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Conferences

Garrison at Festschrift

Robert F. Garrison, University of Toronto, presents his paper on "The MK Process: A Vision for the Future" at the Festschrift held in his honor by the Vatican Observatory in Tucson, June 10/11, 2002. (Photo by Chris Corbally, S.J.)

Two dozen astronomers gathered in Tucson 10-11 June to celebrate a Festschrift for Robert F. GARRISON on his retirement from the University of Toronto the previous year. Garrison, a VOSS 1990 faculty member, built a strong professional relationship with the Observatory that goes back more than 25 years. The meeting was hosted by the Vatican Observatory and held at the Arizona Inn. CORBALLY, MURPHY, and Joseph HENRY, S.J. (Pittsburgh), with indispensable help from Michelle COURNOYER (Steward Observatory), handled the local organization. The scientific program was arranged by GRAY (Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina) and CORBALLY. These two are co-editors with PHILIP (Union College, Schenectady, New York) for the actual Festschrift publication.

With the theme of "probing the personalities of stars and galaxies," the conference papers covered the various aspects of Garrison's research interests: stellar spectroscopy, morphological classification of galaxies, and galactic structure. Central was the technique he championed and maintained of MK spectral classification, and his vision of its future in, for instance, the realm of very low temperature L- and T-dwarf objects. The service aspects of public lectures and running small telescopes were also discussed, all very much a part of the honoree's scientific life.

A "Bobeque" for participants and guests at the Jesuit Community in Tucson on nearby Lee Street was favored with a partial eclipse of the sun to start the evening cookout. A number of Garrison's former students and collaborators were present, exchanging stories and strengthening friendships. This was characteristic of the brief conference itself, in which interesting science was communicated and collaborations were strengthened.

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The Observatory sponsored the European Science Foundation Network on Science and Human Values meeting 3-6 July at Castel Gandolfo. The conference brought together sixteen scholars from eight European countries to discuss the challenges of science to religious values in Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Several scholars discussed the influence of Darwinian evolution on religious thought and practice. COYNE discussed the promotion of science by the Papacy during the nineteenth century, especially as it related to the refounding of the Vatican Observatory.

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Forty former students and faculty of the Vatican Observatory Summer Schools (VOSS), representing 24 different countries, gathered 7-13 July at Rocca di Papa (Rome) for the Symposium on Astrophysics Research and on the Dialogue between Science and Religion. The symposium was nicknamed "SuperVOSS II," since it was the second reunion of VOSS graduates since 1986, when the Observatory began offering the month-long summer schools to an international group of young scholars selected on the basis of their promise to develop research careers in astrophysics. SuperVOSS II was the initiative of IMPEY (University of Arizona). The morning sessions were dedicated to astrophysics, and the afternoon to discussions on science and religion. Keynote speakers, all renowned international scholars, introduced specific topics in the science-religion dialogue. The speakers and their topics were:

  • William Carroll, Tutorial Fellow in Theology, University of Oxford, UK • "Thomas Aquinas, Creation and Big-Bang Cosmology;"
  • Vatican Observatory Director George Coyne • "The Sacred Cows of Science and Religion Meet;"
  • Chris Impey, Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona, Tucson•"Truth and Beauty in Cosmology: Does the Universe Have an Aesthetic?";
  • Ernan T. McMullin, Program in the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame, Indiana • "The Anthropic Principle in Cosmology;"
  • Lynn J. Rothschild, Ecosystem Science and Technology Branch, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California • "A Roadmap for Astrobiology;"
  • Trinh Xuan Thuan, Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia, Charlottesville • "Science and Buddhism: Gentle Bridges between the Science of the World and the Science of the Mind."

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The governing board of the Association of European Jesuits in Science met in Castel Gandolfo with CONSOLMAGNO and KOCH on 21-22 September. The board consists of LEACH (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), SEIDEL (Institut für Naturwissenschaftliche Grenzfragen zur Philosophie und Theologie, Munich) and DEVOS (Université Notre-Dame de la Paix, Namur, Belgium). Plans were made for the next meeting of European Jesuit Scientists. This meeting, to be sponsored by the Specola, will be held next year in Rome.

