The AITSE consortium consists of a diverse range of scientists, engineers, and physicians willing to help with science education and promotion of scientific integrity. These highly qualified people write articles for the monthly newsletter, address current scientific questions and debates, develop appropriate materials for use on the AITSE web site, are available as AITSE speakers, and oversee AITSE projects.
American Institute for Technology and Science Education has links with several medical students and values their input. However, it is also well-aware that working with an organization known for promoting integrity in science, medicine and engineering (and opposing cheating) may have adverse effects on some of their careers. Therefore, of necessity, these students will remain anonymous. We nonetheless thank them for the input.
AITSE would also like to acknowledge and thank the various PhD and MD scientists who serve as consultants for us, but cannot have their names published for fear of professional and academic repercussions. To date these include a molecular biologist, an immunologist, a biochemist, a microbiologist, two pharmaceutical scientists, two computer scientists, various medical school professors and two surgeons. If you would like to apply to join our consortium and contribute to our cause, please submit your information here.
Caroline Crocker holds a B.Sc. in microbiology and virology, an M.Sc. in medical microbiology and a Ph.D. in immunopharmacology and is President of American Institute for Technology and Science Education. While teaching biology at George Mason University, she won grants, received commendations, and wrote a cell biology workbook. Crocker was featured in the highly controversial movie: Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed and published a book about her experiences, Free to Think: Why Scientific Integrity Matters.
Dr. John Benson, Forensic Psychiatrist
Having studied surgery, behavioral medicine and psychiatry at the University of Virginia, Dr. Benson is also proficient in German and classical Latin.
He is married with children and grandchildren.
Mark C. Biedebach is Professor Emeritus in biological sciences at California State University Long Beach. With a PhD in biophysics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering, Dr. Biedebach taught neurophysiology, human physiology, and science and modern culture for over 30 years and did research in Paris and at the California Institute of Technology.
He is currently writing a book entitled, “Evolution is a Weasel Word.”
Dr. John Bloom has two PhD’s, one in physics and one in ancient Near Eastern studies, and a masters degree in theology. He is the founding director of Biola’s new M.A. in Science and Religion program (www.biola.edu/scienceandreligion), a Professor of Physics and the Chair of the Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Department at Biola University. Dr. Bloom also teaches undergraduate courses in Physics. His research interests include the integration of Christianity with the sciences, and Apologetics. Before coming to Biola, Dr. Bloom helped found and direct a crisis pregnancy center in Pennsylvania, did computer consulting, and served as an elder and deacon in a Bible Fellowship church. Dr. Bloom has an interest in viable alternative energy sources and recently equipped his home with photovoltaic solar panels that supply most his home’s electrical needs. He lives in La Mirada with his wife and son.
Raymond G. Bohlin is President of Probe Ministries. Dr. Bohlin was born and raised in Chicago, IL and is a graduate of the University of Illinois (B.S., zoology, 1971-1975), the University of North Texas (M.S., population genetics, 1977-1980), and the University of Texas at Dallas (M.S., Ph.D., molecular and cell biology, 1984-1991). He has been with Probe Ministries since 1975 and has lectured and debated on dozens of college and university campuses. He has addressed issues in the creation/evolution debate as well as other science-related issues such as the environment, genetic engineering, medical ethics, and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Bohlin and his wife Sue, an associate speaker and Webmistress for Probe Ministries as well as a professional calligrapher and Christian speaker, live in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, and they have two grown sons.
Dr. Brandstater is a renowned international lecturer originating from Australia.
Robert Christman, DPM, EdM is currently employed as Professor of Podiatric Medicine, Surgery & Biomechanics at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Podiatric Medicine. Here he won a student-initiated award for excellence in teaching and is engaged in active mentorship of present and past students. Dr. Christman has also worked at Director of Radiology and Director of Online Learning at Temple University of Podiatric Medicine.
Dr. Christman holds a master of education in Educational Psychology & Instructional Learning Technology and a doctorate in podiatric medicine, both from Temple University. He did both a fellowship in podiatric radiology and a residency in podiatric medicine and surgery, ideally suiting him for his research career. On the board of the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine, Dr. Christman has 15 peer-reviewed papers and wrote the radiology text almost universally employed in education of foot and ankle surgeons: Foot and Ankle Radiology Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, St. Louis, MO, 2003.
