F. Eugene Dunnam
Professor of Physics, Emeritus
Ph. D., Physics, Louisiana State University, 1958
Grew up at 'Hope', a diversified plantation [cotton, cattle, timber, pecans]
on Bayou Rapides [Rapides Parish], Louisiana.
Hope House was placed on
the National Registry of Historic Places in 1990. Hope House and grounds were sold in 2004.
Jobs held at various
times: Cotton Gin Manager; Motor-Fuel Chemist; Food/Nutrition Lab Technician;
Electronics Technician; Radiochemistry Laboratory Assistant; Physics Instructor;
Physics Research Fellow; Technical Consultant; Physics Department Chairman;
Part-time choir director; College Senior Associate Dean; Professor.
Retired as Professor Emeritus December 31, 2007.
Received the University of Florida President's Medallion "For 50 years of loyal and dedicated service to the University."
Professional Interests & Activities
Principal research area: Experimental Nuclear Physics, particularly nuclear
reactions/spectroscopy of astrophysical interest.
Recent work: with colleagues Prof. Luis Muga and Dr. Robert Coldwell
we designed a cosmic ray detector/particle identifier
that we hoped to place on a satellite or other spacecraft. Utilizing an
array of thin-film scintillators [a device invented by Dr. Muga], this
instrument would permit detailed measurement of the mass, energy, and
charge-state(s) of the heavy-mass and anomalous components of the cosmic
colleague Dr. Henri Van Rinsvelt and students, the leaching of
arsenic and other heavy elements from treated wood products into
surrounding soils was investigated using PIXE analysis.
Other research interests: Computer-simulated physics demonstrations; Musical
acoustics, particularly the wave-formation mechanisms of woodwind instruments
and organ pipes.
Courses Taught, 2003 - 2008
- "Physics 2 (Summer 2008)"
- Our Physical World: Physical Science for Elementary Teachers
PHY3840: Building Scientific
Vegetable gardening, with a specialty in hot
; Automobile mechanics; Music [Willis Bodine Chorale, Gainesville
Civic Chorus and Choristers; church choir]; Humor, especially
paronomasia and other forms of verbal circumlocution.
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