Meet the ASA Executive Council
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President: John Wood

John is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at The King’s University in Edmonton. He completed his BA in Biology at North Park University, Chicago. MSc-Biology at Central Washington University and his PhD is from the University of California, Berkeley, in Stream Ecology and Insect Behaviour. Current research includes the behaviour of urban White-tailed Jackrabbits and campus sustainability. He and psychologist, Dr. Heather Looy, have explored our cultural blind spot toward accepting food insects - one aspect of Western exceptionalism. Before moving to Canada in 1989 John taught for 6 years at Simpson College, then in San Francisco. His professional work includes the development and review of undergraduate environmental science programs, and he is a reviewer for the ECO Canada national accreditation process for environmental science and environmental studies programs.

Vice President: Terry Gray

Terry M. Gray studied molecular biology at Purdue University (BS, 1980) and the University of Oregon (PhD, 1985). He has had positions at Calvin College, Front Range Community College, and, since 1997, Colorado State University, where he is an instructor in the chemistry department. His interests are in protein structure, stability, and folding; faith/science matters (evolution/creation, environmental stewardship); and energy, society, and the environment. He has been a member of the ASA since 1994. With Jack Haas, he developed and maintained the ASA website in its early years. Recent publications include two eTextbooks: Energy: What the World Needs Now and Molecules of Life with a Chemistry Bootcamp, two articles on biochemistry and evolution in Perspectives on an Evolving Creation, and a 2016 article in PSCF, “ASA Does Not Take an Official Position on Controversial Questions.” Terry lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his wife Shari. They have five children and five grandchildren.

Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Everest

Michael Everest graduated from Wheaton College in 1994 and then earned a doctorate in chemistry from Stanford University. He taught chemistry at George Fox University for ten years before moving to Westmont College in 2011. His research uses cavity-enhanced laser spectroscopy to monitor the kinetics and thermodynamics of adsorption at a solution/glass interface. He is an advocate of active-learning pedagogies, and was the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award for the Division of Natural and Behavioral Sciences at Westmont College in 2016. Michael was raised in the Conservative Baptist Association and later became a Lay Reader in the Episcopal Church. He currently worships at Montecito Covenant Church where he has served as Vice Chair of the Council. He and his wife Nancy live in Santa Barbara, California, and have three children.

Member: Janel Curry

Janel Curry obtained her Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota. She taught at Central College in Pella, IA and at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI in the areas of geography and environmental studies. Her areas of research have included environmental policy, religious worldviews and the environment, and women in leadership. This research has led to over 40 peer-reviewed publications. In addition, she has held three Fulbright Fellowships to the University of Guelph, Ontario; City University of Hong Kong; and most recently, Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan. Besides her scholarly interests, Janel has held several administrative roles including being dean for research and scholarship at Calvin College and provost at Gordon College. Presently she is serving as the interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Medaille College in Buffalo, New York. She has two married daughters, both of whom point out that they all watched Nova together on Tuesdays nights when they were growing up.

Member: William Jordan

Now a professor of mechanical engineering at Baylor University, William (Bill) Jordan earned his BS and MS at the Colorado School of Mines and also came to Christ there. He had previously rejected faith because he thought it was inconsistent with a scientific worldview. In his junior year of college, he found himself unhappy. At that time, he says, “I found some Christian students who were enjoying life much more than I was and who were also very good engineering students. They had something that I really wanted (a joyful life).” Through their witness, he came to consider the claims of Christ and eventually put his trust in Christ. Bill joined the ASA in 1977 and has presented papers at twelve ASA annual meetings since 1990. He has also published in PSCF, participated in CEST (Christian Engineers and Scientists in Technology), and served as local arrangements chair for the 2009 ASA Annual Meeting at Baylor. He was program chair for the 2009 and 2011 Christian Engineering Conferences, and has led student engineering mission trips to Kenya, Rwanda, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

Member: Se Kim

Se Kim is trained in genetics and neuroscience, and her research work focused on the role of epigenetics in mammalian brain function and plant stress response. She received her BS in biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in molecular and human genetics from Baylor College of Medicine. With an interest in non-profit administration, Se has an executive MBA from the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently, Se serves as the Deputy Chief Program Officer at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Office of Science, Policy, and Society Programs. She oversees the finance and operations of the unit and supports the strategic alignment of six unique Programs. She first heard of ASA through her previous role as the Associate Director of the AAAS program on Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER), leading the program’s initiatives to facilitate conversation on science with faith-based communities. Se lives in the DC suburb of northern Virginia, where her husband serves as the English (young-adult) Pastor at a local Chinese-American church. Active in several science-faith organizations, she is passionate about engaging young Christians and making the science and faith journey easier for the next generation of budding scientists. Se is excited about bringing data-based thinking and business development to mission-based organizations, and she is grateful for the opportunity to serve in the ASA executive council.

Member: Effat Zeidan

Effat Zeidan began her journey in science education and research at the American University of Beirut as she pursued her Bachelors in Chemistry pre-med. During her undergraduate years, she was inspired by the advancements in the field of Nanotechnology praying that one day she would become a member of a leading research group and participate in the top notch research. After graduating with her undergraduate degree, she was blessed with the opportunity to pursue her Doctorate degree in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro joining Dr. Sandros’ research lab. Her research was focused on the development of promising ultra-sensitive nano diagnostic devices for early disease detection. She has contributed scholarly articles to the journal of Nanomedicine, Nature, and JoVE. After graduating with her PhD, she began her career as a distance educator through the wonderful opportunity granted to her by the CBU - Online and Professional Studies team. She is currently a program director of general education and assistant professor of science and math at CBU. Her focus is on improving the quality of online science and math education through the introduction of practical learning tools and motivational learning strategies.