Lecturer – Comparative Cultural Studies – (ADJ000250)

first_imgThe Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University ofHouston is seeking a part-time Lecturer in its Religious StudiesProgram. Candidates should be able to contribute to more than oneof the following areas of expertise or specialization:Teaching of a broad introductory course into ReligiousStudies.The study of the religions and cultures of the Indian Subcontinentwith a focus on transnational and Indian diasporic identities. Theideal candidate’s work and publications might focus on historicaland literary aspects and create awareness of the variety ofidentities of the Indian Subcontinent in local and globalframeworks.The study of the spiritualties, history, and cultures of theIndigenous Peoples of North America, with a preference of SouthernIndigenous Peoples. The ideal candidate’s work and publicationsmight focus on historical and literary aspects of the diverseexperience of Indigenous Peoples while demonstrating the continuedrelevance of their spirituality and wisdom.The study of the New Testament. The ideal candidate should be ableto teach a broad introduction to the early Christian literaturewith a focus on its relevance for the modern western culture.The study of feminism / womanism in the area of religion. The idealcandidate’s work and publications might focus on historical andliterary aspects and create awareness of the variety of feminist /womanist expressions.We encourage applicants to demonstrate how their teaching andresearch will strengthen the interdisciplinary objectives of ourDepartment of Comparative Cultural Studies. The department combinesdegree programs in Religious Studies, Anthropology, and LiberalStudies. The position will be in the Religious Studies Program withthe expectation that the candidate will also display interest inAnthropology and Liberal Studies.The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :Masters degree in Religious Studies or related discipline required.Candidates with a Ph.D. preferred.Notes to Applicant: Please submit a list with the names ofthree references electronically as one single PDF file to: Dr.Christian A. Eberhart, Director, Religious Studies [email protected] Official transcripts are required for a facultyappointment and will be requested upon selection of the finalcandidate. All positions at the University of Houston are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

NASA discovers Earthlike planet orbiting cousin of Sun

first_imgRelated posts:US Sen. Bill Nelson: Costa Rica has a place in the future of space flight Ex-NASA astronaut Franklin Chang talks about ‘The Martian,’ Hollywood’s take on his VASIMR engine Gravitational waves: Are scientists about to open a new window on the universe? Crowdfunding campaign to orbit Costa Rica’s first satellite surpasses goal MIAMI – Astronomers hunting for another Earth have found what may be the closest match yet, a potentially rocky planet circling its star at the same distance as the Earth orbits the Sun, NASA said Thursday.Not only is this planet squarely in the Goldilocks zone — where life could exist because it is neither too hot nor too cold to support liquid water — its star looks like an older cousin of our Sun, the U.S. space agency said.That means the planet, which is 1,400 light-years away, could offer a glimpse into the Earth’s apocalyptic future, scientists said.Known as Kepler 452b, the planet was detected by the U.S. space agency’s Kepler Space Telescope, which has been hunting for other worlds like ours since 2009.“Kepler 452b is orbiting a close cousin of our Sun, but one that is 1.5 billion years older,” NASA said in a statement.Its star is four percent more massive than the Sun and 10 percent brighter.If the planet is rocky, and scientists believe that it has a better than even chance of being just that, then it could be in the midst of a fearful scenario, as the heat from its dying star evaporates Kepler 452b’s lakes and oceans.“If Kepler 452b is indeed a rocky planet, its location vis-a-vis its star could mean that it is just entering a runaway greenhouse phase of its climate history,” said Doug Caldwell, a Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute scientist working on the Kepler mission.“The increasing energy from its aging sun might be heating the surface and evaporating any oceans. The water vapor would be lost from the planet forever,” he added.“Kepler 452b could be experiencing now what the Earth will undergo more than a billion years from now, as the Sun ages and grows brighter.” Planetary catalog The Kepler mission launched in 2009 to search for exoplanets, which are planets outside our solar system, particularly those about the size of Earth or smaller.“Today, and thousands of discoveries later, astronomers are on the cusp of finding something people have dreamed about for thousands of years — another Earth,” NASA said in a statement.On Thursday, NASA released the latest catalog of exoplanet candidates, adding more than 500 new possible planets to the 4,175 already found by the space-based telescope.“This catalog contains our first analysis of all Kepler data, as well as an automated assessment of these results,” said SETI Institute scientist Jeffrey Coughlin.The new catalog includes 12 candidates that are less than twice the diameter of Earth and which are orbiting in the habitable zones of their stars.Of those 12 new candidates, Kepler 452b “is the first to be confirmed as a planet,” NASA said.Kepler identifies possible planets by watching for dips in the brightness of stars, which could be caused by a planet passing between the star and the telescope.Other scientific tools are needed to judge whether the planet is gassy or rocky.The Kepler mission has cost NASA about $600 million, and the US space agency said in 2013 that two of its orientation wheels had lost function, leaving the space telescope beyond repair.But scientists have years to pore over the data it has returned in order to narrow the search for Earth-like worlds. Facebook Commentslast_img read more