American Scientific Affiliation & Canadian Scientific Christian Affiliation
VOLUME 33 NUMBER 3 JUNE/JULY 1991
NEWSLETTER of the ASA/CSCA is published bi-monthly for its membership by the American Scientific Affiliation, 55 Market St., Ipswich, MA 01938. Tel. 508-356-5656. Information for the Newsletter may be sent to the Editor: Dr. Walter R. Hearn, 762 Arlington Ave., Berkeley, CA 94707. Q 1991 American Scientific Affiliation (except previously published material). All rights reserved.
[Editor: Dr. Walter R. Hearn / Production: Rebecca Petersen]
An updated edition of ASA's Resource Book (updated name of The Source Book) is "on the computer," ready to go to the printer. After months of work (much of it by Robin MacLeod, part-timer in the Ipswich office), adding new entries and revising old ones, this edition is 30% larger than the previous one. Major feature is a detailed list of science/faith books, with annotations on almost all of them. The list includes valuable out-of-print books and a listing by categories. Also included: updated lists of speakers in our Speakers Bureau and of audio and video tapes from ASA meetings.
The new Resource Book will be distributed free to members, with extra copies offered for sale. The size will make "Perfect binding" necessary (the way Perspectives is now bound). Imperfect bind: for printing, binding, and mailing, the cost will be $3,500 over ASA's budget. Contributions can be sent to ASA, P.O. Box 668, Ipswich, MA 01938. Or can some resourceful member come up with some "creative financing" for this useful resource?
A new lecture series sponsored by the Templeton Foundation and the American Scientific Affiliation began at the Institute of Religion in the Texas Medical Center in Houston on April 4.
Philosopher and medical ethicist E. David Cook addressed the question: "How Do Religious Values Influence Our Concept of Health?" Cook is director of the Whitefield Institute in Oxford, England, and chaplain of Green College of Oxford University.
The first Templeton lecturer explored the various environments (medical, family, social, spiritual) impacting on human health. ASA executive director Robert L. Herrmann introduced both the speaker and the new series of lectures devoted to issues at the interface between science and Christianity. He also thanked the Institute of Medicine, host institution for the first lecture, and its director, J. Robert Nelson, widely recognized theologian and bioethicist.
The first lecture was held at noon, with a reasonably good crowd in attendance, considering. An extremely heavy rain had flooded underpasses and some streets near the Texas Medical Center and continued to come down in torrents during the lecture.
Weather was no problem at the second Templeton Lecture, held at the Price Student Center at the U of California, San Diego, on May 9, this time at 4 p.m. The speaker was ASA member Owen Gingerich, professor of astronomy and the history of science at Harvard University. In "Reflections on Natural Theology: Kepler's Anguish and Hawking's Query," he compared Johann Kepler's "Can I find God whom I can almost grasp with my
hands in looking at the universe, also in myself?" with Stephen Hawking's "What place, then, for a Creator?" Though dubious about proving the existence of God from natural theology, Owen argued that one can be a creative scientist and still hold a staunch belief in supernatural design.
The second lecture was hosted by the UCSD Dept of History, the Office of Religious Affairs, the Science Studies Program, and the Religious Studies Program. Bob Herrmann commented not only on the lecture series but also on the ASA television series (Space, Time, and God), in preparation with Owen Gingerich as narrator.
The remaining eight lectures in the 1991 series will be held in the fall at various universities in the U.S. and Europe. Advance publicity for the Templeton Lectures is being handled by Joyce Farrell & Associates, 669 Grove SL, Upper Montclair, NJ 07043; tel. 201-7466248.
BE IT RESOLVED?
Late word from a reliable source in Ipswich: Mail ballots indicate that ASA Fellows are favoring a proposed resolution on "teaching evolution as science" by quite a margin. (See "ITEMS, #2," p. 4, Oct/Nov 1990; "HESS PRES," pp. 1-2, Feb/Mar 1991.) At least a few "no" votes seem based on reservations about whether ASA ought to be considering resolutions at all. This particular one tries to steer teachers away from die confusion and hostility generated by "inappropriate entanglement of the scientific concept of evolution with diverse political, philosophical or religious perspectives." It calls for consistent classroom use of carefully defined terms and for "candid discussion of unsolved problems and open questions."
Look for final word on the Council's action, and final wording of the resolution, in the Newsletter. Better yet, come to the ASA ANNUAL MEETING at WHEATON COLLEGE in ILLINOIS, JULY 25-29. Hang out with ASA Fellows (male & female, pro & con). Hobnob with the nabobs about John Wiester's vision for the resolution, past president Howard Van Till's revision, the Council's supervisionand ASA's venture into television. Make your own resolution: resolve to be at Wheaton.
