Tulane University
Monday, October 19, 2015

Does Science Make Faith Obsolete?

October 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life (Qatar Ballroom)

About the Presenters
Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Computer Science, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science; Rice University
James M. Tour, a synthetic organic chemist, received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Syracuse University, his Ph.D. in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry from Purdue University, and postdoctoral training in synthetic organic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin and Stanford University. After spending 11 years on the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina, he joined the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University in 1999 where he is presently the T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Computer Science, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Tour’s scientific research areas include nanoelectronics, graphene electronics, carbon nanovectors for medical applications, green carbon research for enhanced oil recovery and environmentally friendly oil and gas extraction, graphene photovoltaics, chemical self-assembly, flame retarding polymer additives, carbon nanotube and graphene synthetic modifications, carbon composites, hydrogen storage on nanoengineered carbon scaffolds, synthesis of single-molecule nanomachines which include molecular motors and nanocars, use of the NanoKids concept for K-12 education in nanoscale science, Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero science educational package development for middle school education, and methods for retarding chemical terrorist attacks.
History at Tulane University

In 2013, Tulane University welcomed Oxford’s John Lennox for a forum entitled “Is God Relevant?” Dr. Lennox explored the relationship between faith and science, and discussed whether or not science has made faith unnecessary for explaining the world around us.    

In 2012, The Veritas Forum Tulane hosted pediatric oncologist Ray Barfield. If death is life's only certainty, why are we so often disillusioned when faced with its reality? What role should medicine play as we confront suffering and our own mortality? Come learn what the Christian faith has to say about "God, Medicine, and Suffering" in the light of modern medicine.

In 2011, The Veritas Forum at Tulane welcomed libertarians Eric Mack (Tulane) and Marcus Cole (Stanford) in "God, Government, or Me: Who Determines Moral Good?" a discussion dealing with the foundation of morality from their respective secular and Christian perspectives. Free from the difficulties of crossing a political divide, these men addressed and critiqued the fundamental principles compelling them to a common conclusion. Both related how morality in their personal lives is motivated by and rooted in their distinct worldviews and philosophies.