Tim Morris & Don Petcher's Bio:
Tim Morris received his PhD from the Department of Immunology and Medical Microbiology at the University of Florida in 1989 based on work in human gene expression. He did postdoctoral work in molecular virology in Lois Miller's lab at the University of Georgia. He joined the faculty of Covenant College in 1995. He was a participant in the Templeton/Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity held during the summers of 1999, 2000, and 2001.
Dr. Don Petcher is a professor of physics at Covenant College. After earning an undergraduate degree form Covenant in 1974, he received an MS in physics from the University of Georgia, and a PhD from Indiana University, where he specialized in quantum field theory and elementary particle physics. Before returning to Covenant in 1993, he held post-doctoral positions at the University of Bern in Swizerland, at the National Institute for High Energy Physics in Amsterdam, Holland, and at the Supercomuter Computations Research Institute at Florida State University, and just prior to coming to Covenant he was on the research faculty at Washington University in St. Louis. During this time he published over three dozen papers in his field on topics from lattice gauge theory and computational physics to superstring theory.
From the time Don was an undergraduate at Covenant, he has always been interested in the relation between science, philosophy, and theology, and he returned to Covenant in part to focus on these interrelations. Along with Tim Morris, Don has been involved in teaching an interdisciplinary course to non-majors, which won a Templeton Foundation award in the Science and Religion course development program. He and Tim also participated in the first series of Templeton Seminars on Science and Christianity held at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford University, for one month each summer in the years 1999-2001. Don continues to teach physics, math, and interdisciplinary courses at Covenant while he pursues his interest in the integration of faith and science.