Schedule, Abstracts, Bios Posted for Science & Mormonism Symposium

Dear friends and colleagues —

This message is to let you know that the schedule of events for the 2013 Interpreter symposium on “Science and Mormonism: Cosmos, Earth, and Man” is now posted on the Interpreter website. Presenter abstracts, bios, and photos have also now been posted, as well as location information (parking, hotel, dining).  Simply click on the links above, or from the Events menu on the website.

Due to the great interest in the event, we have had to expand our meeting space beyond what was originally expected. However, we are now sold out for the event with almost 600 registrants (live streaming online will also be available, see below). We want to express special thanks to those who have already donated to help defray the cost of the meeting. If you are able, we’d like to invite each of you to consider donating—at present, donations are only covering a small fraction of costs. You may make a donation (and now also automatic recurring donations) from our donations webpage.

Now for a few logistical items. On the day of the conference, symposium registrants will have first priority on seating until a few minutes before the beginning of the event, after which we will release empty seats to any last minute or standby arrivals. Please bring your tickets with you to gain entrance. Your tickets were attached to your registration confirmation sent to your email, and may also be accessed on the Eventbrite website, or via the Eventbrite app on iOS or Android devices.

The event will also be available for free viewing online via live streaming on YouTube, and viewers may discuss the symposium in real-time by commenting on the YouTube page, but only in-person attendees will be able to submit questions to the presenters.  Recorded videos will also be made available online in the days following the conference on Interpreter’s YouTube channel and website.

In the hopes of making the proceedings of this event a resource for future reference on the topics of discussion, we expect both hard copy and electronic versions of a book with expanded and fully-footnoted versions of presenter talks, panel discussion, and possibly additional chapters to be prepared and published in the first half of 2014.

We have arranged for a cart with drinks and packaged snacks to be available at each of the breaks. Items can be purchased with cash or credit card. For lunch, you will be on your own. You are welcome to visit one of the many nearby restaurants or to bring your own lunch. However, only food purchased within the Utah Valley Convention Center can be brought in and consumed at the facility itself.

We are hosting a public dinner following the symposium on Saturday, November 9th at 6:00pm at Joe Vera’s Mexican Restaurant located just west of the Convention Center. This will allow a limited number of attendees (the capacity of the restaurant is about 40 people) to continue the conversations with the presenters over dinner. Each person will need to pick-up their own tab. If you plan to come, please RSVP by filling out the form linked here, and clicking “submit.”

Please submit any questions about the symposium via our contact page. We are looking forward to seeing you on November 9.

With appreciation for your interest and participation,

Jeff Bradshaw, on behalf of the organizing committee:
David Bailey
John Lewis
Greg Smith
Michael Stark

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About Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

Jeffrey M. Bradshaw (PhD, Cognitive Science, University of Washington) is a Senior Research Scientist at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola, Florida (www.ihmc.us/groups/jbradshaw;en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_M._Bradshaw). His professional writings have explored a wide range of topics in human and machine intelligence (www.jeffreymbradshaw.net).

Jeff has been the recipient of several awards and patents and has been an adviser for initiatives in science, defense, space, industry, and academia worldwide. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Council for the Nissan Research Center—Silicon Valley and is a former co-editor of the Human-Centered Computing Department for IEEE Intelligent Systems. He was a member of the Defense Science Board 2015 Study on Autonomy, the Board on Global Science and Technology for the National Academies of Science, and the National Research Council Committee on Emerging Cognitive Neuroscience Research.

Jeff serves as a vice president for The Interpreter Foundation and is on the Advisory Board for the Academy for Temple Studies. He has lectured for FairMormon in the US, Germany, and France, and is an organizer of the Interpreter Science and Mormonism Symposium Series. He has an abiding interest in Genesis, temples, and the ancient Near East (www.templethemes.net). He has written a detailed commentary on the first five chapters of the book of Moses (Creation, Fall, and the Story of Adam and Eve, In God’s Image and Likeness 1, Eborn, 2010 (updated edition 2014)), and, with David J. Larsen, has published a second volume continuing the commentary through JST Genesis 11 (Enoch, Noah, and the Tower of Babel, In God’s Image and Likeness 2, Eborn, 2014). He has also authored Temple Themes in the Book of Moses, Temple Themes in the Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood, Temple Themes in the Symbols of the Priesthood (forthcoming 2016), and articles on temple studies and the ancient Near East for Studies in the Bible and AntiquityElement: A Journal of Mormon Philosophy and TheologyInterpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, and BYU Studies.

Jeff is the co-founder with David H. Bailey of the Interpreter Science and Mormonism Symposium series, including the 2013 meeting entitled Cosmos, Earth, and Man and the 2016 meeting entitled Body, Brain, Mind, and Spirit.

Jeff was a missionary in France and Belgium from 1975-1977, and his family has returned twice to live in France: once from 1993-1994 as a Fulbright Scholar and a second time from 2005-2006 as an unexpected “sabbatical” in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan. Jeff has served twice as a bishop and twice as a counselor in the stake presidency of the Pensacola Florida Stake. He and his wife, Kathleen, are the parents of four children and ten grandchildren. In July 2016, they began two years of service in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa Mission.

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