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An Advent Awakening: God’s Children Made of Stardust

CoyneThe universe is 13.7 billion years old. It contains approximately 100 billion galaxies, each of which contains, on the average, 200 billion stars of an immense variety. As these stars live and die they provide the chemicals necessary for the evolution of life.  On Saturday, December 5th at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 6th at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and noon at St. Ann’s Parish in Manlius, New York, Rev. George Coyne, McDevitt Chair in Physics, will celebrate mass and discuss how important it is to respect the richness of both religious faith and of scientific research as we consider the origins of the universe.

Coyne to Speak on Science and Religion

20100111cnsbr00088On Wednesday, October 21st from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Moon Library on the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) campus, Fr. George Coyne (McDevitt Chair in Physics) will join Dr. Warren Allmon (director of the Paleontological Research Institution in Ithaca and professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University) to address Heaven and Earth: The Relationship Between Science and Religion.

The talk is part of SUNY ESF’s “Moonlighting” series. “Moonlighting” is a series of informal discussions, debates and interviews hosted by Dr. Quentin Wheeler, president of SUNY ESF. For centuries, the university has been the place where freedom of speech and thought are cherished, but also where ideas and assertions are freely challenged through open, respectful discourse that knows no disciplinary boundaries. Moonlighting is intended to foster such discourse and create an enjoyable, intellectually stimulating evening.

The event is free and open to the public but registration is required should you plan to attend. For more information and to register please visit the event website.

Ten Receive Prestigious McDevitt Fellowship in Natural Science Award

The McDevitt Center would like to congratulate the following ten students selected as McDevitt Undergraduate Fellows in Natural Science for the 2015-16 academic year.  Each McDevitt Fellow will work closely with a Le Moyne College faculty mentor while conducting hands on research in one of Le Moyne’s labs or in the field.  In addition, the Fellows and their mentors will participate in a monthly research seminar led by Father George Coyne, McDevitt Chair in Physics, at which they will present their research and discuss its progress. This prestigious fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend.

Daniel Bolster ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Donald McCrimmon)
Anna Curtin ‘17 (mentor: Dr. Hilary McManus)
Ronald Lowe ’16 (mentor: Dr. Devon Keeney)
Nicholas Macoretta ’16 (mentor: Dr. Hilary McManus)
Tiffany Meador ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Hilary McManus)
Xavier Schafer ’16 (mentor: Dr. Michael Masingale)
Joseph Shupperd ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Christopher Bass)
Andrew Tynon ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Patrick Yurco)
Anna Valentine ’16 (mentor: Dr. Donald McCrimmon)
Brian Wilson ’17 (mentor: Dr. Anna O’Brien)

This year’s award recipients will be researching a myriad of topics ranging from fish hybridization, green algae, electronic thin films, environmental pollution, and bird migration patterns as it correlates to climate change.

An Orchestral Odyssey

Le Moyne Orchestra at HW-1

On April 27th and April 29th, the Le Moyne College Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Travis Newton (Assistant Professor and Director of Music & Arts Administration) will present “An Orchestral Odyssey,” which will feature music from various space-inspired films and works, including “The Planets,” “Star Wars,” and “ET: The Extra Terrestrial.” The music will be synchronized with big-screen projections of high-resolution images provided by NASA.  The Rev. George Coyne, S.J. (Endowed McDevitt Chair in Physics) will provide scientific context and perspective during the concert.

The April 27th performance will be held at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts on the Le Moyne College campus from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for senior citizens, and $5 for students and members of the Le Moyne community. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (315) 445-4200.

A second performance will be held on April 29th at H.W. Smith School (1130 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse). Admission is free but donations will be accepted to benefit the H.W. Smith Music Department. For more information call (315) 445-4200.

This event is sponsored by the Le Moyne College Music Program with support from the McDevitt Center.

McDevitt Center Announces Fellowship Award Recipients

The McDevitt Center would like to congratulate the following ten students selected as McDevitt Undergraduate Fellows in Natural Science for the 2014-15 academic year.  Each McDevitt Fellow will work closely with a Le Moyne College faculty mentor while conducting hands on research in one of Le Moyne’s labs or in the field.  In addition, the Fellows and their mentors will participate in a monthly research seminar led by Father George Coyne, McDevitt Chair in Physics, at which they will present their research and discuss its progress. This prestigious fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend.

Daniel Bolster ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Donald McCrimmon)
Afsah Chohan ‘15 (mentor: Dr. Hilary McManus)
Taylor Glausen ‘15 (mentor: Dr. Lara DeRuisseau)
Angela Le ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Lara DeRuisseau)
Tiffany Meador ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Sherilyn Smith)
Manuel Nyagisere ‘15 (mentor: Dr. David Craig)
Allen Prusinowski ‘15 (mentor: Dr. Joseph Mullins)
Joseph Shupperd ‘16 (mentor: Dr. Christopher Bass)
Andrew Tynon ‘15 (mentor: Dr. Patrick Yurco)
Brian Wilson ’17 (mentor: Dr. Anna O’Brien)

Rev. George V. Coyne Addresses Colgate Graduates and Receives Honorary Degree

Renowned astronomer and McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy, Rev. George V. Coyne, was recently the baccalaureate speaker at Colgate University’s 193rd commencement ceremony where he was also awarded his 10th honorary degree. Coyne’s address spoke of the freedom to which a liberal arts education can lead and challenged Colgate’s graduates to have the compassion, graciousness, and dignity to liberalize themselves.

