Jerry McCoy

Co-host, Science Matters

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.

Ways to Connect

Structural Color

Mar 15, 2013

You thought you learned everything you needed to know about color when mucking around with tempera paints in kindergarden. Not so. Nature has clever ways of revealing colors that we never imagined.


Mar 13, 2013

In the Darwinian struggle for survival, why do some species age so much more quickly than others? Jerry and John slowly come to a quick conclusion. In dog years.

Golden Rectangle

Mar 11, 2013

Some rectangles are really golden and we cherish them enough to carry them in our pockets or purse. But what did Pythagoras and his cronies have to do with this discovery? Let's dive in and explore on this edition of Science Matters.

Henry Mosely

Mar 9, 2013

He should have won a Nobel prize at the tender age of 26 when he introduced amazing physics insights to what exclusively had been a chemistry problem. But World War I intervened.

These days, you aren't required to actually build a model any invention that you're wanting to file at the U.S. Patent Office except for one thing: a perpetual motion machine. And for good reason, it seems.

Albert Einstein's path to the Nobel prize was anything but smooth. He was nominated eleven different years for the prize and finally didn't win what you think that he did.