Bruin Notes

Harvard professor Dr. Gerald Gabrielse

Harvard Physicist Lectures on Role of Faith in Science

World-renowned Harvard professor Dr. Gerald Gabrielse paid a much-anticipated visit to campus in February to present a free public lecture titled “God
of Antimatter.”

Dr. Gabrielse, Harvard’s George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics, tackled questions such as “What role does faith have in a scientist’s life?” and “Is there more to our world than science can say?” in a presentation held at the university’s Wood-Mar Auditorium, in addition to speaking in chapel.

The event was the second installment of the school’s Dalton Lecture Series, and garnered significant interest due not only to the intriguing topic, but the extensive credentials of the speaker.

In addition to receiving numerous research awards from Harvard and the international science community, Dr. Gabrielse’s work has been featured in more than 165 scientific publications, and he is currently chair of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society.

Del Rio Brings Championship Experience to Men’s Soccer Team

Luis Del RioA new men’s soccer coach will be roaming the pitch this year for George Fox, and he brings with him a track record of success. Luis Del Rio, who led Woodburn High School to back-to-back Oregon 5A state soccer championships in 2010 and 2011, will take on the challenge of turning around a Bruins squad that struggled to a 2-15-1 record last season.

But Del Rio, who lost only four games in the past three seasons with Woodburn, isn’t daunted by the task at hand. “I think George Fox is committed to developing a good program . . .” he says. “Every day,
every year, I’m going to challenge myself to be better, as a person, as a coach and
as a leader.”

Del Rio will fill the vacancy left by Tim Tsohantaridis, who led the Bruins to an NCCAA championship in 1988, but recently stepped down to concentrate on his teaching duties in the university’s Department of Religious Studies.

Oregon Sports Awards Bruin Track Star Invited to Oregon Sports Awards

The George Fox community cheered on Irene Johnson last May when she set a school record en route to victory in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2011 NCAA Division III Track and Field National Championships. Several months later, the entire state joined in.

In February, Johnson attended the Oregon Sports Awards as one of five finalists for the 2011 Ad Rutschman Small College Women’s Athlete of the Year Award. Johnson fell short of winning the award, but the nomination itself represented a significant accomplishment and served as validation for her memorable four-year career.

Johnson, who graduated in 2011, is only the third Bruin to claim an NCAA individual championship. She earned All-American honors for her outstanding season, which included four All-Northwest Conference honors in a variety of events as she led the Bruins to a conference title by a record 75 points.

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