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Dr. Todd Duncan

Todd Duncan is a cosmologist whose work is guided by the theme of better understanding how our immediate human experiences connect to a cosmic perspective that gives them meaning. He combines a research background in physics with experience teaching science concepts to a wide range of audiences. He’s the author of An Ordinary World: The Role of Science in Your Search for Personal Meaning, and coauthor of Your Cosmic Context: An Introduction to Modern Cosmology. Todd received his undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Illinois, an M. Phil. from Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar, and a doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Chicago where he was an NSF and McCormick Fellow. He joined the faculty of the Center for Science Education at Portland State University in 1997 to pursue his interest in interdisciplinary "big questions" research and its application to science education. In 1998 he founded the Science Integration Institute as a forum for exploring what it means to be human in the universe as understood by modern science. He is currently director of the Science Integration Institute and adjunct faculty in the Center for Science Education at PSU and the Physics Dept. at Pacific University.Visit Todd's website.

Dr. Amanda Duncan

Senior design engineer at Intel Corporation. She holds a B.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. She sees science integration as crucial to insuring that technology serves society, and enhances, rather than detracts, from the meaning people feel in their lives. 

Doug McCarty

Doug is an educator, philosopher, and astronomer with a passion for sharing the beauty and wonder of the night sky with everyone. For 27 years he was Planetarium Director at Mt. Hood Community College. Doug has taught astronomy at Lewis & Clark College, Portland State University and Marylhurst University and has led astronomy tours to Africa, Australia, Turkey and South America. 

Dr. Craig Tyler

Craig is a faculty member in the Physics and Engineering Department at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, where his current research focuses on primordial black holes.  He is interested in new ways to improve science education. Craig is coauthor of Your Cosmic Context: An Introduction to Modern Cosmology. Visit Craig's website.

Dr. Aparna Venkatesan

Aparna is a faculty member in the department of physics & astronomy at the University of San Francisco. She received her Ph. D. in astrophysics from the University of Chicago. Visit Aparna's website.

Dr. David Terrell

Associate Professor of Physical Science, Math and Science Dept., Warner Pacific College, Portland. Contact David or visit his website.

Geoffrey Hamilton

President of Northwoods Consulting; psychological research analyst and educator since 1960; author, editor, publisher and consultant. Visit Geoffrey's website.

Claudine Kavanagh

Claudine is a graduate of the Center for Science Education at Portland State University, and is currently pursuing a career in astronomy education. She also holds a degree in comparative religion from Reed College. She has volunteered in the past as a Board Member and Treasurer for a Portland-area domestic violence non-profit organization. Her current research integrates scientific and religious approaches to historical cosmology. 

Dr. Jack Semura

Visit Jack's website.

Dr. Brian Swimme

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco.

Dr. Larry Edwards

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco.

Dr. D. P. Sheehan

Professor of physics at the University of San Diego. His research interests include plasma physics, fundamental issues in thermodynamics, and solar system formation problems.

Edwin Dobb

Former Senior Editor and acting editor-in-chief of The Sciences. Currently preparing a book on cosmology for Times Books. He's had 3 teaching fellowships at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Also in the works are two projects about Butte, Montana: a book for Houghton Miffin and a documentary for public television.

Food for thought:

"Regardless of different personal views about science, no credible understanding of the natural world or our human existence…can ignore the basic insights of theories as key as evolution, relativity, and quantum mechanics." - The Dalai Lama
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