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Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
April 2001 - 21[4]:32

Introducing: Our New Director of Scientific Information
by Bert Thompson, Ph.D.

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In my “Note from the Editor” in January 2000, I introduced you to Kyle Butt, who had just begun working with us as our new Director of Biblical Research. Kyle has become a tremendous asset to our work. This past January—one year to the day after he joined us—he became the editor of Discovery, our monthly paper on scripture and science for children. In addition, we have just received from our printer the new 10-lesson Christian Evidences Correspondence Course that he and I co-authored (see my “Note from the Editor” in last month’s R&R, advertising the new course). On April 1, we sent to the printer Kyle’s new book on Christian evidences for young people, Out With Doubt. And currently he is putting the finishing touches on another new book for younger children about how we got the Bible. Since coming on board, Kyle has distinguished himself in a number of ways.

In this space in January 2001, I introduced you to Eric Lyons, our new Director of Research. And it is safe to say that Eric quickly is becoming a valuable asset in his own right. In the short time he has been here, Eric already has written his first issue of R&R, has begun answering huge numbers of inquiries, and has exhibited an uncanny talent in performing the massive amount of in-depth research that is required for us to publish two major journals. Currently, Eric and I are co-authoring a second, intermediate-level Christian Evidences Correspondence Course, which we hope to release by late summer. And, last but certainly not least, Eric is distinguishing himself in the position of associate editor of Discovery as he works with Kyle to make the paper the best it can be for the 10,000+ children who receive it each month. Both of these talented young men are receiving frequent speaking requests—and rightly so, because they both are knowledgeable in their subject areas and are outstanding speakers.

Dr. Brad HarrubThis month, I would like to introduce you to our newest staff member, Dr. Brad Harrub. Brad came to my attention late last year. Upon receiving a copy of his résumé (sent to me by a friend of our work), I corresponded with him by letter, and then met with him in person, to discuss the possibility of his future employment (as our Director of Scientific Information). Brad, who is 30, holds an earned B.S. degree in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College, and at the time was a candidate for the Ph.D. degree in neurobiology from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. In addition to being a faithful Christian, he is listed in the 2000 edition of Who’s Who Among Scientists and Researchers, is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, and is the author of several articles published in refereed science journals. During his graduate studies, he also worked with young people, spoke at youth rallies, etc.

On April 4, Brad successfully defended his doctoral dissertation, and five days later, on April 9, joined us with a freshly minted Ph.D. in neurobiology. His research skills and knowledge base, I am convinced, will make him just as valuable a part of our work as Kyle and Eric—which is why, effective with this issue of Reason & Revelation, you will find Brad listed on the masthead as the new associate editor. He and I will handle issues related to R&R, while Kyle and Eric will handle issues related to Discovery. From a personal viewpoint, it will be nice to have a coworker with Brad’s training in science to fill in for me whenever I have to turn down requests for speaking engagements (as I frequently do, since I am gone 40+ weekends each year, do not have any openings for 2001 or 2002, and have 2003 over half filled). Please join us in welcoming Brad, his wife, Melinda, and their 15-month-old son, Will. And expect more great things yet to come!



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