Office: FA 335
Received a B.S. from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, both in mathematical physics; did post-doctoral research at the International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy; and taught at the University of Colorado, Clarion (Pennsylvania) State College, Southern Oregon State College/University, and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at WWU before joining the faculty at Fairhaven College in 1982, attracted by Fairhaven's emphasis on small, interdisciplinary classes and innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
While continuing to enjoy physics and the frontiers of human discovery and imagination, Gary has for many years focused most of his attention and teaching on helping students address urgent global-scale problems associated with sustainability: human overpopulation, overconsumption, war and violence, grossly inequitable distribution of power, wealth, food, and basic resources for living. Particular interests include how to communicate across paradigm differences such as culture, religion, politics, language, and life experience; and how to transcend one's own habitual paradigms of thought and thus to see with new insight, feel with new empathy.
Courses taught at Fairhaven include Visioning Sustainable Futures, Applied Human Ecology & Sustainable Systems, User-friendly Statistics, and various core classes such as Science and Our Place on the Planet, New Perspectives in Science, and Feminist Perspectives in Science.