Award-Dr. Roxanne Springer
After 35 years as a faculty member in the Duke University Physics Department, N. Russell Roberson has retired from his full-time duties effective 1 September 1998. However, he is continuing his research activities with the Charged-Particle Parity Violation Group at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) on a part-time basis.
Russell was born in 1930 in Robersonville, NC. He received his B.S. in 1954 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. in 1960 from the John Hopkins University. After a postdoctoral appointment at Princeton University, he joined the Duke University Physics Department in 1963 as Assistant Professor of Physics and became Full Professor in 1974. He served as Deputy Director of TUNL from 1988-92, and Director from 1992-96. His research is in experimental nuclear physics, and has included studies of radiative capture reactions, fundamental symmetries using polarized beams and polarized targets, and computer based data-acquisition systems. More than 20 graduate students received their Ph.D.s under his supervision. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers. During his long career he has served on numerous advisory and program committees.
On 31 August 1998 TUNL and the Duke University Physics Department honored Russell with a surprise party. Many of his former collaborators and friends from the Triangle area attended his “partial-retirement” party.
The Physics Department plans to replace Russell by 1 September 1999
with an experimentalist who has experience in the area of electromagnetic
nuclear physics coupled with an interest in experiments involving photon
beams and spins observables, primarily utilizing the facilities of TUNL
and the adjacent Duke Free-Electron Laser Laboratory. A search is
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