metanexusinstitute: emeritus board

Andrew Newberg

Dr. Andrew Newberg is the director of research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College. He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the department of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is board-certified in internal medicine and nuclear medicine, and he is considered a pioneer in the neuroscientific study of religious and spiritual experiences, a field frequently referred to as neurotheology.

Varadaraja V. Raman

Varadaraja V. Raman is an emeritus professor of physics and humanities at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has also taught at the Saha Institute for Nuclear Physics in Calcutta and the Université d'Alger in Algiers. He is the author of Indic Visions in an Age of Science, published by Metanexus.

Andrew J. Petto

Andrew J. Petto is a senior lecturer in biology, focusing on science education, evolution education, and gross anatomy, at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is the co-editor with L. R. Godfrey of Scientists Confront Creationism.

Antje Jackelén

The Rev. Antje Jackelén is the 68th bishop of Lund, a position she has held since 2007. Previously, she was an associate professor of systematic theology/religion and science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and was director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science. 

George Ellis

George Ellis is an emeritus professor of applied mathematics at the University of Cape Town. He has authored or contributed to a number of books, and he has won numerous awards, including the 2004 Templeton Prize.

J. Wentzel van Huyssteen

J. Wentzel van Huyssteen is the James I. McCord Professor of Theology and Science at the Princeton Theological Seminary. He serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Theology and Philosophy, the Nederduits Gereformeerde Teologiese Tydskrif, and the Journal of Theology and Science, and is co-editor of the Science and Religion Series published by Ashgate Press. 

Joan D. Koss-Chioino

Joan D. Koss-Chioino is an emeritus professor in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change at Arizona State University. Her work focuses on the interface between anthropology, psychiatry, and psychology. She is co-editor with Philip Hefner of Spiritual Transformation and Healing.

John F. Haught

John F. Haught is a senior fellow in science and religion at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. He was formerly a professor and the chair of the department of theology at Georgetown University. He won the Owen Garrigan Award in Science and Religion in 2002, the Sophia Award for Theological Excellence in 2004, and a “Friend of Darwin Award” from the National Center for Science Education in 2008. In 2009, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Louvain in recognition of his work on theology and science.

Martin E. P. Seligman

Martin E.P. Seligman is the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology and director of the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of many books, including The Optimistic Child and Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being

Peter Hess

Peter Hess is the director of religious community outreach at the National Center for Science Education and an adjunct faculty member at Saint Mary's College. He formerly served on the steering committee of Metanexus’ Local Societies Initiative.

Ronald Cole-Turner

The Rev. Dr. Ronald Cole-Turner is the H. Parker Sharp Professor of Theology and Ethics, a position relating theology and ethics to developments in science and technology, at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He edited the collection Transhumanism and Transcendence: Christian Hope in an Age of Technological Enhancement.

Solomon Katz

Solomon Katz is emeritus professor of orthodontics at the University of Pennsylvania Dental School. A leading expert on the anthropology of food, he is also the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. He is a past president of the Metanexus Institute Board of Directors.

W. Mark Richardson

The Rev. W. Mark Richardson is president and dean of Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a graduate theological seminary of the Episcopal Church. He was previously a professor of theology at General Theological Seminary. 

David Christian

David Christian is by training a historian of Russia and the Soviet Union, but since the 1980s he has become interested in world history on very large scales. He has written on the social and material history of the 19th-century Russian peasantry, in particular on aspects of diet and the role of alcohol. In 1989, he began teaching courses on "Big History," surveying the past on the largest possible scales, including those of biology and astronomy. His book Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History has been called "the single-best introduction to science and history from the Big Bang to the 21st Century." He is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Over the next few years, he will also be working with the support of Bill Gates to create an online course in "Big History" for high school students.

Jack Edward "Jeb" Brooks

Jack Edward Brooks is a portfolio manager for Sageborne, LLC based in New York City. He was previously the founding owner and vice president of Oak River Financial Group and the senior vice president of First Bank & Trust, both in Texas. He began his career in banking with Citibank in Taipei, Taiwan, and Citigroup International Securities in London. He graduated from Langley High School in McLean, Virginia, where his father, Congressman Jack Brooks, served for 42 years in the U.S. House of Representatives from the 2nd and 9th congressional districts in Texas. He was an East Asian studies major at Wesleyan University, and he has a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He then completed Citicorp's Associates Training Program and School of Bank Marketing and Management. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Kathleen Duffy

Sister Kathleen Duffy is a professor of physics at Chestnut Hill College. She has also taught at Drexel University, Bryn Mawr College, Ateneo de Manila University, and the University of the Philippines. She serves on the board of the American Teilhard Association.