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The Clavius Group of Mathematiciansa community of Jesuits, other religious, and lay persons founded by WHITMAN and another Jesuit in 1963held its 40th summer meeting at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut. This important project, sponsored by the Jesuit Order, brings together lay mathematicians and their families with research and professional Jesuit mathematicians within a context of a Faith Community in the professional world of mathematics.

Presentations and Academic Activities

CARREIRA • Gave a series of lectures in Central and South America and Mexico from September to November. Lectures were offered at various educational and cultural centers, including two universities and the major seminary in Guadalajara, two universities in Bogota, one in Medellin, six universities in Peru, and one in Chile.

CARUANA • Presented the annual course "Philosophy of Science and Nature" for about 80 undergraduates, and directed a seminar entitled "Genetics and Justice" for 12 doctoral students at the Philosophy Faculty, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome. • In October gave a talk entitled "Nature and Divinity: The Impact of Science on the Concept of God" at Arrupe College, Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities, Harare, Zimbabwe. • Gave a paper at the University of Bologna on logic and science entitled "Wittgenstein and the Status of Contradictions" during an International Meeting on "Wittgenstein Today" organized by the Società Italiana di Filosofia Analitica. • From August to November presented a course on "Philosophy of Science and Cosmology" at Arrupe College, Jesuit School of Philosophy and Humanities, Harare, Zimbabwe.

CONSOLMAGNO • Completed his third and final year as a member of the Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) Committee of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). • Participated in meetings of the DPS Committee at the Washington, DC, headquarters of the AAS on June 17, and the following day at NASA headquarters, and on Capitol Hill, meeting with staffers from several congressmen and congressional committees. • Participated in meetings of the DPS Committee on October 6 and October 10, during the annual DPS meeting in Birmingham, Alabama. • Was elected to the governing Board of the Meteoritical Society, commencing at the beginning of 2003 and running for two years. • Continued to serve as secretary of Commission 16 (Planets and Satellites) of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), maintained the Commission web page, and edited the Triennial Report of the Commission prepared in anticipation of the 2003 IAU General Assembly. • Presented a seminar, "Meteorite Porosity and Asteroid Structure," at the University of Western Ontario on January 22; at the Adler (Chicago) Planetarium Department of Astronomy on February 13; at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on April 18; and at NASA Ames Research Center on August 29. A variant of this talk, examining the role of high-speed computing in discussing asteroid structure, was presented at the Hewlett Packard laboratories in Palo Alto (California) on April 24. • Visited the University of Texas (Austin) on January 24 to consult with SCHAEFER. • Consulted at NASA JPL April 17-18 with BURATTI, HARRIS, WEISSMAN, and YEOMANS. • Visited MIT on May 3, consulting with RIVKIN and GRIER (Harvard/Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics). • Paid working visits to the Natural History Museum (London) for processing meteorite thin sections and to consult with BLAND, GRADY, and RUSSELL on May 15, September 25, and November 13. • At the Smithsonian Institution Natural History Museum in Washington, DC, on June 14 planned the sampling of the Vatican's Pirapora meteorite (also known as Angra Dos Reis Iron) with MCCOY and MACPHERSON. • Delivered four meteorite samples on July 30 as a loan for a special display at the Cranbrook Institute of Science outside of Detroit, Michigan. • Visited NASA Ames Research Center on August 29, meeting with ROTHSCHILD, CRUIKSHANK, and BISHOP. • Discussed at SUNY Stony Brook on October 4 possible future collaborations in bioastronomy with DAVIS. • Visited the Geosciences Department of Yale University on October 1, and its meteorite collection on October 2. • Met at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado, on October 28 with BOTTKE, CHAPMAN, DURDA, MERLINE, and YOUNG.

