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Major Research Areas and Activities

Theoretical Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, including studies of the early universe, neutrino astrophysics, dark matter, dark energy, quantum field theory and gravity, black holes, stellar evolution, nucleosynthesis, eschatology.

Science and Society/Public Policy: Science Education, Science Writing, Public School Science Curricula, Science and Religion, Scientific Integrity in Government, Missile Defense, Nuclear Proliferation, Science and Pseudoscience


1982-85 Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows, and Physics Dept., Harvard University

1985-88 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physics, Yale University

1985-86 Visiting Scientist, Boston University

1985-89 Visiting Scientist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

1986-88 Joint Appointment, Department of Physics, and Astronomy, Yale University

1988-1993 Associate Professor, Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Yale University

1993- 2008 Ambrose Swasey Professor of Physics and Professor of Astronomy and chair (thru 2005), Dept. of Physics, Case Western Reserve University

1993-2005 Chairman, Department of Physics, Case Western Reserve University

2005 Director, Office of Science, Public Policy, and Bio-Entrepreneurship, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

2002-08 Director, Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics

2006-07 Visiting Professor, Vanderbilt University

2008-18 Foundation Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Physics Dept., and Director, Origins Project, Arizona State University

2010-17 Distinguished Visiting Professor, Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australia National University

2011- Professor, New College of the Humanities, London, UK

2018-19 Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, Physics Dept., Arizona State University

2019 President, The Origins Project Foundation

2019 Host, The Origins Podcast

Visiting Positions

CERN associate, 1983

Institute for Theoretical Physics Santa Barbara, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989,1992, 2002, 2003

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, 1984-88

University of Chicago, 1989

Institute for Nuclear Theory, Seattle, 1994

Institute for Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, 1995, 1996, 1998

Scientific Associate, CERN 1996-97

Institute des Hautes Etudes Scientifique, 1997-98

Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge University, 1999

Perimeter Institute, 2003

Hooker Distinguished Visiting Professor, Origins Institute, McMaster University, 2005

Member, Institute for Advanced Study, 2005

Visiting Professor, Vanderbilt University, 2006-7

Visiting Professor, University of Zurich, 2008,2009

Distinguished Visiting Professor, Australian National University, 2010-

James and Jean Davis Prestige Visiting Fellow, Otaga University, 2011

Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, University of Melbourne, 2011

Other Positions

Commentator: Marketplace, All Things Considered

Columnist: Nature Physics, 2005-6

Columnist: New Scientist Magazine, 2007-8

Columnist: Scientific American, 2009-10

Chair: APS Forum on Physics and Society, 2007

Chair: AAAS Physics Section, 2007

APS Panel on Public Affairs, 2009-

Co-Chair: Board of Sponsors, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 2009-

Board of Directors: Federation of American Scientists 2010-

Board of Directors of Center for Inquiry 2012-

Physics Editorial Board for the College Access Project 2012-

Executive Committee, APS Forum on Physics and Society 2012-15

Chair, Board of Governors, Australia New Zealand Institute of Theoretical Physics, 2012-2013

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