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Bob White

Prof. Bob White

Director

Email: rwhite@esc.cam.ac.uk

Biography

Professor Robert (Bob) White is Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge (since 1989) and was

Professor Robert (Bob) White is Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge (since 1989) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994. He is also a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a member of the American Geophysical Union and several other professional bodies; he serves on many of their committees. Since 1988 he has been a Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge, prior to which he was a student and Research Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion.

He leads a research group investigating the Earth's dynamic crust: in particular the way in which enormous volumes of volcanic rock are produced when continents and oceans rift apart, and the movement of molten rock under active volcanoes. He has organised many overseas fieldwork projects and supervised 46 PhD students at Cambridge, many of whom are now prominent in academia, industry, government and education. His work at sea has taken him to the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and his research group is currently investigating the internal structure of volcanoes in Iceland. His scientific work is published in over 350 papers and articles.
 

Selected Science-Religion Publications

  • White, Robert (2001). Science: Friend or Foe? The Church of England Newspaper, Friday August 24, 2001, p. 11 (also published on Christians in Science web site www.cis.org.uk)
  • White, R. S. (2002). The age of the earth. Evangelicals Now, December 2002, 18.
  • Alexander, D. and White, R. S. (2004). Beyond Belief: Science, Faith and Ethical Challenges, Lion, Oxford, 219pp.
  • White, R. S. (2005). Truth in the geological sciences, in Can We Be Sure About Anything? Science, Faith and Postmodernism (ed. Denis Alexander), Apollos (an imprint of Inter-Varsity Press), Leicester, pp. 187-213.
  • White, R. S. (2005). Genesis and Creation, Truth Matters, Reform article (see www.reform.org.uk).
  • White, R. S. (2007). The Age of the Earth, Faraday Paper 8 [see also Evangelicals Now, December 2002, 18]
  • Spencer, Nick and White, Robert (2007). Christianity, Climate Change and Sustainable Living, SPCK, 245pp. [published in USA as Spencer, Nick, White, Robert and Vroblesky, Virginia, by Hendrickson
  • White, Robert S. (editor) (2009) Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability, SPCK, 298pp.

Selected Scientific Publications

  • White, R. and  McKenzie, D. (1989). Magmatism at rift zones: The generation of volcanic continental margins and flood basalts. Journal of Geophysical Research, 94, 7685-7729.
  • White, R. S., McKenzie, D. and O'Nions, R. K. (1992). Oceanic crustal thickness from seismic measurements and rare earth element inversions. Journal of Geophysical Research, 97, 19,683-19,715.
  • Bown, J. W. and White, R. S. (1994). Variation with spreading rate of oceanic crustal thickness and geochemistry. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 121, 435-449.
  • White, R. S., Minshull, T. A., Bickle, M. J. & Robinson, C. J. (2001). Melt generation at very slow-spreading oceanic ridges: constraints from geochemical and geophysical data. Journal of Petrology, 42, 1171-1196.
  • White, R. S., Christie, P. A. F., Kusznir, N. J., Roberts, A., Davies, A., Hurst, N., Lunnon, Z., Parkin, C. J., Roberts, A. W., Smith, L. K., Spitzer, R., Surendra, A. & Tymms, V. (2002). iSIMM pushes frontiers of marine seismic acquisition. First Break, 20, 782=485;786.
  • White, R. S., Smallwood, J. R., Fliedner, M. M., Boslaugh, B., Maresh, J. and Fruehn, J. (2003). Imaging and regional distribution of basalt flows in the Faroe-Shetland Basin. Geophysical Prospecting, 51, 215-231.
  • Harrison, A. J.  and White, R. S. (2004). Crustal structure of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand: stretching and igneous intrusion, Geophysical Research Letters, vol. 31, L13615, doi: 10.129/2004GL019885.2004.
  • Spitzer, R., White, R. S. and iSIMM Team (2005). Advances in seismic imaging beneath basalts: a case study from the Faroe-Shetland Basin, Petroleum Geoscience, 11, 147-156.
  • White, R. S., et al. (2008). Lower-crustal intrusion on the North Atlantic continental margin, Nature, 452, 460–464 plus supplementary information at www.nature.com, doi:10.1038/nature06687
  • White, R. S. and Smith, L. K. (2009). Crustal structure of the Hatton and the conjugate east Greenland rifted volcanic continental margins, NE Atlantic, Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, B02305, doi:10.1029/2008JB005856

