Friday, April 9 at 4:00pmVirtual Event
“Using Christian Practices to Prepare Students for Careers in Science”
While scientific research is performed by individuals, science is a team effort. Researchers are increasingly working in teams to ask big questions, which requires complex collaboration, often in a cross-disciplinary context with competing goals and resources. Therefore, it is essential that we equip the next generation of scientists with the skills and vision to solve problems in interdisciplinary teams. Christians, who have been living and working in community for thousands of years, have valuable insights to offer for team science training. Christian practices can become a bridge into discussing interdisciplinary team environments as well as deepening undergraduate students’ understanding of how faith can shape and inform their vocation in science and in interdisciplinary team settings.
Rachael Baker received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. She is now an Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Calvin University. Rachael’s wet lab research is in the area of mitochondrial rare diseases and what they can teach us about mitochondrial dynamics and regulation. She is a co-founder of the Rare Disease Network, a collaborative organization that seeks to provide support and education to the Rare Disease community in Michigan. Rachael’s work in the highly interdisciplinary Rare Disease field has led to her interest in how to prepare students to be effective scientists and collaborators. Rachael is passionate about how faith shapes our approach to doing science and can be a resource for improving the way we do science. In collaboration with other faculty at Calvin, she is developing a training curriculum and associated faculty workshop for using Christian Practices to improve outcomes in collaborative science projects.