Bulletin of the Catholic Association of Scientists and Engineers
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.
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
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
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
Br. Dunstan Robidoux
firstname.lastname@example.org sent me his talk on Aquinas’ Concept of Science by
e-mail. I tried to put it upon the CAS+E web site at www.cas-e.org ;
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 www.cas-e.org .
We are especially happy with the numbers of young students that are
coming to the meetings.
Steve Mosher email@example.com
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.
President (The Population Research Institute)
Rev Fr. Pierre Conway, O. P.
commended us for the short paper by Dr. Maria Timofeeva
firstname.lastname@example.org in our last Bulletin.
and Connie Di Vito and Jacques Nguyen at the Kelly home and with Frank
Kelly at the Chinese restaurant respectively.
Jacquesnnn@yahoo.com 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
Antionette Rieu reports:
Her nephew, Joseph Rieu, Meltingclok@aol.com 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
June 15, 2005 Wednesday
Fr. Greg Coan
July 7, 2005 Tentatively Fr. Stanley
End of July Tentatively Fr Jacques
Arnould OP CNES Jacques.Arnould@cnes.fr
Election of Pope Benedict XVI:
Wonderful news. Thanks to Our Lord and Our Lady and St. Benedict for
Sincerely yours, Dr. Francis J. Kelly