Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD; Spring Beimfohr Lecture
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017
In the short decade and a half since scientists decoded the first human genome, there has been an explosion of biotechnological discoveries that may fundamentally change how we think about biology, humanity, and even life itself. We are seeing the beginning of synthetic biology, where one day, printing life may be as easy as typing on a computer and pressing enter. We can now read the entire genome of the baby even while in the womb through a simple blood draw. Genome editing is the latest hot topic as scientists, ethicists, and policy makers scramble to consider the implications. In this tumultuous time, is there a role for biblical faith to join in the conversation? If so, what wisdom can a thousands year old text, arguable the original book of life, teach us?
Dr. Cheng-Ho Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS, is the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO), Oncology at Natera (NASDAQ: NTRA), where he is leading the development of new diagnostic technologies for cancer. Prior to this, he led the clinical genomics program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the NIH as well as working on pioneering research at Johns Hopkins and Washington University in St. Louis. He has published in top academic journals, such as Science, Nature, and Cell, and has been featured in media outlets, such as New York Times, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Washington Post, and the Financial Times.
Dr. Lin's TED Talk can be viewed here.
Racial Identity, Faith & Reconciliation
Thursday, Mar 2, 2017
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
This year's Veritas Forum will feature Dr. Andra Gillespie of Emory University.
Gillespie, who has degrees from UVA and Yale, is an expert on African American Politics, particularly the politics of the post-Civil Rights generation of leadership.
St. Albert the Great Forum
Tuesday, Mar 14, 2017
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This lecture is part of the St. Albert the Great Forum, co-sponsored with the Cornell Catholic Community.
Jonathan Lunine is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and Director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science. He has done astrophysical and planetary research for more than 30 years and has been involved in a number of NASA missions, including Cassini to Saturn and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope. Dr. Lunine earned a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Rochester and holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in planetary science from the California Institute of Technology. He is author of two textbooks and co-editor of a book, “Frontiers of Astrobiology” (Cambridge, 2012), based on a Study Week on Astrobiology held by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City, in 2009.
He is a co-founder of the The Society of Catholic Scientists.