Science and Religion Fair

Feb 5 9am–3:30pm
University of Saint Mary of the Lake
1000 East Maple Avenue
Mundelein, IL 60060
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Stephen M. BarrUniversity of Delaware

In partnership with the Soceity of Catholic Scientists and the McGrath Institute for Church Life. Cosponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago Vocations Office and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

Big Questions at the Intersection of Science and Faith
Saturday, February 5th, 2022, University of St. Mary of the Lake : Mundelein Seminary

Want to learn from accomplished Catholic scientists about the harmony of faith and science? Interested in the Big Questions on the frontiers of scientific discovery? Then come to this Science and Religion Fair on February 5th at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.

Open to all high school students, parents, and teachers. Students attend for FREE (and all adult admission fees are waived if accompanied by at least one student.)

Attendees will get to learn from distinguished scientists who embrace both the Catholic faith and modern science, following the example of St. Albert the Great, patron saint of science.

Conference Highlights Include:

  • One 25-minute Opening Talk on Science and Faith, and Cosmology and Extraterrestrial Life.
  • A choice of multiple ‘Lightning Round’ Talks on crucial topics: Is the Universe Made for Life?; God and the Dinosaurs; Earthquakes, their consequences, and Jesuit Seismology; What is Human Life and When does it Begin?; Evolution and Creation: A Catholic Perspective; and Modern Science, the Church and Galileo. 
  • Big Questions/Ask-a-Scientist Poster Session where attendees will have an opportunity to meet Catholic scientists one-on-one and ask them about their fields of science, career paths, the big unsolved questions in their areas of science, being a Catholic in science, and anything that they are curious about.  The scientists they will meet will be a varied group: young and old; male and female; experimenters and theorists; and in many areas of research. Students interested in STEM subjects and teachers interested in renewing their own understanding will dialogue about high-impact topics, including: genetics, mathematics, materials science, evolutionary biology, superstring theory, cosmology, environmental science, neuroscience and brain research, and much more.  


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Stephen M. Barr is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Delaware and Director of its Bartol Research Institute. He received his PhD from Princeton University and has held research positions at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Washington, and Brookhaven National Laboratory. Dr. Barr is a theoretical particle physicist whose research centers on “grand unified theories” and the cosmology of the early universe.  He has written over 150 research papers, as well as the article on “Grand Unification” for the Encyclopedia of Physics. He has lectured widely on the relation of science and religion and is the author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith, A Student’s Guide to Natural Science, and Science and Religion: The Myth of Conflict. Dr. Barr is the founding and current President of the Society of Catholic Scientists.