Lawrence Olsen

Associate Professor
HR 203b
(859) 858-3511 ext. 2132

Dr. Olsen
Ph.D. 1995 University of Wisconsin, Madison; Physical Chemistry
BS 1975 University of Wisconsin, Madison; Chemistry Education

At Asbury since 1994
Subjects: General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Earth Science

I didn't pursue science because I was looking for a job; I simply found it fascinating. Science is taking things apart to see what's inside. God calls us to his service, but at the same time it is a blessing to explore his Creation, enjoy it, and to worship him for what he has done.


Professional Interests

I am currently conducting research on how eroded, depleted soil can be economically restored. Long term solutions, as opposed to fertilization and additives, are being explored. This work fits in with our call to be stewards of the earth.

Science and faith issues also interest me. God speaks thorough both natural and special revelation, and properly understood the two should complement each other. Finding and communicating that "understanding" is a challenge for this generation.


Other Interests

Given the chance, I would head for the mountains. Personally I like the outdoors and wilderness, but I believe it is more than a personal issue. As more and more of our time is spent in man-made environments, it becomes more important for people to reconnect with the environment God gave us.

Each year I lead a group of students on a one week trip into the Colorado mountains. I also help with a network of trails (open to students and the public) on the University property along the Kentucky River Palisades.


Dr. Olsen on Mt. Rainier
Dr. Olsen on Mt. Rainier

Publications and Presentations

  • Two Revelations: A High View of Science and Scripture. Xulon Press, 2005
  • "Divine Action in Nature." Presentation at the American Sci. Affiliation Annual Meeting, 2003
  • "Writing in the Chemistry Curriculum." Presentation at the Kentucky Acad. of Science Annual Meeting, 1999
  • "Measurement of Localized Fluoride Diffusion and Defect Equilibrium in CaF2:Eu Using Site Selective Spectroscopy and High Pressure Techniques." Phys. Rev. B, 1996

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