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Scott Austin, PhD
PhD, Physics, Arizona State University (1995)
Personal Web Page: http://faculty.uca.edu/saustin/Astronomy/scott_austin.html
Research: Variable stars, spectroscopy, photometry, asteroid astrometry.
Late-Type Near-Contact Eclipsing Binary [HH97] FS Aur-79, Austin, S. J., Robertson, J. W., Tycner, C., Campbell T., and Honeycutt, R. K. 2007, The Astronomical Journal, Volume 133, Issue 5, pp. 1934-1946
An Eclipsing Near Contact Short Period Binary in the Field of FS Aur, Robertson, J. W., Austin, S. J., Campbell, T., Hoskins, J., 2004, Information Bulletin on Variable Stars, 5536
B.S. in physics in 1987.
PhD. in physics in 1995.
Scott took his current position at the University of Central Arkansas in the Department of Physics and Astronomy starting in the fall of 2000 and was granted tenure in the spring of 2006. He has renovated the UCA Observatory so that a variety of research projects are being done with the new 0.35-m telescope. These projects include near-earth asteroid astrometry, emission star spectroscopy, and variable-star time-series-photometry. Scott does public outreach with the UCA Observatory and the 60-seat UCA Planetarium. He runs monthly public viewing nights with the observatory. With the planetarium he produces and gives shows monthly for the general public and by request for school groups.
- Located in Boston, MA
- Founder, Center for Naturalism.
- Developer of Naturalism.Org, a leading Web resource on worldview naturalism, its implications and applications.
- Author, Encountering Naturalism: A Worldview and Its Uses and many publications and presentations on naturalism, free will, science, addiction, and criminal and social justice.
- Host and moderator, Philosophy CafÃ© at Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, MA.
Before founding the Center for Naturalism (CFN), Tom Clark was a researcher in addictions and mental health, where he worked on developing a fully naturalistic model of behavioral disorders. As director of the CFN, Tom Clark is now on the cultural cutting edge in articulating science-based naturalism as a comprehensive worldview. In his book, articles and presentations, he argues that in understanding ourselves as completely natural creatures, fully connected to and caused by our biological and social circumstances, we gain in control and compassion. Those wanting a fresh and positive perspective on secularism will enjoy Clark’s naturalistic challenges to conventional wisdom on such topics as free will, moral responsibility, criminal and social justice, addiction, and the culture wars. His engaging, fast-paced lectures will encourage students to re-think their fundamental assumptions about the self and human nature, and in so doing give them access to the abundant resources of worldview naturalism. His talks are suitable for general audiences but can be tailored for students in law, science, psychology, philosophy, religion, and social and political theory.