Taner Edis

CURRICULUM VITAE

Taner Edis

Department of Physics
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO 63501
(660) 785-4583     
(660) 785-7604 (fax)
edis@truman.edu
edis.sites.truman.edu


EDUCATION

  • Ph.D. (Physics) December 1994
    The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
    Dissertation: Theoretical Analysis of Josephson Junction Systems and Superconducting Superlattices
    Thesis Advisor: Prof. Kishin Moorjani
  • M.A. (Physics) 1989
    The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • B.S. Highest Honors (Computer Engineering) 1987
    B.S. Highest Honors (Physics) 1987
    Bogaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Academic

Truman State University

  • Professor of Physics (2011 – present)
    Associate Professor of Physics (2005 – 2011)
    Assistant Professor of Physics (2000 – 2005)
    Courses Taught: Quantum Mechanics, Mathematical Methods, Engineering Thermodynamics, Computer Programming for Physicists, College Physics, Concepts in Physics, Statics, Physics Seminar, Junior Seminar.
    Courses developed and taught: “Weird Science” Junior Interdisciplinary Seminar, Computer Programming for Physics.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Atmospheric Science Division

  • Participating Guest (2000 – 2008)
    Model development work on IMPACT, LLNL’s global 3D atmospheric model.
  • Summer Faculty (1998 and 1999)
    Modeling aerosol and cloud effects on radiation transfer.

Southern University, Department of Physics

  • Research Associate (1998 – 2000)
    Improved an atmospheric model developed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
  • Instructor (1998 – 2000)
    Classical Mechanics, Introductory Modern Physics, Earth Science.
  • Research Associate (1996 – 1998)
    MD simulations of high-temperature superconducting cuprate structure.

Iowa State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • Temporary Instructor (1994 – 1995)
    Introductory physics lab, Advanced Electromagnetism.

The Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory

  • APL Fellow in Science and Engineering (1991 – 1994)
    Theoretical and computational research on the statistical mechanics and magnetic behavior of Josephson-coupled granular superconducting systems.

The Johns Hopkins University, Department of Physics and Astronomy

  • Research Assistant (1990 – 1991)
    YBCO/PrBCO superlattices; Hubbard model.
  • Teaching Assistant (1987 – 1990)
    General Physics recitations and labs.

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Theoretical Division

  • “Collaborator” (Summer 1989)
    Theoretical research on anyon superconductivity.

CERN, Geneva

  • Summer Student (1986)
    Programming support in the design of the Large Electron-Positron Collider.

Service & Administration

Associate Editor (Physics and Astronomy), Reports of the National Center for Science Education

Truman State University

  • Physics Department
    Webmaster, colloquium series organizer, High School Academic Festival (2003-2007), . . .
  • School of Science and Mathematics
    Science and Mathematics Distinguished Speaker series committee chair (2012-present), Step application reviewer (2006-2009), Promotion and Tenure committee (2006).
  • University
    Diversity Institute Fellow (2003-2004), Global Issues Colloquium committee (2006-present), Director of Interdisciplinary Studies screening committee (2007), Missouri Department of Higher Education Curriculum Alignment Initiative (2007-present), Faculty Research Conference Organizing committee (2009–present; Chair 2010–present).
  • Student organizations advised
    Society of Physics Students (2001-present), Sigma Pi Sigma honor society (2001-present), Freethinkers Society (2002-2007; 2009–present), Truman Club Soccer (2007-present), Truman Club Basketball (2010-present).

Southern University

  • Conference Secretary (1998 – 1999)
    For the Second International Conference on New Theories, Discoveries, and Applications of Superconductors and Related Materials, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 1-4, 1999.
  • Conference Secretary (1997 – 1998)
    For the First International Conference on New Theories, Discoveries, and Applications of Superconductors and Related Materials, Baton Rouge, LA, February 19-24, 1998.

International Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics (located at Iowa State University)

  • Research and Educational Resources Project Coordinator (1994 – 1996)
    Resource assistance for physicists based in Central American countries.

The Johns Hopkins University

  • Co-organizer, 1991 Johns Hopkins University Graduate Representative Organization Symposium; “Science in the 1990′s.”