Multimedia resources

Why care for the environment?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
The Challenge of Global Climate Change   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Global Warming: How should the churches respond?   MP3Video (download) 
Natural Disasters and Acts of God: The impact of unsustainable living   MP3Video (download) 
Science, Religion and the Environment: General Principles   MP3  
Natural Disasters: Acts of God or Results or Human Folly?   MP3Video (download) 
Biodiversity and Spirituality   MP3Video (download) 
Are Natural Disasters Acts of God?   MP3  
Take Ten: the religious beliefs of ten famous scientists   MP3  
Meric Srokosz

Prof Meric Srokosz

Associate Director

Email: mas243@cam.ac.uk

Biography

Meric Srokosz is the Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, Cambridge and professor

Meric Srokosz is the Associate Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, Cambridge and professor of physical oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton (www.noc.ac.uk). He obtained a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Bristol University in 1980 on theoretical modelling of wave power devices. He subsequently worked at the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, studying breaking waves. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he spent some time with the British National Space Centre, working on remote sensing of the oceans. Since 1997 he has been based at NOC in Southampton and works on biological-physical interactions in the upper ocean (observations and modelling), remote sensing of the oceans, and waves. He has a particular interest in the Agulhas and Madagascar current system. In 2001 he became the Science Coordinator for the NERC Rapid Climate Change programme (www.rapid.ac.uk), which focuses on studying the role of the North Atlantic in possible future rapid changes in the climate. He is an editor of the journal Geophysical Research Letters and has a B.A. in theology.

Meric Srokosz is a member and trustee of Christians in Science (CiS), and a member of the committee of the local CiS group based in Southampton.

Recent selected science publications

  • Popova E.E. and Srokosz M.A. 2009 Modelling the ecosystem dynamics at the Iceland-Faeroes Front: biophysical interactions, J. Mar. Sys., 77, 182-196 doi: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.2008.12.005.
  • Guirey E., Bees M., Martin A.P. and Srokosz M.A. 2010 Persistence of cluster synchronisation under the influence of advection, Phys. Rev. E., 81, doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.81.051902.
  • Pidcock R., Srokosz M., Allen J., Hartman M., Painter S., Mowlem M., Hydes D. and Martin A. 2010 A Novel Integration of an Ultra-Violet Nitrate Sensor On-Board A Towed Vehicle for Mapping Open Ocean Submesoscale Nitrate Variability, J. Atmos. Oceanic. Tech., 27, 1410-1416.
  • Prytherch J., Yelland M.J., Pascal R.W., Moat B.I., Skjelvan I. and Srokosz M.A. 2010 Open ocean gas transfer velocity derived from long-term direct measurements of the CO2 flux, Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L23607, doi:10.1029/2010GL045597.
  • Pascal R.W., Yelland M.J., Srokosz M.A., Moat B.I., Waugh E.M., Comben D.H., Cansdale A.G., Hartman M.C., Coles D.G.H., Huseh P.C. and Leighton T.G. 2011 A spar buoy for high frequency measurements and detection of wave breaking in the open ocean, J. Atmos. Oceanic Tech., 28, 590-605.
  • Good P., Caesar J., Bernie D., Lowe J.A., van der Linden P., Gosling S.N., Warren R., Arnell N.W., Smith S., Bamber J., Payne T., Laxon S., Srokosz M., Sitch S., Gedney N., Harris G., Hewitt H., Jackson L., Jones C.D., O’Connor F., Ridley J., Vellinga M., Halloran P., McNeall D. 2011 A review of recent developments in climate change science. Part I: understanding of future change in the large-scale climate system, Prog. Physical Geog., 35, 281-296.
  • Harmon N., Henstock T., Srokosz M., Tilmann F., Rietbrock A. and Barton P. 2012 Infragravity wave source regions determined from ambient noise correlations, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L04604, doi:10.1029/2011GL050414.
  • Srokosz M., Barringer M., Bryden H., Cunningham S., Delworth T., Lozier S., Marotzke J. & Sutton R. 2012 Past, present and future change in the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 93, 1663-1676.
  • Srokosz M. & Quartly G. 2013 The Madagascar Bloom: a serendipitous study, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 14-25.
  • Tzortzi E., Josey S.A., Srokosz M. & Gommenginger C. 2013 Tropical Atlantic salinity variability: new insights from SMOS, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 2143-2147.