Curt Deckert, CMC, MSME, MBA, PhD has over 45 years of experience in design and development of optical-mechanical and photographic equipment. He has consulted for 140 different companies since 1976. Prior to that, he worked for Northrop, CalComp, Ford Aerospace, and Abbott Labs.
Dr. Deckert is also a certified management consultant (CMC) specializing in R&D with emphasis on the application of optical technology.
William A. Dembski, PhD, is currently Senior Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. Previously, he held positions as Senior Research Scientist with the Evolutionary Informatics Lab, the Carl F. H. Henry Professor of Theology and Science at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Associate Research Professor in the Conceptual Foundations of Science at Baylor University, and head of the The Michael Polanyi Center.
Dr. Dembski taught at Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Dallas. He did postdoctoral work in mathematics at MIT, in physics at the University of Chicago, and in computer science at Princeton University. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago where he earned a B.A. in psychology, an M.S. in statistics, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, he also received a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Dembski published articles in mathematics, engineering, philosophy, and theology journals, is the author/editor of twenty books and has appeared on the BBC, NPR, PBS CSPAN2, CNN, Fox News, ABC Nightline, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
As interest in intelligent design has grown in the wider culture, Dr. Dembski has assumed the role of public intellectual. In addition to lecturing around the world at colleges and universities, he is frequently interviewed on the radio and television. His work has been cited in numerous newspaper and magazine articles, including three front page stories in the New York Times as well as the August 15, 2005 Time magazine cover story on intelligent design. He has appeared on the BBC, NPR (Diane Rehm, etc.), PBS (Inside the Law with Jack Ford; Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson), CSPAN2, CNN, Fox News, ABC Nightline, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Dr. Anthony Donaldson received his B.S., M.S. and PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University in 1979, 1982 and 1990, respectively. He also received a M.A in Missions and Evangelism from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1994.
Dr. Donaldson is currently the Dean of the School of Engineering at California Baptist University. From 1998 to 2006 he served as professor of electrical engineering and the director of the engineering programs at Seattle Pacific University where he led a successful accreditation effort and was responsible for numerous innovations in curriculum and facilities.
In graduate school at Texas Tech, Dr. Donaldson worked on the “Star Wars” pulsed power project. His research in modeling electrode erosion in High Energy pulsed switches won critical acclaim and resulted in over 40 peer reviewed articles and conference presentations as well as a patent for a new type of material.
Nicholas Drapela has a BS and PhD from Oregon State University, where he worked until September 2012. While there he taught and engaged in research in organic chemistry, synthesizing compounds that are thought to have anti-tumor activity. Dr. Drapela is currently engaged in a lawsuit against Oregon State because it is alleged that he was terminated due to his outspoken views questioning anthropogenic climate change.
Robert Eagleton currently holds the status of emeritus professor at California State Polytechnic University – Pomona where he served as a member of its physics faculty for 30 years. During his tenure there he was successful in acquiring numerous external grants, published many papers in refereed journals, developed several of its physics laboratories (optics, modern physics, senior labs.), and wrote their associated laboratory manuals. During his last ten years there he, in collaboration with one his colleagues, was very active in the research of anomalous thermal and nuclear effects in protonated and deuterated metal lattices (a.k.a. cold nuclear fusion http://www.lenr-canr.org/index.html). Since his retirement from Cal. Poly. – Pomona in 1998 he has continued to be professionally active by serving as a consultant for a start up R&D company located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to his employment at Cal. Poly. – Pomona he earned a B. S. in physics (1959) from Abilene Christian College (now Abilene Christian University) at which time he was also granted a National Defense Education Act Fellowship to pursue graduate studies in physics at Oklahoma State University – Stillwater. This led to his earning a MS and PhD both with an emphasis on experimental solid state physics. In 1959 he also received a commission as a line officer in the U. S. Navy and served on active duty for four years (1961 – 1965) as an instructor at the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power School, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA. He currently lives with his wife in the Southern California area. Their extended family consists of four children, their spouses, and eleven grandchildren.
David Elliott, PhD, is Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Louisiana College. He earned his doctorate in Polymer Science studying “Aqueous Solution Behavior and Microstructural Studies of N-Substituted Acrylamide Copolymers: Neighboring Group Effects,” and his BS in biology.
