Researching Creation

BSG Newsletter and an Opportunity for Students to Get Involved

JB

The Creation Biology Study Group is working on putting out a newsletter a few times throughout the year.  It will consist of book reviews, literature commentaries, and question/answer sections.  For those of you who are interested in Creation Research, but don't know where to start or how to get involved, consider contributing to the newsletter!  To contribute to the newsletter or to read the newsletter you will have to be a member of the Creation Biology Study Group.  Also, we are having a question/answer section where students can ask questions and have them answered, so feel free to ask!  Again, this is a great way to start contributing to Creation research.

Here is the full announcement:

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Fellow BSG Members

We are looking to put together our first ever BSG newsletter.  This is going to be primarily member-contributed material, so please read on and see what you can do to help!  If you are a student, and want to start being active in Creation biology - this is a good way to get started!  The details and schedule for contributions are at the bottom of the email.  All newsletter-related email should be sent to bsg@bartlettpublishing.com .  The newsletter has two main goals:

1) Continue studying God's creation together
2) Encourage new participants and students to join in who might not be able to make it to the conferences

So, here's how I plan to organize the newsletter:

1) Book Reviews by BSG Members
2) Literature Commentaries by BSG Members
3) Current Happenings in the BSG Community
4) Creation Biology Questions and Answers
5) Member Correspondence

1) Book Reviews

The book reviews will be reviews of both creationary and non-creationary books.  The goal is the critical evaluation of books in terms of accuracy of the science, history, or philosophy presented.  Reviews of evolution-oriented books should point out items of value to our research goals and must not attack such books using anti-evolution polemics.  Likewise, reviews that favorably present creation-oriented books without critical evaluation of the content are not acceptable.   It is my hope this feature will encourage  wider reading of scholarly books so the BSG members will be well versed in both creationary and evolutionary current thinking.

Book reviews can be submitted by anyone, and if you are a student this is probably a good area to help out in.  There are no minimum or maximum lengths.  If you aren't sure how to start or what to review, just send us an email and we'll hook you up.

To get an idea of what we are looking for, here are some suggested books to look at (please don't feel limited by these!):

The Design Matrix: A Consilience of Clues
Evolution through Genetic Exchange
Evolution and the Levels of Selection
Science and Grace: God's Reign in the Natural Sciences
The Biology of Coastal Sand Dunes
Polar Lakes and Rivers: Limnology of Arctic and Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems
Chance in Biology: Using Probability to Explore Nature
A Creationist Review and Preliminary Analysis of the History, Geology, Climate and Biology of the Galapágos Islands.
How and Why Species Multiply: The Radiation of Darwin's Finches
Ecological Stoichiometry: The Biology of Elements from Molecules to the Biosphere
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Handbook of Bird Biology
Foundations of Systems Biology
The Biotic Message
The Regulatory Genome: Gene Regulatory Networks in Development and Evolution
Evolutionary Dynamics: Exploring the Equations of Life
The Structure and Dynamics of Networks
The Genesis Factor: Myths and Realities
2) Literature Commentaries

Literature commentaries can cover any paper, especially conventional papers whose results have application to creation biology.  The commentary should begin with the full citation of the article.  This should be followed by one or two short paragraphs summarizing the article's findings and one or two short paragraphs suggesting a creation biology application.

3) Current Happenings in the BSG Community

Anything that you think that the BSG Community might be interested in, please let us know!  This includes papers published, conferences happenings, and even personal stuff like job changes, marriages, and babies.  Please note that the newsletter will be semi-private—that is, we will only make it available to BSG members, but that is not a guarantee to privacy.  So please do not submit anything that you wouldn't want others to see or find out about.

4) Questions and Answers

This is a section where you can ask questions and have them answered by our community. Submit questions to the newletter editor, who will contact an appropriate expert in our community.  The question and answer will be published together. This section can be used for students to get their deepest, darkest questions answered.

Researchers who want feedback on planned projects and ideas should submit to the newsletter editor a brief project proposal along with their e-mail address to be published in the newsletter.   Readers having comments on the proposal can then contact the researcher directly.

5) Members Correspondence

This is a place to comment about anything which occurred in the previous newsletter or in a previous conference.  If you have a note, question, or other correspondence about the happenings of the BSG, this is the place to share them.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION AND DEADLINES

I plan on publishing the newsletter late in January.  Therefore, for book reviews and literature reviews, please email me your topic within the next week.  If you would like to contribute, but need some direction, please email me immediately and we'll figure something out.  The reviews themselves need to be in by December 31st.  All other material can be submitted until January 15th.  Send all newsletter-related items to bsg@bartlettpublishing.com .

SUBMISSION POLICIES

The newsletter is not a full peer-review process.  All entries will be reviewed by the newsletter editor with final approval by the executive editor.  Copyright for all entries will remain with the submission author.  However, by submitting an entry you are granting the BSG an unlimited, royalty-free license to use your submission.


Literature commentaries can cover any paper, especially conventional papers whose results have application to creation biology.  The commentary should begin with the full citation of the article.  This should be followed by one or two short paragraphs summarizing the article's findings and one or two short paragraphs suggesting a creation biology application.

3) Current Happenings in the BSG Community

Anything that you think that the BSG Community might be interested in, please let us know!  This includes papers published, conferences happenings, and even personal stuff like job changes, marriages, and babies.  Please note that the newsletter will be semi-private—that is, we will only make it available to BSG members, but that is not a guarantee to privacy.  So please do not submit anything that you wouldn't want others to see or find out about.

4) Questions and Answers

This is a section where you can ask questions and have them answered by our community. Submit questions to the newletter editor, who will contact an appropriate expert in our community.  The question and answer will be published together. This section can be used for students to get their deepest, darkest questions answered.

Researchers who want feedback on planned projects and ideas should submit to the newsletter editor a brief project proposal along with their e-mail address to be published in the newsletter.   Readers having comments on the proposal can then contact the researcher directly.

5) Members Correspondence

This is a place to comment about anything which occurred in the previous newsletter or in a previous conference.  If you have a note, question, or other correspondence about the happenings of the BSG, this is the place to share them.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION AND DEADLINES

I plan on publishing the newsletter late in January.  Therefore, for book reviews and literature reviews, please email me your topic within the next week.  If you would like to contribute, but need some direction, please email me immediately and we'll figure something out.  The reviews themselves need to be in by December 31st.  All other material can be submitted until January 15th.  Send all newsletter-related items to bsg@bartlettpublishing.com .

SUBMISSION POLICIES

The newsletter is not a full peer-review process.  All entries will be reviewed by the newsletter editor with final approval by the executive editor.  Copyright for all entries will remain with the submission author.  However, by submitting an entry you are granting the BSG an unlimited, royalty-free license to use your submission.