Student Research Projects

  • Random walks in phase space (2008 – present)
    Adam Vogt (2008-09), Joey Palmer (2009-10), Om Goit (2010-11), leading to Undergraduate Research Conference presentations. Also Kevin Satzinger, Vijay Koju, Miguel Fernandez Flores, and Robert Ashcraft (2010-11, 2011-12) on related independent research. Robert Ashcraft and Dispesh Niraula (2012-13) for their research requirement, leading to Undergraduate Research Conference presentations. Currently: Destry Newton, Max Highsmith, Nathan Engle, and Katherine Maxwell.
  • Discrete spacetime computational physics project (2002 -2007)
    M. Hannon, M. Wright, J. Johnson, M. Molitoris, O. Ikechukwu, A. Bezinovich, A. Smolik, J. Park. Undergraduate Research Conference presentations, 2003 2007.
  • Atmospheric Physics (2001 - 2002)
    Jessica Rolwes. Joined me at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, summer 2001.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

  • An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam (Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2007). Selected as one of 250 “central texts in the field of science and religion” by the International Society for Science and Religion.
  • Science and Nonbelief (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006). Part of the Greenwood Guides to Science and Religion; Richard Olson, series editor. Paperback edition by Prometheus Books, 2007.
  • Matt Young and Taner Edis, eds., Why Intelligent Design Fails: A Scientific Critique of the New Creationism (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2004). Includes chapters “Grand Themes, Narrow Constituency” and “Chance and Necessity — and Intelligent Design?”
  • The Ghost In the Universe: God in Light of Modern Science (Amherst: Prometheus Books, 2002). Recipient of the Morris D. Forkosch award for “best humanist book of 2002″ from the Council for Secular Humanism.

Physics

  • T. Edis, K.E. Grant, and P. Cameron-Smith, “Stratospheric Relaxation in IMPACT’s Radiation Code,” LLNL Technical Report UCRL-TR-226128 (2006).
  • T. Edis, K.E. Grant, and P.J. Cameron-Smith, “Update on the Radiation Code in IMPACT: Clouds, Heating Rates, and Comparisons,” LLNL Technical Report UCRL-TR-215001 (2005).
  • T. Edis, P.J. Cameron-Smith, K.E. Grant, D. Bergmann, and C.C. Chuang, “Testing IMPACT’s Radiation Code,” LLNL Technical Report UCRL-TR-205281 (2004).
  • D.S. Guo, R.R. Freeman, L. Gao, X. Li, P. Fu, T. Edis and A. Troha, “Spin-other-orbit Effect of Photon Modes,” Journal of Physics B, 34:15 2983-91 (2001).
  • T. Edis, J.D. Fan, D. Bagayoko and J.T. Wang, “A Two-dimensional Structure Factor Calculation for the Cu-1 Plane in YBa2Cu3O6,” International Journal of Modern Physics B, 12:29-31 3091 (1999).
  • J.D. Fan, T. Edis, G.L. Zhao and Y.M. Malozovsky, “Molecular-dynamics-simulation Study of the Two-dimensional Lattice Structure of the Cu-1 plane in YBa2Cu3O6+x ,” Physical Review B, 56:17 10747 (1997).
  • T. Edis and K. Moorjani, “The Weak Link Magnetically Modulated Resistance Response in Granular Superconducting Systems,” Physical Review B, 51:2 1124 (1995).
  • “Unusual Constraints in the Quantum Statistical Mechanics of Josephson Junction Systems,” Journal of Statistical Physics, 71 313 (1993).
  • M. Rasolt, T. Edis and Z. Tesanovic, “Kosterlitz-Thouless Transition and Charge Redistribution in the Superconductivity of YBCO/PBCO Superlattices,” Physical Review Letters, 66 2927 (1991).

