Anders Gårdestig joined Bethany in 2013 as an assistant professor of physics.
A native of Sweden, he earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden in 1996. In 2000 he finished his doctorate in theoretical nuclear physics from the same university. He then went on to do research at UCLA, Indiana University, Ohio University, and the University of South Carolina.
Since 2008, he has been pursuing a more balanced mix of teaching and research, with full-time teaching positions at Whitworth University and ITT Technical Institute, and as an adjunct at USC and Whitworth. At Whitworth he developed an online course in Physics of Current Events, with a strong science-faith component, which he has since taught numerous times. On the side, he has also been involved in physics textbook developments as a member of a focus group and several proof readings and reviews.
Gårdestig’s research highlights include a model that explains the ABC effect in , calculating the reaction, a crucial physical background for the charge-symmetry-breaking reaction (successfully measured in 2005), and a high-precision effective-field-theory calculation of , currently our best source of information regarding the neutron-neutron scattering length. He has numerous articles published in peer-review journals and has presented several times at European, American, and international conferences.
He lives with his wife and two sons in Lindsborg, where they are enjoying the small-town atmosphere and connecting with his Swedish roots. In his free time, he enjoys woodworking, history, biking, hiking, and reading.