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    The Importance of Studying Philosophy

    Dr. Alexander Sich on the Importance of Studying Philosopy  


    The Importance of Studying Natural Science

    Dr. Alexander Sich on Natural Science and the formation of Students


    Science and Faith Conference

    Dr. Stephen Barr and Dr. Alexander Sich Discuss Physics, the Nature of Time, and Theology

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    "Not Another Chernobyl"

    Dr. Alexander Sich explains why the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima reactors in Japan cannot be compared to the Chernobyl meltdown.

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  • Dr. Alexander Sich

    Professor of Physics

    (740) 284-7032
    asich@franciscan.edu
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    Education

    • B.S. (Major: Nuclear Engineering Minor: Physics) - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, School of Engineering, Troy, NY
    • M.A. (Aristotelian-Thomistic Philosophy of Nature) - Holy Apostles College & Seminary, Department of Philosophy, Cromwell, CT
    • Ph.D. (Nuclear Engineering) - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Engineering, Cambridge, MA
    • M.A. (Soviet Studies) Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, MA

    Professional Experience

    • Senior Specialist – Science & Technology Center in Ukraine: Kyiv, Ukraine
    • Project Manager for Operations Support and Safety – Project Management Unit for the Chornobyl Shelter Implementation Plan
    • Head of Representative Office and Ukraine Program Coordinator - Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - U.S. Department of Energy International Nuclear Safety Program
    • Associate Banker – Nuclear Safety Account administered by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development: London, UK
    • Technical Consultant – Los Alamos Technical Associates: West Newbury, MA

    Awards, Certifications, Memberships

    • Fulbright Scholars Program, Teaching and Research Grant for 2014-15 academic year at the Ukrainian Catholic University in L'viv, Ukraine.
    • Four Outstanding Performance Awards – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    • Fellow: Institute for the Study of Nature
    • Certified Member: Institute for Advanced Physics
    • Alpha Nu Sigma (ΑΝΣ) Nuclear Science & Engineering Honor Society; American Nuclear Society
    • Igor Vasilievich Kurchatov Medal – Awarded by the Directorship of the Kurchatov Russian Research Center to Young Foreign Scientists for Distinguished Research in the Field of Nuclear Science
    • L. David Walthousen Award: Outstanding Academic Achievement and Career Promise (at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
    • GE Radiation Safety Fellowship
    • Extensive and prolonged travel and residency throughout the former Soviet Union: Ukraine, Russia, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan; also traveled extensively in western Europe, Egypt, Turkey.

    Language Fluency

    • English (native fluent)
    • Ukrainian (near-native fluent: U.S. State Department 4/4/4+ Rating)
    • Russian (near fluent)
  • Dr. Alexander Sich - The Present Nuclear Threat in Iran 
    Dr. Alexander Sich - "The Present Nuclear Threat in Iran", Newsday, 16 March 2012

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “The Pedigree of the Intelligent Design Movement: A Confluence of Theological and Philosophical Errors” 
    “The Pedigree of the Intelligent Design Movement: A Confluence of Theological and Philosophical Errors,” presented 12 November 2010 at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s M.A. Philosophy Program’s lecture series on Science and Philosophy

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “How the West Was Not One” 
    “How the West Was Not One: The Rise and Fragmentation of the Natural Sciences,” presented 31 July 2008 at the 208 Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Program Summer Conference Civilization and Civilizations: The West in Context for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Quebec, Canada, 27 July - 03 August 2008.

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “Recovering Nature’s Natures” 
    “Recovering Nature’s Natures: Why a Realist Philosophy of Nature Must Animate the Natural Sciences to Provide a Unified Understanding and Appreciation of God’s Creation,” presented 28 June 2008 at the summer 2008 National Faculty Leadership Conference “The Heart of the University” in Washington, D.C., 27-29 July 2008.

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “The Science-Faith-Philosophy Wars” 
    “The Science-Faith-Philosophy Wars: Artificial Argument or Real Rivalry?” presented 03 January 2008 at the 2008 Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) National Student Leadership Conference in Grapevine, Texas, 02-06 January 2008.

