Software Donation Aids Professor in Origins Research

January 15, 2016

Origins Research Donation'January 15, 2015 – On January 3 Bryan College received a donation of nearly $10,000 in computer software to aid in the origins research of Dr. Neal Doran, professor of biology.

The donor, a business owner and retired scientist residing in Gainesville, Fla., is interested in furthering studies in creationism. He prefers to remain anonymous.

According to Dr. Doran, the donated software has two components: a professional statistics package and Geographical Information Systems (GIS), which “allows the visualization and analysis of geographic, biological, and geological data.”

Dr. Doran elaborated, “The first director of Bryan’s [former] Center for Origins Research (CORE), Dr. Kurt Wise, pioneered an approach to understanding the Global Flood through what is called Catastrophic Plate Tectonics (CPT). Dr. Wise then planned to map the world’s global geologic column to further understand the tectonic, geological, and paleontological relationships within the world’s rock layers that resulted from the Flood and its aftermath. The donated software directly aids this goal.”

Passionate about the role Bryan College has played in origins research over the past 20 years while keeping God at the center of serious and exciting scientific questioning, Dr. Doran hopes to aid Bryan in continuing this legacy and clarifying origins study.

“My research goals involve understanding both global and southeastern U.S. fossil record patterns,” Dr. Doran stated. “On the large scale, I want to understand the nature of global stratigraphic (or geologic) column and, on a local level, to understand the biological and geological origin of the coal in our region of the country. The software donation will aid both.”

Written by Chloe Ann Townsend ’13, assistant director of public information, 423.775.7206;

*Editor’s Note: Article edited on 1/26/2016 to clarify that the donation was not made to the separate entity CORE, but rather directly to Dr. Neal Doran.