Katharine “Katy” Hinman will succeed Jennifer Wiseman, who is stepping down as director of AAAS’ Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion (DoSER).
Wiseman is now director emeritus after serving the DoSER Community over 12 years. Hinman had been the program’s associate director since 2019. Her focus has been on strategic planning for DoSER, co-creation of resources for a broad range of audiences and expanding engagement with diverse faith communities.
Previously, Hinman was the pastor at College Park First United Methodist Church in College Park, Georgia. With a bachelor’s degree in biology from Carleton College and a PhD in ecology and evolution from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Hinman also has a MDiv from Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Hinman’s also served as an executive director of Georgia Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit that works with faith communities on environmental issues.
“Voices from the faith community can be so important in how we use and apply science, how we ethically do science, and how we make policy around these issues,” said Hinman in a statement. “I’m excited to continue to be part of a scientific organization taking these issues seriously, having an active role in creating space for dialogue and seeing the value of involving people of faith in science engagement.”
Wiseman emphasized the 25-year history of the DoSER program and the success of many of its programs, including the popular Science for Seminaries grant.
“The COVID-19 pandemic, in particular, has made clear that faith leaders also serve as “science influencers,” Hinman added.