Friday, July 25, 2014

New Course This Fall - Science and Religion (PHIL 293)

I’d like to draw your attention to a new course being taught this fall, “Science and Religion,” PHIL 293 (MWF 2:30-3:20).  There are no prerequisites.  Since the course is being taught for the first time this fall, it would be appreciated if you could make students aware of it.

The course examines the relations between science and religion, the two main institutions that have shaped human civilization and continue to influence the way people think about the world. The course will be non-sectarian, neither theistic nor anti-theistic.  Its main aim is to get a little clearer about some fascinating arguments and debates.

Some of the issues addressed in the course will be discussed at a conference, “Faith and Reason: Themes from Swinburne,” to be held at Purdue, this fall, 25-27 September 2014. Alvin Plantinga, one of the participants, will also be giving a public lecture, “Religion, Science and Naturalism: Where the Conflict Really Lies” on Thursday, 25 September 2014, Fowler Hall 2-3:30pm.

Further details on topics, figures, and texts are included below my signature.

Martin Curd (Department of Philosophy)

Topics include:
- include the Copernican, Newtonian, and Darwinian revolutions (and what they tell us
  about the complex ways in which science and religion interact)

- miracles, attempts to test the efficacy of prayer
- design arguments for theism (both traditional and fine-tuning arguments from modern

- explaining religion scientifically using evolutionary biology and psychology (and their
  possible significance for the cognitive content of religion).

Figures include:
David Hume, Stephen Jay Gould, Alvin Plantinga, Daniel Dennett, Ernan McMullin, David Wilson,  Elliott Sober

Texts include:
T. S. Kuhn, The Copernican Revolution (Harvard University Press, 1957) 978-0674171039
G. Galilei, Galileo: Selected Writings, trans by W. R. Shea and M. Davie (Oxford University
     Press, 2012) 978-0-19-958369-0

C. Darwin, On the Origin of Species, ed. by J. Carroll (Broadview Press, 2003) 1-55111-

M. Ruse, The Darwinian Revolution, 2nd ed. (University of Chicago Press, 1999) 0-226-

D. S. Wilson, Darwin’s Cathedral (University of Chicago Press, 2002) 978-0-226-90135-0
D. C. Dennett and A. Plantinga, Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? (Oxford
     University Press, 2011) 978-0-19-973842-7

Plantinga, Where the Conflict Really Lies (Oxford University Press, 2011) 978-0-19-

Monday, July 21, 2014

World Food Problems: Dual Level Course - Space Still Available for Fall 2014

This is a 3credit elective course. It is a dual level course which meets MW 9:30 – 10:20 am (lecture)  F 9:30 – 10:20 (recitation).  See flyer for additional information.

Thank you.
Sally Harmon
Internship/Conference Coordinator
Purdue University
College of Health and Human Sciences
Consumer Science
812 W. State Street
W. Lafayette, IN  47907-2060
ph:  765/494-8306
fax: 765/494-0869

Friday, July 18, 2014

Speedway LLC: Construction and Engineering Internship Opportunity

This co-op and intern position offers a variety of challenges to pre-professionals seeking a degree in construction or civil engineering. Construction Co-op/Interns for Speedway LLC are responsible for managing several diverse projects at any given time. These range from new million-dollar-plus developments to remodeling and maintenance projects. Our major areas in which these projects lie are: gasoline service stations and convenience stores.

Daily job activities involve on the job training in all aspects of project development and management. Tasks include scope definition, design, obtaining permits, interfacing with government officials, project cost estimating, evaluating and summarizing bid sets and construction supervision. Engineers may also be called upon to provide technical support to the operating components of Speedway.

Communication skills are very important in interfacing with internal business partners, contractors, and regulatory agencies. Construction Co-op/Interns will be trained to handle a wide variety of tasks.

This job is in the Chicago or Indianapolis area.  (Location is flexible)


-Majoring in construction management  or civil and mechanical engineering
-3.0 cumulative GPA or higher
Contact Information: 
Katie Hostasa, PHR | Supervisor, Corporate Recruiting
Speedway LLC | 500 Speedway Dr., Enon, OH 45323
( 937-863-6217|*


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Green Program - New Winter Prgm Dates

The GREEN Program - Now accepting Applications
The GREEN Program is the premiere experiential learning program for future clean energy and sustainability leaders. The short-term immersion programs take students on adventures to the epicenters of clean tech, sustainability and innovative industries.
  • Engage in hands-on, experiential education with industry experts and professionals
  • Behind the scenes access to innovative clean energy facilities and sustainability projects
  • Supercharge your resume with a global perspective and unique cultural experience
  • Network and develop relationships with powerhouse student leaders and professionals
  • Bridge the gap between traditional "textbook learning" and real-time industry insight
  • World-class "Bucket list" adventure excursions
  • Earn transferable credit with a transcript during our 8-10 day programs
Take a step out of the classroom and experience the clean energy and sustainability industries, while having the adventure of your life with The GREEN Program.

8-Day: Renewable Energy + Sustainability + Extreme Climate
  • World-class educational environment
  • Bucket list adventure excursions
  • Epicenter of renewable energy
  • Student driven innovation
  • Credit available with transcript
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  • Crossroads of design and industry
  • Corporate, NGO, and Governmental collaborations
  • Fusion of global markets and sustainability
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10-Day: Water Resource Management + Sustainable Practices
  • Explore ancient Inca technologies
  • Evaluate Peru's natural resource policy
  • Implementation of water sanitation technology in the third world
  • Credit available with transcript
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Trident Manufacturing Engineering Position

Trident Manufacturing is looking for a Design Engineer.  If interested, please see flyer below.