Donald J. Plocke, S.J. is a Jesuit faculty member in the Biology Department. He received his B.S. in physics from Yale University, his Ph.D. in biophysics from M.I.T., and licentiate degrees in philosophy and theology from Boston College. For over 10 years he was a member of the Jesuit Institute Faculty Seminar at BC entitled "God and the World of the Sciences."
Plocke has been a participant in the annual Cosmos and Creation meeting at Loyola College in Maryland since its inception in 1982. He has also participated in Templeton Foundation workshops in the teaching of religion and science at the University of Oxford and Gordon College in Massachusetts.
In 1996 he received a $10,000 teaching award from the Templeton Foundation for his Capstone course. In fall 2001, he was a visiting scholar at Campion College of the University at Oxford, and in spring 2002 a visiting scholar at the Jesuit School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. He has also had visiting appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Biochemistry Department of the University of Zürich, Switzerland.
Plocke enjoys presiding at Eucharistic Liturgies, counseling students, attending concerts, the New York Times crosswords and double acrostics, good conversations, walking, and the cinema.