About

Dr. Robert Ross developed a degree program in meteorology in the Department of Earth Sciences at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, where he taught for 27 years. Beyond his direct professional experience in meteorology, Dr. Ross has developed a strong interest in the relationship between the sciences and the humanities. He developed and taught a course in the Honors Program at Millersville University entitled, “Issues in Science and Religion,” for which he received a $10,000 award from the John Templeton Foundation. Since becoming Professor Emeritus at Millersville University in 2001, Dr. Ross has worked as a Research Associate in The Florida State University (FSU) Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science (EOAS) where he has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles in his specialty of tropical meteorology and numerical weather prediction. He has also engaged in co-operative research projects with personnel of NOAA’s National Weather Service Forecast Office, which is co-located with the EOAS department. Dr. Ross has taught his award-winning course in religion and science in the Department of Religion at FSU. He has also developed, organized, and led two very successful programs in the FSU Faculty Luncheon Series, one a multi-disciplinary treatment of environmental ethics involving speakers from the fields of oceanography, history, philosophy, theology, law, psychology, economics and art, and another, an examination of interactions of the three “cultures” within academia, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. The latter program received funding form the President’s Office and included presentations by an English professor from Vanderbilt University, a sociology professor from Rice University, and a physics professor and former Director of the National Science Foundation from Rice University. The series also included a panel discussion by four FSU faculty members. The findings of both of these luncheon series programs were documented for future use by the university community; Dr. Ross edited an anthology of the papers delivered in the environmental ethics series, and the presentations and  panel discussion in the three “cultures” series were recorded as archived webcasts. Both of these products can be viewed by clicking on the FSU Faculty Luncheon Series link above. Dr. Ross continues to develop his intellectual interests in the integration of the sciences and the humanities, with a particular focus on finding more effective solutions to pressing global problems, including, but not limited to, climate change.