Re: [asa] A University First

From: David Clounch <>
Date: Sat Sep 12 2009 - 19:00:10 EDT


Good question.

It has to do with the academy and communication and public relations,
............................all of which the ASA is concerned with and
impacted by. It has to do with methodologies of outreach.

So speaking of outreach and reaching new generations to think about the
interface of science and faith, one wants to ask how students are
receiving information these days. We know they are not using email. Has
RSS substituted for this? As we know, RSS readers display updates to
websites without using a web browser to do so. So, the ASA might need
robust RSS markup. I haven't looked yet.

In terms of promoting the ASA, I think the ASA might possibly look for
grant money to pay for producing a portal that is an RSS aggregator for all
leading websites that produce information on the interface of science and
faith. Building and operating that would draw a lot of attention.
That would be a tremendous resource for the church.

Also, remember just a couple of days ago some members were saying the ASA
has a goal of being a resource for the church? (Its a fellowship thing??).


On Sat, Sep 12, 2009 at 3:05 PM, gordon brown <>wrote:

> How does this relate to science and faith?
> Gordon Brown (ASA member)
> On Sat, 12 Sep 2009, David Clounch wrote:
> Under the topic of 21st century communications and the academy:
>> This week the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, became the
>> first US University to switch to a totally online newspaper. And it is the
>> first such paper to be part of the AP.
>> They are now training journalists to be "backpack journalists" who work
>> in
>> all media types. The 100% online paper allows the university to deal with
>> breaking stories instead of summarizing stories at the end of the week.
>> By
>> not bearing the cost of printing hardcopy newsprint they were able to
>> double their paid staff.
>> A senior reported they couldn't give away 2000 copies to an 11,000+
>> student
>> body. But they have had tremendous input from the students now. And the
>> students are able to participate and give them feedback, which was not
>> happening previously.

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