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The God (particle) of small things: Higgs boson and the intelligibility of the universe

Co-Sponsored by the Center for Christian Spirituality

Higgs bosonProfessor Neil Ormerod, Ph.D., CCTC Visiting Fellow, Fall 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 6:00 - 8:00pm with a reception to follow

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Executive Classroom

Professor Neil Ormerod is a systematic theologian of international repute who began his career as a mathematician and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of New South Wales. He then went on to complete his Masters and Doctorate in Theology at the Melbourne College of Divinity. Neil has worked professionally as a theologian for close to twenty five years. He is widely published in Australia and overseas with articles in leading international journals. 

His main areas of research interest lie in the fields of Historical ecclesiology, the Trinity, Christian anthropology, and the work of Bernard Lonergan.

DNA Council Room

Religion and Science Forum

"The Genetic Revolution: Can Ethics Keep Pace?"

Monday, March 12, 2012

6:00-8:00 p.m.

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall - Executive Classroom 102 (SOLES)

A Faculty Seminar featuring perspectives from the disciplines of philosophy, science, law, ethics, theology and from the biotech industry itself discussing the ethical and social implications of some of the most recent developments in stem cell research.

Keynote expert guest:Antonio Autiero, PhD, Professor of Moral Theology of the Faculty of Catholic Theology of the University of Münster. He was also Director of the Centre for Religious Studies of the Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento, Italy from 1997 until 2011. His research expertise includes social ethics, bioethics, the theory of moral subjectivity and the ethical implications of scientific research in general. He was a member of the organizing committee of the 2010 ‘Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church’ congress in Trento, alongside Boston College’s Jim Keenan. He is also a member of the Bioethics working groups for the German Episcopal Conference and the European Episcopal Conferences in Brussels, as well as a member of the Federal Government’s Ethics Committee on cell stem research.

"A Case for Collective Conscience: Climategate, COP15 and Climate Justice"


Celia Deane-Drummond, Ph.D

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES)

"Genetic Therapies: Future Prospects and Ethical Quandaries"

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 from 12:20 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Solomon Hall, Maher Hall

Professor Celia Deane-Drummond graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and obtained a doctorate in plant physiology at Reading University prior to two postdoctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia and Cambridge University. She subsequently took up a lectureship in plant physiology at Durham University prior to turning her attention more fully to theological study, obtaining a degree in theology and then a doctorate in systematic theology from Manchester University. She has lectured widely both nationally and internationally on all areas relating theology and theological ethics with different aspects of the biosciences, especially ecology and genetics.

Professor Deane-Drummond is now a Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame.

God and the Mystery of the Universe: What Science Can Teach Us About God

Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D.

Guy J. Consolmagno, S.J., Ph.D.

Tuesday April 7, 2009 from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (SOLES) Warren Auditorium

From the campus of MIT to classrooms in Kenya, from the Blue Ice of Antarctica to the observatory atop Castel Gandolfo, Prof. Consolmagno has found that as his understanding of the Universe and its workings deepens, so does his awe of its Creator.

Prof. Consolmagno obtained his B.S. and M.S. from MIT in Earth and Planetary Sciences, and his Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona. He has taught at the Harvard College Observatory and MIT and since 1993 works at the Vatican Observatory as curator of the Vatican's Meteorite Collection.

Prof. Consolmagno has authored/coauthored five books, numerous scholarly articles and has served on the governing boards of various astronomical societies. In 2000, the International Astronomical Union named an asteroid in his honor: "4597 Consolmagno".In collaboration with the Science Departments.

"God, Darwin, and Design- America's Continuing Problem with Evolution"

Kenneth Miller, Ph.D.

Ken Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Brown University

Friday, October 30th, 2009 at 7:30pm

Shiley Theatre in Camino Hall

Overflow in Warren Auditorium in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice Theatre.

Ken Miller is professor of biology at Brown University and a practicing Roman Catholic. He has coauthored four high school and college biology textbooks and published numerous articles in leading scientific journals. In 2007, he received the Exploratorium's Outstanding Educator Award and was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Reminiscent of the Scopes Monkey Trial, he was called to the witness stand in 2005 in Dover, PA where one of his textbooks had become the center of controversy when the local school board reacted against teaching the theory of Evolution in favor of Intelligent Design. He is the best-selling author of Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution and Only a Theory: Evolution and the Battle for America's Soul.

Cost: $10 general public, $5 non-USD students with ID, free for USD faculty, staff, and studentswith USD ID card

Please click here for Dr. Miller's website.

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