Emory University
Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Miracles: Can a Scientist Believe in Miracles

March 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Harland Cinema


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 Emory University

In 2014, Emory invited UNC's Praveen Sethupathy to answer the question "Am I More Than my Genes?" at The Veritas Forum at Emory.

In 2013, The Veritas Forum at Emory welcomed Jeff Schloss and Frans de Waal to discuss questions of morality and altruism in "Morals Without God?".

Since its beginning, science has demonstrated its uncapped ability to uncover and explain our universe... or has it? In 2012, The Veritas Forum at Emory invited MIT professor Ian Hutchinson to discuss science and faith in "The Scientism Delusion?".

In 2008, The Veritas Forum at Emory welcomed New Testament scholar N.T. Wright to explain common misunderstandings about heaven, souls, and resurrection with historical and Biblical insights. "Why does Jesus' Resurrection matter?" How does the resurrection relate to everyday life ... and the afterlife?