CORBALLY • After three years as President, was appointed Immediate Past President of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science. Earlier as President, chaired council meetings in February at Campion Center, Weston, Massachusetts, and in July at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and chaired the annual meeting on Star Island, New Hampshire. • Participated in the Star & Planet Formation Discussion Group at Steward Observatory and presented an outline of 8 Boötis star theories. • Hosted Wheeling Jesuit University's first observing run at VATT. • Collaborated with Steward Observatory and MGIO personnel to improve outdoor lighting code in the Gila Valley. Represented the Vatican Observatory at International Dark-Sky Association "Excellence in Lighting" awards in the Pima County area. • Continued on the Board of the St. Albert the Great Forum at the Catholic Newman Center, University of Arizona.

COYNE • Gave a paper on "Idolatry, the Temptation of Both Science and Religion" at the Introductory Workshop on Science, Technology and Values: Worldviews in Dialogue at Pune, India. • At the Physics Department of Seattle University spoke on "The Detection of Extra-Solar Planets." • Spoke on "Cosmology and the Origins of Life" to the Istituto Studi Mediterranei at the Università della Svizerra Italiana at Lugano, Switzerland. • Presented a talk on the "Galileo Myth" to the Philosophy Department of the Catholic University of Lublin and to the Polish Academy of Sciences at Krakow. • Gave a paper on "Theological Implications of Modern Cosmologies" to the International Institute "Jacques Maritain," Preganziol, Italy. • Participated in the meeting "Galileo and the Church," organized at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, by McMULLIN and delivered a paper on "The Church's Most Recent Attempt to Dispel the Galileo Myth." • Participated in the meeting "Why is there Something Rather than Nothing" at Varenna, Italy and gave a paper on "Origins and Creation." • Participated in the meeting "The Jesuits II: Cultures, Sciences, and the Arts, 1540-1773" held at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and gave a paper on "The Jesuits and Galileo: Fidelity to Tradition and the Adventure of Discovery." • Serves on the Advisory Board of a new journal, Omega Indian Journal of Science and Religion. • Continues as a member of the Governing Board of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, on the Executive Council of the International Center for Relativistic Astrophysics headquartered in Rome, and on the Advisory Council for the Cosmology Prize of the Peter Gruber Foundation. • Participated in the prize award to Vera Rubin at the Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, California.

FUNES • Observed at the 0.9-m telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, Chile, in April and September. Ten nights in total were awarded to the project on "Star Formation in the Local Universe." For the same project, observed at VATT during seven nights in March. • At the 6.5-m telescope at the MMT Observatory (Mt. Hopkins, Arizona) observed two nights on the project "Dark Matter in Low Surface Brightness Galaxies." • Observed fourteen nights in May and December at VATT as part of the project on "Star Formation in Satellite Galaxies." • Worked in June for a week with BERTOLA, CORSINI, and PIZZELLA at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Padua and gave a seminar on "Star Formation in the Local Universe." • In August, worked with MINNITI at the Department of Astronomy of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago. As invited professor, taught a brief course on "Star Formation in Galaxies." Gave a seminar on his extragalactic research and a public lecture on "Astronomy and Faith." • Lectured on "Astronomy and Faith" at the Schools of Medicine and Nursing of the Universidad San Sebastian, Puerto Montt, Chile. • In Bolivia, in September lectured on "Astronomy and Faith" at the Schools of Philosophy and Theology at the Catholic University of Bolivia, in Cochabamba. At the same university lectured to students of the School of Engineering. Gave a 2-day workshop to religious in formation on "The Contemporary Image of the Universe." • In Potosi, he participated in a public discussion on "Scientific, Sociological and Theological Reasons" at the "Universidad Autónoma Tomas Frias." • Lectured about the present knowledge of galaxies at the Department of Physics of the same university and at the "Instituto Normal Superior Eduardo Avaroa."

HELLER • Gave a talk on "The Structure of the Big Bang" at the Department of Astronomy, University of Padua. • At a conference in Lublin, Poland, on "Space in Contemporary Science" gave a paper on "Evolution of the Concept of Space."

IGEA • Continues as Professor of Philosophy of Nature at the Theological Institute of St. Ildefonso (Seminary of Toledo, Spain).

MAFFEO • Gave a talk on "The Vatican Observatory: Between Science and Faith" at Crescentino (Vercelli, Italy). • To the Ateneo Romano Regina Apostolorum spoke on "Father Angelo Secchi: Priest and Astronomer."