From program chair Jack Haas we've learned that two of the "famous five" founding fathers of the American Scientific Affiliation will be at ASA's 50th anniversary celebration, our 1991 ANNUAL MEETING at WHEATON COLLEGE in ILLINOIS, JULY 25-29. Audio engineer F. Afton Everest (ASA's first president) will be there from California and chemist Irving A. Cowperthwaite from Massachusetts. Other faithful Fellows from the flaming '40s will include biologist Russell L. Mixter and physicist H. Harold Hartzler.
An ASA Annual Meeting is always a "feast of fellowship" with Christian colleagues in science. This year you may also rub shoulders with Christians in other disciplmies from universities around the world. From Jim Berney, General Secretary of IVCF-Canada, we've learned that the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) will be holding its World Assembly at Wheaton College from July 23 to Aug 5. IFES was founded in 1948 but some of its member groups are older, including IVCFCanada (1929) and IVCF-USA (1941). The U.S. organization (which began as a "missionary outreach" from Canada) will celebrate its 50th anniversary on the same weekend we celebrate ours at the ASA ANNUAL MEETING.
Many ASA/CSCA members serve as IVCF faculty advisors and many who have gone overseas have worked with IFES groups on campuses in other countries. Charles Hummel, Terry Morrison, and Jim Sire have held national staff positions in the U.S. Some ASA local sections offer memberships to IVCF staff working with internationals and graduate students. Randy Bare, Coordinator of Graduate Student M1111i - stries for IVCF-USA, is excited about ASA's commitinent to serve grad students in the sciences and looks forward to possible joint efforts.
IFES General Secretary Chua wee Han can be reached at IFES, 55 Palmerston Rd, Wealdstone, Harrow, U.K., Nfiddlesex, England HA3 7RR * Or you could chat with him in the cafeteria at Wheaton this summer, along with Alton & Irving & Russ & Harold. And with grad students and scientists of the coming generation.
That first "A" in ASA meant "North America" until the Canadian government made membership in "foreign" organizations more difficult for its citizens. That's when the Canadian Scientific & Christian Affiliation (CSCA) was organized, with no intention of "splitting off" from ASA or ASA publications. Canadians have played such an important role that ASA's 50th ANNIVERSARY celebration is their celebration, too.
The largest concentration of CSCA members is in Ontario, close enough to WHEATON, ILLINOIS, we hope, to bring many Canadians to the ASA ANNUAL MEETING, JULY 25-29. For 1990-91, Charles Chaffey, Paul LaRocque, Esther Martin, and Don McNally were elected to the CSCA Council for three-year terms, past president Dan Osmond for a one-year term.
Norman MacLeod is CSCA president for 1991 and Steve Scadding continues as secretary. A vice-president was to be elected later this spring. Steve says the CSCA Council has now adopted a "succession" policy like that of the ASA Council, with the v.p. becoming pres. and then past-pres. "The problem was that no one wanted the job of president because it tended to become a life sentence (or at least a very long one). People are more willing to serve when they know there is an end to the commitment
After George Kinoti and Wilfred Nflay returned to Africa from the 1990 ASA Annual Meeting at Messiah College, they drew up a proposal to get an African research & development institute underway. The first few years would be devoted to critical but relatively lowbudget matters, setting up an office and an organizational structure, searching for a suitable site in Nairobi, and beginning to feel out funding sources. Some research projects might be initiated within a few years using borrowed facilities. The hope was to have a fully operational institute by the end of the fifth year.
An Institute for African Research & Development (IARD) is now becoming a reality. Seed money of $1,000 from the ASA Council enabled three East African scholars to work up incorporation papers with the aid of a Christian lawyer in Nairobi. Kenyan George Kinoti and Tanzanian Wilfred Mlay were joined by Stephen Talitwala, a Ugandan with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering now serving as principal of Daystar University College in Nairobi. Kenyan Jackson Githaiga, an M.Sc. in plant breeding now serving as director of training at the Kenya Institute of Management in Nairobi, has since come on board. Professor Kinoti has met with top civil servants responsible for foreign affairs and R & D in Kenya, with the General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Kenya, and with the Secretary of the National Council for Science & Technology-and found all to be supportive.