Theodore Friend

Theodore Friend is a historian, novelist, teacher, and the former president of Swarthmore College. He is also the president emeritus of the Eisenhower Fellowships, and continues to serve as a trustee of its national and international board.  After several books on Southeast Asia and Japan, he has shifted his focus to how whole populations conceive of women, and how they conceive of God. The latest of his books (2012) is based on travel and over 200 interviews in Indonesia, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey: Woman, Man and God in Modern Islam.

David J. Hufford

David Hufford is a professor and the director of The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine, where he has appointments in medical humanities, behavioral science, and family and community medicine. He is also an adjunct professor of religious studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is currently leading an initiative to develop a Center on Spirituality and Health at Penn's School of Medicine. He won a Templeton Foundation Faith & Medicine Award in 1995, the first year of that program to support religion and health courses in medical schools, and he has taught that course to fourth-year medical students since that time. His research is centered on the ethnographic and phenomenological study of the beliefs of ordinary people, especially those beliefs that are in competition with the positions of official institutions. His inquiry has focused on the experiential grounds for spiritual beliefs, and the role of reason in their development and persistence. He has also sought to understand the widely held notion that science and spiritual belief are contradictory. His publications have primarily been concerned with describing the grounds for spiritual belief, showing their reasonableness, and questioning the assertion that, beginning with the Enlightenment, science has made religion outdated and not rationally defensible. His book The Terror That Comes in the Night considers beliefs about spiritual evil that are found all over the world within the context of scientific research on sleep paralysis.

Thomas Campbell Jackson

Thomas Campbell Jackson is the president of the Brandt Jackson Foundation, a private family foundation, based in New York City. He is also the president of Zeitblom Analytics, which consults on health policy issues. In addition, he serves on the board of overseers for Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, the board of trustees for the Galen Institute, the board of directors for the Imagine Science Film Festival, the board of advisers for the Bellevue Literary Press, and the board of directors for Music for Life International. Previously, he served as the director of the Employee Health Benefits Program for the City of New York, managing a $1.75 billion benefits program for 1 million city employees, retirees, and dependents. He has a bachelor's degree in economics from Tufts University and a master's degree in public health from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Norbert Samuelson

Norbert Samuelson is a scholar of Jewish philosophy and the Harold and Jean Grossman Chair of Jewish Studies at Arizona State University. Previously, he was a professor of religion at Temple University for 23 years. He is the founder and secretary of the Academy of Jewish Philosophy, and the author of several books, including Revelation and the God of Israel

Gregory Hansell

Gregory Hansell is vice president for product development at ToonUps, a software developing company in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He served as managing editor and director of Metanexus’ Global Spiral and then as managing director of global communications for the Metanexus Institute. 

Eric Weislogel

Eric Weislogel is an adjunct professor of philosophy at both St. Joseph’s University and Delaware County Community College. He was president and executive director of Metanexus from 2006-2008, and served as program director of the Local Societies Initiative and the Metanexus Global Initiative from 2001-2010. 

George Fisher

George Fisher is an emeritus professor of geology at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught from 1966 to 2005, and served as dean of arts and sciences from 1983 to 1987. He now teaches at the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University as well as in the Johns Hopkins master of liberal arts program.

Gerry Ohrstrom

Gerry Ohrstrom is a private investor in New York City. He is former vice chairman of G.L. Ohrstrom & Co., a private equity firm founded by his grandfather in the 1940s, and former chairman of the Ohrstrom Foundation, established by his grandfather in the 1950s. He is currently chairman of Vistan Corporation, a family holding company. He has served as chairman or director of numerous private companies and was a director of Carlisle Companies Inc. (NYSE) in the 1990s. In the 1980s, he worked in corporate finance at Bear Stearns & Co., and prior to that he worked at manufacturing companies in Michigan and Germany. In recent years, Ohrstrom has spent much of his time in the nonprofit sector, principally in scientific research, science education, and public policy. He serves or has served as a director of the Reason Foundation, the Property and Environment Research Center, Africa Fighting Malaria, the International Policy Network, the Gruter Institute, the American Council on Science and Health, the Museum of the Rockies, the Booker T. Washington Learning Center, and the Yellowstone Park Foundation. He is also a member of the Intelligence Squared U.S. Foundation board and the virtual advisory board of its debate series. From 2008-2010 he served as co-chairman of the President's Council at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Peter Dodson

Peter Dodson is a professor of gross anatomy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the department of geology. He is also a research associate at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the author of The Horned Dinosaurs. He was the founding president of the Metanexus Institute.

Adrian Wyard

Adrian Wyard is executive director, of the Counterbalance Foundation. Prior to forming Counterbalance in 1998, he worked for Microsoft Corporation in the UK and US and holds several design patents for features in Microsoft Word and Windows that are still in use today. 

