The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced its latest initiative to profile scientists who have forged meaningful relationships with religious communities in carrying out or engaging with scientific research.
In a collaborative effort by the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program and the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology, the profiles currently total 17 with the first five featuring scientists from a wide range of disciplines currently being live on the group’s website. The remaining profiles are expected to be made public by the end of the year.
“If scientists – in their public activities or in their classrooms – are explicitly or implicitly signaling that these cornerstones of many people’s identity are incompatible with valuing science; they undermine their own and others’ efforts to support broader and more inclusive engagement with science,” said Robert O’Malley, director of the Engaging Scientists in the Science and Religion Dialogue project.
The newly published profiles are intended to provide real-world examples of impactful engagement with faith communities that other scientists might learn from, AAAS officials said.
Susan is an author with a long-time interest in religion and science. She currently edits Covalence, the Lutheran Alliance for Faith, Science and Technology’s online magazine. She has written articles in The Lutheran and the Zygon Center for Religion and Science newsletter. Susan is a board member for the Center for Advanced Study of Religion and Science, the supporting organization for the Zygon Center and the Zygon Journal. She also co-wrote Our Bodies Are Selves with Dr. Philip Hefner and Dr. Ann Pederson.