Science and Faith Events


2024 CRIS Science & Faith event: Science & Humanities: Bridging Two Cultures

From January 18, 2024

Mitch Stokes, PhD gave the plenary lecture for "Science & Humanities: Bridging Two Cultures"; the discussion panel that followed was moderated by Bradley "Peanut" McCoy with undergraduate students, Camille Campbell (biochemistry), Isaiah Chang (engineering), Maya Vargas (math) and Sam Gennaoui (psychology) as panelists. This event aims to point out how much science and the humanities are connected or need each other.

What is Human? An Exposition on Imago Dei

From January 26, 2022

A discussion on the science, ontology, and praxis of what it means to be human, featuring keynote lecture by Praveen Sethupathy, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the director of the Center for Vertebrate Genomics at Cornell University; and panelists Mihretu Guta, PhD, adjunct professor in APU’s Department of Philosophy, MS in Biotechnology program, and Honors College; and Regina Trammel, PhD, associate professor in APU’s Department of Social Work.

How Does Science Impact Racial (In)Equity? Practices, Disparities, and Policies in Healthcare

From March 18, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month, this webinar featured three outstanding female panelists—Cecilia Florio, MD, MPH; Gloria Montiel Hernandez, PhD; and Nia Johnson, JD, MBE—who led a robust conversation on experiences in serving the underprivileged populations in the Greater Los Angeles area, as well as challenges amplified by COVID-19. Some practical recommendations regarding the intersectionality of faith and health care were shared.

How Does Science Impact Racial (In)Equity? Christianity, Race, and the God of BioMedical Science

From October 15, 2020

Featuring keynote speaker Terence Keel, PhD, an associate professor at UCLA and author of Divine Variations: How Christian Thought Became Racial Science (Stanford University Press, 2019), which details how Christian thought made possible the race concept in Euro-American science while also shaping the moral and epistemic commitments embedded in the study of human biology.

Math and Human Flourishing

From January 23, 2020

Featuring a lecture by Francis Su, PhD, professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and former president of the Mathematical Association of America; and a Q-and-A session with Su and Azusa Pacific’s Josh Rasmussen, PhD, associate professor of philosophy and author of How Reason Can Lead to God (IVP Academic, 2019).

Augustine’s Beginnings: Creating the Idea of a Natural World and Reforming the Problem of Evil

From October 29, 2019

Special lecture by Stan Rosenberg, PhD, Vice President for Research and Scholarship, Council for Christian Colleges & Universities; Executive Director, Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford; Faculty of Theology and Religion, Oxford University

Shalom in a Changing Climate

From January 23, 2019

Featuring Katharine Hayhoe, PhD, professor, Texas Tech University; Annie MacAulay ’11, president/CEO, Mountain and Sea Adventures; Steven Bouma-Prediger, PhD, professor, Hope College.

What is Intelligence? The Science and Christian Philosophy of Human Versus Artificial Intelligence

From March 21, 2018

A panel discussion on the science, ethics, and implications of human versus artificial intelligence, featuring Bill Newsome, PhD, professor, Stanford University School of Medicine; Nancey Murphy, senior professor, Fuller Theological Seminary; and Dan Grissom, PhD, associate professor, APU Department of Engineering and Computer Science.

Gene Editing: Who Draws the Line?

From October 5, 2017

A lecture on the science, ethics, and advances of CRISPR, featuring Chao-Ting Wu, PhD, professor of genetics, Harvard Medical School.

A panel discussion on the science, ethics, and advances of CRISPR, featuring Chao-Ting Wu, PhD, professor of genetics, Harvard Medical School; Nathan H. Joh, PhD, scientist, Amgen; and Rico Vitz, PhD, chair and professor, APU Department of Philosophy.

Marijuana: Friend or Foe?

From April 6, 2017

A panel discussion on the science, ethics, and impact of the legalization of marijuana in California, featuring Nancy E. Buckley, PhD, professor, Cal Poly Pomona; Jay K. Kiel, deputy district attorney, Riverside County; and Rico Vitz, PhD, chair and professor, APU Department of Philosophy.

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