I was born in 1965 in Scranton, PA. I completed my undergraduate work in physics magna cum laude at Cornell University in 1987 then received a Ph.D. in theoretical elementary particle physics from Penn State in 1994. I have taught physics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, since 1995. My research area is QCD - Quantum Chromodynamics, the theory of the strong nuclear force. I am a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, the Society of Physics Students, and Phi Beta Kappa and I am the co-director of the Dallas Area Science and Engineering Fair.
One thing is certain: the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence,
regardless of personal opinion, will remain an unanswered question unless
we search for it. Even if we do not find evidence for ET, we may still
discover interesting physical phenomena. Additionally, the screen saver
serves to interest my students in astronomy and physics every semester.
I think that the SETI@home project is brilliantly conceived and I wish
that we had thought of performing CPU intensive lattice QCD calculations