Physician-geneticist Francis Collins to speak at Rice March 30

MEDIA ADVISORY

David Ruth
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Amy McCaig
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Physician-geneticist Francis Collins to speak at Rice March 30
Yumanity Therapeutics’ Tony Coles to join conversation of how people of faith view science and vice versa

HOUSTON – (March 24, 2017) – Dr. Francis Collins, leader of the Human Genome Project and founder of the BioLogos Foundation, and Dr. Tony Coles, chairman and CEO of Yumanity Therapeutics, will headline a Rice University conversation on how people of faith view science and how scientists view people of faith. Collins and Coles will address what people can do to reach common ground in education and other spheres of public life. Collins currently serves as the director of the National Institutes of Health but will be appearing at this event as a private citizen.

The event is sponsored by the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice, the BioLogos Foundation and the Institute for Spirituality and Health and is free and open to the public. Register at https://sciencereligionpubliclife.eventbrite.com.

“The Religion and Public Life Program is so pleased to join with BioLogos and the Institute for Spirituality and Health to host these esteemed scientists at Rice University,” said Elaine Howard Ecklund, director of the Religion and Public Life Program . “They have much to teach us about what faith communities — and really all of us — can do to support science for the public good.”

Who:       Physician-geneticist Dr. Francis Collins and Yumanity Therapeutics chairman and CEO Dr. Tony Coles.

What:     Rice Religion and Public Life event, “Science, Religion and Public Life.”

When:    8-9 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

Where:  Grand Hall inside Rice Memorial Center on the Rice campus, 6100 Main St.

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Related materials:

Religion and Public Life Program website: http://rplp.rice.edu/

Elaine Howard Ecklund website: www.elainehowardecklund.com/

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About Amy McCaig

Amy is a senior media relations specialist in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.