Making the Links
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Grad studies at the University of Maryland and research work with Johns Hopkins
Beowulf Cluster, an 80-processor supercomputer. (He teaches upper-level students to build their own version.)
"Signal Acquisition Issues in Neurophysiology"
Developed software to measure the intensity of pain and itch sensations, to help the medical profession develop treatments. Works with researchers at Johns Hopkins; University of Nagoya, Japan; University of Mannheim-Heidelberg and University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. (Taught himself the German language to collaborate better, and is reading up on Germany, pre-World War II.)
Record and decode the ultrasonic "language" of lab rats so researchers can know how they’re really responding to therapies.
"It’s where God wants me now. What I do in research energizes my teaching. It helps students understand that academics are there for a reason. In the case of chronic pain, I can say, 'Let me tell you what this assignment did for somebody.'"
"Because of its incredible speed, the computer lets us see things we shouldn't be able to see. But we still need to use our minds once we’re in contact with that information. What computers can’t do is strategy—understand what is relevant and make a choice."
Directs worship at Elim Church in Minneapolis, where he and other band members write their own music. Also, leads “The Misfits,” a Sunday school class that analyzes modern films from a Christian standpoint.
"An engineer looks for ideas that are simple and elegant. In music, you're also trying to avoid clutter. You want the instruments to work together."
Rock influences: Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin.
Morning music: Bach Suites.
Wife, Jennifer, and 4 children, age 7 to 14—3 in a German immersion school. (And a live-in mother-in-law.)
"The technology can be a very good thing, but it can be bondage. If I were constantly texting or Twittering, I would have no thoughts of my own, no space to do my research—or to listen to what God is saying about something."