‘MTSU On the Record’ discusses science, religion w...

‘MTSU On the Record’ discusses science, religion with aerospace professor

An aerospace expert addressed the confluence of science and religion on a recent edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Dr. Mark N. Callendar, aerospace faculty

Dr. Nate Callender

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Dr. Nate Callender, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace, first aired April 14 on WMOT-FM Roots Radio 89.5 and You can hear their conversation above.

Callender spoke at the 2019 conference of the USA branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem in Murfreesboro. The podcast of that speech is available at 

“We have a rich history in the field of science of Christians who saw no problem with their belief in God, specifically in Jesus Christ, and their practice of science,” Callender said.

“Actually, the leading scientists throughout history have been believers in God and had no issue with their faith and their science.”

One of Callender’s areas of research in recent years has been owl feather biomimicry. He said the barn owl and the great grey owl have unique feather characteristics that enable them to fly virtually silently so they won’t alert their prey to their presence.

This research figures in Callender’s modifications of small, unmanned aircraft propellers and rotors to reduce the noise they make.

Callender, who coordinates the program’s Aerospace Technology Concentrationreceived MTSU’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2016 and the Outstanding Honors Faculty Award in 2018.

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For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.