The Faraday Institute for Science and Religion is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Bob White FRS as its new Director and Professor Meric Srokosz as the new Associate Director.

These appointments take place as Dr Denis Alexander retires as Director, after nearly seven years in his role as the head of the Institute. Dr Alexander will continue to work with The Faraday Institute as Principal Investigator of the Uses and Abuses Biology Grants Programme, as well as in a research project entitled ‘Genes, Determinism and God’, the theme of his forthcoming Gifford Lectures to take place at St. Andrew’s University on 3-7 December 2012. Dr Alexander was appointed a fellow of the College in 1997 and has now become an Emeritus Fellow.

Bob White has been Professor of Geophysics in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge since 1989, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994. Prof. White is also a Fellow of St Edmund’s College and was a founding Director of the Faraday Institute with Denis Alexander. He leads a research group investigating the Earth’s dynamic crust, and his scientific work is published in over 300 papers and articles. Meric Srokosz is Professor of Physical Oceanography at the National Oceanography Centre and Science Co-ordinator of the NERC Rapid Climate Change (RAPID) programme and follow-on RAPID-WATCH programme. RAPID is looking at “fast” (decadal timescale) climate changes with a focus on the role of the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation. Prof. Srokosz’s role in RAPID involves interactions with government and policy makers, nationally and internationally. In addition to a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. in mathematics, Prof. Srokosz also has a BA in Theology and has been a Faraday Associate since 2008.

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