by Meghan Strell
David A.McKay, our host, is the museum coordinator
for the Feet First Exhibit at the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric
Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
HUGH T. MCELWAIN received his doctorate from the Marianum
Pontifical Faculty, Collegio Sant’Alessio, Rome, Italy, 1972.
He was Professor of Systematic Theology and Academic Dean, Catholic
Theological Union, Chicago, IL., 1968-1972. Member of the Institute
for Religion and Science, 1969-1973. Professor of Theology at Domincan
University (formerly Rosary College), 1973 to the present, and Dean
of the College of Arts and Sciences, 1994-2002. He has lectured extensively
on theology and science, especially in reference to the scientific phenomenology
of Teilhard de Chardin, most recently presenting papers at the 2005
Conference “Discovering Fire”, commemorating the 50th anniversary
of Teilhard’s death, “Comparing Teilhard de Chardin’s
The Human Phenomenon with John Stewart’s Evolution’s Arrow,”
and “A Metaphysics of the Future: Science and Theology, Partners
in Dialogue” at the 2006 Metanexus Conference in Philadelphia
(www.metanexus.net/conference2006/papers.asp). Among his other publications
are An Introduction to Teilhard de Chardin, St. Augustine’s Doctrine
on the Just War, Theology of Limit and the Limits of Theology, as well
as a chapter in Earth Ethics’ Report.
DAVID H. T. HARRISON, Ph.D. – The son of a Chinese
Legal History Scholar and a Professor of Clinical Psychology, David
was born a Jew (by Jewish law), with an awareness of Jewish religious
tradition, although he was brought up in the tradition of the Religious
Society of Friends (Quakers). David was raised in a suburb of Boston,
MA, after which he attended Emory University, where, inspired by the
work of Rosalind Franklin, David first studied X-ray crystallography
with Dr. Byron Rubin earning, both B.S. and M. S. degrees in Physical
Chemistry, in 1983. David subsequently earned an M.Phil.Degree at Yale
University in the Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics Department in
1985. In 1986, David returned to science after working as a software
engineer and worked in Eastman Kodak’s Life Sciences Division.
In 1987, David returned to Yale to work with Dr. Peter Moore on the
neutron scattering of properties of ribosomes and earned his Ph.D. (in
1992). After three years of post-doctoral studies in the laboratories
of Drs. Greg Petsko and Dagmar Ringe at Brandeis University, David became
an assistant professor of Biochemistry at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
In 2003, David moved to RFUMS as a tenured associate professor in the
department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and director of the
X-ray Facility in the Rosalind Franklin Structural Biology Laboratories.
MARC S. ABEL, PH.D., first encountered gross anatomy
while working on his Master’s degree at Wayne State University.
He taught anatomy as part of his PhD training in Neuroscience at the
University of Texas. After spending nearly 10 years conducting research
in the pharmaceutical industry, the desire to return to academia prompted
his move to The Chicago Medical School in 1990. In addition to his own
NIH-funded research and administrative activities, Dr. Abel has taught
gross anatomy to students in all programs at the University, and was
course director for several years. He has also been involved in bringing
technology to the University and to the Gross Anatomy laboratory. Dr.
Abel believes that although technology can be used to great advantage
as an adjunct to traditional methods in the teaching of anatomy, the
experience of hand’s-on dissection is necessary. This fundamental
approach, with its associated feel, sights, sounds, and smell, serves
to emphasize the material by making it real. Perhaps more importantly,
it provides a powerful reminder to students that they are studying to
be healthcare providers for humans.