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McNair Lecture at SAU to feature NASA astronomer

Laurinburg, NC - St. Andrews University is pleased to announce that Dr. Jennifer Wiseman will present the 2013 John Calvin McNair Lecture on Science and Theology Oct. 29 in the Carol Grotnes Belk Main Lounge of the William Henry Belk Center.

Wiseman is the Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The free event begins with a dinner at 6 p.m. with the lecture set to begin at 7 p.m. Seating is limited so reservations are required and may be made until Tuesday, Oct. 22 by contacting rsvp@sapc.edu or calling 910-277-3968. Please include that reservation is for the McNair Lecture, the names of the attendees and any special meal requirements.

Wiseman previously served as the Chief of the Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory. Since June 2010, she has also served as the director for the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion. She is also the current Council President of the American Scientific Affiliation.

In 1987, as an undergraduate at MIT, she co-discovered a comet and it is named the Wiseman-Skiff. She completed her bachelor's degree in physics from MIT before moving on to receive her doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. She conducted postdoctoral research in star formation as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Hubble Fellow at Johns Hopkins University. She was a 2001-2002 Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society and served with the staff of the Committee on Science of the U.S. House of Representatives. From 2003-2008 she was a program scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Interested in creating a positive dialogue on the relationship of science, values and faith, she travels around the world giving presentations to a variety of religious groups, colleges, civic groups and schools.

The McNair lecture was established by the 1857 will of John Calvin McNair who asked that “the object of which lecture(s) shall be to show the mutual bearing of Science and Theology upon each other....”

This is the eighth lecture hosted by St. Andrews, with Dr. Owen Gingerich, the Rev. Dr. Nancey Murphy, Dr. Robert J. Russell, Dr. Philip Clayton, Dr. Francisco J. Ayala, Dr. Marcelo Gleiser and Dr. Holmes Rolston III presenting the previous lectures.

The series was previously hosted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and included such noted speakers as Stephen J. Gould, John C. Polkinhorne, Ian G. Barbour, Jr. Robert Oppenheimer, Charles A. Coulson and John Dewey.

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