Those also receiving honorary degrees from Colgate University this year were Gloria Borger, chief political analyst at CNN; George Avakian, music historian and innovator in the jazz recording industry; Mark Golden, CEO of Golden Artist Colors in New Berlin, N.Y.; and Lorie Slutsky, president of the New York Community Trust

Rev. Coyne’s baccalaureate speech

Photo by Andy Daddio

Learn More About George V. Coyne, McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy

20100111cnsbr00088Rev. George V. Coyne, McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy recently spoke with Sonja Meyer Duntley, staff writer at Syracuse.com, about his role at the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy where he served as its director for nearly three decades.  During his tenure at the Vatican Observatory, Father Coyne launched new educational and research initiatives, carried out planetary research, and helped to shape the views of the Catholic Church on key scientific questions.  In his talk with Syracuse.com, Father Coyne discusses his role as Director of the Observatory, his personal scientific expertise, his thoughts on the concept of intelligent design, and his current duties as Endowed McDevitt Chair of Religious Philosophy at Le Moyne College.

Read the interview here: http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/03/le_moyne_professor_a_former_vatican_observatory_director_devotes_his_career_to_b.html?fb_action_ids=786382198053558&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=s%3DshowShareBarUI%3Ap%3Dfacebook-like&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582#comments

Spring 2014 McDevitt Scholars in Ecology and Information Systems Announced

The McDevitt Center is pleased to announce the Spring 2014 McDevitt Scholars in Ecology and McDevitt Scholars in Information Systems.

The following students will work under the direction of Dr. Donald McCrimmon on an initiative supported by Rev. George Coyne, Endowed Chair in Religious Philosophy:

Steven Houck ’14, Biology
Christopher Klee ’15, Biology

The following students will work under the guidance of Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Chair in Information Systems:

Google Glass Application Development Team (under the guidance of Queue the Future, LLC. Co-Founders, Nate Frechette ’13 and Aidan Cunniffe)
Gabe Adams ’17, Computer Science
James Cochran ’14, English and Religious Studies
Nicholas Olin ’16, Chemistry, Integral Honors, History
Jean-Phillipe Rancy ’15, Information Systems
Michaella Steinruck ’16, Management and Information Systems
Morgan Thomas ‘14/’15, Physics, Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering
Steve Weiter ’15, Computer Science

BNYMellon Large-Scale/ Big Data Project Team
Conner Biolsi ’15, Finance, Business Analytics, Information Systems
Tyler Dygert ’14, Business Analytics, Information Systems
Joe Miller ‘16, Information Systems
Brendan O’Sullivan ’16, Finance, Marketing, Business Analytics

Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) Disaster Preparedness Project
Crystal Fontana ’15, Information Systems
Catherine Root ’16, Finance, Business Analytics, Information Systems
Ryan Romich ’15, Marketing, Business Analytics, Information Systems

Dr. Donald McCrimmon Appointed McDevitt Research Associate

The McDevitt Center for Creativity and Innovation announces the appointment of Dr. Donald McCrimmon as McDevitt Research Associate beginning with the 2014 spring semester.  As McDevitt Research Associate, McCrimmon will investigate changes in bird migration patterns as they have been influenced by climate change.  He will be conducting this research in partnership with Le Moyne Professors George Coyne (Endowed McDevitt Chair in Religious Philosophy) and Lawrence Tanner (Associate McDevitt Chair in Biology) and under the auspices of the Center for the Study of Environmental Change and the Jesuit Environmental Change Network.  McCrimmon recently assembled a data base of spring arrival data for birds in the Cayuga Lake Basin and the Boston metropolitan area. Two Le Moyne undergraduates, Steven Houck ’14 and Christopher Klee ’15, will work with him in 2014 to assess apparent differences in species’ abilities to adjust arrival dates to warming temperatures with special attention to differences in species which migrate longer as compared to shorter distances. As the research proceeds McCrimmon anticipates expanding the studies to other regions and species in North America as well as other continents.

Donald A. McCrimmon, Jr. earned a Ph.D. in zoology from North Carolina State University.  From 1975 – 1984, he directed the Cooperative Research Program at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, studying bird populations and reproduction throughout North America.  Following professional opportunities that then led him and his family to live in California, Maine and Michigan, he relocated back to central New York in 2003.  In 2013, after 10 years of service, he retired as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Cazenovia College.

McCrimmon’s research interests have centered on the quantitative assessment of bird populations, especially herons and egrets, as well as some birds of prey and songbirds.  He has also published species accounts and life histories of several wading birds in the Second Atlas of the Breeding Birds of New York State as well as the innovative and highly regarded online Birds of North America. He is an Elected Member of the American Ornithologist’s Union a Past-President of the Waterbird Society and for four-years was Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Waterbirds.