All posts by Ray Hefferlin PhD

Dr. Ray Hefferlin was born in Paris, France, and came to the U.S. in 1936. He attended school in California (BA, physics, Pacific Union College; PhD, California Institute of Technology; DSc, Andrews University). His doctoral dissertation was about the determination of atomic oscillator strengths using optical spectroscopy. He came to Southern in 1955 and has been on the faculty since then, including several occasions when he was on sabbatical leave. Dr. Hefferlin has taught classes in physics, astronomy, and (early on) mathematics, being granted the Pegram Award of the Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society, the Professor of the Year Gold Medal Award of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and others.

The Global Diversity of Science– by Dr. Ray Hefferlin

Global Collaboration

This is a story of results achieved over three decades with the invaluable help of the author’s science students at Southern Adventist University, the University of Denver, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Three of these students were African American, three were of Asian descent, and several were of European origin. The results achieved were also due to the intermittent but crucial collaborations of American, Belgian, Chinese, Colombian, Croatian, French, Indian, and especially Russian colleagues. Science—yes, even chemistry, mathematics, and physics—involves your intuitive, social, side.

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