O'DONOGHUE (Visiting Scholar 2001-2002) • Nominated for the American Association of Community Colleges Outstanding Alumni Award for 2003 by Colorado Mountain College. • Attended the fall meeting of the Astronomical Society of New York and annual business meeting of the New York Astronomical Corporation, of which she is treasurer. • Completed the Linux System courses in Denver, Colorado. • Assisted Michael McFadden with spectral observations for the NStars project with the 1.5-m telescope at Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory, La Serena, Chile. • Observed spectra of NStars with GARRISON (University of Toronto) and KNOX (St. Lawrence University) with 1.88-m telescope at David Dunlap Observatory, Toronto. • Taught the intensive interdisciplinary seminar for advanced undergraduates on "The Evolution of the Universe" for the Oklahoma Scholar-Leadership Enhancement Program of the Oklahoma State Regents. The course took place on the campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, Oklahoma.

OMIZZOLO • As representative of the bishop of Padua, is working to create a group to investigate the relationship between faith and science. The group will include the Diocese of Padua and various departments of the University of Padua. The coordinator of this group is RAFANELLI, Director of the Department of Astronomy of the University of Padua.

STOEGER • Continues to teach the "Science and Theology" course in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Department, University of Arizona, with LINDELL and HEWLETT (University of Arizona). • Participated in a Templeton Foundation Science and Religion Course Program workshop at the Ateneo de Manila, Philippines, where he gave the keynote presentation, "Divine Action in a Broken World." • Attended the Catholic Theological Society of America meeting in New Orleans. Convened and chaired the Theology and Natural Sciences Continuing Group Session on the topic "Adam and Eve, Modern Genetics and Original Sin." • Presented a series of three lectures at the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ): "Science, the Laws of Nature and Divine Action," "Our Knowledge in Science, in Theology and in Spirituality," and "Cosmology and a Theology of Creation." He also gave a colloquium on "Cosmology: How Did the Universe Become What It Is Today?" to the university's Physics Department and to the Institute of Physics at the Federal University of Rio Janeiro. While there, worked with ARAÚJO and his collaborators, and with RIBEIRO. Gave a lecture, "The Laws of Nature in the Natural Sciences and Beyond," at the Fundação do Oswaldo Cruz in Rio de Janeiro. • Lectured on "Our Experience of Knowing in Science and in Spirituality" at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo; on "The Dialogue Between Faith and Science" at Instituto Teológico de São Paulo; and on "The Laws of Nature" at the University Extension Center in São Paulo. • Gave a colloquium, "Cosmology and the Anthropic Principle: How Has the Universe Been Fine-Tuned for Life," at the Institute of Physics at the National University of the State of São Paulo. • On October 31, spent the day working at the Institute of Physics, the University of São Paulo, and gave a colloquium there on "Cosmology: How Did the Universe Become What It Is Today?"

