Baylor Welcomes Astronomer Guy Consolmagno

Feb. 26, 2010

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Brother Guy Consolmagno will lecture on, The Virtuous Astronomer: How the Work of Science is Shaped by the Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, in Room 110B of the Baylor Sciences Building. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Institute for Faith and Learning, in collaboration with the Department of Physics and the Baylor Society for Conversations in Religion, Ethics, and Science, is hosting the event.

The lecture will consider the intersection of faith and science, challenging the popular notion that these two realms must necessarily be at odds, and that the serious practitioner of one cannot be engaged with the other, said Jason Whitt, associate director of the Institute for Faith and Learning.

Consolmagno earned degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona. He served two years with the Peace Corps teaching physics and astronomy in Kenya before returning to an academic post at Lafayette College in Easton, Penn. In 1989, he entered the Society of Jesus and began studies in philosophy and theology at Loyola University in Chicago. He serves as curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Castel Gandolfo in Italy.

His research explores the connections between meteorites, asteroids and the origin and evolution of small bodies in the solar system, Whitt said.

The Institute for Faith and Learning was founded in 1997 to assist Baylor in integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment. The Institute regularly hosts scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines.

The Baylor Sciences Building is located at 101 Bagby Ave.

For more information, contact 254-710-4805 or visit http://www.baylor.edu/IFL/ .

by Jessica Puente, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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