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In the Thicket of this World: Doing Science as a Person of Faith

Quantum Chemist, Author Presents at the MountEmmitsburg, Maryland – Distinguished scientist, professor and author Michelle M. Francl, Ph.D., will examine the relationship between science and religious belief at an upcoming lecture at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Dr. Francl will present “In the Thicket of this World: Doing Science as a Person of Faith,” at the Mount’s annual Ducharme Lecture on November 2.

“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Francl to the Mount,” said Peter Dorsey, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “She works on the frontiers of chemistry, mathematics and the humanities, and communicates her passion for discovery to a wide and diverse audience. Her exploration of the relationship between science and religion is most welcome at a time when many professionals rigidly separate the two ways of seeking knowledge.”

Dr. Francl is a professor of chemistry and chair of the chemistry department at Bryn Mawr College, where she has been on the faculty since 1986. Francl is also an adjunct scholar at the Vatican Observatory. As a quantum chemist, she has published in areas ranging from the development of methods for computational chemistry to the structures of topologically intriguing molecules.

The Ducharme Lecture Series fosters the integration of knowledge in the Mount’s liberal-arts curriculum. This endowed lecture series is named after Robert Ducharme, Ph.D., professor emeritus of English and longtime champion of liberal education at the Mount. It was established with a gift from Raphael Della Ratta, C’92, who majored in English and was one of Dr. Ducharme’s students.

The Fall 2016 Ducharme Lecture will take place November 2, in the Knott Auditorium at 4:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact the College of Liberal Arts at (301) 447-7435.

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