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Scott Austin to speak at LogiCon 2016!

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Scott Austin, PhD

PhD, Physics, Arizona State University (1995)

Professional Biography:

Scott Austin was born on November 13, 1965 in Michigan.  He became interested in science and astronomy in 5th grade, and graduated from Durand Area High School in 1983.  He majored in physics at Michigan State University, was an undergraduate teaching assistant for physics courses in the Lyman Briggs College at MSU, and was an undergraduate research assistant at the MSU National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory analyzing streamer chamber data.  After completing a B.S. in physics in 1987, he moved to Tempe Arizona to pursue a graduate degree at Arizona State University.  While at ASU Scott did research in the area of astronomy and astrophysics doing observational and computational work primarily on classical novae.  Classical novae are thermonuclear explosions of the hydrogen-rich material accreted onto a white dwarf from a close companion star.  The work he did on Nova Cygnii 1992 became his dissertation and publication in the Astronomical Journal.  This graduate work included using telescopes at major observatories in Arizona (Steward Observatory 2.3-m Bok telescope on Kitt Peak, the Multiple-Mirror Telescope on Mount Hopkins, and the 1.8-m Perkins telescope of Lowell Observatory at Anderson Mesa), and data from space-based telescopes (International Ultraviolet Explorer and Hubble Space Telescope).  After a successful PhD. defense in 1995, Scott had a one year lectureship at Penn State Erie, and a two-year visiting assistant professor position at Washington State University in Pullman Washington.  While at WSU Scott was also the director of the WSU Planetarium and the WSU Observatory.  The position at WSU also allowed him to observe with the Apache Point 3.5-m telescope in New Mexico.  Scott took his current position at the University of Central Arkansas in the Department of Physics and Astronomy starting in the fall of 2000 and was granted tenure in the spring of 2006.  His teaching duties have included lower division astronomy courses and upper division physics courses.  He has renovated the UCA Observatory so that a variety of research projects are being done with the new 0.35-m telescope.  These projects include near-earth asteroid astrometry, emission star spectroscopy, and variable-star time-series-photometry.  He also does research using the Indiana University 1.25-m Spectrabot telescope,   0.6-m telescope at the private Nubbin Ridge Observatory run by Jim Hoskins near Hot Springs, and with the McDonald Observatory 10-m Hobby-Eberly telescope in Texas.  Scott does public outreach with the UCA Observatory and the 60-seat UCA Planetarium.  He runs monthly public viewing nights with the observatory.  With the planetarium he produces and gives shows monthly for the general public and by request for school groups.

Personal Web Page: http://faculty.uca.edu/saustin/Astronomy/scott_austin.html

Research: Variable stars, spectroscopy, photometry, asteroid astrometry.

Recent Publications:

Late-Type Near-Contact Eclipsing Binary [HH97] FS Aur-79, Austin, S. J., Robertson, J. W., Tycner, C., Campbell T., and Honeycutt, R. K. 2007, The Astronomical Journal, Volume 133, Issue 5, pp. 1934-1946

An Eclipsing Near Contact Short Period Binary in the Field of FS Aur, Robertson, J. W., Austin, S. J., Campbell, T., Hoskins, J., 2004, Information Bulletin on Variable Stars, 5536

Jerry DeWitt to speak at LogiCon 2016!

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Jerry DeWitt’s ministry began when he was 17. After 25 years of preaching, including pastorship of two fundamentalist congregations, he became an atheist.

About “Hope After Faith”:
A former Louisiana pastor’s courageous memoir chronicling his conversion to atheism Atheism’s leading lights have long been intellectuals raised in the secular and academic worlds: Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and the late Christopher Hitchens.

By contrast, Jerry DeWitt was born and bred into the church and was in fact a Pentecostal preacher before arriving at atheism through an extraordinary dialogue with faith that spanned more than a quarter of a century.

Hope After Faith is his account of that journey.

For more information, please visit Jerry’s website: http://www.hopeafterfaith.com/index.html

Darrel Ray to speak at LogiCon 2016!

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Darrel Ray is a writer and speaker on leadership and organizational development and author of two books on the topic. He is also author of the books Sex and God: How Religion Distorts Sexuality and The God Virus: How Religion Affects Our Lives and Culture. Ray is founder and Chairman of the Board of Recoveringfromreligion.org, a international self-help organization for those dealing with the trauma of religious indoctrination, Sarah Morehead is the Executive Director. In 2011 he started the Secular Therapist Project designed to help secularists find secular mental health services. In that same year, he published the results of a major survey, Sex and Secularism: What Happens When You Leave Religion? A survey of over 10,000 secularists and their sex lives. His primary interests include writing on the impact of religion on mental health, Colorado mountain climbing, running, flower gardening and travel.

Links:
Visit: IPCpress.com or Amazon to learn more about books by Dr. Ray.
Visit: www.recoveringfromreligion.org to learn about religious recovery
Visit: www.seculartherapy.org to learn how to find a secular therapist near you.
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Venue Confirmed! University of Arkansas Union Theater!

Thanks to the University of Arkansas’ Occam’s Razors for sponsoring the event’s venue. This year we are lucky to hold the event in the Union Theater. It’s a beautiful facility located in the Arkansas Union on the University of Arkansas campus. With seating for over 250 and state of the art audio and video, it’s sure to make for a great convention. Resister Now!!

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Doug Krueger to speak at LogiCon 2016!

 

Douglas Krueger is an American philosopher, academic and author. He is best known as a proponent of atheism and an advocate of skepticism regarding supernatural and paranormal claims. Krueger has been a featured speaker at numerous atheist and humanist conventions and gatherings and is a co-founder of the Fayetteville Freethinkers, a secular humanist organization in Fayetteville, Arkansas. His book, What is Atheism: A Short Introduction, is a concise and hard-hitting—though some have claimed unfairly biased—critique of religious belief, especially Christianity. In addition, he has discussed his atheistic views on numerous radio shows and participated in more than a dozen debates across the United States on the existence of God and secular ethics.

Cindy Cooper (Camp Quest OK) to Speak at LogiCon 2016!

Cindy Cooper with Camp Quest Oklahoma will be giving a brief speech about Camp Quest Oklahoma and the importance of secular education and camps for kids.

From the Camp Quest Oklahoma website:

The purpose of Camp Quest is to provide children of freethinking parents a residential summer camp dedicated to improving the human condition through rational inquiry, critical and creative thinking, scientific method, self-respect, ethics, competency, democracy, free speech, and the separation of religion and government.

Through our programs we seek to:

  • Build a community for freethinking families
  • Foster curiosity, questioning, and critical thinking
  • Encourage reason and compassion as foundations of an ethical, productive and fulfilling life
  • Raise awareness of positive contributions made by atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic people to our society
  • Promote an open dialogue about metaphysical questions that is marked by challenging each other’s ideas while at the same time treating each other with respect
  • Demonstrate atheism and humanism as positive, family-friendly worldview