Mahmoud Ayoub

Mahmoud Ayoub is a faculty associate in Islam and Christian-Muslim relations at the Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut. A native of South Lebanon, he has taught at Temple University, the Pacific School of Religion, San Diego State University, the University of Toronto, and McGill University. Since the spring of 1999, he has been a visiting professor at the University of Balamand in Lebanon.

Zainal Abidin Bagir

Zainal Abidin Bagir is the director of the Center for Religious and Cross-cultural Studies, a master’s program at the Graduate School of Gadjah Mada University. He is also the Indonesian Regional Coordinator of the Pluralism Knowledge Programme, a collaborative project involving India, Indonesia, Uganda, and the Netherlands.

Arthur L. Caplan

Arthur L. Caplan is the Emmanuel and Robert Hart Director of the Center for Bioethics and the Sydney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of 29 books and more than 500 journal papers, and he has served on a number of national and international committees and boards.

John D. Caputo

John D. Caputo is the emeritus Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities at Syracuse University. His 2006 book The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event won the 2007 AAR Book Award for "Constructive-Reflective Studies in Religion," and his book What Would Jesus Deconstruct? won the ForeWord Magazine Best Philosophy Book of 2007 award.

William Durbin

William Durbin is an independent scholar and formerly an associate professor of ecclesiastical history at Washington Theological Union.

Alfred P. Fishman

Dr. Alfred P. Fishman was the William Maul Measey Professor of Medicine and the senior associate dean for program development at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He was a consultant to the executive office of the president of the United States; a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute; and chairman of the Health Sciences Policy Board of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Fishman died in 2010.

John Grim

John Grim is a visiting professor in the religious studies department at Yale University and president of the American Teilhard Association. He also coordinates, with Mary Evelyn Tucker, the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale University. He has been a professor of religion at Bucknell University and Sarah Lawrence College.

Mitchell P. Marcus

Mitchell P. Marcus is the RCA Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also a professor of linguistics. He created and ran the Penn Treebank Project through the mid-1990s, and he currently serves as chair of the Advisory Committee of the Center of Excellence in Human Language Technology at John Hopkins University.

Philip Hefner

The Rev. Philip Hefner is an ordained pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and has spent his entire career teaching in Lutheran seminaries in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Chicago (where he retired in 2001). He is the former editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science and he served as the director of the Zygon Center for Religion and Science from 1988–2003. He has held dozens of visiting teaching and lecturing appointments at seminaries, colleges, and universities in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia, and he has represented his church on a number of ecumenical commissions.

Karl E. Peters

Karl E. Peters is an emeritus professor of religion and philosophy at Rollins College. He was the editor of Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science from 1979–1989 and co-editor from 1989–2009.

Roberto Poli

Roberto Poli is an adjunct professor at the University of Trento in Italy, where he teaches philosophy, applied ethics, and futures studies.

John C. Raines

John C. Raines is a professor of religion at Temple University.

Barry Graham Ritchie

Barry Graham Ritchie is a professor of physics at Arizona State University.

James F. Salmon

James F. Salmon is a Jesuit priest and a research fellow in science and religion at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University. A chemist and theologian, Salmon has taught at Loyola College in Maryland, Wheeling Jesuit University, Johns Hopkins University, and Georgetown University. In 1982 he founded, and continues to direct, the annual Cosmos and Creation Conference for scientists in Baltimore.

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson is the director of Jewish studies, the Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, and a professor of history at Arizona State University. She is the author of a number of books, including Judaism and Nature: The Dialectics of Sacred Texts.

Paul Root Wolpe

Paul Root Wolpe is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, and the director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. He is also a professor in the departments of medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, and sociology. He serves as the first senior bioethicist for NASA, where he is responsible for formulating policy on bioethical issues and safeguarding research subjects. He is co-editor of the American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), and editor of AJOB Neuroscience.

Edwin Berkowitz

Edwin Berkowitz is chair of J. E. Berkowitz, LP, a leading architectural glass manufacturer headquartered in Pedricktown, New Jersey. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Berkowitz served as building chair for the recently constructed Hillel and as past president of the University of Pennsylvania College Alumni.

Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer

Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer is the director of the department of multifaith studies and initiatives and an associate professor of religious studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. She launched RRC’s department dedicated to multifaith studies in the late 1980s and has pioneered innovative service-learning courses, internships, and unique opportunities for RRC students to study sacred texts with their Christian and Muslim counterparts.

Frank Pennington

Rev. Frank Pennington is a pastor at the United Church of Christ at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

Laurie Zoloth

Laurie S. Zoloth is the director of the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society and a professor of medical ethics and humanities at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. She is also a professor of religion and a member of the Jewish Studies faculty at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Science, and directs the school’s Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and Leadership.

Pamela Thompson

Pamela Thompson runs a public relations firm based in Media, Pennsylvania. Previously, she spent 13 years as the vice-president for communications at the John Templeton Foundation.

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