Philosophy and History of Science

  • T. Edis and M. Boudry, “Beyond Physics? On the Prospects of Finding a Meaningful Oracle,” Foundations of Science, DOI: 10.1007/s10699-014-9349-z (2014).
  • T. Edis and S. BouJaoude, “Rejecting Materialism: Responses to Modern Science in the Muslim Middle East,” in Michael R. Matthews, ed., International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Volume III (Dordrecht: Springer, 2014).
  • “Atheism and the Rise of Science,” in Stephen Bullivant and Michael Ruse, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Atheism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
  • “Defending Science and Nonbelief,” Bulletin for the Study of Religion 40:4 14 16 (2011).
  • “Modern Science and Conservative Islam: An Uneasy Relationship,” Science and Education 18:6-7 885-903 (2009). Also published as a chapter in Michael R. Matthews, ed., Science, Worldviews and Education (Dordrecht: Springer, 2009).
  • “Religion: Accident or Design?,” in Joseph Bulbulia et al, eds., The Evolution of Religion: Studies, Theories, and Critiques (Santa Margarita: Collins Foundation Press, 2008).
  • T. Edis and A.S. Bix, “Biology and ‘Created Nature’: Gender and the Body in Popular Islamic Literature from Modern Turkey and the West,” Arab Studies Journal 12:2/13:1 140-58 (2005).
  • A.S. Bix and T. Edis, “Museum Review: The Rahmi M. Koç Museum, Istanbul,” Technology and Culture, 45:3 590-96 (2004).
  • “How Gödel’s Theorem Supports the Possibility of Machine Intelligence,” Minds and Machines, 8 251-62 (1998).

Critiques of Creationism and Intelligent Design

  • “Muslim Resistance to Darwinian Evolution,” in J. Seckbach and R. Gordon, eds., Divine Action and Natural Selection: Science, Faith and Evolution (New Jersey: World Scientific, 2009).
  • “Harun Yahya’s Legal Troubles,” Reports of the National Center for Science Education 28:3 4-5 (2008).
  • “Islamic Creationism: A Short History,” History of Science Society Newsletter 37:1 14-15 (2008).
  • “Intelligent Design: A Blind Alley,” IslamOnline.net, September 2007.
  • “The Rise of Islamic Creationism,” International Humanist News, August 2007, 24-26.
  • “ABD’deki Yaratılışçı Akımlar ve Türkiye ile Bağlantıları,” Bilim ve Gelecek 39 14-20 (2007).
  • “Why ‘Intelligent Design’ is More Interesting than Old-fashioned Creationism,” Georgia Journal of Science 63:3 190-97 (2005).
  • “A World Designed by God: Science and Creationism in Contemporary Islam,” in Paul Kurtz, ed. Science and Religion: Are They Compatible? (Amherst: Prometheus, 2003).
  • “Creationism to Universal Darwinism: Evolution and Religion Today,” and “Harun Yahya and Islamic Creationism,” in Amanda Chesworth et al., eds. Darwin Day Collection One (Albuquerque: Tangled Bank, 2003).
  • “With Darwin in Mind: ‘Intelligent Design’ meets Artificial Intelligence,” Skeptical Inquirer, 25:2 35-39 (2001).
  • “Cloning Creationism in Turkey,” Reports of the National Center for Science Education, 19:6 30-35 (1999).
  • “Taking Creationism Seriously,” Skeptic, 6:2 56-65 (1998).
  • “Relativist Apologetics: The Future of Creationism,” Reports of the National Center for Science Education, 17:1 17-24 (1997).
  • “Islamic Creationism In Turkey,” Creation/Evolution, 34 1-12 (1994).`

Other Skeptical Topics

  • “On Harmonizing Religion and Science: A Reply to Bigliardi,” Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective 3:2 40–43 (2014).
  • T. Edis and S. Brentjes, “A Golden Age of Harmony? Misrepresenting Science and History in the 1001 Inventions Exhibit,” Skeptical Inquirer, 36:6 49-53 (2012).
  • “Secularization Has Hit Its High Mark,” in Kathleen Mulhern, ed. The Future of Religion: Traditions in Transition (Englewood, CO: Patheos Press, 2012) 223-224.
  • “Is The Universe Rational?”, Free Inquiry, 30:2 27-29 (2010).
  • “An Ambivalent Nonbelief,” in Russell Blackford and Udo Schüklenk, eds., 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (Wiley-Blackford, 2009).
  • “Universe, Origin of the, and Unbelief,” entry in Tom Flynn, ed., The New Encyclopedia of Unbelief (Amherst: Prometheus, 2007).
  • “The Best and Brightest Fanatics,” op-ed distributed internationally by Project Syndicate, August 2007.
  • “A False Quest for a True Islam,” Free Inquiry, 27:5 48-50 (2007).
  • “Democracy vs Secularism in the Muslim World,” in Barry F. Seidman and Neil J. Murphy, eds., Toward A New Political Humanism (Amherst: Prometheus, 2004).
  • “Exorcizing All The Ghosts,” Skeptical Inquirer, 28:2 35-38, 48 (2004).
  • “An Accidental Critic,” in Ibn Warraq, ed., Leaving Islam (Amherst: Prometheus, 2003).
  • “Flipping a Quantum Coin,” Free Inquiry, 23:2 60-61 (2003).
  • “An Accidental World,” Free Inquiry, 22:4 57-58 (2002).
  • “The Rationality of an Illusion,” The Humanist, 60:4 28-33 (2000).
  • “The Big Bang Controversy,” The Skeptic (UK), 7:5 (1993).

