May 27, 1998

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Vanderbilt, professor awarded $10,000 by Templeton Foundation


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- David A. Weintraub, assistant professor of astronomy at Vanderbilt University, has received a $10,000 award from the Science & Religion Course Program at the John Templeton Foundation.

The award was given in recognition for his class, "The Impact of the Copernican Revolution: 1543 to the Present," for its strong academic basis, balanced treatment of the science-religion dialogue and promotion of "intellectual humility." The Science & Religion Course Program offers up to 100 colleges, universities and schools of theology prizes of $10,000 each, $5,000 going to the instructor and $5,000 going to the institution. Approximately 30 percent of the 100 awards given each year are awarded to institutions outside the U.S.

The Science & Religion Course Program was developed in 1994 by the John Templeton Foundation to encourage the teaching of interdisciplinary courses in science and religion. The program awards prizes for outstanding courses in science and religion and offers a series of workshops on science and religion pedagogy, course development and instruction. The program has identified almost 300 outstanding science and religion courses; more than half of the winning institutions are secular.

Previous Vanderbilt winners include Peter Haas, associate professor of religious studies and Jewish literature and thought, for his class, "Natural Science and the Religious Life," and Brian Hemphill, assistant professor of anthropology, for his class, "Evolution and Creationism."

Founded in 1987 by international investment manager John Marks Templeton, the John Templeton Foundation funds more than 40 international projects, research studies, publications and award programs, some of which are designed to bring exposure to the growing interdisciplinary field of science and religion.



Vanderbilt University is a private research university of approximately 5,900 undergraduates and 4,300 graduate and professional students. Founded in 1873, the University comprises 10 schools, a public policy institute, a distinguished medical center and The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education and human development, engineering and music, and a full range of graduate and professional degrees.

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