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “Scientistic Reductionism and the Proper Understanding of Being” 
    “Scientistic Reductionism and the Proper Understanding of Being” presented 02 August 2007 at the 2007 Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Program Summer Conference Law in the Western Tradition for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute in Quebec, Canada 30 Jul - 05 Aug 07

  • Peer Reviewed

  • Dr. Alexander Sich - “The Independence and Proper Roles of Engineering and Metaphysics in Support of an Integrated Understandin...” 
    Alexander R. Sich, “The Independence and Proper Roles of Engineering and Metaphysics in Support of an Integrated Understanding of God’s Creation,” Engineering and the Ultimate: Proceedings of the 2012 Conference on Engineering and Metaphysics, 15-16 June 2012, Jonathan Bartlett & Dominic Halsmer, eds., (Broken Arrow, OK: Blythe Institute Press, April 2013). (Visit the conference website.)

    Dr. Alexander Sich - Chernobyl and the Power of Myth 
    Dr. Alexander Sich - "Chernobyl and the Power of Myth", (A reappraisal of the official Soviet account of the accident is long over due), Wall Street Journal – European Edition op-ed, 20 April 2011

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “Truth Was an Early Casualty” 
    “Truth Was an Early Casualty,” Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Vol. 52, No. 3 (May-June 1996): 32-42.

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “The Chernobyl Active Phase” 
    “The Chernobyl Active Phase: Why the ‘Official View’ is Wrong,” Nuclear Engineering International, Vol. 41, No. 501 (April 1996): 22-25.

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “Through the Looking Glass” 
    “Through the Looking Glass,” Nuclear Engineering International, Vol. 41, No. 501 (April 1996): 26-27.

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “Chernobyl Theories: Treat With Caution” 
    “Chernobyl Theories: Treat With Caution,” Nuclear Engineering International, Vol. 40, No. 496 (November 1995): 30-32.

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “The Chernobyl Accident Revisited III” 
    “The Chernobyl Accident Revisited III: Source Term Release Dynamics and Reconstruction of Events During the Active Phase,” Nuclear Safety, Vol. 36, No. 2, (Jul – Dec 1995): 195-217.

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “The Chernobyl Accident Revisited II” 
    “The Chernobyl Accident Revisited II: The State of the Fuel Located Within the Chernobyl Sarcophagus,” with Aleksandr A. Borovoi, Nuclear Safety, Vol. 36, No. 1, (Jan – Jun 1995): 1-32.

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “The Chernobyl Accident Revisited I” 
    “The Chernobyl Accident Revisited I: Chernobyl Accident Management Actions,” Nuclear Safety, Vol. 35, No. 1, (Jan – Jun 1994): 1-24.

  • Edited

  • Dr. Alexander Sich - St. John Paul II and the Future of Ukraine 
    “St. John Paul II and the Future of Ukraine,” Crisis Magazine, (May 12, 2014)

    Dr. Alexander Sich - With Ukrainian Politicians Considering Proliferation... 
    “With Ukrainian Politicians Considering Proliferation, Blame the Weak West”National Review Online, 21 March 2014

    Dr. Alexander Sich - Ukraine Needs NATO, Not Nukes 
    "Ukraine Needs NATO, Not Nukes", National Review Online, 21 March 2014

    Dr. Alexander Sich - The Ukrainian Struggle: Freedom with Dignity... 
    "The Ukrainian Struggle: Freedom with Dignity Over Corruption and Power", Crisis Magazine, 24 February 2014

    Dr. Alexander Sich - How Iran Risks Another Chernobyl 
    Dr. Alexander Sich - "How Iran Risks Another Chernobyl", The Diplomat, 14 March 2012

    Dr. Alexander Sich - Likening Japan to Chernobyl is Reckless 
    Dr. Alexander Sich - "Likening Japan to Chernobyl is Reckless" Newsday op-ed, 22 April 2011

    Dr. Alexander Sich - How Bad Is Fukushima Crisis? 
    Dr. Alexander Sich - "How Bad Is Fukushima Crisis?", The Diplomat, 12 April 2011

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “Back to the Future: Renewing Culture Through a Renewal of Science” 
    “Back to the Future: Renewing Culture Through a Renewal of Science,” a review of The Science Before Science by Anthony Rizzi (IAP Press, Baton Rouge, LA, 2004), Latin Mass, (Winter 2005, no. 1, vol. 14, No. 1): 50-53.

    Dr. Alexander Sich - “10 Years Later, Chernobyl’s True Story is Hard to Nail Down” 
    “10 Years Later, Chernobyl’s True Story is Hard to Nail Down,” opinion-editorial, The Boston Globe, Vol. 249, No. 117 (26 April 1996): 21.

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