Book Reviews

  • A.S. Bix and T. Edis, “Trapped By Opportunity: Phillip Brown, Hugh Lauder, and David Ashton, The Global Auction,” Technology and Culture, 54:1 170-174 (2013).
  • Review of Among the Creationists: Dispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Front Line, by Jason Rosenhouse, Reports of the National Center for Science Education 32:5 4.1-3 (2012).
  • Review of Intelligent Design: Science or Religion? Critical Perspectives, Robert M. Baird and Stuart E. Rosenbaum, eds., Reports of the National Center for Science Education 29:4 34-5 (2009).
  • “The Return of the Design Argument,” Philosophy Now 50 42 (2005). [Review of Debating Design edited by Dembski and Ruse, and The Hidden Face of God by Gerald Schroeder.]
  • Review of Defending Science—Within Reason: Between Scientism and Cynicism by Susan Haack, Reports of the National Center for Science Education 24:3-4 54 (2004).
  • “Can Secular Philosophy Give Us Objective Morality?,” The Secular Web (online), March 2003. [Review of "Atheism, Morality, and Meaning" by M. Martin.]
  • T. Edis and A.S. Bix, “Tales of Hysteria,” Skeptical Inquirer, 21:5 52 (1997). [Review of "Hystories" by E. Showalter.]
  • T. Edis and A.S. Bix, “Bashing the Science-bashers,” Skeptical Inquirer, 19:2 46 (1995). [Review of Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and Its Quarrels with Science by P.R. Gross and N. Levitt.]

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • “Flights of Fancy: The ’1001 Inventions’ Exhibition and Popular Misrepresentations of Medieval Muslim Science and Technology,” 24th International Congress of History, Science, Technology and Medicine, Manchester, UK, July 27, 2013.
  • “Is There a Political Argument for Teaching Evolution?”, keynote address at the “Religions, Science and Technology in Cultural Contexts: Dynamics of Change” conference in Trondheim, Norway, March 2, 2012.
  • “The Limits of Physics? Looking for Oracles,” Truman State University Faculty Research Conference, October 1, 2011.
  • Respondent, book review session on Science and Nonbelief, annual meeting of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion, Louisville, March 5, 2011.
  • “A Brief History of Islamic Creationism in Turkey,” annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC, February 18, 2011.
  • T. Edis and A.S. Bix, “Pseudoscience in the Periphery,” Science and Technology in the European Periphery conference at Galway, Ireland, June 19, 2010.
  • “Between Nasr and Ateş: What Understanding of Evolution do Science Educators Want?” Darwin and Evolution in the Muslim World Conference at Hampshire College, October 3, 2009.
  • “Islamic Creationism, Liberal Education, and the Privileged Position of Science,” Truman State University Faculty Research Conference, September 12, 2009.
  • “Rejecting Materialism: Muslim Responses to Conceptual Frameworks of Modern Science,” invited presentation at the McGill Symposium on Islam and Evolution, McGill University, Montréal, Canada, March 31, 2009.
  • “Religion: Accident or Design?” invited talk at The International Conference on the Evolution of Religion, Hawaii, January 7, 2007.
  • T. Edis and A.S. Bix, “Islamic Creationism in Turkey: Historical and Intellectual Perspectives,” annual meeting of the History of Science Society in Vancouver, Canada, November 4, 2006.
  • “Chance and Necessity…and ‘Intelligent Design’?” invited talk at the Association of Southeastern Biologists Annual Meeting, April 15, 2005.
  • T. Edis and A.S. Bix, “‘Fitra’ (Created Nature): Premodern Concepts of Gender Biology in Current Popular Islam,” International Society for the History Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology conference in Vienna, Austria, July 20, 2003.
  • “Intelligent Design: Bad Science, Bad Philosophy, or Both,” invited talk at the Council for Secular Humanism conference on ‘Secularism, Society, and Justice,’ April 12, 2003.
  • “Exorcizing All The Ghosts,” The James Randi Educational Foundation conference, February 2, 2003.
  • T. Edis and A.S. Bix, “The Incomplete Female and the Passive Egg: Premodern Concepts of Gendered Bodies in Current Popular Islam,” the 75th annual meeting of the American Association for the History of Medicine, April 25-28, 2002.
  • “A World Designed by God: Science and Creationism in Contemporary Islam,” invited talk at the Center for Inquiry International Conference on ‘Science and Religion,’ Nov. 11, 2001.