The four non-Africans on the initial board are ASA members: biochemist Bob Herrmann, physiologist Ken Dormer, and biochemist/agronomist Martin Price from the U.S., plus zoologist Oliver Barclay from England. In April the three Americans gave a poster session on IARD at the Atlanta meeting of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (category 104.1: biomedical research in developing countries). The abstract in the FASEB Program stated that IARD's purpose is "to promote research and teaching exchanges in East African locations seeking to improve food crops (e.g., plant genetics), disease treatment (e.g., parasitology), biomedical research and public health." The board's responsibility is "to oversee selection of funded research projects, review progress, promote U.K. and U.S. visits for research in various laboratories throughout East Africa and seek support in the form of funds, equipment, books and journals and information exchange."
IARD will give selected scientists an opportunity to spend relatively short periods in laboratories seeking solutions to life-and-deadi problems. It will also expand resources needed by African researchers working long-term on such problems. Although the FASEB abstract did not go into the motivation behind IARD, our African scientific colleagues have made it clear that they want an institution "managed by Christians who are committed to the authority of the Bible in all matters of faith and conduct." They want IARD to provide opportunities for fellowship, spiritual renewal, and growth as well as opportunities for high-quality technical work. They also want it to serve all people of the region regardless of their beliefs.
The first meeting of the IARD Board of Directors, scheduled for last winter, was postponed. In June, however, Bob Herrmann, Ken Dormer, and Martin Price headed for Nairobi for that important meeting and a planning conference with about 15 East African scientists. Pray that God will bless this enterprise and all who participate in it. Someday that may include you.
We wondered what kind of mail the "debate" between Forrest Mims and Arthur Caplan in the Feb 18 issue of The Scientist would generate ("LAST WORDS," ASA Newsletter, Apr/May 1991, p. 5). For two months the only letter published was John Wiester's response to the original news story on Mims's firing by Scientific American. John's letter, saying that confusion may have resulted from differences in what Mims and the magazine meant by "evolution," didn't make it the first time, but since it was already on hand, the editor published it in the issue following the "debate" (Mar 4).
Evidently letters poured in. The Apr 29 issue of The Scientist printed eight of them with a brief summary of the controversy. Three came from ASA members: Jerry Bergman of Northwest Technical College in Archbold, Ohio; Mark Hartwig of Access Research Network in Colorado Springs; and Walt Hearn of Berkeley. Walt signed his letter as editor of the ASA Newsletter. ASA was also mentioned by U.C. Berkeley emeritus prof Thomas Jukes, replying testily to Wiester's letter
The American "Scientific" Affiliation has done nothing to help science, but has muddied the waters by publishing a booklet that criticizes the National Academy of Sciences' analysis of creationism, and questions whether humans and apes had a common evolutionary origin.
Hearn and Jukes have exchanged views on ASA in print before. This time Walt merely analyzed the science reporting in the "debate" issue of The Scientist. A major story was all about "creation" of new molecular structures by a "hot" research group, but in all the reports of current papers in biology, ecology, geosciences, physics, and chemistry, "evolution" was mentioned only in one geoscience paper, where it referred to changes on the surface of the planet Venus.
Walt wrote, "I doubt that Mims rejects evolution if it means ,change over time'-but what else could it mean on the surface of Venus?"
After our account of Forrest Mims's troubles (ASA Newsletter, Feb/Mar 1991, pp. 6-7), probably a dozen ASAers wrote letters on his behalf. When Forrest called to express his thanks, he described an eventful trip to Washington, D.C., at the end of March, where he appeared on the 700 Club and spoke at a morning Newsmaker session of the National Press Club; in between, the Voice of America taped his "debate" with Arthur Caplan for a Palm Sunday broadcast to a potential 140,000,000 listeners worldwide.
1. Grad student Daniel Diaz expects to attend the Toledo, Ohio, meeting of the American Crystallographic Association, 21-26 July 1991. Dan invites other ASA/CSCA members to get together for some Christian fellowship at the meeting. Contact him at Dept of Biochemistry, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 44106; tel. 216-791-8905; or e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. The biennial journal CreationlEvolution, begun in 1980 "to provide in-depth analyses of the arguments of the 'scientific' creationists," was originally published by the American Humanist Association. It has been sold to the National Center for Science Education, which has cut back its newsletter, NCSE Reports, from a bimonthly to a quarterly publication. Anthropologist John Cole, past president of NCSE, will edit both publications. As we understand it, subscription will now be on a membership basis, NCSE members ($18/yr) receiving 2 issues of CIE journal and 4 of NCSE Reports (NCSE, P.O. Box 9477, Berkeley, CA 94709).
