Experts on "Science"

Valerie A. Baggett

  • Instructor of Chemistry

Valerie Baggett loves the laboratory, as she worked in industry for 20 years in the development, testing, documentation, and marketing of scientific instruments. She is the chemistry lab coordinator overseeing the ordering, organization, and safety of the chemistry stockrooms, along with the oversight of the General Chemistry and Chem 120 laboratories. She also teaches Principles of Organic and Biochemistry, part of the chemistry requirement for nursing and some kinesiology majors. She developed the online Chemistry Placement Tutorial and is the resource instructor for iIntroduction to chemistry. She loves to see God’s attributes revealed in chemical compounds and wants her students to enjoy that too.

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John A. Bloom

  • Chair, Department of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering
  • Director, Science and Religion Program
  • Professor of Physics

John Bloom’s interests center on physics and the integration of science and Christianity. At the undergraduate level he regularly teaches the algebra-based Physics I and Physics II sequence, the First-Year Seminar and the Senior Capstone Seminar for department majors. Bloom has a passion for critical thinking, problem solving, and using hands-on lab experiments to help students gain an intuitive sense for physics concepts. Bloom seeks to bring greater theological and historical depth to biblical integration in teaching the Biblical Studies Department’s integration seminar: Christianity and the Natural Sciences.

At the graduate level he teaches Modern Physics, Cosmology and Design, and Advanced Seminar in Intelligent Design for the Master of Arts — Science and Religion and Scientific Apologetics for the Master of Arts — Christian Apologetics. He is the author of The Natural Sciences: A Student’s Guide, which surveys the relationship between Christianity and science, and demonstrates how God’s glory is clearly seen through the discoveries of science.

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Ruth E. Ebeling

  • Associate Professor, Biological Sciences

Ruth has a broad background in the basic sciences but she specializes in the Anatomical Sciences with an emphasis on human anatomy. As she sometimes says, her specialty is people with their skin off. She also has a strong interest in the brain and teaches the Neurobiology class.

Ruth has taught many places besides Biola, among them was Cleveland Chiropractic College, Los Angeles. As a result of teaching there, she was part of the General Anatomy section of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners Exam Writing Committee for five years. Ruth has also spoken to many Creation Science groups on a wide variety of topics.

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Eric Hedin

  • Professor of Physics & Astronomy
  • Vice Chair for the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering

Eric Hedin’s passion in teaching explores the topics of physics and astronomy in a way that highlights the harmony and design of nature. The laws of physics work together in remarkable concert to provide a universe that not only allows the existence of life, but also invites discovery of the hidden wisdom of its Creator. With more than 20 years of teaching experience in public and Christian higher education, Hedin desires to engage students with the wonder and satisfaction of understanding the depths and boundaries of science.

Hedin has engaged students in research projects ranging from nanoscience to cosmology, and fusion energy to wind power. As a physicist, opportunities to mentor student research and independent study span the spectrum of the realm of nature. Hedin’s primary focus of ongoing research is within the field of computational nano-electronics. Additional areas of research experience include higher-dimensional physics, fusion plasma physics, integrated optics, and wind power feasibility studies. Hedin has published his research work in more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, essays, and book chapters.

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Hyuna Lee

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Hyuna Lee’s teaching interests are in the areas of neurobiology, biochemistry, and cancer biology. She teaches courses for both science, technology and health majors and non-majors. Lee teaches first-year seminar for students in biological sciences majors and is an academic advisor in the Biola Office of Health Profession Advising.

Lee's research currently focuses on the regeneration properties of the zebrafish caudal fin exposed to various environmental toxicants. Her future interests lie in tumor angiogenesis and the anti-tumor effects of novel therapeutic drugs. These experiments will be performed by transplanting cancer cells in the duct of Cuvier of 48hpf Tg(fli1:EGFP) transgenic zebrafish larvae that have been knocked down of specific vasculature genes using morpholinos. Students can participate in zebrafish research with her through BIOS 450 Directed Research.

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Stanley Ng

  • Instructor of Engineering
  • Manager of Laboratory Operations

Stanley Ng's career has revolved around engineering and healthcare. After spending time in academic and industry research in biomedical engineering and diagnostics, Ng now serves in higher education. His passion in teaching and mentorship for the next generation of students is derived from engaging small changes for large impact in the world of engineering and healthcare. As an advisor to engineering physics students, his guidance goes beyond the classroom by connecting students with industry professionals or developing course content that best supports students in their engineering career aspirations, primarily revolving around integrating the industry design process with missional utility. In addition, he supports the various physics chemistry laboratories — a place and opportunity for students to examine the fine-tuning of God’s created physical universe. Ng has also served many years as an executive pastor.

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Patrick Sun

  • Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences

Patrick Sun is currently teaching Fundamentals of Organismal Biology, Vertebrate Biology Lecture and Lab and General Ecology. Sun’s research interests focus on the interaction of stress tolerance with environmental factors in the context of organism adaptation to changing environments. His research examines differences in stress response to pollution and climate change in different populations, between sexes, and at different ages. His research combines lab work that examines antioxidant regulators (e.g. the Nrf2 protein) and protein regulatory pathways (e.g. proteasome) with field work that characterizes environmental conditions (e.g. heavy metal contamination and temperature stress). His research also incorporates multi-generational studies to examine the potential for selection to modify stress responses. Research and professional development has taken him across the globe from local destinations such as Catalina and the Santa Cruz Islands to international locations such as Hong Kong and Thailand where he was instilled with a wonder of God as our creator and a love for God’s people. Sun hopes to equip the next generation of environmental stewards that will safeguard our natural resources and the people that depend on those resources. Sun conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Southern California.

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