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Ph.D., Rice University
Some of Dr. Bakkan’s research interests include
physiological ecology, biometeorology, evolution, and thermoregulation.
He, along with interested and qualified students, investigate and
analyze the behavioral and physiological responses of animals to outdoor
microclimates in two well-equipped laboratories.
Dr. Bakkan was approached about teaching Honors
classes by Dr. Jennerman, the Honors director at the time, in 1978. He
recalls that when Dr. Jennerman asked him to create a course, “It
sounded interesting because I could create a course that used the full
range of my background. This includes an undergraduate minor in
philosophy, a Ph.D. in physics, a professional career in biophysical
ecology, and strong side interests in history, geology, and religious
Timing for his first course could not have been better; an important Arkansas creationism trial was quickly developing, and Dr. Bakkan had a chance to confront modern problems related to both history and science. He remembers, “I thought the evolution-creation controversy in religion and politics (there is no controversy in science) would be a great wehicle for exploring some otherwise dry and dusty ideas in philosophy and how science differs from other ‘ways of knowing.’”
Dr. Bakkan typically teaches a 300 level Honors
Impact of the Theory Evolution. The course
focuses on history of religion, philosophy, and science leading up to
Darwin and the religious and political impact of Darwin's theory.
Dr. Bakkan describes why he enjoys teaching Honors
students: “I have a lot of fun with the ideas when I have a
good group of student that are engaged and interactive.”
“Be responsive and engaged in class. Don’t just sit and take notes!”