Dr. Gayle E. Woloschak has been appointed director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science for a two-year term effective July 1, 2007. Since February 2007, Woloschak has served as chair of the Steering Committee for ZCRS, an advisory group composed of representatives from LSTC and the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS). Lea F. Schweitz, who joined LSTC's faculty on July 1, 2007, will serve as associate director of ZCRS.
Woloschak is professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Department of Radiology, and Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She holds a Ph.D. in medical sciences (microbiology) from the Medical College of Toledo, Ohio, and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Immunology and Department of Cell Biology at the Mayo Clinic. Prior to her appointment at Northwestern University, she served as Senior Molecular Biologist in the Bioscience Division of Argonne National Laboratory and Senior Fellow of the Nanosciences Consortium of Argonne National Laboratory-University of Chicago.
Woloschak is an active leader in the Orthodox Church and serves on many church boards, commissions, and societies, including the Metropolitan Council of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, the Orthodox Theological Society of America, and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Commission for Science and Technology. She is the author of hundreds of scientific articles and three books on the Orthodox faith, including Challenge Questions on Orthodoxy and Beauty and Unity in Creation.
Since July 1, 2003, Woloschak has been adjunct professor of religion and science studies and director of the Epic of Creation Project at LSTC. In 2007 she was elected to the Board of Directors of CASIRAS. Woloschak, who is deeply devoted to the religion-science dialogue and to the partnership of theologians and scientists in addressing critical issues in society, says of her appointment, "I'm excited about the opportunities at ZCRS and look forward to a continuing successful partnership with LSTC."
Lea F. Schweitz will receive her Ph.D. in philosophy of religion from the University of Chicago Divinity School in December 2007. She holds degrees from the University of Chicago Divinity School and Luther College. She was a resident dissertation fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame in 2005-06. Her fellowships and grants include the Wilson teaching Fellowship, a Martin Marty Center Dissertation Fellowship, a grant for advanced theological studies from the ELCA, and the Wabash Fellowship - Chicago Forum on Pedagogy and the Study of Religion.
In addition to religion and science, Schweitz is interested in early modern philosophy of religion/philosophical theology, the history of systematic theology, theological anthropology, faith and reason, and religious pluralism. She is already familiar with the work of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, having served as executive coordinator for the center for a year. Schweitz is an active member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Chicago.
The Zygon Center for Religion and Science was established in 1988 as a partnership program of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS). It is dedicated to relating religious traditions and the best scientific knowledge in order to gain insight into the origins, nature, and destiny of humans and their environment, and to realize the common goal of a world in which love, justice, and responsible patterns of living prevail.
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