Bulinski aids in development of new science curriculum for local Catholic schools

August 25, 2023

Dr. Kate Bulinski and Fr. John Pozhathuparambil at Bellarmine's Academic Convocation Ceremony on August 19, 2023
Dr. Kate Bulinski and Fr. John Pozhathuparambil pictured on stage during Bellarmine's Academic Convocation ceremony on August 19, 2023.
When local Catholic school leaders were ready to update their science curriculum materials, they turned to Dr. Kate Bulinski, a paleontologist and associate professor at Bellarmine University, for help.
According to the Archdiocese of Louisville's newspaper, The Record, the Office of Catholic Schools has developed a new document that explains how teachers can “meld and integrate” faith into instruction in a way that remains true to science standards.
Bulinski's role among a small team of consultants was to review and greatly expand what is now a 10-page master list of books, websites, articles, videos and other resources that teachers in local Catholic schools can draw upon for classroom instruction. As part of that work, she edited a list of important Catholic scientists throughout history.
"I was asked last academic year if I would look over their faith and science resources as the Archdiocese was revising their science standards and wanted to intentionally integrate faith and science into the curriculum," said Bulinski. 
According to The Record, the new curriculum demonstrates that the study of Catholic faith and science are compatible, rather than in opposition to each other. The curriculum reflects Kentucky’s state standards for science instruction. 
Bulinski also wrote a recent column in The Record about her attendance at the Society of Catholic Scientists annual conference. In that column, she writes: "Anyone educating our young people in the Church needs to know that faith and science do not need to be kept in separate religion and science classes but that they actually can enhance one another in a way that provides clarity to our children."

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