Science and religion publications

  • Srokosz M.A. 2008 'God's story and the Earth's story: grounding our concern for the environment in the biblical metanarrative' Science and Christian Belief, 20, 163-174.
  • Srokosz M.A. 2013 'Humility: a neglected scientific virtue?' Science and Christian Belief, 25, 101-112.

Multimedia resources

Oceans, Climate Change and Christianity: The Earth's Story and God's Story   MP3  
Hilary Marlow

Dr Hilary Marlow

Course Director

Email: hm309@cam.ac.uk

Biography

Hilary Marlow is the Course Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and an Affiliated Lecturer in the

Hilary Marlow is the Course Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. She has honours degrees in Social Sciences (University of Manchester) and Biblical Studies (King's College London). Her PhD from the University of Cambridge (2007) examined the Old Testament prophets in the light of contemporary environmental ethics. Before joining the Faraday Institute in January 2013, she was a Research Associate for the Scriptural Reasoning online project at Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. Prior to this she taught Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew in the Faculty of Divinity and was Research Associate in Theology and Science at the Faraday Institute. She is Secretary of the Society for Old Testament Study and a member of the Editorial Committee of the Grove Books Biblical Series. Since 2010 she has been a member of the Steering Group for the Society of Biblical Literature’s Ecological Hermeneutics Programme Unit and on the editorial board of the Earth Bible Commentary Series.

Hilary's research focuses on reading religious Scriptures in the context of modern society, with two main emphases. The first is the Bible’s depiction of the interaction between people and the natural world and relevance of this in contemporary debates on religion and science. This includes textual studies on the portrayal of nature, study of creation texts and their interpretation in later Jewish and Christian traditions, and theological and exegetical study on what it means to be human in the light of current scientific developments. The second concerns the ways that fruitful dialogue between different religious traditions may be enhanced by the practice of Scriptural Reasoning, in which religious believers of different faiths (in particular the three Abrahamic faiths) gather in small groups to read their Scriptures together. This includes the creation of online materials to facilitate such interactions. For many years she has been actively involved in the Christian conservation charity A Rocha and is currently a Trustee of A Rocha UK. She is also a Director of the John Ray Initiative. She regularly speaks on her research to lay and specialist audiences.

Selected Publications:   

