June 14th, 2011
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GRANTHAM, Pa. (June 14, 2011) — Edward B. Davis, distinguished professor of the history of science at Messiah College, will be a guest lecturer of the department of theology and religion at the University of Otego in Dunedin, New Zealand, courtesy of a short-term grant opportunity through the Fulbright Specialist Program. He will also speak in Auckland and other locations. Davis will give a series of lectures, workshops and seminars on historical and contemporary aspects of religion and science, especially in the United States but also during the Scientific Revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries. He begins his appointment in late July.
The Fulbright Specialist Program promotes linkages between U.S. academics and professionals and their counterparts at overseas universities or institutions with education focused programming. The program is designed to award grants to qualified U.S. faculty and professionals in select disciplines to engage in short-term collaborative two- to six-week projects at higher education institutions in over 100 countries worldwide.
About Edward Davis
Davis has been at Messiah College since 1985. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from Drexel University and a Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science from Indiana University. Davis teaches and lectures widely on the interaction of Christianity and science since the early church fathers. His published research focuses on the English chemist Robert Boyle (1627-1691) and other figures from the Scientific Revolution, the history of antievolutionism in the United States and the religious beliefs of leading American scientists from the first part of the 20th century.
Davis also directs the Central Pennsylvania Forum for Religion and Science, an organization that sponsors a variety of events intended to enhance public understanding of religion and science—including medicine and social science—in the region. Members of the Forum also participate in monthly book discussions.
About Messiah College
Messiah College, a private Christian college of the liberal and applied arts and sciences, enrolls 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1909, the primary campus is located in Grantham, Pa., near the state capital of Harrisburg. A satellite campus affiliated with Temple University is located in Philadelphia.