SEMINARS ENGAGE AUDIENCES
it possible for order and randomness to exist at the same time? Dr. Gerald
Gabrielse ex'73 believes they can, and during a seminar October 4, he challenged
his audience to acknowledge their coexistence.
was one of four speakers who led afternoon seminars in the Heritage Science
Center and Fireside Chapel following the inauguration ceremony of President
Steven Timmermans. He defined randomness as "the inability to predict an
outcome" and explained how college administrators encounter it.
built randomness into His creation," said the chair of the Harvard University
physics department. "The laws of physics are His way of maintaining the
universe, and they can be measured and never change. That's good because
we can rely on Him.
face randomness from students, faculty, staff, and administrative reviews.
There is also a level of self-randomness that we have to account for if
we are to manage it well."
Denise Isom, an education professor at Calvin College, spoke about the
effects of race and gender on the identities of African-American girls
in school. She reiterated the necessity for education experiences that
address divergent cultural factors with holistic approaches without omitting
is a complexity of race, gender, and identity, but each child is different,"
Isom said. "We need more places in schools for girls to find their voices.
Much of what they believe about themselves comes from external sources.
We have to empower them to deconstruct their environment and identify what
is authentic about themselves."
biology chair Dr. Robert Boomsma discussed embryonic stem cell research
from a Reformed Christian worldview. He admitted that the field has stirred
much controversy, but it also has produced a great deal of hope and anticipation
for scientists looking for cures to diseases and other health problems.
member Jinny De Jong shared information about the ministry of KIDS HOPE
USA, of which she is president. The organization in Holland, Michigan,
teaches local churches how to mentor at-risk children.
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