  • "'What am I in a Boundless Creation?' An Ecological Reading of Sirach 16 & 17" (Biblical Interpretation 22 (2014) pp. 34-50).
  •  “The Hills are Alive: The Personification of Nature in the Psalter” in Leshon Limmudim: Essays on the Language and Literature of the Hebrew Bible in honour of A.A. Macintosh. Eds. David Baer and Robert Gordon (London: T & T Clark, 2013).
  •  “Law and the Ruining of the Land: Deuteronomy and Jeremiah in Dialogue” (Political Theology 14 (2013) pp. 650-660).
  •  “Ecology, Theology, Society: Physical, Religious and Social Disjuncture in Biblical and Neo-Assyrian Prophetic Texts” in “Thus Speaks Ishtar of Arbela”: Prophecy in Israel, Assyria and Egypt in the Neo-Assyrian Period. Eds. Robert P. Gordon and Hans M. Barstad, (Winona Lake: Eisenbraun, 2013).
  •  “Creation Themes in Job and Amos: An Intertextual Relationship?” in Reading Job Intertextually. Eds. Katharine Dell and William Kynes (London: T & T Clark, 2012).
  •  “The Spirit of Yahweh in Isaiah 11:1-9” in Presence, Promise, Power. Eds. David Firth and Paul Wegner (Nottingham: Apollos, 2011).
  •  “Justice for Whom? Social and Environmental Ethics and the Hebrew Prophets” in Ethical and Unethical Behaviour in the Old Testament. Ed. Katharine Dell (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2010).
  • Biblical Prophets and Contemporary Environmental Ethics: Re-Reading Amos, Hosea and First Isaiah. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
  •  “Justice for All the Earth: Society, Ecology and the Biblical Prophets” in Creation in Crisis: Christian Perspectives on Sustainability. Ed. Robert White (London: SPCK, 2009).
  •  “The Other Prophet! The Voice of the Earth in the Book of Amos” in Exploring Ecological Hermeneutics. Eds. Norman Habel and Peter Trudinger, (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008).
  • The Earth is the Lord’s: A Biblical Response to Environmental Issues (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2008).
  •  “The Lament over the River Nile – a Study of Isaiah 19:5-10” (Vetus Testamentum 57 (2007) pp. 229-242).

Multimedia resources

Environmental Justice and the Biblical Prophets   MP3Video (download) 
Environmental Justice and the Biblical Prophets   MP3  
Theologies of Creation: The Foundation for Environmental Concern   MP3Video (download) 
Creation Care - Why Bother?   MP3  
Who Are We? Biblical and theological perspectives on what it means to be human   MP3  
Polly Stanton

Mrs Polly Stanton

Institute Administrator and Office Manager

Email: ps400@cam.ac.uk
Tel: 01223 741281

Biography

Polly Stanton is the Administrator and Office Manager of the Faraday Institute. She read Maths and Physics, receiving a BEd

Polly Stanton is the Administrator and Office Manager of the Faraday Institute. She read Maths and Physics, receiving a BEd from Sheffield University and went on to teach Mathematics. She took a long career break from formal Maths teaching to bring up a family but maintained an interest and involvement in education as a parent, school governor and private tutor. She serves on the Diocesan Board of Education and Cambridgeshire's Local Authority Admissions Forum and is a member of the governing bodies of two schools. In 2005 she completed a Masters degree at the Faculty of Education in Cambridge. Her thesis explored the role of school governors, with particular reference to the way they function relationally within the school structure.

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Gail Pilkington

Mrs Gail Pilkington

Marketing and Events Manager

Biography

Gail Pilkington is the Marketing and Events Manager for the Faraday Institute. She read Information and Library Studies at Loughborough

Gail Pilkington is the Marketing and Events Manager for the Faraday Institute. She read Information and Library Studies at Loughborough University and has worked in the information world in the UK and the Netherlands. She is married with two teenagers and is a Parish Councillor.

Miss Eleanor Puttock

External Communications Officer

Roger Abbott

Revd Dr Roger Abbott

Research Associate

Email: rpa24@cam.ac.uk

Biography

Roger is research associate in natural disasters, currently working on the religious and cultural impacts of natural disasters upon

Roger is research associate in natural disasters, currently working on the religious and cultural impacts of natural disasters upon Christian communities, with special reference to vulnerability and resilience in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake. He has also commenced a longitudinal study in the Philippines following the response to and recovery from typhoon Yolanda. He holds a PhD in the practical theology of disaster response in the UK, which he gained from the University of Wales, Trinity and St David, following over thirty years in church pastoral ministry. He runs a consultancy in pastoral care of trauma, and he teaches University of Chester validated MA and DMin modules in the pastoral response to trauma at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology, Bridgend. He is a member of the British and Irish Association of Practical Theology

Publications:
"Sit On Our Hands, or Stand On Our Feet?"
Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2013.