3. The National Institutes of Health has a new program called AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) to fund research at colleges and other institutions that
have not been major recipients of NIH support. Several research projects may be combined in a single institutional grant application, for up to $75,000 in direct costs. Contact AREA, Office of Grants Inquiries, Division of Research Grants, National Institutes of Health, Westwood Bldg-Room 449, Bethesda, MD 20892; tel. 301-496-7441. Deadline for applications: 21 June 1991.
4. The 1991 Conference of Christians in Science will be held on Sept 28 at Regent's College, London, England, on "The New Age Movement." Annual conferences of CIS, ASA's British counterpart, are one-day Saturday meetings to discuss papers prepared by local groups and circulated by mail before the conference.
5. The MacLaurin Institute, evangelical ministry to the U. of Minnesota intellectual community, has gotten by with a Commodore 64 for its computer needs. Now it has an opportunity to acquire a used IBM-AT clone with 40-NM hard disk, printer, and necessary software for $1,350. Contributions designated for the Computer Fund can be sent to William Monsma, Executive Director, The MacLaurin Institute, 331 - 17th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414.
* Many participants in the 1990 ASA Annual Meeting who heard U.C. Berkeley law professor Phillip Johnson's banquet address have been anticipating publication of his Darwin on Trial, due in June 1991 from Regnery Gateway. We hear that the April 29 issue of the biweekly National Review jumped the gun with a review by political writer Doug Bandow "Fossils and Fallacies").
* At 7:28 a.m. on 11 July 1991, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible on the "Big Island" of Hawaii. American Hawaii Cruises offered a Solar Eclipse Cruise departing from Honolulu on 6 July on board the USS Constitution, promising to reroute the ship along the path of the eclipse to dodge any cloud-cover that might obscure viewing. (An ASA committee hoping to arrange this special eclipse to celebrate ASA's 50th ANNIVERSARY evidently got its years mixed up. The island of Hawaii is planned as the site of next year's Annual Meeting. They came close: the next total eclipse of the sun visible from the U.S. comes in the year 2017.-Ed.)
* Phillip Eichman of Muncie, Indiana, was pleased to learn of ASA members who are adapting medical technology and equipment for use in Third World countries (WHEREVER GOD WANTS US. 14., Oct/Nov 1990). After contacting Stanley Burden at the Chemistry Dept of nearby Taylor University about the portable lab kits being developed there, he passed the information on to two Churches of Christ missionaries, one in Africa, the other in Guatemala. Both were glad to receive the information and plan to look into the matter further.
Many of us who have heard ASA member Martin Price describe the work of ECHO, Inc. (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) have been inspired by ECHO's example of putting technical know-how directly into the hands of helpers of needy people. Martin & Bonnie's "experiment station for subsistence farmers" has grown to the extent that ECHO Development Notes go regularly to 2,300 people helping small farmers in over 100 countries. Further, seeds of under-utilized food plants supplied by ECHO have "multiplied abundantly" in tropical climates.
Sample report (from Togo): "From the two packets of velvet bean seed you sent, I harvested 4 1/2 kilos (10 lbs) of seed."
Martin Price's practical work on behalf of Third-World farmers does not eschew modem technology but seeks to apply it with due respect for local situations. The Winter 1990-91 issue of ECHO News (now in its 13th volume) described a new project that at first seems out of synch with rooftop gardening, composting, and other low-tech procedures. A six-cassette video series of 7 1/2 hours of teaching viewers how to grow tropical fruits has been released, with a leading authority on that topic, Dr. Carl Campbell, as instructor. The Video Teaching Tapes will be useful for teaching student interns and missionaries who come to ECHO before going overseas. The tapes can also be used in missionary training schools in "sending" countries. What is surprising is how useful they will be in Third-World countries themselves.
Many overseas missionaries have access to a video player, some to help with home schooling their children. Others have local friends with a video player, or could use the tapes on visits to larger cities. Third-World colleges and seminaries often have the equipment. A correspondent from India wrote Martin that even in unlikely villages, some enterprising family often buys or rents a video player that takes the place of a commercial cinema hall. He suggested that "home videos" on how to raise small kitchen gardens would be welcomed by Indian women unaccustomed to going out in public.
A $2,500 grant to ECHO from ServiceMaster Corporation provided the taping equipment. Martin chose a camera light enough to be taken to remote sites in the Third World. He is now urging sister organizations to prepare similar tapes on their special areas (health care, animal care, etc.), to take such training directly to missionaries helping poor people improve their standard of living. ECHO hopes to make its tapes available at a standard 50% discount to workers in the field, and even at no charge to some unable to pay but who need the information.
