The McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation Upcoming Events Grand Challenges: 2013-2014 McDevitt Research Symposia An Initiative of the McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, Dr. Martha Grabowski, and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation Grand Challenges are areas of critical importance that merit long-term research, exploration, and investment. By their nature, grand challenges often involve multiple disciplines, traverse system boundaries, and bear on large (often vulnerable or at risk) populations. Solutions to these challenges advance the disciplinary state-of-the-art and make significant contributions to society. In 2013 – 2014, The McDevitt Chair in Information Systems, Dr. Martha Grabowski, and the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne College will host two research symposia exploring critical aspects of especially vital grand challenges. See complete schdeule of events... The Future of High Reliability Organizations 6:00 p.m., September 12th Grewen Auditorium, Le Moyne College Panelists: Mr. Earl Carnes Senior Advisor for High Reliability, U.S. Department of Energy Dr. John Carroll Morris A. Adelman Professor of Management and Professor of Behavioral and Policy Sciences & Engineering Systems, MIT RADM Tom Eccles, USN Chief Engineer and Deputy Commander for Naval Systems Engineering, Naval Sea Systems Command, U.S. Navy Honorable Chris Hart Vice Chair, National Transportation Safety Board Dr. Karlene Roberts, moderator Professor Emeritus Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley Ethics in Disaster Management 4:00 p.m., October 2nd Grewen Auditorium, Le Moyne College Panelists: Dr. William A. Wallace Yamada Corporation Chair, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dr. John R. Harrald, Director, Center for Crisis and Disaster Management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute Mr. Bryan Koon, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management/WalMart Director of Emergency Management Dr. Laura J. Steinberg, moderator Dean, L.C. Smith School of Engineering, Syracuse University Science and Religion in Modern America The McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation at Le Moyne College announces the continuation of its major, two-year initiative devoted to “Science and Religion in Modern America.” The initiative brings eminent scholars from the sciences and the humanities to Le Moyne to present their most recent reflections on central aspects of the dynamic relationship between science and religion. Embodying Le Moyne’s Catholic and Jesuit commitment to seek the unity of all knowledge, “Science and Religion in Modern America” represents a compelling model for informed and respectful conversation about these critically important issues. See complete schdeule of events... Talks Scheduled for Fall Semester 2013 Emergence: Systems, Organisms, Persons 7 p.m., Tuesday, September 24 Panasci Family Chapel Our Scientific account of the universe maintains that, over billions of years, more and more complex entities have emerged - from hydrogen and helium to atoms near the beginning to humans near the end. But how does the more complex arise out of the less complex? This lecture explains the approach to this issue developed in complex dynamical systems theory; a fascinating new area of study that provides new tools for explanation and is sweeping across the sciences. Presenter: Nancey Murphy, Ph.D., Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California Does Evolution Have a Purpose? 7 p.m., Thursday, October 24 Panasci Family Chapel The Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries introduced a change of metaphors, from the world seen organically to the world seen mechanically. No longer was there place for ends or final causes in science. Instead, everything was supposed to be understood simply in terms of matter in motion. Biology, however, proved to be remarkably recalcitrant. As Immanuel Kant concluded, it seems impossible to think of individual organisms without appeal to purposes and, as life scientists sought non-biblical solutions to origins, they replaced the Judeao-Christian, human-centered history with a history based on progress culminating in humans – from Providence to Progress. This lecture examines evolutionary biology today and asks whether teleology or end-directed thinking has finally been left behind or continues to lurk even in the minds of the most stridently naturalistic thinkers. Presenter: Michael Ruse, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program, Department of Philosophy, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida Seeking a Theology Earth Can Live With 7 pm, Tuesday, November 19 Panasci Family Chapel For nearly fifty years ecological and environmental scientists have drawn attention to eco-system problems attributable to human choices. Increases in Earth’s heat-trapping gases alone pose not only global economic stresses but also threaten Earth’s fragile ecosystems. Taking Ignatius of Loyola’s emphasis on seeking God’s will through discernment as its inspiration, this lecture will draw on Catholic creation faith and social justice principles to propose a pro-life theology our planet can live with. Presenter: Anne M. Clifford, S.S.J., Ph.D., Msgr. James A. Supple Chair of Catholic Studies, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa Schedule of Lectures by George V. Coyne, S.J. See complete schedule of lectures... 2013 CANCELLED 13 September: Le Moyne Science Seminar, “Determining the Age of the Universe” 28 September: Le Moyne Family Day, “Reaching for the Heavens from the Vatican and from Le Moyne” 1-2 October: St. Peter, Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus College, 49th Annual Nobel Conference, “Quantum Cosmology and Creation” 13-14 October: Newburgh, NY, Mt. St. Mary College, public lecture: “An Awakening to Faith: We Are Made of Stardust”; seminar on “Issues in the Science-Religion Dialogue” NEW 17 October: North Syracuse Junior High School, North Syracuse, NY 13212, “Mapping Our World,” Earth Science Week 2013 29 October, 7 pm: Syracuse, Christ the King Spiritual Center, talk on “Dance of the Fertile Universe 9 November, 1 pm: New Hartford, NY, East Region NY Faith Formation, “Awakening to Faith: We Are Made of Stardust" 2014 1 February: New York, Pope Auditorium of Fordham University’s Lincoln Center, Gregorian University Consortium for a Day, “Dance of the Fertile Universe” 20-21 March: St. Louis, MO, St. Louis University Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, “At Home in the Universe: Finding God in All Things" 9 June: San Francisco, CA, California Academy of Sciences, “Science and Religion in Modern America" Please contact the McDevitt Center for details (315-445-6200 or email@example.com).