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Faraday Institute Newsletter No. 114 - July 2015

July/August 2015 Newsletter No.114
New Associate Director
We are delighted to announce the arrival of Professor Keith Fox as our new Associate Director. Keith is Professor of Biochemistry at Southampton University, and has a long history of involvement in science and religion. Find out more about him in an interview coming soon. 
Other Additions to the Faraday Team
As well as a new Associate Director, the beginning of our new research grant has seen the arrival of some new team members. Cara Daneel is a Research Associate supporting the work of Dr Ruth Bancewicz and her project "Purpose in Biology.". After receiving her degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Cara worked in conservation and education in a variety of countries, both in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Dr. Caroline Tee has joined us to work with Dr Hilary Marlow on her project "Science and Scripture in Christianity and Islam." Caroline is a social anthropologist specialising in contemporary Islam. Having lived in Turkey for five years she has a strong interest in Islam and the sociology of science in the Muslim world. We are delighted to welcome them both to the team. 
Faraday Course Update: Guatemala 
At the beginning of June, Rodney Holder and Hilary Marlow travelled to Central America for the second Faraday Course in Guatemala City. The course attracted around 60 delegates from all over South and Central America and was organised by SELFYC (Sociodad Educativa Latinoamericano para Fe y Ciencia), a dynamic group of young people, committed to promoting positive dialogue between science and faith. 
The course planning team included artists, musicians and designers, so it was a lively and creative event featuring activities for children as well as adults, an art exhibition and live music at the conference dinners. Even the stage setting, which changed every day, was a masterpiece of creativity and simplicity.
Upcoming Events
5th - 10th July  Faraday Summer Course ‘Science or Religion: Do we have to choose?'
Recordings will be available on the website following the course.
Looking Ahead
Research Seminars for the next academic year will begin on 6th October

23rd November
Annual reception for Christians in the sciences in Cambridge.

27th November
Public Lecture in Cambridge: Prof Irene Tracey, "Imaging Belief States in Pain and Religion”

27th - 29th November,
Short course in Cambridge:
'The Believing Brain: Neuroscience, Psychology and Faith'
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Click here to listen to Prof Alister McGrath discussing "Science and Religion in Dialogue"
Faraday during the summer
The summer period begins with the highlight of the year, our annual Summer Course (5th-10th July). We have 47 delegates and 16 speakers booked in, from over 15 different countries. Delegates, speakers and the Faraday team will not only listen to lectures but also participate in lively small group discussions and informal conversations on science and religion. There is also time for afternoon tours of Cambridge, hands-on science sessions and meet the speaker panels, all while living and eating in a Cambridge college. It's a truly unforgettable week! Watch out for photos, recordings and interviews after the course. 

Following this week of intensive activity, much academic research is carried out over the summer months, including field trips, writing, as well the occasional  talk. For example:
  • Ruth Bancewicz is giving a conference talk entitled  "Wonders of the Living World" at the BioLogos ‘Evolution and Christian Faith’ conference in Grand Rapids, USA.
  • Denis Alexander is recording his life story as part of a collaboration between National Life Stories at the British Library and the project 'Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum', which can be found here:
  • Roger Abbott is travelling to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (28-29 August 2005).  This is for his project investigating the impacts of religious beliefs on the relationships within a particular community following disaster and recovery. 
June Update
New Podcast Playlist "The Faraday Institute: Out and About" is the latest addition to our podcast series. Last month Eleanor Puttock travelled to Oxford to interview Prof. Alister McGrath and Dr Andrew Pinsent while visiting the Ian Ramsey Centre and Faculty of Divinity. Prof. McGrath discusses "Science and Religion in Dialogue" while Dr Pinsent shares his journey into the area of science and religion. Watch out for the release of these and other interviews here:

The book Test of Faith: Spiritual Journeys with Scientists has been published in Portuguese as O Teste da Fé: A religião e a ciência são compatíveis? Details of how to buy it can be found here:

Faraday Regional Courses
Over the next two years, we hope to run a series of regional day courses around the UK. But we can't do it without your help.
So would you like to organise a Faraday Day Course in your local area?  We will work with you to plan it and help with everything from booking speakers to providing a bookstall. If so contact Faraday Course Director, Hilary Marlow on

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