For all it accomplishes, ECHO operates on a shoestring budget of $259,000 a year (supporting 11 staff members), but has had to cut back on the number of student interns it can take on. A gift of $15 will provide a teaching tape at the subsidized half price, or $36 will send a tape ($29.95 plus airmail postage) to a worker overseas who simply cannot obtain U.S. dollars. (If you garden in a warm climate, you might want to buy a set of the six tapes for $150 yourself, or ECHO will tell you which tape has information on a particular fruit you want to grow so you can order just that one.-Ed.)
ECHO has many ongoing needs, of course, for your prayers and contributions. A request for ECHO Development Notes (#30, a special issue on rooftop gardening, or #32, a more typical issue) along with your contribution to ECHO (17430 Durrance Rd, North Ft. Myers, FL 33917) will show you the kind of practical help offered. A good sense of its impact can be gained from reading a list of requests received each month and some actual responses from recipients. These are published in ECHO Update, a new monthly publication available on request from ECHO.
Another ECHO publication, revised in Dec 1990, outlines 21 problems with Third World "payoff potential" as a challenge to Christian faculty and students. For example, ECHO would produce seed for medicinal plants if it had solid data on the effectiveness, preparation, and dosage of medicines made from the plants. Such data are scarce, despite abundant accounts of curative powers in popular literature. With a judicious choice of plant or ailment, a thorough review of the technical literature would be useful in itself. But it could easily lead to laboratory studies as well. Other problems awaiting somebody's interest and technical skill can be found in "Hunger Related Research opportunities" available on request from ECHO.
WHEREVER GOD WANTS US: 18.
Terry Morrison edits a semiannual newsletter to encourage Christian faculty in various aspects of their calling (free on request from Dr. Terry Morrison, IVCF Faculty Ministry, P.O. Box 7895, Madison, WI 53707-7895). The Spring 1991 issue reviewed Page Smith's book, Killing the Spirit; described examples of academic outreach underway on several U.S. campuses; reported on recent conferences for Christian professors (including the "faculty track" at Urbana '90); and listed two current opportunities for service overseas.
One request is from the International Institute for Christian Studies, for professors to teach one to four semesters in the Soviet Union beginning Sept 1991. IICS has signed contracts to provide professors for the prestigious Moscow State University and Novosibirsk State University. Contact: Dr. Daryl McCarthy, Executive Director, IICS, 10955 Lowell, Suite 1010, Overland Park, KS 66210; tel. 913-339-6530.
The other is for faculty to fill positions in various fields in universities throughout Indonesia. Contact: Overseas Missionary Fellowship, 404 South Church SL, Robesonia, PA 19551; tel. 800-422-5330.
Meanwhile a specific request for Indonesia has come from Clarence E. Prince, Jr., former missionary to Korea, now with Educational Mission to Indonesia of the Presbyterian Church (USA). A new member of ASA, Clarence wanted to spread the word about a position in computer science-engineering at Satya Wacana Christian University, Java, open in fall 1992 or perhaps earlier (depending on visa). This is a full-time appointment as a missionary to Indonesia under the Presbyterian Church, for a person with an M.S., Ph.D., or computer flavored E.E. degree, good academic credentials, and strong Christian conviction; a three-year appointment with possible extension in an E.E. dept with about 75% Christian students. Contact: Dr. C. E. Prince, 607-A Bellevue Place, Austin, TX 78705; tel. 512-474-2745.
In Indonesia, as in a number of other countries, doors that are wide open today for technically trained persons may not always be open.
Harold H. Key of Signal Hill,
California. No details of his death.
Bom. in 1914 in Jacksboro, Texas,
Harold earned a Ph.D. in andiropology at the U. of Texas. According
to ASA records, he spent 20 years
with Wycliffe Bible Translators and
at last report was a consultant for Evangel Bible Translators. He was
professor emeritus of anthropology
& linguistics at Cal. State University at Long Beach, and a Fellow
Ralph G. Archibald of Greensboro, North Carolina. His son wrote that Ralph died on 25 Apr 1990. Bom in 1901 in New Brunswick, Canada, he earned a B.A. at the U. of Manitoba, an M.A. at the U. of Toronto, and a Ph.D. at the U. of Chicago, all in mathematics. He was professor emeritus of Queens College of C.U.N.Y. in Flushing, New York, where he was also an elder of the First Presbyterian Church. Ralph's 1970 textbook, An Introduction to the Theory of Numbers, was published by Charles E. Merrill in 1970. He had been an ASA member for some 30 years.
