FSU Professors Win Award from Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

Release Date: 05/10/2002

Frostburg State University professors Dr. George R. Plitnik, physics, and Dr. Paul R. La Chance, English, recently received a 2002 Development Grant award for $2,000 from the Berkeley, Calif.-based Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS).

As a part of their "Science and Religion Course Program," CTNS offers this development incentive to professors who have previously won the global "Science and Religion Course Competition" and who have gone on to further enhance the course and re-offer it with significant and improved modifications.

La Chance and Plitnik originally were awarded the 2000 CTNS Course Award for $10,000 in a worldwide competition open to all private and public colleges and seminaries. Both professors traveled to Oxford, England, in the summer of 2000 to join other winners from around the world at a four-day conference on "God and Time." Then, after attending an additional conference on "Science and Spirituality" at Harvard University in October of 2001,

La Chance and Plitnik submitted to CTNS the revisions and additions they made to their already highly acknowledged team-taught course "Physics and Metaphysics" (PHSC 444). CTNS, based upon these further course improvements and the successful re-offering of the course, named both professors as the 2002 Development Grant recipients.

Half of the original award, $5,000, was donated to the FSU Ort Library for about 300 new books in the field of science and religion. Students at FSU and across the state have access to the latest information and insights in this developing area of science and religion.