Aug. 17, 2018
John Bloom serves as chair of the Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Department and as the academic director for Biola's Master of Arts (Science and Religion) (MASR), which he founded in 2004. He teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in physics and graduate courses in the MASR. His research interests include the integration of Christianity with the sciences and apologetics. Bloom also has an interest in viable alternative energy sources, and equipped his home with photovoltaic solar panels that supply most his home's electrical needs. He lives in La Mirada with his wife and son.
Xidong Chen, PhD, serves as a Professor of Physics in the Chemistry, Engineering and Physics Department at Biola University. Chen also held a special term appointment at Argonne National Laboratory where he conducted research on medium-range order structures in amorphous materials until 2008. Chen's research interests include surface growth dynamics, density functional calculations and atomic force microscopy. His research has been funded by grants from the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. Chen is a member of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals and has presented his research at many conferences. His most recent paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.