Martin Karsten of Grand Rapids, Michigan. No details.
Regrettably, biographical information on
many long-time members is not current because old records were
destroyed by fire (while ASA was
headquartered in Elgin, Illinois). We
seem to recall writing a Newsletter
story about Martin, who once
taught biology or "organic science"
at Calvin College, and was a 30 year member of ASA .(Memorial Resolutions for ASA
members who have died in the past
year will be read during worship at
the 1991 Annual Meeting at
Wheaton College. Friends and professional associates are invited to submit biographical material for such
resolutions to Karen Brunstrorn at
the Ipswich office.)
THE EDITOR'S LAST WORDS: 15.
Rule I of the editorial profession: Don't make mistakes.
Rule 2: If you violate rule 1, admit it, apologize, and move on. Dead ahead lies another deadline.
One occupational hazard of editing this Newsletter is infectious enthusiasm. Stories about ASA members and the good things they do keep flowing in. One tends to get inspired, wanting to do things like that. But 2,200 "points of light draw a lot of current. A single battery is quickly drained, especially that of your Weary Old Editor (WOE is me-Ed.).
At the 1990 ASA Annual Meeting, people interested in writing got together to trade ideas. Sparks flew. Lights flashed. I caught a vision, as it were, of what could be done for ASA, and through ASA for others, with so much talent and experience. Why not put together a list of ASA writers, compile a list of writing projects, start a network? Great idea. Get on it, WOE.
Now the 1991 Annual Meeting looms. Where are all those good intentions? In a folder marked "ASA Writers Group," with many subsequent letters from ASA writers, some beginning, "Whatever happened to . . ." Well, let's try again at Wheaton. Maybe something good will happen. Maybe somebody reliable will take charge.
A meeting on "Physics and Eastern Religions" was held on Mar 22 at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, beginning with supper in the College Center. After a showing of the IVCF video, "The Quantum Connection," two of the people featured in the video led a discussion. Bill Monsma of the McLaurin Institute commented on quantum physics and eastern religions. Curt Wagner of Southwest State University spoke of his movement from Buddhism to Christian faith while pursuing a career in physics.
David A. Akers is a physicist working for Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Company in Marietta, Georgia, and attending a nearby Assemblies of God church. Last fall he published experimental evidence supporting the discovery of magnetic charge, in the International J. of Theoretical Physics, Vol. 29, No. 10 (1990).
Celeste Bailey of U.C. San Diego has supplied some details missing from the PERSONALS entry in the Feb/Mar issue. At the Mount Sinai Graduate School in New York City she worked under Constantin Bona, known in the field of idiotypic networks of antibodies, while continuing her Ph.D. dissertation at Columbia in Frederick Alt's lab, famous for work in B- cell development and differentiation. Celeste's father (now deceased) was Lebanese; her mother is of Russian/Romanian background. Celeste grew up in Egypt and Lebanon and came to the U.S. in Jan 1976, after finding Jesus Christ as personal Savior in the 9th grade of an evangelical school in Beirut. The Navigators ministry helped her grow spiritually. The "N" in "N. Celeste" stands for Naila (Arabic for "winner'). Her sister Lucy Eskeland, now a post-doc in a pharmacology/endocrinology lab in San Diego, is an ASA member, and her husband Timothy, an endocrinologist practicing in Escondido, is a CI~MS member. Celeste is a pre-partum post-doc, expecting a baby in late June.
Richard H. Bube, professor of materials science at Stanford, has a chapter in a new collection of essays edited by Sir Nevill Mott, former Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge and winner of the 1977 Nobel Prize in physics for his quantum mechanical work related to semiconductors. That research must have put Sir Nevill in touch with Dick's work on photovoltaics. Five Americans were among the 15 scientists invited to contribute personal responses to the question Can Scientists Believe? (London: James & James, 1991).
Norman L. Geisler is professor of philosophy at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and author of many books, including Miracles and Modern Thought and Worlds Apart. He sent us a flyer on a new book by J. P. Moreland & N. L. Geisler, The Life and Death Debate: Moral Issues of Our Time (Contributions in Philosophy, No. 43, Greenwood Press, P.O. Box 5007, Westport, CT 06881; 1990). Coauthor Moreland, professor of philosophy at Biola University, La Mirada, California, is known to ASAers for his Christianity and the Nature of Science (Baker, 1989). The Moreland & Geisler book is available in both hardcover ($42.95) and paperback ($13.95). Norm's latest book, In Defiense of the Resurrection, is available at $9.95 from Quest Publications, Box 4619, Lynchburg, VA 24502.
