In order to get ISCAST to deliver on its mission, ISCAST has appointed Rev. Chris Mulherin to be our Executive Project Officer for one day a week (on average).
The challenge for 2015 is now before us. Thanks to generous donation from some of you, we have started the year on the front foot and we have a bit over $18K to go to reach our target! If only half of the ISCAST members paid $250, this sum would be covered comfortably.
It is with great sorrow that we report that Robert Stening passed away on Monday night 5 January 2015. Robert had chronic myeloid leukemia and for some eleven years and finally succumbed and died quietly just after 10:00pm.
Robert was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the School of Physics at the University of NSW, Sydney with experience in ionospheric physics - especially in understanding the electric currents that flow at altitudes around 110km.
Your response to my last email asking that we "blitz" the target to raise $35k in order to pay Chris Mulherin's salary as the ISCAST Executive Project Officer has been breathtaking. Thank you all so much.
We have now achieved the target and are well placed to continue his employment with us next year.
ISCAST Fellow Michael Wong will be speaking at the "Spirituality and Mental Health Conference" in Hong Kong in January 2015. He will be one of the keynote speakers. His topic will be "The Role of Hermeneutics in the Dialogue Between Psychiatry and Spirituality".
Dr Suzette Searle, from the Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, designed a survey to investigate how Australians engage with science and technology. It showed that the majority of Australians have positive attitudes towards both science and technology but are not always clear on the details.
You might expect a professional evolutionary biologist like myself to claim that my discipline has nothing to learn from creationists. And I certainly do find all flavors of evolution-denialism sadly misguided. But I also find it reasonable to assume that any serious and dedicated critic should uncover something interesting about the object of their obsession. I’m not talking about passing trolls here. I’m talking about earnest and sometimes talented people whose sincerely held anti-evolution convictions do not preclude engagement, and who invest a lot of time thinking about evolution from an unconventional perspective...
ISCAST alumni Jayde Lovell has launched a YouTube show and blog, titled 'Did Someone Say Science', aiming to demystify and explain science issues in the public domain. Based from the YouTube studio in New York City, the show spans topics from chemicals in the environment, to the role of science in politics, to the development of human-like artificial intelligence. Produced by filmmaker Bec Susan Gill, the overall aim of the show is to make science accessible and interesting.