The recognition honors the late Danial W. Martin, Ph.D. (1918 - 1999), a distinguished acoustical physicist and for many years editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. Dan was PASTCF’s founding vice president and SciTech†'s first editor. A devoted and longtime active churchman and leader in Presbyterian Men, Dan made enduring contributions to the PC(USA) in its attention to matters of science, technology, and faith.

We encourage nominations of persons deserving of this recognition. This year's deadline is April 5, 2019.


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Daniel W. Martin Award

Does God call people to investigate how God’s created universe works? Does God call some to develop technologies based on the scientific understanding of nature?

In PASTCF, we believe that the answer to both questions is “YES!” So in 1998 we inaugurated our “Science as Christian Vocation” award.

Today scientists and engineers are seldom recognized by the Church for their professions. Yet workers in science, engineering, and science education not only lead others to a deeper understanding of the physical and biological universe, but also empower humankind in ways which transform Earth and the human community.

PASTCF seeks to recognize scientific and technological professionals whose lives demonstrate that scientific endeavor, science teaching, and technological development are all part of God’s calling, and also part of their calling to serve God’s people and the world through their professional work.

Each year, PASTCF recognizes up to five scientists or persons in science-related professions, such as engineers or science teachers, who perform their professional work as a calling from God.

In considering nominees, the Board is looking particularly for two qualities. (1) In what ways has the nominee’s Christian commitment affected how he or she understands and performs his or her professional work, and (2) in what ways have insights gained from his or her professional work enhanced and enriched the nominee’s understanding of and commitment to the Christian faith.