Conrad Hyers, professor of religion at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, is on the board of consulting editors of The Joyful Noiseletter published in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We learned of that newsletter from a Christianity Today story (14 Jan 1990) by Dan Runyon on the Fellowship of Merry Christians. The 10,000member Fellowship, founded by Cal Samra in 1986, was mentioned in this Newsletter last year during an exchange of limericks with Paul MeKowen of Fremont, California. More ASAers know Conrad Hyers's The Meaning of Creation (John Knox, 1984) than his 1981 Pilgrim Press book, The Comic Vision & the Christian Faith: A Celebration of Life & Laughter. (ASAers are a serious bunch.-Ed.)
Norman D. Lea chairs the board of St. Stephen's University of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, which he describes as "a small Christian liberal arts college." As a consulting engineer with a practice requiring less of his time these days, Norm has become interested in promoting grassroots Christian community. Saddened by the demise of Voices in the Wilderness, an innovative bimonthly formerly published in Salem, Mass., Norm recently sent to its subscribers a questionnaire asking for suggestions for maintaining and improving "networks" of Christians concerned about quality community life. Norm is evidently ready to do something, if he can be convinced "that it is 'of the Lord' and that it can be done." (Even if you didn't read Voices but are interested in Christian community, contact Norman Lea, c/o St. Stephen's University, P.O. Box 987, Calais, ME 04619.-Ed.)
Wil Lepkowski, senior editor on the Washington staff of Chemical & Engineering News, continues to write about scientific matters with public policy overtones. In the 18 Feb 1991 issue he covered the "unceremonious dumping" of Charles Benbrook from his post as executive director of the Agriculture Board of the National Research Council. In the same issue Wil reviewed a book by Marcel LaFollette on the public understanding of science, Making Science Our Own, which, Wil said, "makes us think about what scientists and journalists are doing and what they're doing it for."
William L. Mason returned to school at age 37 and five years later received a B.S. in physics with emphasis on astronomy from the U. of Wyoming. After three years working on the Infrared Michelson Array, he has become a research associate at the Institute for Astronomy's Mauna Kea Observatories in Hilo, Hawaii. He continues his interest in presuppositional apologetics and is publishing a Resource Guide to Creationist Literature in the Field of Astronomy ($3.95, available from In the Beginning Press, 234 Anela St, Hilo, III 96720).
Clarence Menninga retired from the geology faculty of Calvin College at the end of last year. At a departmental reception, he received a tribute from physics prof Roger Griffioen, dean of the College, and a framed tribute from the Michigan legislature arranged by former Calvin physics prof and now state senator, Vernon Ehlers. An ongoing tribute took the form of the Clarence Menninga Fund to enable students to attend summer geology field camp. The department welcomes further contributions to Calvin College designated for the Clarence Menninga Fund (c/o Advancement Div., Calvin College, 3201 Burton, SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.)
Russell Mixter, emeritus professor of biology from Wheaton College, and editor of ASA's "Darwmi Centennial" volume, Evolution and Christian Thought Today (1959), says his retirement from scholarly activity is so complete that now he's even given up reviewing books. He lives in a retirement complex in Carol Stream, Illinois (five apartment buildings, medical facility, plus a centrum for dining & entertainment), where he manages to help folks with various needs. At a recent ASA local section meeting where Jack McIntyre of Texas A. & M. spoke, Russ chatted with Sally Flora and profs and students from Wheaton science classes. Russ sent this message to all of you: "Hope to see you at WHEATON this summer at ASA's 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION."
Robert C. Newman, astrophysicist and New Testament prof at Biblical Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, spoke on "Computer Simulations of Evolution" on Jan 22 in the Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute colloquium series at the seminary. He demonstrated five computer programs relevant to the origin of life and the neo-Darwinian mechanism of mutation and natural selection, including two devised by Richard Dawkins in The Blind Watchmaker. These programs are available on diskette for purchase from Bob (c/o IBRI, P.O. Box 403, Hatfield, PA 194400423). On April 5-7, Bob and John Bloom, Wayne Frair, Perry Phillips, and John Studenroth repeated their "Dice or Deity" seminar on creation and evolution at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference in New Jersey.
Armand M. Nicholi of Concord, Massachusetts, is professor of psychiatry at Harvard's School of Medicine and a member of the Christian Medical & Dental Society. In the Dec 1989 issue of Perspectives on Science & Christian Faith, he explored the influence of the world views of scientists and clinicians on their work. In the Winter 1990 issue of CMDS Journal, Armand published a more detailed article on "The Atheistic World View of Sigmund Freud and Its Influence on his Clinical Observations." The gist of what Freud missed: "For every professing believer whose belief rests solely on neurotic need, clinical observation reveals many whose unbelief rests on neurotic determinants."