Dr. Elliott currently teaches organic chemistry, earth science, into to inorganic chemistry, organic and biological chemistry, and basics of polymer chemistry. He has much experience in invention and development of personal care products and holds numerous patents with Calgon, Unilever, and Gillette.
James Enstrom, PhD, MPH has been working as a researcher and professor for the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Department of Environmental Sciences at UCLA since 1974. But more recently he has also been waging a battle with his employers. They say that his work and results are not consistent with the mission of the department: “furthering interdisciplinary research at the interface between human health and the environment” and have been trying to push him out of his job.
But, his work has been demonstrated to be eminently consistent with their mission. It is just that Dr. Enstrom’s results are in conflict with those on which the California Air Resources Board (CARB) based their $5.5 billion dollar legislation controlling diesel emissions–and he has not been quiet about it. According to CARB, diesel exhaust is toxic and kills 671 Californians per year. Dr. Enstrom disagrees, pointing out that the studies on which they based their conclusions did not take into account the fact that many truck drivers smoke and were based on data gathered from 1950-80. Amazingly, Dr. Enstrom found that one of the main reports was authored by a CARB staffer who had faked his alleged UC Davis PhD, having bought it on line for $1000. Since several recent studies (his included) show that the fine particulates in diesel soot do not contribute to premature death, Dr. Enstrom is rightly concerned that this highly expensive legislation may be unnecessary, being based on what he perceives as inaccurate and incomplete science.
AITSE is concerned about Dr. Enstrom’s situation because we are committed to academic freedom and integrity science. Professors should not be afraid to publish controversial results because doing so may cause job loss. According to Dr. Enstrom, “Science isn’t based on how many people vote on something. It’s based on the truth, and the truth can be determined by just one scientist.” AITSE agrees: science should be based on impartial evaluation of evidence, not mere consensus.
Tom Ferko, PhD is a professor of chemistry at California Baptist University and chair of the Department of Natural and Mathematical Sciences. With a PhD from Purdue University in analytical chemistry, Dr. Ferko has published in Meteoritics and Planetary Science and often speaks on cosmogenic radionuclides. At California Baptist he teaches astronomy, chemistry, geoscience, and physics and according to Rate my Professor, he’s good at it.
Bill Freeman, Chemical and Environmental Engineer
Dr. Ghiozzi was educated at the Università di Pisa. Specializzazione , Psichiatria Frequenza universitaria come Medico Interno Decennale impiego clinico in SPDC Lunga esperienza in Medicina Legale Activities and Societies: - Membro della Società Italiana di NeuroPsicoFarmacologia.
Guy G. Giacopuzzi DDS is a practicing implant dentist in Lake Arrowhead, California. He has been married to his dental hygienist, Norine for 34 years has 5 children, ages 16–26. Dr. Giacopuzzi is an assistant professor at Loma Linda School of Dentistry. His motivation in life is “restoration”; of old Porsche’s, old radios, wooden boats and mouths. His hobbies/sports include amateur radio, restoration, skiing and fly fishing.
Mr. Holloway is currently an officer in the Air Force and has been on active duty for six years (including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010). He has a BSc from Biola and an MSc from the Air Force Institute of Technology, both in computer science. The MSc was focused on AI with an emphasis on evolutionary algorithms and was funded by an $80k grant from the Air Force Research Lab. The work was was published in two conference proceedings, IEEE and ACM.
Dr. Jim Hodge, Research Chemist
Dr. Don Johnson, Chemist and Computer Scientist
Dr. Don Johnson has earned Ph.D.s in both Computer & Information Sciences from the University of Minnesota and in Chemistry from Michigan State University, was a senior research scientist for 10 years in pharmaceutical and medical/scientific instrument fields, served as president and technical expert in an independent computer consulting firm for many years, and taught for 20 years in universities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, and Europe. He has made science vs pseudoscience and Intelligent Design presentations on most continents, including in Russia, China, Australia, New Zealand, England, and Germany. He and his wife, Kris, now own and operate Science Integrity to expose unsubstantiated science claims. He currently has two books: “Probability’s Nature and Nature’s Probability” (both scientist’s and “Lite” versions) and “Programming of Life.” PN&NP counters unsubstantiated claims purported to be science, especially in areas of origins of mass/energy, life, and species. It debunks misconceptions concerning intelligent design, and highlights ID’s contributions. PoL highlights the informational aspects of life because life is an intersection of physical science and information science and must be investigated using each domain’s principles. PoL challenges science to propose feasible mechanisms which could produce the functional information and interactive processing systems found in any cell.
