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The Sisters; or, Galileo’s Penance: History and Science Through the Eyes of Two Forgotten Women
May 27 to June 1 in Melbourne

This play is written and directed by Sharmini Kumar, a friend of ISCAST.

ISCAST distinguished fellow Denis Alexander talks about whether there is purpose in biology and in life, in this podcast with Natasha Moore at the Centre for Public Christianity.

Listen to the podcast here: https://www.publicchristianity.org/homo-divinus/

The UN announced this week that 1 million species face extinction in the foreseeable future if we do not act.

Eternity News covers the report here, with comments from ISCAST fellow Professor Mike Clarke, professor of Zoology and head of the School of Life Sciences at La Trobe University.

 

Our friends at BioLogos in the USA have just released the videos of their recent conference, which was entitled "Beyond Conflict: Science, Faith, and the Big Questions." 
 

This review, by ISCAST fellow Ian Hore-Lacy, affirms Mark Poynter's view about Australian forest management that "culpable high-level ignorance threatens not just forestry but the forests themselves." According to Ian, this "begs for fuller attention by those concerned with stewardship of God’s creation in its providential aspects for human beings." 

ISCAST readers who were around in 2017 might remember Michael Smith's review of How I Changed My Mind about Evolution.  (You can find the review here)

This week's big news of the first-ever photo of a black hole is written up here in an Eternity News article by ISCASTians Mark Worthing and Chris Mulherin.

https://www.eternitynews.com.au/world/world-first-image-of-black-hole-revealed/

Christ, the Cross and Creation Care, a conference in Sydney organised by our friends at A Rocha is rapidly approachingInvolving bible talks, panel discussion, workshop

A review by Nick Mattiske of Conjuring the Universe by Peter Atkins, Oxford University Press, 2018

Randy is a friend of ISCAST having visited us (the ISCAST Vic committee and Mark Worthing in Adelaide) about this time last year. He is a leading researcher in genomics, particularly in environmental mutagenesis, the process whereby the environment can affect the expression of genes and phenotypic traits in living things.

We congratulate him on receiving the 2019 Alexander Hollaender Award.

Many ISCAST friends will know that we were delighted to share Dr Denis Alexander when New College (UNSW) brought him to Australia to give the 2018 New College Lectures.

We were not able to record any of Denis's ISCAST talks but the New College Lectures, entitled "Genetics, God and the Future of Humanity", are now available for viewing here: https://www.newcollege.unsw.edu.au/sydney/lectures-2018.

Denis Edwards: 10 December 1943 - 5 March 2019.

ISCAST notes with sadness the passing of Denis Edwards on 5 March 2019.

The February issue of the ISCAST Digest is now available to download. The Digest is full of fascinating stories and resources including ... ISCAST is looking for an editor to work on a contract basis helping with our publications.

Long time ISCASTian Helen Joynt has just published a missionary biography about her parents.
 

NASA has published an article concerning a recent study about the recent increase in global leaf area – and humanity's involvement therein.

We are delighted to announce the release of the latest 'meddlesome' volume from ISCAST Fellow Ian Harper.

If the publisher's description is anything to go by, it sounds like required reading!

This article by Matt Neal examines the way that trying to integrate his scientific work and religion impacted the life and legacy of Sir John Eccles. 

"Sir John Eccles is an icon of Australian science, but an attempt in later life to mix religion and science made him an outsider in the scientific community as it won him fans in the Catholic Church.

In their new podcast "Language of God," BioLogos has conducted an interview with Francis Collins regarding science, christianity, and gene editing. 

During the section in which gene editing was discussed, Collins said:

ISCAST member, Reverend Dr Charles Henry Sherlock was made a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia this year. This honour was awarded "for significant service to the Anglican Church of Australia, and to theological education."

ISCAST Fellow, Emeritus Professor Michael John Knight was made a Member (AM) of the General Division of the Order of Australia this year. This honour was awarded "for significant service to scientific education, particularly to hydrogeology  and groundwater management.” 

ABC Radio National program God Forbid (Feb. 3 2019) includes ISCAST fellow Mark Worthing talking about artificial intelligence (AI). It's a fascinating discussion about the implications and the nature of AI as well as the questions raised by its use.

Our friends in New Zealand have advised us of the Science and Theology track at the upcoming ANZATS conference in New Zealand from July 1 to 3. Nicola Hoggard Creegan (who some ISCASTians will have met at COSAC 2018) is coordinating the stream and would love to have submissions. 

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