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James Dunne



  • Higher Ed: Science 


Professor Dunne is a member of the Physics and Astronomy Department at the Mississippi State University. Prof. Dunne's research focuses on understanding the structure of the nucleon in terms of quark and gluon degrees of freedom of Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) and fundamental precision measurements of electroweak interactions at low energy to search for new physics beyond the Standard Model. Much of his effort is focused on designing, building and commissioning state-of-the-art cryogenic hydrogen targets required for electron scattering nuclear physics studies. His research is primarily carried out at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab).

His appointments have included the following:
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Mississippi State University (2009 - present)
Sabbatical Fellow: Jefferson Lab (2006-2007)
Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, MSU (2003 - 2009)
Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, MSU
Bridged appointment with the Jefferson Lab (1998-2003)
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Jefferson Lab (1995 - 1998)

Prof. Dunne received his PhD from the American University in 1995. His thesis research was conducted at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in California and was one of the first measurements of the neutron's spin dependent structure functions. The Physical Review Letters publication of these results has reached the status of "Renowned paper" by the high energy journal database, inSPIRE, having been cited over 500 times. He has over 50 refereed publications with about half in the premier physics journal Physical Review Letters.

In addition to Prof. Dunne's research and teaching efforts, he is the director the Teacher Academy in the Natural Sciences project, which is a Mathematics and Science Partnership Program funded by the Mississippi Department of Education. This program provides professional development to 60 middle school science teachers, covering physical science, chemistry, and earth science.

Professor Dunne was the 2013 Recipient of the Mississippi Association of Colleges and Universities 2013 HEADWAE award, which honors an outstanding faculty member from each Mississippi associated institution. He was the recipient of the 2012 John Grisham Master Teacher Award (MSU's top teacher award) and the 2010 Mississippi State University Alumni Association Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. He was also the recipient of the 2007 College of Arts & Science Dean's Eminent Scholar Award. 


Experimental Medium Energy Nuclear Physics.