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Ian Hutchinson will explore the intersection of science and faith at Jan. 27 event

A heralded professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is coming to Newberg, and he plans to provide a lecture on a subject of much discussion in various faith communities.

Ian Hutchinson is a professor of nuclear science and engineering at MIT and will provide the 10th annual Dalton Lecture at George Fox University on Jan. 27.Hutchinson

Hutchinson will discuss the intersection of science and faith and posit that they can be and are intertwined despite the "unfortunate presumption" that they are incompatible. His presentation is titled, "The True Story of Science and Faith," according to a release from the school.

"(Hutchinson) will discuss how the widely presumed 'warfare myth' that science and religion are at odds is a distortion of both science and faith," the release said. "In truth, Hutchinson argues, their relationship is a complex story, some highlights of which will be explained, that ultimately leads to the affirmation that God is revealed both in the 'Book of his word' (the Bible) and the 'Book of his works' (nature)."

The Dalton Lecture that Hutchinson will provide is one of two speeches he's set to make while on campus. While the Dalton Lecture is set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in Bauman Auditorium, he will also speak at 3 p.m. that same day in the same location on a different subject. The earlier lecture is titled, "Star Power! Scientific Frontiers of Fusion Energy."

"Hutchinson is an international expert on the physics of plasmas – the ionized fourth state of matter – especially how to confine plasmas hotter than the center of the sun so as to generate practical energy from fusion reactions, the power source of the stars," the release said. "He led MIT's major fusion research experiment for 15 years and was head of MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

Hutchinson was also chairman of the Division of Plasma Physics of the American Physical Society in 2008. He has authored more than 200 scientific journal articles and two advanced science textbooks. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Physics.

Hutchinson's expertise makes him one of the more prominent Christian voices in science today. He has written and spoken about the intersection of science and faith many times before and has done so in a variety of forums throughout the country.

A book he released in 2018, titled "Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles? An MIT Professor Answers Questions on God and Science," explores the topic in-depth and reflects on his discussions with university audiences.

Hutchinson's visit – marking a decade of these talks at GFU – is sponsored by the university's departments of biology, chemistry and biochemistry. For more information, visit

School briefs

Local students make CCC academic lists

A quintet of Newberg residents – along with one from Dundee – made the honor roll or president's list at Clackamas Community College for the fall term. Joseph Moody, Tiffany Thrift, Kyle Hatch, Justin Hames, Kaylee Tolley and James Leitch all made the lists for their academic achievements this year.

In order to earns a spot on the honor roll at CCC, a student must achieve a minimum 3.5 grade-point average. Some students made the exclusive president's list, which requires a 3.75 GPA or better.

Among students at the community college, just 1,462 made either list.

NHS tennis team hosting fundraiser

The Newberg High School tennis program is hosting its annual "Wine Pull" fundraiser to raise money for the upcoming season. The event – held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Chehalem Cultural Center, 415 E. Sheridan St. – helps the team fund uniforms, travel costs and tournament expenses.

More than 300 donated bottles of wine will be raffled off during the event, along with non-wine items to create "luxury baskets." Raffle tickets are $20 and admits two people, redeemable for one wine bottle. The team is seeking bottles of wine valued above $20 to donate to the raffle event as well.

For more information, call organizer Judy Brown at 503-686-1007.

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