Wayne D. Norman is professor of psychology at Redeemer College in Ancaster, Ontario. He has developed an 82-page teacher's manual to accompany Psychology hrough the Eyes of Faith (1987) in the Christian College Coalition's Supplementary Textbook Series. The text was written by Hope College professor David Myers and Malcolm Jeeves of Scotland. Wayne's manual, which provides summary outlines of each chapter, lecture and discussion items, sample test questions, and additional readings, is available from the Coalition (329 Eighth SL, N.E., Washington, DC 20002-6158; $8 each, check to Christian College Coalition). The textbook itself is available from Harper & Row.
Bernard Ramm of Irvine, California, was honored at this winter's American Academy of Religion meeting in New Orleans with a Festschrift from the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. In Perspectives on Theology and the Contemporary World, four papers examine the pioneering work of the 74-year-old retired theologian on the relation between science and Scripture. Bemie's The Christian View of Science and Scripture (1954, still in print) remains "the place to begin" for thoughtful evangelicals who take science seriously.
John Studenroth has become fulltime pastor of the Kutztown Bible
Fellowship Church in Pennsylvania,
near the campus of Kutztown
University. John, wife Laura, and
daughters Beth Anne & Claire
moved from Hatfield (PA), where
John continues to be active as a
Fellow of the Interdisciplinary Biblical Research Institute (IBRI). This
spring John taught his last semester
of biology at Pinebrook Junior College in Coopersburg (PA).
David C. Thompson has moved from North Carolina to Texas A. & M. University, where he has joined the Dept of Pharmacology & Toxicology in the College of Medicine.
Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen, professor of interdisciplinary studies at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a contributing editor to Radix magazine (P.O. Box 4307, Berkeley, CA 94704). For its 20th Anniversary Issue (winter 1990-91) Mary contributed an article on "The Future of the Family." Taken largely from her award-winning book Gender and Grace (IVP, 1990), Mary's Radix piece did an exemplary job of blending researchbased knowledge with biblically rooted wisdom. (That whole issue was pretty solid, by the way, with articles by two other contributing editors: Os Guinness on "The Future of the Nation" and Wait Hearn on "The Future of the Planet." Walt managed to plug ASA and even include our Ipswich address.-Ed.)
Howard Van Till, professor of physics at Calvin College in Michigan, has been cleared of charges that his beliefs violated the college's doctrinal guidelines. According to a squib in Christianity Today (29 Mar 1991), the report completed this spring by a special committee set up by the Christian Reformed Church to investigate such charges completely exonerated Howard, past president of ASA. The charges stemmed primarily from controversy over his 1986 book, The Fourth Day.
Robin Wentworth, a psychologist, has been visiting professor in marketing at the College of Business, University of South Alabama in Mobile. In June, Robin moves to Atlanta, Georgia, to join the management psychology consulting firm of Bleke & Boyd, P.C. (In Berkeley, PC means "politically correcf'; in other places it usually means "personal computer"; the dictionary says it can mean "petty cash," "prices current," 41past commander," "Police constable," "post commander," "privy council," "percent," or "postcard"; but what does it mean to psychologists?-Ed.)
Edwin M. Yamauchi, professor of history at Miami U. in Oxford, Ohio, teaches a 350-student class in "Western Civilization" but specializes in the ancient Near East. His most recent book, Persia and the Bible (Baker, June 1990), a comprehensive history of ancient Persia (which became modem Iran), has been commended by a number of scholars. Ed serves on the editorial board of the Near Eastern Archaeological Society and of Bulletin for Biblical Research, a new journal he proposed as president of the Institute for Biblical Research.
PEOPLE LOOKING FOR POSITIONS. Thermal sciences: Campbell D. Carter (Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907), has doctorate, seeks tenure-track position, preferably in a teaching-focused school with opportunity for research in combustion/laser diagnostics.
POSITIONS LOOKING FOR PEOPLE. Agriculture: Operator/manager/instructor for 160-acre Agriculture Stewardship Center, with farm management experience; demonstrated teaching ability; M.S. in related area; desire to work in growing program in Christian college committed to Reformed world view. Letter of interest & resume to: Dr. Rocke McCarthy, Vice Pres. for Acad. Affairs, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA 51250. Tel. 712-722-6333.