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Margaret Gaida completes doctoral degree

Congratulations, Dr. Margaret Gaida.  Margaret successfully completed the PhD on July 28. Her dissertation entitled "Encounters with Alcabitius: Reading Arabic Astrology in Premodern Europe” will be available through the SHAREOK Repository.  Margaret's committee:  Rienk Vermij (chair), Roberta Magnusson (History), Kathleen Crowther, Steven J. Livesey, Kerry Magruder, Charles Burnett (Warburg Institute, University of London).

Margaret will be an instructor during 2017-2018 in the Expository Writing Program at the Writing Center, University of Oklahoma.


Ted Davis featured in film released by Science for Seminaries

HSCI Affilate Fellow Edward (Ted) B. Davis, Professor of the History of Science at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, PA, is featured along with a fellow historian of science and technology Dr. Lawrence Principe of Johns Hopkins University in a short film released in December 2016 by Science for Seminaries.  In “Science and Religion: The Draper-White Conflict Thesis,” Dr. Davis and Dr. Principe introduce a little-known story from American history that provides context for the common notion that science and religion are incompatiblea.  The film is a project of the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion.

In addition, Dr. Davis has recently been named to an advisory board for the National Museum of American History for 2017-2019.  The National Museum, the top such museum in the world, is planning a new exhibit to open in 2020 about religion and science in America.  As a member of the advisory board, Dr. Davis will be participating in a public symposium planned for 2019.