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The 2018 American Scientific Affiliation

Annual Meeting

July 27-30

Gordon College, Wenham, MA

The American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) invites you to participate in this year's Annual Meeting in beautiful Wenham, MA. Check this website for continuous updates. Registration will be available soon.

Meet the Plenary Speakers

Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discovers of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. Since 2009 he has served as the Director of the National Institutes of Health, the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, and received the National Medal of Science in 2009.  

Dr. Collins is the author of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief (2006), in which he describes his own conversion from atheism to Christianity, and presents the case for an intellectually satisfying harmony between the worldviews of science and faith. he is also the founder of the BioLogos Foundation which has emerged as a much-needed civil and winsome meeting place for serious discourse about how scriptural and scientific truths can inform each other.

Nigel M. de S. Cameron is the Founder and President Emeritus of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technology in Washington DC. He is also the Technology/Futures editor at His most recent books are Will Robots Take Your Job? A Plea for Consensus and The Robots Are Coming: Us, Them, and God.

Noreen Herzfeld is the Nicholas and Bernice Reuter Professor of Science and Religion at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict. She hols degrees in computer science and mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in theology from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. Herzfeld teaches courses in both the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Theology at St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict, reflecting her two primary research interests.

Herzfeld is the author of In Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the Human Spirit (Fortress, 2002), Technology and Religion: Remaining Human in a Co-Created World (Templeton, 2009), and The Limits of Perfection in Technology, Religion, and Science (Pandora, 2010). She has also published numerous articles on diverse topics such as cyberspace as a venue for spiritual experience, embodiment as a sine qua nan for personhood, the religious implications of computer games, and the prospects for reconciliation among Christian and Muslims in Bosnia.

Douglas A. Lauffenburger is Ford Professor of Bioengineering and (founding) Head of the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT. His major research interests are cell engineering: fusion of engineering with molecular cell biology, with central focus on systems biology approaches to complex pathophysiology in application to drug discovery and development. Lauffenburger has co-authored a monograph entitled Receptors: Models for Binding, Trafficking & Signaling, (Oxford University Press 1993) and co-edited the book entitled Systems in Biomedicine: Concepts and Perspectives (Elsevier 2010). More than 100 doctoral students and postdoctoral associates have undertaken research education under his supervision.

Prof. Lauffenburger has served as a consultant or scientific advisory board member for numerous biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and his awards include the Galletti Award from AIMBE, the Coburn Award and Walker Award from AlChE, and the Distinguished Lecture Award and Shu Chien Career Achievement Award from BMES. He is a member o the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and has served as President of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Chair of the College of Fellows of American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, on the Advisory Council for NIGMS, and as a co=author of the 2009 NRC report on A New Biology for the 21st Century.

Jeff Schloss received his undergraduate education in biology from Wheaton College and his Ph.D. in Ecology/Evolutionary Biology from Washington University. He is currently Senior Scholar at the BioLogos Foundation and Distinguished Professor & T.B. Walker Chair of Biology at Westmont College, where he also directs the Center for Faith, Ethics & Life Sciences. He has taught at the University of Michigan, Wheaton College, the Creation Care Study Program, and has been a Danforth Fellow, a Crosson Fellow at the University of Notre Dame Center for Philosophy of Religion, a Plummer Fellow at St. Anne's College Oxford, a Witherspoon Fellow in Theology & Science at Princeton's Center of Theological Inquiry, and a Senior Fellow at Emory University Center for Law & Religion. His scholarly interests include theoretical perspectives on the evolution of human cooperation, morality, and religious cognition- including the philosophical and theological entailments of these theories. Collaborative volumes include Altruism & Altruistic Love (Oxford), Evolution and Ethics (Eerdmans), The Believing Primate (Oxford), and Darwinian Perspectives on the Moral Sentiments (Transaction). Recent publications have appeared in Behavioral and Brain Sciences: Religion, Brain, and Behavior; Theology & Science; PNAS; Philosophy, Theology and the Sciences.

