Science department to play host to Science and Religion Forum

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Science department to play host to Science and Religion Forum

February 2, 2010

A lively discussion about the nature of science and religion, focusing on the science of evolution, will be held at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva on Feb. 13, in the Science Amphitheatre, and at Northwestern-Enid on Feb. 14, in the Commons Area. Both programs will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

Included in the panel of discussion are Dr. Matt Lovern, assistant professor of the Department of Zoology at Oklahoma State University; Rev. Judye Pistole, pastor at the First Presbyterian Church, Alva; Dr. Aaron Place, assistant professor of biology; and Rev. J.F. Wickey, pastor at CrossWalk United Church in Enid.

Lovern is interested in science education and scientific literacy, particularly as applied to evolutionary biology. All of his courses contain discussions of the nature of science and scientific progress. He believes as a way of knowing, science is uniquely suited to continually advance and refine our understanding of the world around us.

Pistole is a former science teacher and secondary school administrator. She has recently completed her coursework for a doctorate in ministry at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has an interest in the intersection of science and theology.

Place teaches courses in ecology, evolution and behavior at Northwestern. He has a tremendous interest for biodiversity and enjoys spending as much time outside as possible. He also has a passion for the public perceptions of science.

Wickey is especially interested in justice issues, including the political motivations for degrading science education in American public schools.

Pistole, Place and Wickey have worked together to lead this event, and this is the third year they have co-organized the Forum.

This event is sponsored by the Science Department at Northwestern. Contact Place with questions at or (580) 327-8673.