Joseph Kezele studied the sciences and music at the University of Arizona, while earning his B.A. in Russian in 1971, and his M.D. in 1975. He then completed a Pediatric Residency before beginning the practice of Emergency Medicine for 23 years in the Phoenix area, as a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is now retired from the practice of medicine, serves as President of AzOSA, is Assistant Professor of Biology at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix and teaches Creation Science Evangelism at Black Mountain Baptist Church in Cave Creek.
Dr. Mary H. Korte has been teaching in the Department of Natural Sciences at Concordia University, Wisconsin since 1994. She is also the Director of the Master of Science in Education—Environmental Education program.
Dr. Korte received her B.S. from the College of William and Mary, her M.S. from Southern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. from Trinity College and Theological Seminary. Her master’s research was on Simplifications of the Diel Curve Method for Determining Primary Productivity and her doctoral dissertation was Vision and Ethos in Lutheran Higher Education at Concordia University Wisconsin. Recently she authored a chapter titled “Environmental Education, Ethics, and Evidential Apologetics” in Tough-Minded Christianity, edited by William Dembski and Thomas Schirrmacher.
Dr. Korte is particularly interested in coral reef biology and marine ecosystems and enjoys taking a class of CUW students to the Caribbean each year for field study in the tropics, including “fins-on” experience snorkeling in the coral reefs or playing with the dolphins!
(adapted from the Concordia website)
Robert J. Marks II, PhD, gained his doctorate in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Texas Tech University and his B.S./M.S from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. He was Professor of Electrical Engineering and Graduate Program Director University of Washington (1997-2000) and is an active and multiple award-winning member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).
Dr. Marks has been a consultant for the Boeing Corporation, Southern California Edison and Microsoft and a Technical Advisory Board Member for Inficom Inc and Quantum Ltd. His research has been funded by Army Research Office, EPRI, the Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Naval Research, and the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Dr. Marks has over 250 journal and conference publications. He has three US patents in the field of artificial neural networks and signal processing and his books include Handbook of Fourier Analysis and Its Applications, Neural Smithing: Supervised Learning in Feedforward Artificial Neural Networks, and Introduction to Shannon Sampling and Interpolation Theory. He is the editor or co-editor of five other volumes, including Computational Intelligence: Imitating Life, Fuzzy Logic Technology and Applications, and Applications of Neural Networks to Power Systems.
Walter Myers III is currently an Architect and Principal Consultant at Microsoft Corporation. Educated at the University of Florida and Biola University, Mr. Myers specializes in computer software. In his words, “I help my clients to create high performance software applications and development teams, leveraging Microsoft tools and technologies. I also focus on the rapidly growing cloud computing market.” Mr. Myers is currently pursuing a Masters in Philosophy of Religion & Ethics at Talbot School of Theology on the campus of Biola University.
Philip Newberg, PhD practices psychology in Fountain Valley, California and Long Beach, California.
Dr. Bryan Pogue practices family practice in Boise, Idaho and Meridian, Idaho. He graduated with an MD 26 years ago from the University Of Washington School Of Medicine, Seattle, WA, and completed his residency at Famprac Res Of Idaho in Boise, ID. Dr. Bryan Pogue is a HealthGrades Five-Star Doctor and a member of the AAFP, ACMS, IAFP and IMA.
David Rine (PhD mathematics) is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His current work bridges software engineering, system engineering and information technology. He believes, and has taught his many PhD students, that application of the scientific method is fundamental to progress in science and research. His current research interest is in the area of design.
Dr. Rine has received numerous awards from computer science and engineering societies and associations, including the IEEE Centennial Award, the IEEE Pioneer Award, the IEEE Computer Society Meritorious Service Award, the IEEE Computer Society Special Award, and the IEEE Computer Society 50th anniversary Golden Core Award. He has also been a multiple-time recipient of the IEEE Computer Society Honor Roll (and Distinguished Technical Service) Award and the IEEE Computer Society Certificate of Appreciation Award.
