Gerry Rough (1)
Number of visits to this profile: 3733
BAM! user since: May 25 2006
Birthday: January 31
Country: United States
Sex: Male
Detailed stats: here
Forum posts: 275
Member of team: Team-SciFi


My personal background
I currently live in Goshen, Indiana, but I was born and raised in southern California. I came to Indiana in the late 1980s to attend college, but then flunked out before I could get my bearings straight. I later returned to finish college in 2001, and I am now an offical graduate as of May, 2007, with Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology, Criminal Justice, and Biblical Studies. I plan to continue my education for two more years for a graduate degree in theological studies (MA, Theological Studies) from Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, IN. I am now in my mid-forties, and I have been crunching data for BOINC since march of 2005.

Interestingly enough, I have a major interest in terrorism, and I plan to finish a paper on the subject by the end of the spring semester in 2008. I also hope to win an award for my efforts since I did win an earlier award on this issue in the past. I got into the field of terrorism by studying conspiracy theories and their origins starting in the mid 1990s, and after 9/11 became interested in terrorism more specifically. Believe it or not, the two subjects are very much related, though most don't know the subject well enough to understand why.

After I finish my education, I hope to find a position in some sort of ministry with jail or prison inmates, such as a chaplaincy or something like that, which is what I am most qualified for since I have been doing jail and prison ministry for many years. The other alternative is to continue my studies in terrorism professionally. How I wish I could do both, but unfortunately they are not very compatible. Of course, the suggestion has been made that I actually become a terrorist so that I can minister to them while in prison!!

Opinion about BOINCstats/BAM!
BOINC and BOINCstats/BAM are really cool stuff to my liking. For me, crunching for something bigger than myself is most satisfying, with me being only one of many team members that are volunteering our computers to help science in any way we can. I hope that someday BOINC and BOINCstats will become household terms for many people on the internet. Working together, we can all accomplish great things for worthwhile projects.

Happy crunching!!