Public and Educational Outreach

CONSOLMAGNO • Continues to participate on the Outreach To Space Scientific Advisory Board. Outreach to Space is a collaborative proposal to the U.S. National Science Foundation from eight regional science museums in Illinois, Indiana, and Alaska for preparing exhibits and programs related to space, to be displayed in non-museum settings (such as churches and county fairs) in order to bring science education to the general public. As part of this participation, met with MIR (SciTech Museum, Aurora, Illinois). • Was filmed at the MIT Chapel for a traveling National Science Foundation exhibit "Cosmic Questions," which opened at the Boston Museum of Science in September. Was also filmed for an exhibit on meteorites and planetary sciences at the Museum of Planetary Sciences of the Province of Prato (Italy). • On October 1 received the Thomas E. Golden Fellowship at the St. Thomas More Catholic Center of Yale University, where he presented the Golden lecture titled "Reflections on Free Will and the Anthropic Principle." Also directed a prayer service at the St. Thomas More chapel on "The Book of Job, Chapter 38: Finding God in the Natural World." • Was the Science Guest of Honor at "ConFusion," the annual science fiction convention of the University of Michigan Science Fiction Society held in Detroit 17-19 January, where he participated in three panels on science fiction as well as gave three formal lectures. • Was a panelist at the World Science Fiction Convention in San Jose, California, and at regional science fiction conventions in Chicago 7-10 February and 8-10 November. • Spoke on his experiences as "Brother Astronomer" to students from St. Rita's Grade School, Aurora, Illinois, and at the Sci Tech Science Museum of Aurora on 11 February; to the children's religion class of the Bethany of Fox Valley (Illinois) United Methodist Church on 13 February; to classes at the Strake Jesuit High School (Houston) on 5 April; to the Caltech Management Association on 16 April; at the Yale St. Thomas More Catholic Center and the Yale Divinity School, on 2 October; at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School, 14 October; and to an astronomy class at the University of Detroit Mercy, on 16 October. • Spoke on "God, Astronomy, and the Search for Elegance" to chapters of the Catholic Businessman's organization Legatus in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on 23 January; in San Diego, 21 March; in Ventura (California), 22 March; in San Francisco, 23 April; and in Fresno (California), 25 April. • Gave a presentation on the religious life of scientists and engineers, title "The Mechanics of God," to the Santa Cruz Lutheran Church (Tucson) on 3 February; as a special two-day seminar at Loyola University of Chicago, on 8 and 9 April; to a Science/Religion Faculty Forum at Marquette University, Milwaukee, on 9 April; to the St. Francis Assisi Parish of San Jose, California, on 28 August; as an evening seminar at the University of Detroit Mercy, 15 October; at the Lay Theological Academy of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, on 16 October; and to the St. Albert the Great Forum of the University of Arizona Newman Center, on 23 October. • Described the writing of his book Turn Left at Orion to a chapter meeting of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada in London, Ontario, on 22 January. • Discussed "Are Asteroids Fluffy?" at the ConFusion convention on 20 January; to the Sun City (Phoenix) Astronomy Club, on 26 February; and to the San Jose Astronomical Association, on 19 October. • Taught a four-hour class at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago over two nights (7 and 14 February) entitled "New Moon: Radically New Ideas for the Origins of a Very Old Planet" and gave a second (two hour) class there, "The Vatican and the Sun," on 6 February. • Discussed "Space Exploration of the Solar System" at the Vatican Observatory Foundation Seminar on 28 February, and again at the Raytheon Laboratory (Tucson) on 1 April. • Described the connections between meteors, meteorites, comets, and the Leonid shower in the talk "When the Sky Falls to Earth" at ConFusion on 18 January; at Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History on 2 October; at the Cranbrook Institute of Science (Detroit) on 13 October; and to an adult education group in Arricia, Italy, on 3 December. • Explained "Why The Pope Has An Astronomer" at ConFusion on 19 January; to the Houston Astronomical Society, on 5 April; for a University of Dallas summer high school program on 15 July; and to a tour group to Castel Gandolfo led by MITTON (Cambridge University) on 11 September.

CORBALLY • Spoke to the Lions Club in Safford, Arizona, on "Good Lighting and Dark Skies." • Gave a public lecture in the York University, Canada, Seminar Series in Science and Society 2001/2 on "Discovering ET, Discovering God?" Gave lectures with a similar theme to the Senior Essay Society, Stonyhurst College, England, and at the St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Tucson, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. • Spoke at the Thomas Merton Center, Palo Alto, California, on "Enhancing Faith and Mindfulness through an Astronomer's Filter." • Led a Friday chapel meditation at St. Michael's Day School, Tucson, with the theme "God and the Universe." • With O'DONOGHUE and CONSOLMAGNO, participated in several successful Crescent Moon Sightings organized by Dr. Polacheck in Tucson. • Continued as an advisor to the Earth & Sky radio series broadcast nationally and internationally • Was interviewed for several astronomy projects at the University of Arizona. • Hosted various visits to the VATT on Mt. Graham, including ones for the Board of the St. Albert's Forum, Tucson, and the Sacred Heart Parish of Willcox, Arizona. • Hosted visits to the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory, including that of Steve Goldstein of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