In recent years, Dr. Rine has focused on working in development of educational programs in the information technologies in developing countries in the Middle East and East Africa. Some of the programs developed are similar in strength, content and futuristic objectives to those accredited programs in place at George Mason University, which was named after the founding American patriot who originally penned works on human rights that were used to develop the Bill of Rights.
Bob Schober has been a leader in ultra-low power integrated circuits starting from the beginning of his professional career in spacecraft electronic design, through extensive work in integrated circuit design for the cardiac pacing industry from 1975 to 1999 to his current work in IC design today. Mr. Schober’s experience has been primarily in the field of analog/digital integrated circuit design. Starting in the early 1960′s, Bob worked as an electrical engineer for General Electric Space and Missile Systems; a senior engineer for Martin Marietta Corporation; a member of the technical staff for Hughes Aircraft Corporation; a senior member of the technical staff at TRW Systems; a senior member of the technical staff at California Institute of Technology Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and a principal engineer at American Hospital Supply Corporation’s Edward’s Pacemaker Systems including American Hospital’s Corporate Research Center. Mr. Schober received a special award as the highest individual contributor in the history of American Hospital Supply. In 1982, Mr. Schober formed Biomedical LSI, later to become Nanopower, Inc.
The primary focus of Bob’s work has been the design of low power, high reliability circuits, most of which have been analog. Mr. Schober has also performed digital design and layout of digital systems up to and including custom microprocessors, direct memory access controllers, and floating point processors. In addition, he has designed and laid out multiple-giga-sample flash mode Gallium-Arsenide Analog to Digital Converters’ and numerous Radio Frequency integrated circuits. Mr. Schober holds multiple patents in the areas of cardiac pacemakers, high efficiency/compact digital integrated circuit cell libraries, RF, and high sensitivity RFID integrated circuits, as well as multiple patent applications in the area of endoscopic pill cameras.
Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz is a research psychiatrist at the School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles and one of the world’s leading experts in neuroplasticity. Decades ago, he began to study the philosophy of conscious awareness, the idea that the actions of the mind have an effect on the workings of the brain. Jeff’s breakthrough work in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) provided the hard evidence that the mind can control the brain’s chemistry. He has lectured extensively to both professional and lay audiences in the US, Europe, and Asia. Jeff’s books include The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force and the bestseller Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the seminal book on OCD. He was the co-organizer of the 2007 international conference on neuroleadership. Jeff is based in Santa Monica, CA.
Timothy Standish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up in the Far East where his parents served as missionaries. He completed his undergraduate education at Andrews University in Michigan, obtaining a BS degree in zoology with a chemistry minor. After commencing his graduate education at the same institution, earning an MS degree in Biology while studying brachiopods, he attended George Mason University earning a Ph. D. in environmental biology and public policy while studying application of molecular techniques to the identification and classification of nematode worms.
As an educator Dr. Standish has taught in colleges and universities in the United States, South Africa, Nigeria, Austria, Kenya and the Philippines. He has also taught public high-school science classes in the United States and currently works closely with science teachers in Christian secondary and tertiary schools. His publications cover topics ranging from the molecular basis of behavior in crickets, to Intelligent Design and public policy. In addition, he has authored many academic and popular papers dealing with faith and science. Interactions between science, faith and public policy are his primary interest at present. Dr. Standish is an active member of his church and holds a research appointment at the Geoscience Research Institute in Loma Linda, California.
Professor David Walnut currently works at George Mason University in the Department of Mathematics. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland and did research in Harmonic Analysis and Wavelet Theory.
The biological knowledge gained over the past 2500 years has helped us to “know ourselves”, our world, our place in the universe and has helped us lead healthy and meaningful lives. In the 21st century, biology, with its need to be relevant in another way, has also partnered with business to create biotechnology.
Dr. Randy Wayne, Associate Professor at Cornell University, has always loved this aspect of biology. His aim as a teacher is to teach the fundamental aspects of human biology through stories about how the discoveries were made and how we know what we know. That is, he teaches students how to get answers through questioning, doubting and being skeptical. He then challenges the students to think critically about how biotechnological developments will change our world and encourages them to act as individuals and as professionals to create a world that furthers the things about being human that they value.
Dr. Michael Windheuser, Pharmaceutical Scientist