BY MORRIS PONGRATZ
Los Alamos Faith and Science Forum presents ‘Understanding Confidence & Uncertainty in Religion & in Science … Can we explore Faith Truth and Science Truth in a similar manner?’ by Gary Stradling, PhD.
The community is invited to join the lecture in person Wednesday, July 13, in Kelly Hall at 3900 Trinity Dr. or via Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/GodCosmos.
A free dinner will be provided at 6 p.m. followed at 6:30 p.m. by the lecture.
Science is discussed in experiential/quantitative terms which may be shared with others: observation, measurement, analysis, modeling. Faith is often discussed in qualitative terms: mystical, philosophical, emotional.
Both science and religion are all about knowledge, truth, confidence, and understanding. We grasp an understanding of their reality and relevance by observation, experience, exploration and experimentation, cogitation, discussion, model building.
Dr. Stradling is a 5th generation New Mexican, born in Albuquerque, raised in Belen, and across the Midwest. He has a BS and MS in Physics from BYU-Provo, and a MS and PhD from University of California Davis/LLNL in Physics-Applied Science.
He worked at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory from 1977 to 1981 and as a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1981 to 2012. He led the Treaty Verification Technologies Office at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency in DC from 2012 to 2017. He has been retired since 2018, is 1st Vice Chair of the Los Alamos County Republican Party and running for County Council.
Stradling served as the Chairman of the 26-nation Open Skies Sensor Working Group in Vienna Austria from 1994-1997, and successfully enabled this international treaty to come into force. He served as science advisor in Department of Defense to three Pentagon deputy associate Secretary of Defense level offices: Arms Control, Implementation and Compliance; Counter Proliferation; and Nuclear and Missile Defense Policy from 1994-2000. He has received the Hubert Schardin Gold Medal from the German Physical Society for his work in high-speed X-ray photography. He led the Los Alamos team that enabled the Angel Fire wide area tactical surveillance capability to be fielded in Iraq in support of the US Marine Corps.
Stradling has been active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) all of his life. He attended LDS seminary from 1965-1969. He served a Cantonese-speaking mission to Hong Kong from 1971-1973 and has held many responsible church assignments over the years. He is an avid student of the scriptures. He serves as staff in the LDS Albuquerque Temple on a weekly assignment.
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