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

  • “Religion and Politics in the Science Classroom,” Reasonfest, University of Kansas, April 20, 2013.
  • “The Science and Religion Debate in Modern Islam,” Center for Middle Eastern Studies in Lund University, Sweden, March 8, 2012.
  • “Can Science and Islam Coexist?”, Reasonfest, University of Kansas, February 12, 2012.
  • “Creation v. Evolution: The Muslim Debate,” Trinity University, San Antonio, February 9, 2012.
  • “Random Adventures in Physics and Weirdness,” Physics Department Colloquium at The University of Iowa, October 19, 2009. Truman Physics Colloquium, March 3, 2010. SciMath Colloquium, University of Nebraska-Kearney, March 31, 2011.
  • “Natural vs. Supernatural: How can we draw the line?”, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, University of Ghent, Belgium, March 16, 2011.
  • “Rejecting Materialism,” Skeptics In The Pub, St. Louis, October 22, 2010.
  • “Angry Atheists and Soulless Scientists: Stereotypes of nonbelief in the era of the ‘New Atheism’,” Truman Folklore Colloquium, October 5, 2009.
  • “Evolution and Islam,” Hampshire College, October 3, 2009.
  • “Science and Religion in Islam,” presentations in 2007, 2008, and 2009, including Ryerson University, University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, CFI-Los Angeles, Madison Public Library, University of Michigan. Also keynote address at Truman’s 18th Annual Undergraduate Philosophy and Religion Conference, November 10, 2007.
  • “Where does Intelligent Design stand today?”, Columbia Public Library, MO, co-sponsored by the Show-Me Science Alliance, October 4, 2008.
  • “Science and Nonbelief,” Center for Inquiry-Michigan, January 9, 2008.
  • “What Cost Rationality?”, Center for Inquiry Community and Student Leadership Conference, June 15, 2007.
  • “The Creation/Evolution Debate in the Muslim World,” University of Kansas, April 3, 2007; University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 24, 2008.
  • “An Accidental World,” at the Jefferson Center Summer Institute, Ashland, OR, August 5, 2006.
  • “Intelligent Design: Creationism Evolves Again,” presentations from 2002-2004, including at Iowa State University, Nova Southeastern University, and the Bay Area Skeptics. Also presented as the main event at Sacramento’s 7th annual Darwin Day celebration, 2004.
  • “Chance and Necessity…and ‘Intelligent Design’?” at Truman State University, November 22, 2002.
  • Radio interview on Chicago WGN’s “Extension 720,” concerning The Ghost in the Universe, July 18, 2002.
  • “The Ghost in the Universe,” presentations in Kansas City, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Sacramento, Cleveland, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area, 2002-2003.
  • “Believing in Magic: Public Science Literacy in the New Age,” The Eupraxophy Group (Kansas City), April 28, 2002.
  • “Diversity within Science and its Community,” Truman Diversity Day, March 26, 2002.
  • “Why do a JINS Course?,” Truman Faculty Development lunch, March 20, 2002.
  • “Creationism to Universal Darwinism,” Truman Darwin Day, February 12, 2002.
  • “Where Science and Religion Disagree,” Truman Philosophy/Religion Club, October 15, 2001.

HONORS, GRANTS AND AWARDS

  • Nominated for Walker and Doris Allen Fellowship for Faculty Excellence, 2009.
  • Truman State University College of Arts and Sciences summer research grant, 2008.
  • Nominated for Truman “Educator of the Year,” 2007 and 2008.
  • Truman State University Faculty Research/Scholarship Grant, 2001.
  • Truman State University “Funding For Results” grant to develop a Junior Indisciplinary Seminar Course, Summer 2001.

OTHER

  • “Scientific and Technical Consultant” to the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry (CSI, formerly known as CSICOP).
  • Honorary Fellow of The Jefferson Center, Ashland, OR.

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