Conversations on Religion, Ethics, and Science (CORES)

People


Principal investigators:

Barry Richie

Barry Ritchie
Professor, Department of Physics 

Barry Ritchie joined the ASU Department of Physics and Astronomy in 1984 and served as associate chair and then chair of the department from 1995-2006. From 2012-2016, he was the university’s vice provost for academic personnel and senior advisor to the provost. Ritchie has maintained research programs in experimental nuclear and particle physics for over forty years, has over 200 scientific publications to his credit, and has won numerous awards for his undergraduate teaching and graduate student mentoring. He has maintained an active interest in the study of science and religion, helping organize events at ASU that featured Templeton Prize Laureates John Polkinghorn and Holmes Rolston III. He also served as a member of the advisory committee for the Templeton Research Lectures at ASU, “Facing the Challenges of Transhumanism: Religion, Science and Technology,” directed by Regents Professor Hava Tirosh-Samuelson.

Ben Sanders

Ben Sanders
Executive Director, Arizona Center for Christian Studies 

Although not an employee of ASU, Ben Sanders has served as a full-time campus minister at the university for over 20 years, co-directing the Campus Christian Center along with Sarah Sanders. He is the past president of ASU’s Council of Religious Advisors (2018-2020), a group comprised of campus ministries and faith-based organizations representing Baha’i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, and Muslim traditions who work together peacefully to provide religious services, spiritual counseling, education, support, and opportunities for involvement to thousands of ASU students. As executive director of the Arizona Center for Christian Studies, he works with a consortium of Christian study centers and interested academics to integrate faith and learning through lectures, classes, conferences, discussion groups, research projects, publications, websites, and other academic initiatives, including the Conference on Faith and Science (COFAS), a series of annual events that began in 2019.

Leadership team:

Gaymon Bennett

Gaymon Bennett
Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Associate Director, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

John Carlson
Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Interim Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict

Paul Carrese
Professor and Director
School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

 

Paul Davies
Regents Professor, Department of Physics
Director, Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science

Carolyn Forbes
Assistant Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict

Hava Tirosh-Samuelson
Regents Professor and Irving and Miriam Lowe Professor of Modern Judaism, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
Director, Center for Jewish Studies

Pauline Davies
Professor of Practice, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
 

Ben Hurlbut
Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences
Director, Initiative on Science, Technology and Human Identity

Ross Emmett
Professor, School of Civic and Economic
Thought and Leadership
Director, Center for the Study of Economic Liberty

Carol McNamara
Associate Director, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

Project managers:

Misty Falkner
Secretary, ASU Council of Religious Advisors
Assistant Director, Arizona Center for Christian Studies

Communications & technology support team:

Mason Hunt
Project Coordinator, Center for the Study of Economic Liberty 

Sarah Lords
Communications, Events & Outreach Coordinator, Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict 

Joseph Martin
Marketing and Communication Manager, School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

Morgan Radick
Events Coordinator, Sr., School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership

Jessica Strycker
Executive Assistant, Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science