“Trauma, Compassion, and Community: Reconciling Opposites in the Interests of Post-traumatic Growth.” Practical Theology. 5.1 (2012): 31-46. doi: 10.1558/prth.v5i1.31

Abbott, Roger and Robert (Bob) White: “Haiti – An Unnatural Disaster: Ethics in Brief."
The Kirby Laing Institute For Christian Ethics. Volume 18 Number 3 (Spring 2013).

Multimedia resources

Are Natural Disasters Natural? Ethical, theological and pastoral issues   MP3  
Clare Redfern

Dr Clare Redfern

Research Associate

Email: cer58@cam.ac.uk
Tel: 01223 741276

Biography

Dr Redfern initially took a medical degree but later left active medical practice to take Open University courses in History

Dr Redfern initially took a medical degree but later left active medical practice to take Open University courses in History of science and Environmental science. She subsequently joined the Faraday Institute communications team. Dr Redfern is now based at Addenbrooke's hospital, Cambridge, putting her medical training to use as research assistant to Dr Alasdair Coles. Her research project involves a study of the neural processes underlying religious experiences and practices, looking at how these are affected by particular neurological diseases, and their accompanying deficits.

Dr Diana Beech

Research Associate

Email: djb96@cam.ac.uk

Biography

Dr Beech is a Research Associate carrying out research on the role of spiritual values in contemporary European science policy.

Dr Beech is a Research Associate carrying out research on the role of spiritual values in contemporary European science policy. After reading Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Durham, she went on to obtain an M.Phil degree in Contemporary European Studies from the University of Cambridge. Dr Beech remained in Cambridge to complete a Ph.D. in the Department of German and Dutch, also taking part in a research exchange programme with the Free University of Berlin. Her doctoral thesis focused on the struggle of the German Protestant church against National Socialism, and specifically analysed the policies of the Bishops of Hanover, Bavaria, and Wuerttemberg in the Third Reich. Immediately after her Ph.D., Dr Beech became a 'Commonwealth Post-Doctoral Research Fellow' at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She subsequently became a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the Technical University of Berlin, before joining the Faraday Institute in February 2012.

Rebecca Watson

Dr Rebecca Watson

Research Associate

Biography

Rebecca Watson is Research Associate in 'the sea in Scripture', conducting a study of the biblical material on the oceans

Rebecca Watson is Research Associate in 'the sea in Scripture', conducting a study of the biblical material on the oceans in order to develop a biblical theology of the sea. The aim is to apply this to how Christians should treat the ocean, the creatures living in it and the resources it contains.

Her theological studies began with a BA from Oxford University, and an MA in Theological Research from Durham, before she returned to Oxford to complete a DPhil examining putative occurrences of the theme of 'chaos' in the Psalter. This research was then expanded in a book looking more widely at Old Testament passages thought to reflect a divine battle with a dragon or the sea. Her first post was as a Lecturer in Biblical Studies at what is now the University of Cumbria and Senior Tutor for the ministerial training course for the north west. This was followed (after a career break) with three years working within the Cambridge Theological Federation as a Lecturer and Director of Studies for the Eastern Region Ministry Course (ERMC). She is also an affiliated lecturer of the University of Cambridge.

Rebecca has interests in the Psalter, particularly as read from a psychological perspective, and in the relation between the Bible and the wider ancient Near East, especially as it impacts on the understanding of the sea.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Chaos Uncreated: A Reassessment of The Theme of 'Chaos' in the Hebrew Bible (BZAW 341; Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2005).
  • ''I Shall Not Want'? A Psychological Interpretation of Psalm 23' in New Directions in Biblical Studies: Social Scientific and Cultural Approaches. Eds. David Chalcraft, Rebecca S. Watson and Frauke Uhlenbruch (Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, forthcoming).
  • ''Therefore we will not fear'? The Psalms of Zion in Psycho-Linguistic Perspective' in The City in the Hebrew Bible. Eds. Hilary Marlow and James Aitken (Oxford: OUP, subject to confirmation).

