The McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation Upcoming Events Does Prayer Heal the Sick? A public lecture by Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Panasci Family Chapel Read more... Should scientific evidence be used to evaluate claims of healing through prayer? Candy Gunther Brown, Ph.D., will address what medical records, clinical studies, surveys and long-term follow up reveal about the effects of praying for healing. She is the author of Testing Prayer: Science and Healing (Harvard University Press, 2012). The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation and is offered in conjunction with a course developed with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Enduring Questions grants program, What Does Prayer Do (www.whatdoesprayerdo.net)? For more information, please contact the McDevitt Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 445-6200 Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this lecture do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 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... Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., C.S.J., Distinguished Professor of Theology, Fordham University February 6, 2014, Panasci Chapel, 7 p.m. Christ and the Pelican Chick In Darwin’s account of the evolution of species, pain, suffering, and death are companions of life across its entire adventure. How might we interpret this awful fact in a world that Jewish and Christian faith sees as God’s good creation? Using the example of the back-up pelican chick, this lecture places the death endemic to the natural world in dialogue with Jesus Christ’s cross and resurrection. The result is a way of thinking about salvation that makes room for all creatures. Mary-Jane Rubenstein, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Religion, Wesleyan University March 11, 2014, Panasci Chapel, 7 p.m. Multiverse Cosmologies at the Limits of Modern Science In recent years, an increasing number of astro- and quantum physicists have begun to suggest that, in addition to our universe, there might be an infinite number of others—the hypothetical compendium of which has come to be called “the multiverse.” This lecture will briefly introduce different models of the multiverse in order to address its central questions: How did an infinite number of inaccessible universes become a respectable scientific hypothesis? What distinguishes multiverse cosmologies from metaphysics, fiction, or mythology? And can these distinctions hold, or does the emergence of multiverse cosmologies herald a reconfiguration of the very categories of physics, philosophy, and religion? Donald Lopez, Ph.D., A.E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Michigan April 22, 2014, Panasci Chapel, 7 p.m. Buddhism and Science: Past, Present, and Future The compatibility of Buddhism and science has been claimed, both in Asia and the West, since the nineteenth century. Those claims persisted through the twentieth century and have now extended into the twenty-first, marked most recently by the mindfulness boom. This lecture will provide a brief history of the relationships between Buddhism and science and offer some reflections on what is at stake as the teachings of an ancient Asian sage are offered as solutions to the problems of the modern world. Schedule of Lectures by George V. Coyne, S.J. See complete schedule of lectures... 2014 1 February: New York, Pope Auditorium of Fordham University’s Lincoln Center, Gregorian University Consortium for a Day, “Dance of the Fertile Universe” 18 February: Syracuse, NY, Museum of Science and Technology, “Hubble Telescope and the Accelerating Universe” 23 February: Syracuse, NY, Plymouth Congregational Church, Talk on “Scientific Evolution: A Challenge to Religion” 20-21 March: St. Louis, MO, St. Louis University, “At Home in the Universe: Finding God in All Things” 17-18 May: Colgate University, Baccalaureate Sermon 9 June: San Francisco, CA, California Academy of Sciences, “Science and Religion in Modern America” 28 July: Baltimore, MD, St. Ignatius Church, 20th Annual St. Ignatius Lecture, “An Awakening to Faith: We Are Made of Stardust” 23-24 October, Groningen, The Netherlands, The University of Groningen, special 2-day Colloquium "The Star of Bethlehem: Astronomical Observations in the Context of Antiquity" 6-9 November, Scottsdale, AZ, International Alumnae of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, “Science and Religion in Modern America” Please contact the McDevitt Center for details (315-445-6200 or email@example.com).