Applied Associate Professor
Physics & Engineering Physics
Jerry's interest in science-physics in particular-began early when his father gave him a children's book on the planets. That gift was followed by a steady diet of steam engines, Erector sets, chemistry kits, science fairs, LOTS of reading about science and math, and degrees in Engineering Physics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Tulsa. Jerry continues his lifelong love of science, learning and teaching from his professor's bully pulpit at TU.
He also does "Professor McCoy's Wonderful World of Physics" for audiences all over northeastern Oklahoma and runs the TU Physics Journal Club, a large monthly gathering of science aficionados who meet to eat pizza and reflect on current progress in physics. Science Matters is Jerry's happy collaboration with childhood chum, John Henshaw.
Of all that he does, Jerry is most proud of his family, comprised of his lovely wife, Anne, of 30+ years and his four most excellent children. Jerry devotes considerable interest to matters of faith, particularly their intersection with science, a topic on which he speaks frequently to groups around the Tulsa area.
“Any sufficiently advanced technology,” as Arthur C. Clarke once said, “Is indistinguishable from magic.” But the real magic in the world of science and technology comes from understanding it. Join University of Tulsa professors Jerry McCoy and John Henshaw on a magical mystery tour of scientific knowledge. They’ll entertain you and raise your science IQ all at the same time. Ready? Earbuds in; amazement on; listen.