Ruth Bancewicz

Dr Ruth Bancewicz

Research Associate

Email: rmb67@cam.ac.uk
Tel: 01223 741282

Biography

Ruth is a research associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, working on the positive interaction between science

Ruth is a research associate at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, working on the positive interaction between science and faith, and the'Test of FAITH' resources project. After reading Genetics at Aberdeen University, she completed a PhD at Edinburgh University, based at the MRC Human Genetics Unit, working on gene-environment interactions during verterbrate development. She spent two years as a part-time postdoctoral researcher at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology, Edinburgh University, while also working as the Development Officer for Christians in Science - a post she held for three years, before moving full-time to the Faraday Institute to develop the Test of FAITH resources, the first of which were launched in 2009.

Ruth's Blog: scienceandbelief.wordpress.com

Test of FAITH: www.testoffaith.com

Recent Publications in Science and Religion

Science Publications

Colin Bell

Research Associate

Email: crb11@cam.ac.uk

Biography

Colin Bell joined the Faraday Institute to work on a joint project with the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics

Colin Bell joined the Faraday Institute to work on a joint project with the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics on 'Hope for creation: a biblical vision for contemporary environmental policy'. This project involved research, writing, organising a conference and editing a follow-up book. He is now involved in two other projects: editing a second book on creation care for the Lausanne Movement, and producing and delivering resources on faith, values and environmental issues for schools and church youth groups.

Colin Bell has an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge, following which he worked in computing and science research, and more recently an MA in Theology from the London School of Theology, specialising in the question of applying the Bible, particularly the Old Testament, to contemporary societies, ethics and environmental issues.
 

Dr Amy Unsworth

Research Associate

Email: aeu21@cam.ac.uk

Biography

In April 2012, Dr Amy Unsworth began a research project to investigate whether the linking of science with atheism in

In April 2012, Dr Amy Unsworth began a research project to investigate whether the linking of science with atheism in contemporary public discourse is impacting on attitudes towards science within Christian and Muslim faith communities in Britain. Prior to this project, Dr Unsworth worked on 'Belief in Dialogue', an intercultural dialogue project run by the British Council. She developed a thematic for the project concerned with the intersections between science, modernity, belief and culture.

Dr Unsworth's background is originally in the biological sciences. She gained her PhD in molecular biology at University College London. She also studied Science Communication at Birkbeck College, and became interested in the nature of scientific knowledge, how it is generated, and how it is communicated. She went on to develop contemporary science exhibitions and public dialogue events for the Science Museum in London before joining the Faraday Institute in 2010.

Mr William McVey

Grants Manager

Email: wmm20@cam.ac.uk

Biography

William manages the finances of the Faraday Institute. After working for accountants in London and Cambridge he spent 13 years

William manages the finances of the Faraday Institute. After working for accountants in London and Cambridge he spent 13 years as the accountant at Darwin College in the University of Cambridge. For four years he then travelled the world as Secretary for Finance & Stewardship with the Council for World Mission, working in and with the 31 member churches. For some years William was then the Accountant for The Perse School in Cambridge. Subsequently he became Bursar of three theological training colleges in Cambridge - Westcott House, Wesley House and the Eastern Region Ministry Course – before joining the Faraday Institute.

Nell Whiteway

Miss Nell Whiteway

Grants Co-ordinator

Email: ew307@cam.ac.uk

Biography

Nell Whiteway graduated from Cambridge in 2009 with a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Genetics. Nell spent two years

Nell Whiteway graduated from Cambridge in 2009 with a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Genetics. Nell spent two years working with a women's charity, YWCA, in Oxford and Melbourne, Australia, where she acted as a researcher and policy advocate on a range of social and political issues including housing, domestic violence and increasing political participation for women. She is the Grants Coordinator and Research Assistant on the Uses and Abuses of Biology sub-project.