COYNE • Participated in the cultural project of the Archdiocese of L'Aquila, Italy, "Two Ways, One Truth: Science and Faith," and gave a paper on "The Galileo Affair and the New Cosmologies." • Gave the inaugural address at the dedication of the Clavius Science Center at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, Ohio. • Participated in the program, "Infinities," at the Piccolo Teatro, Milan, and gave a paper on "Life in the Universe." • Gave a paper, "The Universe: Seeking God Beyond the Big Bang," in the series, "I Martedì Sera," sponsored by the Unione Industriale Torino. • Participated at a round table discussion, "The Remote Future: A Journey from Science to Science Fiction," at the Science City of Naples, Italy. • Gave a paper on "The Evolution of the Universe" to the students participating in the school of astronomy organized by the Inter-University Consortium for Space Research, Turin, Italy as part of the initiatives of the European Association for Astronomy Education. • At the cultural center, "Lo Studiolo," of Bagnoregio, Italy, gave a paper on "Life in the Universe." • Gave a series of three talks on the most recent results from the Hubble Space Telescope to the Università della Terza Età at Ariccia, Italy. • Talked of the origins and development of the Vatican Observatory to the Board of the Gregorian University Foundation at their meeting in New York City. • Spoke on the history of the Church and science to the gathering of the "Colleagues" at Seattle University. • Helped with the organization of the meeting on "The Special Character of Human Life" sponsored by the Association of Consecrated Virgins, Servidoras at their center, La Armonia, Mar del Plata, Argentina. Gave a paper on the physical conditions for the origins of life. • Gave presentations at cultural events for friends and benefactors of the Vatican Observatory Foundation at: the Phoenix Country Club; the Challenger Center in Peoria, Arizona; the Adler Planetarium in Chicago; Georgetown University in Washington, DC; the Rose Center of the American Museum and Hayden Planetarium in New York City; the Arizona Inn in Tucson, Arizona.

FUNES • Gave two lectures to the general public at Saint Cyril's Parish, Tucson. • Conducted a 2-day workshop for teachers of Fe y Alegria in Potosi, Bolivia, on "The Contemporary Image of the Universe." • Gave two lectures on astronomy to students of the middle school of the Colegio San Francisco Javier, Puerto Montt, Chile, and two lectures to students of the middle school of the Colegio San Mateo, Osorno, Chile. Gave a public lecture on "Astronomy and Faith," Osorno. •Gave four talks on Astronomy to the students of high school of the Colegio Sagrado Corazón, Sucre, Bolivia.

HELLER • Gave a paper on "How to Teach about the Creation of the Universe?" at a conference in Krakow, Poland, on the teaching of science and religion in schools • Presented lectures to the general public on recent developments in cosmology, philosophical aspects of science, and science and religion.

IGEA • Presented a paper in a discussion panel at the Summer School of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. • Gave a talk on the compatibility between science and religion in the Diocese of Lugo, Galicia, Spain.

MAFFEO • Participated in three television programs of SAT 2000 of Radio Televisione Italiana Tre on the topic of extraterrestrial life.

O'DONOGHUE • Gave a public talk at Northwestern Oklahoma State University entitled "The Songs of Ancient Electrons." • Conducted a retreat on "Loving the Universe" at the Manna House of Prayer in Concordia, Kansas. In six talks, explored the expansion of the universe; the nature of light and matter at the quantum level; and the origin of the chemical elements in light of the writings of Teilhard de Chardin, and the contemporary theologians Sally McFague and Beatrice Bruteau.

STOEGER • Is now Chair for the St. Albert the Great Forum Board at the University of Arizona Catholic Newman Center. The Forum sponsors lectures and discussions on science-theology issues. • Gave a presentation, "The Anthropic Principle Revisited," at the St. Albert the Great Forum. • Gave a presentation on "How Will the Universe End?" at the Vatican Observatory Foundation Seminar on February 28. • Gave a series of three public lectures on Science and Theology at Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Afterwards gave a public lecture on "Cosmology: What We Know about the Universe" in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, sponsored by the Amateur Astronomical Society of Sarawak. • Gave a week-long series of lectures on cosmology, science, and theology at the Seabeck Summer Camp, Seabeck, Washington, to the members of the University Congregational United Church of Christ (Seattle, Washington). During this time also led a study group on the creation literature of the Old Testament. • Gave the Rimes' Lecture at Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, on "Cosmology and Creation: The Origin, Development and Destiny of the Universe."

