year. When we heard from Robert he was scheduled to discuss "Superstring Theory" on Toronto's CFRB radio.
Scott Moor left the San Francisco Bay area over a year ago for Vancouver, British Columbia, where he has combined Christian ministry to the handicapped with consulting on biochemical engineering problems, Moor Associates has landed a contract with Simon Fraser University in Vancouver to work on curriculum development for a new bioengineering department there. Scott, who has studied at Regent College, will also do some lecturing in the Chemical Engineering Dept at U.B.C. (Scott says a secretary who came across "protein precipitation" in one of his reports once asked if manna from heaven was an example.-Ed)Ray Myers is associate professor of science education at Seattle Pacific University, directing the teacher retraining program portion of TIE (Technology in Education). TIE is a Puget Sound regional program to upgrade and retrain teachers of science. The program is a cooperative venture of a consortium of industry representatives, local school district science supervisors, Pacific Science Center, and Seattle Pacific U.
Mansell Pattison, professor and chair of psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, was seriously injured on October 7 in an automobile accident that has left him in a coma ever since. The family was given so little hope for his survival that they regard the restoration of some body motion and even limited mental response as a miracle. Mansell was brought home from the hospital before Christmas to continue recovery there. One of the Pattison sons is a Presbyterian pastor, the other a seminary student, their daughter a grad student in education. (Jesus Christ is "acquainted with grief." We ask his help for Mansell, his comfort for Mansell's wife Myrna and the children as they care for our colleague and brother in Christ. - Ed)
Richard Schaeffer is a Ph.D. candidate in physical inorganic chemistry at Temple University in Philadelphia. He is working on synthesis and characterization of superconducting materials and their analogs. (He was eagerly awaiting the Newsletter at his new return address on his postcard, but the post office almost obliterated it with a messy postmark. Hope you're reading this, Rick.-Ed)
James W. Sire, senior editor of InterVarsity Press, is on the road lecturing at university campuses more than he is home at Downers Grove, Illinois, these days. His lecture, "Why Should Anyone Believe Anything at All?" has been drawing audiences two or three times the size of the sponsoring IVCF group. Jim has also been revising-his catalogue of world-views, The Universe Next Door, for a new 1988 edition. He's updating the chapter on "the new consciousness" to deal with broader issues of New Age thinking. Carlos Castenada is being replaced by Shirley MacLaine as Jim's prime exemplar of that movement.
Terrell W. Smith is on the staff of International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in Marburg, West Germany. An "international" himself, he helps Christians reach out with the gospel to students from other countries. His travels take him all over Germany and lately into other countries as well. At one German university, a number of students from the People's Republic of China are expressing interest in the Bible and in the claims of Christ. In Switzerland a weekly gathering draws over 70 students from all over the world. Norway has only about 2000 international students altogether, but Terry learned that an Asian professor who found Christ there influenced some 40 students, who raised money to distribute 70,000 copies of the Gospel of John in their home country. When we heard from him, the Smiths were anticipating both a third child and a new address (G6rtzbach 9, 3550 Marburg 6, West Germany).
David L. Swift of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene & Public Health will spend two months in London, England, this spring. As the first M. L. Thompson Visiting Lecturer in the Dept. of Occupational Health of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, he will participate in the department's teaching and research activities. David hopes to meet and interact with some RSCF members while he is in London.