Denis Alexander

Dr Denis Alexander

Emeritus Director

Email: dra24@hermes.cam.ac.uk

Biography

Dr Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where

Dr Denis Alexander is the Emeritus Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, St Edmund's College, Cambridge, where he is a Fellow. Dr Alexander was previously Chairman of the Molecular Immunology Programme and Head of the Laboratory of Lymphocyte Signalling and Development at the Babraham Institute, Cambridge. Prior to that Dr Alexander was at the Imperial Cancer Research Laboratories in London (now Cancer Research UK), and spent 15 years developing university departments and laboratories overseas, latterly as Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Medical Faculty of the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, where he helped to establish the National Unit of Human Genetics. Dr Alexander was initially an Open Scholar at Oxford reading Biochemistry, before obtaining a PhD in Neurochemistry at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.

Dr Alexander writes, lectures and broadcasts widely in the field of science and religion. From 1992-2013 he was Editor of the journal Science & Christian Belief,  and currently serves on the National Committee of Christians in Science and as a member of the executive committee of the International Society for Science and Religion.

Recent selected publications in science and religion

  • Alexander, D. R. (2001) 'Rebuilding the Matrix - Science and Faith in the 21st Century', Oxford: Lion Publishing, hb 512 pp. pb edn 2002. US hb edn 2003; French edn 2004; Turkish edn 2010; Chinese edn 2013.
  • Alexander, D.R. and White R.S. (2004) 'Beyond Belief - Science, Faith and Ethical Challenges' Oxford: Lion Publishing.
  • Alexander, D.R. (Ed + Chapter). (2005) 'Can We Know Anything? Science, Faith and Postmodernity', Leicester: Apollos.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2008) 'Science and religion – negotiating the 21st century rapids', in A. Bentley (ed) The Edge of Reason, London: Continuum.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2008) 'Creation or Evolution - Do We Have to Choose?', Oxford: Monarch.
  • Alexander, D.R.and Numbers, R.L. (eds) (2010) 'Biology and Ideology from Descartes to Dawkins' University of Chicago Press.
  • Alexander, D. R. (2011) 'The Language of Genetics – an Introduction'. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press and London: Darton, Longman & Todd.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2012) 'A Critique of Intelligent Design' in Darwinism and Natural Theology: Evolving Perspectives (ed Andrew Robinson), Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Alexander D.R. (2012) 'Science and Religious Belief in the Modern World: Challenges and Opportunities' in Science and Religion: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (ed David Marshall), Georgetown University Press, pp 35-45.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2013) 'The Implications of Evolution for Religious Belief' in K. Kampourakis (ed) Philosophical Issues in Public Education, Springer, In Press.

