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Monday, November 14, 2005 

ID advocate Guillermo Gonzalez speaking in Lima, Ohio

Okay, so the fact that I've already attended one of his talks here in Iowa, coupled with the fact that the one I'm mentioning is about 500 miles away from where I live may make me look like a stalker. But I swear, I'm not. I just found out that Gonzalez is giving a talk at a church in Lima, Ohio next Saturday, the 19th.
Professor Gonzalez will be speaking on the subject of Intelligent Design, how it makes the earth a privileged planet, and why Darwinian science from the steam engine era is no longer able to keep up in the information age.

I'm from that area, and I'm heading back there this weekend to throw a baby shower for my sister. So, I'll be about 20 minutes away from Lima with time to kill and might stop by. If anyone else is planning on heading there, drop me a line.

Edited to add: I just realized he's referred to as an "astrobiologist" on the church's website. Astrobiologist, my ass...he kept saying over and over how he's "not a biologist" at his UNI talk, and his research (according to his ISU website) is on "the late stages of stellar evolution through the use of spectroscopic observations. Recent work includes spectroscopic abundance analysis of post-AGB supergiants and RV Tau variables. He has also undertaken a study of the parent stars of the recently discovered extra-solar planetary systems. The results indicate that these stars have anomalous chemical abundances, suggesting some sort of unusual formation history." Maybe I'll start calling myself a biophysicist...I have more training in physics than Gonzalez appears to have in biology.

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  • I'm Tara C. Smith
  • From Iowa, United States
  • I'm a mom and a scientist, your basic stressed-out, wanna-have-it-all-and-do-it-all Gen Xer. Recently transplanted from Ohio to Iowa, I've spent most of my life in the midwest (with 4 years of college spent out east in "soda" territory). My main interest, and the subject of my research, is infectious disease: how does the microbe cause illness? What makes one strain nasty, and another "avirulent?" Are the latter really not causing any disease, or could some of those be possible for the development of chronic disease years down the road? Additionally, I've spent a lot of time discussing the value of teaching evolution, and educating others about "intelligent design" and other forms of creationism. My interest in history of science and medicine is also useful as a way to tie all of the above interests together. [Disclaimer: the views here are solely my own, and do not represent my employer, my spouse, that guy who's always sitting by the fountain when I come into work, or anyone else with whom I may be remotely affiliated.]
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