TERES • Gave a series of fourteen lectures in Hungary and in Norway on the "Origin of the Universe and the Anthropic Principle" and on "The Possibility of Extraterrestrial Civilization."

News Media Contacts

"The Pope's Telescope," a special story in the September 8 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, featured interviews with CONSOLMAGNO, CORBALLY, COYNE, and HENKELS.

CONSOLMAGNO • Was interviewed for the magazine US Catholic. • Participated in an hour-long radio and internet interview for the evangelical science and religion publication Reasons to Believe on April 12. • Was recorded with COYNE by the BBC for a program on Church and Science broadcast in May. • Was interviewed for the Birmingham News and the ABC network affiliate WBMA television's religious affairs program Matters of Faith. • Appeared on the Nova television program "Galileo's Battle for the Heavens." • Over several months in the fall, CONSOLMAGNO and BYRNE (BBC) conducted a series of interviews for a BBC radio program The End of the Universe. Among those interviewed included the cosmologist REES (Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom, Cambridge University), philosopher of science CARTWRIGHT (London School of Economics), and historians of science CHANG and GREGORY (University of London). The program will air in the UK in early 2003.

CORBALLY • Provided interviews to the following media and journalists: Caroline Graham, London Mail on Sunday, on the Christmas Star; Mark Akwith, of Spacecast.com, Canada; Jay Ingram, TV Ontario; Michael McAteer, Toronto Star; Matthew Muhm, Daily Wildcat, and Scott Thompson, of Associated Press (Phoenix), on astronomy-friendly outdoor lighting; Joan Gislow, Palo Alto Daily News; Alison Rose, PTV Productions, Toronto, Canada; Michael Tissoni, Xaura Films; Stewart Becker, Tucson Weekly. • Participated in the panel discussion, "Test of Faith," hosted by Valerie Pringle for VisionTV, Canada. • Answered questions from: Paul Thaker, New York Times; Joseph Young, St. Cloud Visitor; William Broadway, Washington Post.

COYNE • Provided interviews to the following media and journalists: Maria Grazia Gismondi and Guido Nigro, Australian National Radio; Alexey Pivovarov, NTV Channel, Russian National Television; David Lemarchand of Maximal Productions; Alison Rose for PTV Productions, Toronto, Canada; English Program of the Vatican Radio; talk show of the Diocese of Pittsburgh; Paul Arnold of BBC Science; Roberta Rose of Cicada Films for the Discovery Channel; Larry Witham of The Washington Times; Margaret Wertheim in preparation for the article that appeared in Wired magazine, December 2002; David Levy, astronomy talk show, Tucson; Klaus Bachmann for an article in Geowissen, Hamburg, Germany; William Broadway for an article in the Washington Post and in the Japan Times; Luigi Dell'Aglio for the article in L'Avvenire, 29 September 2002; Michele Giordano for an article in CHI magazine, February 2002; Giovanni Caprara for an article in Corriere della Sera, 7 January 2002; Chiara Capuani for the program, RAI TG3; Annalisa Gaudenzi, RAI Divisione Radiofonia; Giovanni Pellegri for an article in Giornale del Popolo, Lugano, 13 June 2002; Michele Crudele for the presentation of the Dizionario Interdisciplinare di Scienza e Fede, edited by Giuseppe Tanzella-Nitti and Alberto Strumia; • Participated at the Polish Academy of Science in Krakow in the presentation of the Polish edition of the book Galileo for Copernicanism and for the Church by Annibale Fantoli.

FUNES • Provided interviews to the San Diego Union Tribune; to the weekly magazine Noticias of Buenos Aires, Argentina; and to Canal 13, Corrientes, Argentina.

HELLER • Gave several interviews to various Polish newspapers, journals, radio, and television on the interaction among science, philosophy, and theology.