Recent selected science publications

  • Ogilvy, S., Louis-Dit-Sully, C., Cassady, R.L., Alexander, D.R. and Holmes, N. (2003) J.Immunol. 171:1792-1800. 'Either of the CD45RB and CD45R0 isoforms are effective in restoring T cell, but not B cell, development and function in CD45-null mice'.
  • Turner S.D., Tooze R., Maclennan K, and Alexander D.R. (2003) Oncogene 22: 7750-61 'Vav-promoter regulated oncogenic fusion protein NPM-ALK in transgenic mice causes B-cell lymphomas with hyperactive Jun Kinase'.
  • Zhao, R., Yang, F.-T., and Alexander, D.R. (2004). Cancer Cell, 5: 37-49. 'An oncogenic tyrosine kinase inhibits DNA repair and DNA damage-induced Bcl-xL deamidation in T cell transformation'.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2004) Cell Cycle 3: 584-7 'Oncogenic tyrosine kinases, DNA repair and survival'.
  • Alexander, D.R. (2005) 'Biological validation of the CD45 tyrosine phosphatase as a pharmaceutical target” in L.A.Pinna and P.W.Cohen (eds) ‘Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology', Springer.
  • Turner, S.D. and Alexander, D.R. (2005) Leukaemia 7: 1128-1134. 'What have we learnt from mouse models of NPM-ALK induced lymphomagenesis?'
  • Elliott, J.I., Surprenant, A., Marelli-Berg, F.M., Cooper, J.C., Cassady-Cain, R.L., Wooding, C., Linton, K., Alexander, D.R. and Higgins, C.F. (2005). Nat. Cell. Biol. 7: 808-816. 'Membrane phosphatidylserine distribution as a non-apoptotic signaling mechanism in lymphocytes'.
  • Salmond, R.J., Huyer, G., Kotsoni, A., Clements, L. and Alexander, D.R. (2005) J. Immunol. 2005, 175: 6498-6508. 'The src Homology 2 Domain-Containing Tyrosine Phosphatase 2 Regulates Primary T-Dependent Immune Responses and Th Cell Differentiation'.
  • Turner S.D. and Alexander, D.R. (2006). Leukemia 20: 572-82. 'Fusion Tyrosine Kinase Mediated Signalling Pathways in the Transformation of Haematopoietic Cells'.
  • Zhao,, R., Oxley, D., Smith, T.S., Follows, G.A., Green, A.R. and Alexander, D.R. (2007) Plos Biology, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050001. 'DNA Damage-induced Bcl-xL Deamidation is Mediated by NHE-1 Antiport Regulated Intracellular pH'.
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Multimedia resources

Genes, Determinism and God PDF MP3  
The Historical Background to the Science-Religion Debate   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Truth Telling in the Practice of Science   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Does Evolution have any Religious Significance?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Transcending Dawkins' God: Renewing the Interface between Science and Faith   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Is God a Virus?   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
God and Biology Panel discussion.   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
God and Darwin   MP3Video (download)Video (streaming)
Human Enhancement: How far should we go   MP3Video (download) 
Brain, Mind, Neurons and Free-Will - Panel Discussion chaired by   MP3  
Genetic and Cellular Complexity: A Critique of Intelligent Design   MP3  
Theological Issues arising from Evolution   MP3  
Creation or Evolution: Do we have to choose?   MP3  
Lizzie Coyle

Lizzie Coyle

Research Assistant and Intern

Email: eec34@cam.ac.uk

Biography

Lizzie Coyle graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2013 with a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Evolutionary and

Lizzie Coyle graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2013 with a degree in Natural Sciences, specialising in Evolutionary and Behavioural Biology. After a short-term internship with Christians in Science, Lizzie came to work full-time for The Faraday Institute in October 2013. Lizzie has a strong interest in the communication and public understanding of the interactions of science and faith and has regularly participated in formal and informal discussion of the science and faith dialogue. She has worked with children and youth in a variety of contexts for many years.

Lizzie is assisting Dr Amy Unsworth in her research project as part of the Uses and Abuses of Biology Grants Programme and also Dr Ruth Bancewicz in her Test of Faith resources project. In addition, Lizzie is working to establish and build communication with schools, youth and student groups regarding the interactions of science and faith. She provides lessons, workshops and talks on science and faith for children, young people and students in a variety of contexts.
 

Zoë Binns

Dr Zoë Binns

Associate Marketing and Events Manager

Email: zcl21@cam.ac.uk
Tel: 01223 741283

Biography

ZoŽ Binns is the Marketing and Events Manager at the Faraday Institute. She read Physics at Cambridge followed

ZoŽ Binns is the Marketing and Events Manager at the Faraday Institute. She read Physics at Cambridge followed by a PhD with Prof. Bob White at the Dept of Earth Sciences. She then spent two years in Tanzania working with Wycliffe Bible Translators before returning to Cambridge to marry and begin work with the Faraday Institute.