Science!: Conversations and Community Series



Science and faith have something in commonthe capacity to invoke a sense of wonder by engaging the world around us! Join us for this series led by scientists working in some of the fascinating areas that affect our daily lives. No science background is necessary. 

The six-part series is open to full or individual date subscriptions. Sessions include content provided by the presenter and discussion. Following the morning sessions, participants are invited to chapel and lunch for further discussion. Event leaders will be available during lunch until approximately 1:30 p.m. Note: February and March 2018 events will held off-campus so no chapel will be available.

Conversations will be held one Wednesday each month from October-December 2017 and February-April 2018. 

Registration / CEUs / Directions


Cost: FREE! This series is free thanks to the generous underwriting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.              

CEUs: 0.2 for each session

Directions: Free parking is available behind the chapel and library on the Seminary campus. Get directions to PTS.

Upcoming Session Themes and Leaders

Oct. 18, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / The Wonder of Science / James Downey, Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, PTS

Nov. 15, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / Our Model of the Universe / Arthur Kosowsky, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh

The last twenty years have brought, for the first time in human history, a precise understanding of the properties and evolution of our universe over almost all of its history. This is our modern creation story. I will explain what we know, and what we don’t know, about our universe from a scientific perspective. 

Dec. 6, 2017, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / The Science of Language / Michael Dickey, Associate Professor of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Pittsburgh

Feb. 21, 2018, 9:30 a.m-1:00 p.m. / Teaching a Machine to Learn / Tim Howe, Software Engineer, Google This session will meet at Google's Bakery Square offices. Let us know of mobility issues.

March 21, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / Creation, Intelligent Design, and the Evolutionary Process / Stephen J. Tonsor, Director of Science and Research, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. This session will meet at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Let us know of mobility issues.

April 18, 2018, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / Genetic Engineering: Hubris, Human's Destiny, or Ethical Obligation? / Lisa S. Parker, Professor of Human Genetics and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law, University of Pittsburgh