Robert E. VanderVennen, director of educational services for the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, convened a meeting at ICS in July to consider some philosophical aspects of biology. CSCA/ASA members among the 16 participants included David Wilcox of Eastern College, Pattle Pun of Wheaton, Ph.D. candidate Paul Fayter of U.T.'s Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Technology, and Dan Osmond and Ian Taylor of U.T. Medical School. Participant Jitse van der Meer of Redeemer College in Ontario said that his school hopes to set up a special "centre of research and information" on Christian scholarship in the biological sciences. Bob Van derVannen recommends a new book on the history & philosophy of science stemming from an ICS course: M. D. Stafleu's Theories at Work (University Press of America, 1987). Available from ICS (229 College St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5T 1R4), the book "was especially written with science teachers in mind" by Prof. Stafleu of the U. of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, professor of interdisciplinary studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is using her sabbatical this year to work on a book on "gender, sex, and Christian freedom." In January she taught a three-week course on "New Directions in the Psychology of Women" at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Ontario. Last summer she taught an ICS course based on her 1985 Eerdmans book, 7he Person in Psycholog.Henry D. Weave?s book about his personal experiences with cancer, Conftonting the Big C (Herald Press) is one of the few books to make the 1988 Reading List of United Methodist Women, narrowed down from an initial list of some 300 titles. Hank's book is described as portraying both "a deep, abiding faith which sustained Weaver and his family" and "the healing influence of a caring faith community and family." Coriftonting the Big C was also endorsed enthusiastically by author Norman Cousins (Anatomy of an Illness). Hank now directs overseas programs of the U. of California from his Santa Barbara headquarters.
Rurt Wood has settled his family into an apartment in Marseille, France. For the time being, they will serve the large North African community there and Kurt will grade correspondence courses for the Radio School of the Bible of Arab World Ministries. Debby is already chatting in Arabic with the Moroccan corner grocer. Last year Kurt was a Fulbright university instructor in chemistry in Morocco.
James A. Yost has purchased a Rocky Mountain guest ranch (Latigo Ranch, Box 237, Kremmling, CO 80459). Host Yost offers a brochure and a 10% discount to ASA/CSCA members who drop him a note. Jim's anthropological work continues, however. He is writing one book on the demographics of the Waorani people of Ecuador and another on the life history of a Waorani man named Geketa-a magnificent orator "whose life has the fine intricacies of a Russian novel."
Allen W Zahn is a self-supporting volunteer at the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, California. He has a great interest in international development and technical missionary assistance, and would like to stir up similar interests and commitments among other ASA members. Al formerly worked in paint technology and then in air pollution control, after receiving his B.S. in chemical engineering from Cooper Union Institute of Technology in New York in 1936.
PEOPLE LOOKING FOR POSITIONS: The Newsletter has been contacted on behalf of a Christian from an Asian country, a recent ÈmigrÈ, with long experience in field biological studies. She was a division chief (assoc prof level) at a major scientific institute when she left her native country, a policy planner and journal editor. Experienced in microbiology, ecology, microcomputer use. Excellent English. Currently approved by INS to work in U.S., needs position certifiable to be in compliance with INS rules (i.e., not displacing a U.S. citizen). Will consider even a technician's job that can provide sponsorship. Write to Ms. P. Cheng, c/o 3708 Military Road, NW, Washington, DC 20015, or call 202-966-2671 (home of Richard G. Katz).
POSITIONS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE: The King's College, a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the U. of Alberta: tcnure-track position in chemistry (not organic); Ph.D. required. Contact Dr. S. K. Ward, Academic Dean, The King's College, 10766 97th St., Edmonton, Alta., Canada T511 2ML (Call to see if filled after 1/15/88 deadline, tel. 403-428-0727.) Calvin College: tenure-track position in chemistry (Ph.D. in physical or analytical) beginning I Sept 1988. Contact Dr. Kenneth Piers, Dept of Chemistry, Calivn College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Also, temporary undergrad teaching position (2 years) in physics. Ph.D. preferred, M.S. required. Contact: Dr. John Van Zytveld, Chairman, Dept of Physics, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 49506. Grove City College: permanent position in electrical engineering for fall 1988; Ph.D. preferred, M.S. acceptable, for full engineering program. Contact Dr. William Shannon, Executive Assistant to the President, Grove City College, Grove City, PA 16127 (tel. 412458-6600). Mcssiah College: asst or assoc prof of mathematics, Ph.D. preferred. Contact: Dr. Wayne Cassel, Chair, Dept of Mathematical Sciences, Messiah College, Grantham, PA 17027 (after 2/15/88 call to see if filled, tel. 717-766-2511). Wbitworth College: one-year sabbatical replacements in physics and physical chemistry for 1988-89; also a tenure-track position in biology for a Ph.D. trained in microbial, molecular, or cell biology. Contact Search Committee for [Dept], Personnel Dept, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA 99251.