Public Science Lectures

Where & When

Thursday, February 7th
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Tyler Junior College
Rogers Student Center
Apache Rooms
1411 E Lake St., Tyler, TX 75701

Title: Reflections of an Evangelist Evolutionary Biologist: Walking in a World of Faith

and

Friday, February 8th
6:00-7:00 p.m.

UT Tyler University Theatre
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler, TX 75799

Title: Mind and Soul: Intersections of Science and Faith in the Push for Science Literacy

There will be a reception with the keynote speaker in front of the theater from 5-6pm.

Free food!

Open to the public!

Free of charge!















Dr. Amanda Glaze

Assistant Professor of Middle Grades of Secondary Education

Georgia Southern University


Dr. Glaze is an Assistant Professor of education at Georgia Southern University, with an M.S.Ed., Ed.S., and Ph.D. in Science Education. Glaze taught for five years at the middle and high school levels as a science teacher in Alabama (her home state) and Georgia before pursuing an academic career. Her background provides her with first-hand knowledge of students' perceptions of evolution and its place in the field of science, and her academic expertise builds on this knowledge to adapt approaches for improving science literacy. In addition to her many peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Glaze has been featured and quoted by several media outlets, including NPR,  Newsweek, and Scientific American. She was awarded the Evolution Education Award by the National Association of Biology Teachers in 2018, and she was recently invited to speak at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.


Two public science lectures:


(1) Reflections of an Evangelist Evolutionary Biologist: Walking in a World of Science and Faith

Location: Tyler Junior College, Rogers Student Center, Apache Rooms, 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler, TX 75701

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

Abstract: Science and religiosity are often viewed as two sides of a very contentious debate in which only one can “prevail”. The forced option of “us-vs-them” or “science-vs-faith” fails to recognize the rich understandings that can be found between the two. As a scientist reared in a Southern Baptist ministry family, the journey traveled in navigating these two worlds provided a wealth of experience as well as appreciation for the value, meaning, and deeper understandings of the world around us that can be afforded in both.


(2) Mind and Soul: Intersections of Science and Faith in the Push for Science Literacy

Location: University of Texas at Tyler University Theater, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler, TX 75799

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm

There will be a reception with Dr. Glaze in front of the University Theater from 5:00 - 6:00 pm with free food.


Open to the public! Free of charge!


Abstract:

Science literacy is one of the great goals for education in the 21st century, yet one of the most widely accepted tenets uniting the sciences is deemed as its greatest failure in science education. In matters of science and faith, it is easy to externally simplify choices to teach, openness to learning, and absence of acceptance as matters that are black and white. However, it is the shades of gray that lie between the two perceived extremes that provide us the most powerful understandings of human experiences and highlight tools for improving not only science education but society.