The Howard University Graduate School in Washington, DC., is proud to announce its participation in the “Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue” project by the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
A statement issued by the AAAS reads: “As a collaboration between DoSER and the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, the project supports scientists in becoming more effective ambassadors for their interests, their disciplines, and for science as a whole with a broad and diverse spectrum of publics, and particularly with religious individuals and communities.”
The university was one of six U.S. research institutions chosen through a nationwide competition.
The first event was a town hall meeting on November 14 and included a number of prominent speakers including: Thomas Searles, Ph.D., assistant professor of the Howard University Physics and Astronomy Department; Latif Jackson, Ph.D., research assistant in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Howard University; and Carla Easter, Ph.D., branch chief at the National Human Genome Research Institute.
The Graduate School will host on-campus events for Howard scientists and researchers that will focus on the intersection of science, faith, and religion. This is an emerging collaborative interdisciplinary research area for Howard University Graduate School education and training.
There will be an awards competition to recognize public science engagement activities by early career and established scientists involved with science-faith dialogue. The awards for Howard University graduate students will be sponsored by the AAAS DoSER project.
A communications workshop is also scheduled for February 27, 2019 in the Interdisciplinary Research Building at Howard University from 9:30am to 5:00 pm. AAAS staff will provide Howard University scientists and researchers with effective, dialogue-driven engagement strategies for communicating about science in the classroom, in research settings and with the greater community.