Mon, Mar 7 2011
LeTourneau University will host a science symposium featuring Christian professor and inventor of the Nanocar Dr. James Tour. He will speak at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 23, in Speer Chapel and again at 11 to 11:50 a.m. Thursday, March 24 in Berry Auditorium in the Paul E. Glaske Engineering and Science Building on the LETU campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave. Both presentations are free and open to the public.
Tour is a synthetic organic chemist and professor of chemistry at the Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University. He will speak about life as a Christian professor of science in a secular university and his work in nanotechnology. Tour has won many awards and accolades as well as having been published in about 400 research publications and been credited for over 40 patents and patent applications.
Tour was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2009, and has been ranked one of the top 10 chemists in the world over the past decade.
As a Christian professor who is bold in proclaiming his faith in the workplace, Tour says, “The commandments and teachings of the scriptures greatly influence the manner in which I conduct myself in all private and professional settings. I pray daily for my work and professional activities including research, writing and teaching.”
In 2006, Tour wrote a publication called “Faith of a Scientist: The Impact of the Bible Upon a Christian Professor.” He is thankful to his wife and four children as their views on faith are shared as a family unit.