Rice University
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Are we more than our genes?

January 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm
RSC Grand Hall 325

About the Presenters
Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Praveen Sethupathy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs a research laboratory focused on the genetics/genomics of complex human diseases. Praveen received his B.A. in Computer Science, his Ph.D. in Genomics and Computational Biology, and he continued his training as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Francis S. Collins at the National Institutes of Health. Praveen was recently selected by Genome Technology as one of the nation’s top 25 rising young investigators in genomics.

Professor of Biosciences, Rice University

Dr. Yousif Shamoo is Professor of Biosciences at Rice University. He has a B.S. in Biology from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. He is a member of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Keck Center for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences, and the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology. His research areas include: Structural biology, molecular evolution, X-ray crystallography, micro evolution, and antibiotic resistance. 

Senior Rabbi, Congregation Emanu El

Rabbi Oren J. Hayon received his B.A. in English from Rice University. Following graduation, he worked briefly for a small management-consulting firm in Houston before moving to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry. After several years of work on studio and independent film projects, he left for Jerusalem to begin his rabbinical studies at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. 

Rabbi Hayon received his M.A.H.L. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where he was awarded the Cora Kahn Prize for best sermon delivery and oratory. He was ordained in 2004.   

History at Rice University

In 2015, Dr. Rosemary Avery of Cornell University explored ideas around meaning and truth at a Veritas Forum entitled, "Finding God in the Hard Places."  


In 2014, MIT chemist Troy Van Voorhis spoke at "Walking Through the Lab Door: Does Worldview Matter for a Scientist?" for The Veritas Forum at Rice. 

The Veritas Forum at Rice in 2013 hosted John Lennox at "Good God? An Oxford mathematician on faith and reason in the face of suffering". 




In 2012, The Veritas Forum at Rice brought Drs. Marianne Meye Thompson and Jeffrey Kripal to share Christian and pluralist understandings of Jesus' identity in "Do We See Him Clearly?"

In 2011, The Veritas Forum at Rice welcomed Dr. Rosalind Picard of MIT, discusses her work on affective computing. How are Robots, Autism, and God related? Dr. Picard discussed how her work and her faith inform each other and inspire her to help those with autism.

In 2009, The Veritas Forum at Rice hosted Dr. Francis Collinsworld-renowned geneticist, physician, and former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He shared his journey from atheism to faith, propelled by science in "The Language of God".