I thought I might take an opportunity to update readers on some recent and planned activities that are keeping me busy.
I have been working under the aegis of my John Templeton Grant on an analysis of the dynamics of model gene regulatory networks. The goal of this work was to see if it might be possible to formulate new laws that could be applied to how real biological gene circuits work. The answer (as is often the case in biology) is: yes, and no, depending. I have written a manuscript describing my findings, which was recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Theoretical and Computational Science, a peer-reviewed, online journal. I will post a link to the paper when its available along with the abstract, here.
In two weeks, we will be traveling to Golden Colorado for the annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation. I will be speaking on “The Biochemical Teleology of Evolution” and chairing a session on Biological Sciences. I expect to meet up with lots of friends, including some I haven’t met in person before.
A couple of nights ago, my wife and I went to a dinner and conversation at a Washington DC restaurant sponsored by the Trinity Forum. The topic was “What does it mean to be human?”. It was a follow-up of a lecture we went to in June by Praveen Sethupathy in Washington, also sponsored by the Trinity Forum, and Biologos. Praveen gave a fantastic talk, and the follow-up discussions at the restaurant were exciting, with a great group of people. I was asked to put on my geneticist hat, and had fun being my old pedantic professorial self.
Speaking of genetics, on August 17 at 4 PM, I will be speaking at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, Hall of Human Origins about “The Biology and Theology of Race and Diversity in Modern Humans”. If you will be in the Washington DC area at that time, I would love to see you. Here is a link to the event.
I also have some church based activities planned for August, including delivering the sermon while our pastor is away on vacation. Please pray for me on that one.
So, not a dull moment in sight, as I just celebrated the second anniversary of my retirement, and the third anniversary of my marriage to my wonderful bride, Aniko. I am truly blessed. Peace to all, and thanks for your indulgence in reading this unusually personal post.