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2008-2009 at Furman was designated as the Year of the Sciences!

Special events and activities featured lectures by distinguished scholars, presentations by alumni, and sessions featuring undergraduate research accomplishments. Academic departments engaged in teaching and research in scientific disciplines were represented: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES), Health & Exercise Science (HES), Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.
2008-09 Event Highlights

Below are some highlights of the 2008-09 academic year. Many thanks to all of you who participated as event planners and attendees — it was great fun!

Townes Science Center
Townes Science Center Dedication
Date/Time: Fri., Oct. 31, 2008, 2:30-5pm

This dedication celebrated the opening of the Townes Center for Science after two years of new construction and renovation of Plyler Hall. The two new buildings with 75,105 square feet are connected to Plyler Hall, the old science building, which has 138,300 square feet. See more information about the renovation/construction.

Freeman Dyson
"Townes Lecture on Faith and Reason - "The Environment: Is It Science, Or Is It Religion?""
Speaker: Freeman Dyson
Date/Time: Tues., Mar. 31, 2009, 7pm

"All the books that I have seen about the science and economics of global warming ... miss the main point. The main point is religious rather than scientific. There is a worldwide secular religion which we may call environmentalism, holding that we are stewards of the earth, that despoiling the planet with waste products of our luxurious living is a sin, and that the path of righteousness is to live as frugally as possible...."

John Haught
"Darwin Lecture Series - Evolution and Faith: What Is at Stake?"
Speaker: John Haught
Date/Time: Tues., Feb. 17, 2009, 7:30pm

Darwinian theory seems to challenge religious trust in a providential God who purposefully creates, influences and eternally cares for the world. Traditionally, Christians, Jews and Muslimes had no knowledge of biological evolution, although people were certainly aware of the suffering of humans and other living beings. Evolutionary science vastly extends the story of life and life's suffering (and creativity as well) beyond those of traditional religious awareness. After Darwin, then, can believers come to an understanding of God that is consistent with their traditions and at the same time fully open to the findings of evolutionary biology?


Darwin Lecture Series: “Science Inspiring Art: The Creation of The Tree of Life"
Speaker: Peter Sís
Date/Time: Fri., Feb. 6, 2009, 7pm

"All the books that I have seen about the science and economics of global warming ... miss the main point. The main point is religious rather than scientific. There is a worldwide secular religion which we may call environmentalism, holding that we are stewards of the earth, that despoiling the planet with waste products of our luxurious living is a sin, and that the path of righteousness is to live as frugally as possible...."