The Society of Catholic Scientists hails the vote of the membership of the International Astronomical Union to recommend renaming the famous Hubble Law of cosmology as the Hubble-Lemaître Law to honor Fr. Georges Lemaître (1894-1966), the Catholic priest and theoretical physicist who proposed the Big Bang theory in the late 1920’s.
Sixteen Gold Masses are scheduled for this November (or later in the academic year) in three countries. Mark your calendars! Gold Masses are celebrated for Catholic scientists, science educators at all levels, and science students (undergraduate and graduate). It is a good way to meet other Catholics in your area who are involved with science. See below for information about the Gold Masses that have been scheduled.
On October 31st, Jonathan Lunine of Cornell University, who is Vice President of SCS, will give a lecture at the University of Chicago about Georges Lemaître, the astrophysicist and priest who proposed the Big Bang Theory. The lecture is open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Lumen Christi Institute and by the University of Chicago's Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. It will be held at 7 PM in Kent Hall, Room 107, 1020 East 58th Street, Chicago IL 60637.
The third annual conference of the Society of Catholic Scientists will be held on June 7-9, 2019 at the University of Notre Dame. The main theme of the conference will be “What Does it Mean to be Human?”
August 29, 2018, is the one-hundredth birthday of Clemens C.J. Roothaan, a member of the Society of Catholic Scientists, who is famous for his work in atomic and molecular physics, including the Hartree-Fock-Roothaan equations. A concentration camp survivor, he went on to a long and distinguished career as a professor of chemistry and physics. His great-great-great uncle was Superior General of the Jesuit order from 1829-1853.
Immediately preceding the 2018 SCS Annual Conference, there will be a Symposium co-sponsored by The Thomistic Institute and the Society of Catholic Scientists. Graduate students or advanced undergraduates in the natural sciences or philosophy are encouraged to apply to attend the Symposium. The deadline is April 1.