Rice University
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Walking Through the Lab Door

Does Worldview Matter for a Scientist? (or any of us?)

January 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm
Shell Auditorium


Join Dean Hutchinson to hear Rice alum and MIT chemist Troy Van Voorhis discuss faith, science and truth. 

About the Presenters
Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Troy Van Voorhis is a professor of chemistry at MIT and an expert in electron transfer dynamics, solar energy, and molecular electronics. Troy Van Voorhis received his bachelor's degree in chemistry and mathematics from Rice University and his PhD in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, he joined the faculty of MIT. His research focuses on the intersection of quantum mechanics and chemistry. In particular, his work addresses questions of how solar energy can be efficiently captured and stored. He is the author of numerous scholarly publications and a fellow of the David & Lucille Packard foundation.

Troy Van Voorhis has spoken at numerous Veritas Forums, in addition to moderating a Forum between Steven Pinker and William Hurlbut at his home institution of MIT. In 2011, Troy Van Voorhis spoke alongside three colleagues at MIT in "Life, the Universe, and MIT: 4 Brilliant MIT Professors Share Their Worldviews." In 2012, Troy Van Voorhis spoke at Veritas Forums at the University of Rhode Island, UC Berkeley, and Bowdoin College.

History at Rice University

The Veritas Forum at Rice in 2013 hosted John Lennox at "Good God? An Oxford mathematician on faith and reason in the face of suffering". 

In 2012, The Veritas Forum at Rice brought Drs. Marianne Meye Thompson and Jeffrey Kripal to share Christian and pluralist understandings of Jesus' identity in "Do We See Him Clearly?"

In 2011, The Veritas Forum at Rice welcomed Dr. Rosalind Picard of MIT, discusses her work on affective computing. How are Robots, Autism, and God related? Dr. Picard discussed how her work and her faith inform each other and inspire her to help those with autism.

In 2009, The Veritas Forum at Rice hosted Dr. Francis Collinsworld-renowned geneticist, physician, and former director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. He shared his journey from atheism to faith, propelled by science in "The Language of God".