The Bulletin of the Catholic Association of Scientists and Engineers
May 19, 2005
May Meeting Announcement: There will be a meeting of the members of the Catholic Association of Scientists and Engineers on Wednesday evening May 25, 2005 at 5:30 pm.
at the James Bates Hall at Ascension Catholic Church, 12700 Lanham-Severn Road, Bowie, Maryland 20720, Tel: 301 262 2227.
Mr. Mark Ryland  Vice President - Discovery Institute
1015 Fifteenth Street, NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005
Phone Numbers: Voice: (202) 682-1201 Fax: (202) 408-0632
will speak on
Evolution, Design, Catholicism: An Update

The recurring controversy over how evolution should be taught in public schools will provide a backdrop for a talk about the state of evolutionary theory, the scientific challenges to evolution and neo-Darwinism, and some surprising and little-known input on the subject from the teachings of the Catholic Church.
Meanwhile, as a primer that people might want to review before the meeting, here's a good overview of the state of the debate by a member of the National Academy of Sciences and neuroscientist Paul McHugh (also a good Catholic, I believe; at least, he's a member with me of the board of advisors to the School of Philosophy at Catholic University of America).

Mr. Ryland is Vice-President and Director, Washington DC Office, of the Discovery Institute, as well as a Member of its Board of Directors. His interests and background cover a wide range: law and public policy, technology, software, network architecture, technology standardization, science and philosophy, and the philosophy of nature. In addition to heading up Discovery's DC Office, he is actively involved with the Technology and Democracy Project, the Center for Science and Culture, and the Law and Justice Program, serving each as a Senior Fellow in all three areas.
After practicing law for three years with the firm of Latham & Watkins, in Washington, DC, Mr. Ryland changed professions in 1991 and began working in software design and management at Microsoft Corporation. He served in a variety of program management and technical marketing positions at Microsoft and, at the time of his departure in September 2000, was serving as founder and Director of the company's Standards Strategy Group, reporting to Senior Vice President Craig Mundie.
Mr. Ryland serves on the board of directors of several for-profit companies as well as various educational and philanthropic institutions. He received his B.A. in philosophy from the University of San Diego in 1983 (magna cum laude) and law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley in 1986 (Order of the Coif), where he was a co-founder and Articles Editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He clerked for Judge Thomas Gibbs Gee (R.I.P.) on the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1986-88. Mr. Ryland currently lives in the Washington, DC, area with his wife Katherine Kiley Ryland and their children.
Br.  Dunstan Robidoux sent me his talk on Aquinas’ Concept of Science by e-mail. I tried to put it upon the CAS+E web site at ; but the conversion of the text to HTML  stymied me.  If anyone would like to have a copy of the talk, I will be happy to e-mail it to them.  Perhaps one of you would be willing to convert the text to HTML for our web site at .  
We are especially happy with the numbers of young students that are coming to the meetings.  
Steve Mosher  writes: Thank you for sending me the copy of Dr. John Rao’s talk, which I look forward to viewing. I had hoped to attend the talk, but the press of other duties kept me away.
I will be sending along our latest for your reading pleasure.
God bless.
Steve Mosher
President (The Population Research Institute)
Rev Fr. Pierre Conway, O. P.  commended us for the short paper by Dr. Maria Timofeeva  in our last Bulletin.
Frank and Connie Di Vito and Jacques Nguyen at the Kelly home and with Frank Kelly at the Chinese restaurant respectively.
  Jacques Nguyen  was in town today to visit congress and the State Department to get the problem of freedom of religion for Vietnamese Montagnard tribes.  He also visited Frank and Connie Di Vito and we had a happy supper at a local Chinese buffet style restaurant.   Jacques has recently received a special Ronald Reagan medal from the Republican Party for his loyal support and effort.  
Antionette Rieu reports:  Her nephew, Joseph Rieu, has graduated from St. Mary’s College in St. Mary’s County Maryland.  
Future meetings: The tentative dates for the next group of CAS+E meetings here in Bowie MD are as follows:
May 19, 2005  Wednesday         Mark Ryland
June 15, 2005    Wednesday        Fr. Greg Coan
July 7, 2005  Tentatively     Fr. Stanley Jaki,
End of July Tentatively       Fr Jacques Arnould OP CNES
Election of Pope Benedict XVI:  Wonderful news. Thanks to Our Lord and Our Lady and St. Benedict for this great gift.               Sincerely yours, Dr. Francis J. Kelly