Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Society of Catholic Scientists consists of nine members: seven ordinary Directors, who are scientists, an Episcopal Moderator and a Liaison.  The Episcopal Moderator (or Bishop Advisor) is Abp. Charles J. Chaput, OFM, Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia. The Liaison is Mr. Francis X. Maier, Special Assistant to the Archbishop of Philadelphia. The seven ordinary Directors are shown below, with short biographies.


Stephen M. Barr


Stephen M. Barr (President, SCS) is Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Delaware and Director of its Bartol Research Institute.  (Ph.D. Physics 1978, Princeton University) Prof. Barr does research in theoretical particle physics, especially grand unified theories, theories of CP violation, neutrino oscillations, and particle cosmology. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2011). He is the author of Modern Physics and Ancient Faith (Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 2003).    

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Jonathan I. Lunine


Jonathan I. Lunine (Vice-President, SCS) is David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences of Cornell University and Director of the Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science.  (Ph.D.  Planetary Science 1985, Caltech) Prof. Lunine does research in astrophysics, planetary science and astrobiology. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and among other awards is the recipient of the Jean Dominique Cassini Medal of the European Geosciences Union (2015) and the Basic Sciences Award of the Int. Academy of Astronautics (2009).  He is the author of Earth: Astrobiology, A Multidisciplinary Approach (Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2005) and Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World (2nd ed., Cambridge Univ. Press, 2013).                                                                                                   

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Robert J. Scherrer


Robert J. Scherrer (Secretary, SCS) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Vanderbilt University. (Ph.D. Physics 1986, University of Chicago) Prof. Scherrer does research in theoretical cosmology, especially dark energy, dark matter, big bang nucleosynthesis, and large scale structure of the universe.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2001), and among other awards is the recipient of the Klopsteg Memorial Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers (2011) and The Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching (1999). He is the author of Quantum Mechanics, An Accessible Introduction (Addison-Wesley, 2006). 

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Stephen C. Meredith


Stephen C. Meredith (Treasurer, SCS) is Professor in the Department of Pathology, the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Department of Neurology of the University of Chicago. (Ph.D. Biochemistry 1982, Univ. of Chicago; MD 1974, Washington Univ.) Prof. Meredith does research in experimental biology, especially the structure of beta-amyloid fibrils using a combination of solution and solid-state NMR, and other physical methods, notably neutron and x-ray scattering.                          

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Karin I. Öberg


Karin I. Öberg is Assoc. Professor in the Department of Astronomy of Harvard University (Ph.D. Astrophysics 2009, Univ. of Leiden). Prof. Öberg does research in astrophysics/astrochemistry, especially the impact of chemistry on planet formation, including the compositions of nascent planets. Among other awards she is the recipient of the AAS Newton Lacy Pierce Prize (2016), the Packard Fellowship (2014), and the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (2014).

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Nicanor Austriaco, O.P.


Nicanor Austriaco, O.P. is Professor in the Department of Biology of Providence College (Ph.D. Biology 1996, MIT)  Prof. Austriaco does research in experimental molecular biology, especially programmed cell death in unicellular eukaryotes.  He is a priest of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) and also has a doctorate in theology from the Univ. of Fribourg in Switzerland. Among other distinctions he is an investigator in the NIH-Rhode Island Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Program.  He is the author of Biomedicine and Beatitude: An Introduction to Catholic Bioethics (CUA Press, 2011).

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Martin A. Nowak


Martin A. Nowak is Professor in the Department of Biology and the Department of Mathematics of Harvard University, and Director of the Program of Evolutionary Dynamics  (Ph.D. Mathematics 1989, Univ. of Vienna). Prof. Nowak does research in mathematical biology, especially description of evolutionary processes, the evolution of cooperation and human language, and the dynamics of virus infections and human cancer.  Among other awards he is the recipient of the Weldon Memorial Prize (1996), the Albert Wander Prize, Univ. of Bern (1998), the Roger F. Murray Prize, Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance (1999), the Akira Okubo Prize, Int. and Japanese Society for Mathematical Biology (1999), the David Starr Jordan Prize (2001), the 2003 Henry Dale Prize, of the Royal Institution, London.  He is the author of Evolutionary Dynamics: Exploring the Equations of Life (Harvard, Belknap Press, 2006) and Virus Dynamics: Mathematical principles of immunology and virology, with R. May (Oxford Univ. Press, 2001).

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