The Center for Science and the Common Good presents a lecture by Jennifer Wiseman titled “Incredible Universe, Complex World: Science, Religion, and Ethics Today” on Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Lenfest Theater. The event is free and open to the public.
Wiseman is an astronomer and Director of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where she previously headed the Laboratory for Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics. She received a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a doctorate in astronomy from Harvard University. While a student, she co-discovered the comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff. She conducted postdoctoral research in star formation as a Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and as a Hubble Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University. Wiseman was the 2001-2002 Congressional Science Fellow of the American Physical Society and served with staff of the Committee on Science of the U.S. House of Representatives. From 2003 to 2006, she was the program scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Dr. Wiseman is also interested in promoting positive dialogue on the relationship of science, values, and faith. She gives numerous talks on the excitement of astronomy and scientific discovery.
The Center for Science and the Common Good provides opportunities for all Ursinus students to consider the impact of science on the common good and is a resource for students on the impact of science and society. It is funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.