Has Your Faith Affected Your Promotions?

Dr. Cristie Jo Johnston: Has your outspoken Christianity, your outspoken faith, caused any problems with your promotions here at Rice University? Because we see that in other parts of the country. What about for you here?

Dr. James Tour: Nothing has happened in promotions as far as professorial promotions at Rice. I came to Rice as a chaired professor and I’ve maintained that chair. Thirty years ago, things were different than they are now. In 2004, approximately when the Dover trial occurred, there was a sort of change where people started thinking more critically toward Christians. I have been held back tremendously in awards and in societies – in professional societies that have not permitted me to come in because of my faith – because of my not buying in wholeheartedly to the mantra of evolution.

Dr. James Tour’s scientific research areas include nanoelectronics, graphene electronics and photovoltaics, carbon supercapacitors, lithium ion batteries, chemical self-assembly and carbon nanotube and graphene synthetic modifications. He has also worked extensively on carbon composites, hydrogen storage, and practical applications in medicine and oil recovery for nanoengineered carbon. He is perhaps best known for his carbon-based fullerene-wheeled “nanocars,” a 2005 breakthrough feat in nanoengineering that produced functional, rolling vehicles just a few nanometers in size.

Tour also built small humanoids using similar technology. An example called the “NanoKid” became the basis for a school-based learning program for children that introduced them to nanoscience. His commitment to science education continued with his more recent Dance Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero science educational package development for middle school education.

Tour received his bachelor of science degree in chemistry from Syracuse Univ., and his Ph.D. in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry from Purdue Univ. He joined the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology at Rice University in 1999. Tour has more than 650 research publications, more than 120 patents and averages more than 3,000 citations per year.

Re-Focus on How You Think About Food and Life

Pastor Rick Warren and Dr. Daniel Amen stresses on the importance to focus on the right thoughts. If you change the way you think, then you will be able to maintain the healthy lifestyle in a long run.

 

 

Daniel Plan with Pastor Rick Warren Part #2

Pastor Rick Warren is the founding Pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church, California. He is also a best selling author of several books including “The Purpose Driven Life”. Most recently Pastor Warren has Co-Authored the book “The Daniel Plan”. The Daniel Plan is a groundbreaking, healthy lifestyle program where people get better together. With love as the motivation, it’s a story of abundance, not deprivation. Relying on God’s power and the support and encouragement of friends, get ready to be transformed from the inside out. www.thedanielplan.com

Daniel Plan with Pastor Rick Warren Part #1

Pastor Rick Warren is the founding Pastor of Saddleback Valley Community Church, California. He is also a best selling author of several books including “The Purpose Driven Life”. Most recently Pastor Warren has Co-Authored the book “The Daniel Plan”. The Daniel Plan is a groundbreaking, healthy lifestyle program where people get better together. With love as the motivation, it’s a story of abundance, not deprivation. Relying on God’s power and the support and encouragement of friends, get ready to be transformed from the inside out. www.thedanielplan.com

 

The Daniel Plan … getting ready to drop 30 lbs.

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I caught up with Pastor Rick Warren in New York City and we filmed for over an hour about the dynamic message of taking care of our bodies in his new upcoming book, “The Daniel Plan.”  Two doctors participated in the conversation and Rick shared sincerely and intimately about endeavoring to maintain focus with the loss of his precious son, Matthew.  That day his wife, Kay, was in Newtown ministering to families that lost children when shooter, Adam Lanza, lost control.

Rick reminded me of the sermon topic I preached for him over 30 years ago at Saddleback when it was just a young church meeting at Costa Mesa High School.  I remember that day vividly … he wasn’t wearing socks and had such a zeal for the lost.  He reminded me of a man who came to Christ that day who died shortly later from cancer.  We had great fellowship.  He is a dear brother … so get the book and after you finish Christmas, look in the mirror, and let’s get “off our blessed assurance” and get the that exact weight that matches our height, and honors God.  I am going for 30 lbs.!  May the Lord help me!