Pre-Meeting Workshops

"Science for Service: Diagnostics for the Developing World"
Facilitated by: Alynne MacLean
Friday, July 27 from 9 am-12 pm

This workshop will begin with audience participation as we learn together how immunoassays work. After an overview of all the components needed to assemble rapid flow tests, each participant will get a chance to put together his/her own sample. Please note: since we will not be working in a low-humidity environment, the tests will not be usable. We'll finish our time together with a presentation containing stories of how these tests are being used in the poorest parts of our world.

 Alynne grew up in MA and attended Gordon College. It was the summer before her junior year that she went on her first mission trip and God grew her heart for his people in the poorest places on earth. Eventually, this led her to pursue a PhD in bioanalytical chemistry and to found Science with a Mission, Inc. SMI manufactures rapid diagnostics (for disease such as HIV, malaria, typhoid, etc) and partners with mission agencies and individual around the globe- bringing physical and spiritual healing.

"Reworking the Science of Adam"
Facilitated by: S. Joshua Swamidass

Friday, July 27 from 2 pm-5 pm

What odes science tell us about theology of Adam? What scenarios does the evidence rule out? What scenarios are possible and plausible? Honest scientific answers to these questions are critically important. These conflicts drive opposition in the Church to a scientific understanding of our origins.

The last year has been notable for several major developments, all of which will be covered in this workshop. More than one correction has been made to our understanding of how evolutionary science interacts with theology of Adam. For example, a paper published in PSCF shows, with genealogical science, how Adam an Eve could have been ancestors of us and de novo created, as recently as just 10,000 years ago. A much larger range of historical Adam scenarios are possible. A larger range of theological positions are consistent with the genetic evidence. There is, now, an opportunity to rework our understanding of the science of Adam.

Joshua is a physician, scientist, and Assistant Professor of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis. He leads a computational biology group that studies information at the intersection of biology, chemistry, and medicine. He also is a speaker for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Veritas Forums. Recently, he served as a Science Advisor for AAAS Science for Seminaries, and now blogs at Peaceful Science (

Call for Abstracts deadline has been extended to February 28, 2018.

Click HERE to submit and abstract

Click HERE for Oral Presentation Instructions

Click HERE for Poster Instructions

Registration Coming Soon!

All registrations must be submitted online. Payment in US dollars, however, may be made online or by mail. We recommend using Firefox or Chrome browsers. If you are an ASA member, sign in to receive your member discount. Early registration rates apply through May 1, 2018. No refunds after June 30, 2018.

* Scholarships are available for students to help with the cost of lodging & meals. Click HERE for more information and to apply.

To make a change after your registration has been submitted, you will need to contact Kristen at the ASA office by emailing

General Information

Click HERE for a virtual Gordon College campus tour

Click HERE for the ASA Ride Board and Travel Information

Click HERE for Off-campus lodging with discounted rates at area hotels.

   Exhibitor and Program Advertising Information

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Expanded Student Track

ASA and InterVarsity's Student Network (ESN) will be partnering to offer an expanded student track.

Field trips this year will include

  • Red Sox Game
  • Geology Tour of North Shore
  • Cape Ann Whale Watch
  • MIT Lab Visit
  • Harvard Museum

Special Activities

  • Volleyball Tournament
  • *New* Softball game
  • Guided morning walks
  • Meal meet-ups

Receptions Planned

  • InterVarsity
  • BioLogos
  • Francis Collins

*New* Planned Giving Seminar

This year, we are offering a dedicated workshop for those interested in legacy giving opportunities. Stay tuned for more details.

Contact for more information:

Kristen Broughton, Membership and Outreach Manager (

Program Chair:
Mike Paul

Tim Wallace

Local Arrangements Chairs:
Sharon Carlson

Susan Gross (

Come Early, Stay Late, & Tour Boston!

Plan your family vacation around the Annual Meeting and take advantage of the wonderful things the Boston area has to offer. The travel information page provides discounted rates at area hotels. Click here for more information about area attractions for families.

 The American Scientific Affiliation ( was founded in 1941 as an international network of Christians in the sciences. Members of the ASA are united by a belief in the orthodoxy of Christianity, as defined by the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds and a commitment to excellence in science. The ASA is not an advocacy organization. Where there is honest disagreement on an aspect of science, Christian faith, or the relationship between the two, the ASA strives to create a safe environment in which dialogue can flourish and diverse, even contrasting, ideas can be discussed with courtesy and respect.