IGEA • Continued biweekly popular astronomy talks on Radio María, Madrid.

MAFFEO • Provided assistance to Alison Rose for PTV Productions, Toronto, Canada, during her filming at Castel Gandolfo in June and July. • Was interviewed on three Italian television stationsRAI 2, Channel 5, and SAT 2000about his book on the history of the Vatican Observatory, on extra-terrestrial life, and on the science-faith dialogue.

O'DONOGHUE • Continued providing short chats about astronomical and sky phenomena to listeners of North Country Public Radio (NCPR) of Canton, New York. • Participated as a guest host for the NCPR Readers and Writers on the Air series of call-in discussions with authors of current books. Discussed Galileo's Daughter with author Dava Sobel and the NCPR station manager and series director, Ellen Rocco. Annibale Fantoli, author of the Vatican Observatory Publication Galileo: For Copernicanism and for the Church contributed to the discussion by phone from Victoria, Canada.

STOEGER • Gave a radio interview in Adelaide, Australia, on the interaction between science and theology.

TERES • Provided interviews in Hungary to: Dunat TV and Zenit TV, Budapest; Local TV, Kecskemet; Remeny Radio, Pecs; Miskolc Radio.

International Meetings

29 December-2 January: Pune, India. Introductory Workshop on Science, Technology and Values: Worldviews in Dialogue. GEORGE V. COYNE, S.J. gave a paper.

6-10 January: Washington, DC. 199th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society. RICHARD BOYLE, S.J., CHRISTOPHER CORBALLY, S.J., and JOSÉ FUNES, S.J. gave papers.

11 January: Washington, DC. "Galaxies: Mind Over Matter," a Celebratory Symposium for Vera Rubin. CHRISTOPHER CORBALLY, S.J. and JOSÉ FUNES, S.J. attended.

29 January-1 February: Puebla, Mexico. "Science and Religion Towards a New Culture of Collaboration. JAVIER IGEA gave a paper.

10-15 March: Houston, Texas. Annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. GUY J. CONSOLMAGNO, S.J. co-authored three papers.

19-24 March: Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Ninth European Conference on Science and Theology. CHRISTOPHER CORBALLY, S.J. gave a paper, moderated a working group, and chaired a plenary session.

10-11 June: Tucson, Arizona. A Festschrift for R. F. Garrison, "Probing the Personalities of Stars and Galaxies." RICHARD BOYLE, S.J. participated. CHRISTOPHER CORBALLY, S.J. gave a paper, chaired the Local Organizing Committee, and co-chaired the Scientific Organizing Committee.

21-26 July: Los Angeles, California. Annual Meteoritical Society Meeting. GUY J. CONSOLMAGNO, S.J. coauthored three papers.

27 July-3 August: Star Island, New Hampshire. Annual Conference of the Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS). CHRISTOPHER CORBALLY, S.J. participated and chaired the IRAS Council and Annual meetings.

19-23 August: Granada, Spain. Founding Meeting of the International Society for Science and Religion. CHRISTOPHER CORBALLY, S.J. and MICHAEL HELLER participated.

23-25, August: Granada, Spain. Science and the Spiritual Quest Symposium. CHRISTOPHER CORBALLY, S.J. participated.

5-11 October: Birmingham, Alabama. Annual Meeting of the Division for Planetary Science of the American Astronomical Society. GUY J. CONSOLMAGNO, S.J. presented a paper; JEAN-BAPTISTE KIKWAYA, S.J. submitted a poster.

17-18 October: Tucson, Arizona. Steward Observatory Internal Symposium. CHRISTOPHER CORBALLY, S.J. gave a paper.

26-30 October: Denver, Colorado. Annual Geological Society of America Meeting. GUY J. CONSOLMAGNO, S.J. presented a paper.

8-11 November: Vatican City. Plenary Meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. GEORGE V. COYNE, S.J. gave a paper; MICHAEL HELLER participated.

14-16 November: Rome. La Sapienza Come Fonte dell'Unità Europea. SABINO MAFFEO, S.J. participated.

 

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