Past-President: Robert Kaita
Robert (Bob) Kaita is a physicist in the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) at Princeton University. At PPPL, he is Head of Plasma Diagnostic Operations for the National Spherical Torus Experiment (NSTX). He is also Co-Principal Investigator for the Lithium Tokamak Experiment (LTX). On both NSTX and LTX, his research focuses on plasma-surface interactions and the use of liquid metals as "first-wall” materials for fusion reactors. As a Christian and a scientist, Bob traces both his faith and his interest in the natural world to the kind of home he had as a child. One of Bob’s earliest recollections is of going with his father to a nearby park for bird watching or mineral collecting. As devoted Christians, Bob’s family Bible studies were a very important part of their spiritual life. "My father introduced me to the ‘Book of Nature,’ which I now read professionally as a scientist,” says Bob, "and the ‘Book of Scripture,’ or the Bible I read as a Christian. They were written by the same Creator, and both are true.”
President: Harry Poe
Harry (Hal) Poe is Charles Colson Professor of Faith and Culture at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He co-edited with Stan Mattson the science and religion papers from the 2002 C. S. Lewis Summer Institute that will be published as What God Knows: Time, Eternity and Divine Knowledge, and is also a descendant of Edgar Allan Poe. As a theologian, Hal belongs to ASA to take part in the conversation with people in the sciences who have a commitment to Christ but whose theology of science may be determined by traditions they are not even aware of.
Vice-President: Keith Miller
Keith Miller is currently a research assistant professor in geology at Kansas State University. He grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a rural area west of Philadelphia that is home to large Amish and Mennonite communities. His parents were strong Christian models and encouraged Keith’s interest in the sciences. Since he always enjoyed nature, (collecting rocks, shells, and insects), Keith had an early interest in geology. He attended Franklin & Marshall College where he became fascinated with paleontology, then pursued that subject as a graduate student at SUNY Binghamton and the University of Rochester. Keith’s research interests have included the preservation and paleoecology of marine invertebrate communities, the record of short-term cyclicity within the geologic record, and models for sea level and climate change in the US mid-continent during the Pennsylvanian & Permian Periods. In his free time, Keith enjoys nature and landscape photography.
Secretary/Treasurer: Johnny Lin
Johnny Lin is a Professor of Physics at North Park University in Chicago. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Civil Engineering-Water Resources. After working as an environmental engineer, he returned to school and received his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences from UCLA. His atmospheric science research is focused on stochastic convective parameterizations, ice-atmosphere interactions in the Arctic, and simple frameworks for modularizing climate models. He is also interested in issues of Christian environmental ethics. His interest in the intersection between faith and science stems from a conviction built-up, starting in college and graduate school, that God made us to love Him with all of our being, including through our limited thinking about how creation works. His favorite ice creams are daiquiri ice and French vanilla.
Member: Lynn Billman
Lynn L. Billman retired in September 2013 from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a Department of Energy laboratory in Golden, Colorado. Lynn grew up in Chicago, and loved chemistry, physics, and math in high school. She graduated with a BS in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She went to work as an analytical chemist with Chevron, and later moved into management analysis and planning. Making a big move with her husband from California to Colorado, she landed a job (finally!) as a science writer with what later became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. During more than 26 years of service, Lynn’s work spanned all technology and mission areas in support of NREL executive management, research program planning, campus design and sustainability, communications, and energy market and policy analysis. Her career is a testimony to all the different ways a person can apply a chemistry degree! She became a Christian at a women’s retreat in 1990, and has served in a variety of churches since then. Lynn’s passion is helping people succeed, and has taken on the challenge of developing the ASA affiliate group "Christian Women in Science.” She lives in Lakewood, Colorado with her German Shepherd Toby, and enjoys having all her children and grandchildren nearby.
Early Career Rep: David Buller
David Buller grew up in Severn, MD and was interested in science from a young age. Having grown up in very conservative Christianity, David is closely acquainted with the kinds of struggles that Christians and young people can face when it comes to integrating science with their faith. He graduated in 2011 from Bob Jones University with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and will graduate in the spring of 2013 from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago with an MA in Theological Studies, Religion and Science emphasis. David has been an ASA member since high school, and was a summer intern at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (working on a "Science and Evangelical Christianity" project). He is currently involved in the Zygon Center for Religion and Science, where he launched and coordinates a monthly religion-science film series.