We promote intellectual dialog between science and faith and provide opportunities for friendship among students and scientists.
He is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences and Chair of the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University. (Ph.D. Planetary Science 1985, Caltech) Prof. Lunine does research in astrophysics, planetary science and astrobiology. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and among other awards is the recipient of the Jean Dominique Cassini Medal of the European Geosciences Union (2015) and the Basic Sciences Award of the Int. Academy of Astronautics (2009). He is the author of Astrobiology, A Multidisciplinary Approach (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2005) and Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World (2nd ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013).
Dr. Lunine's visit was cosponsored by the Agathon Institute of Western New York.
We are grateful to the John Templeton Foundation for their financial support of Dr. Lunine's visit.
The Society of Catholic Scientists sponsors Gold Masses for Scientists. This follows in the tradition of special Masses for members of particular professions. The oldest, the Red Mass for lawyers and lawmakers, was introduced in the 13th century. The first White Mass for health care professionals and Blue Mass for law enforcement personnel were begun in the 1930s. By promoting Gold Masses for Scientists around the world, SCS hopes to create spiritual fellowship among Catholic scientists, science educators and science students at the local level.
Our Rochester group is a regional chapter of the Society of Catholic Scientists. Their web site has a wealth of information regarding the harmony of faith and science.
The Vatican Observatory is one of the oldest active astronomical observatories in the world, with its roots going back to 1582. The Vatican Observatory stands at the forefront of scientific research covering a broad range of topics, from an examination of the tiniest specks of interplanetary dust to the origin and structure of the universe.