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Casey Durandet

Casey Durandet
Office: G-109
Phone: (602) 787-6651
Fax: (602) 787-6675
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Master of Science (M.S.) in Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in High Energy Particle Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison (with a minor in Applied Mathematics)

Courses Taught

MAT151 - College Algebra/Functions
PHY101 - Introduction to Physics (Lecture and Lab)
PHY111 - College Physics I (Lecture and Lab)
PHY112 - College Physics II (Lecture and Lab)
PHY121 - University (Calculus-based) Physics I (Lecture and Lab)
PHY131 - University (Calculus-based) Physics II (Lecture and Lab)
PHY252 - University (Calculus-based) Physics III (Lecture and Lab)

Biographical Information
A Madison, Wisconsin native, raised speaking French her first 6 years of life, Dr. Durandet earned degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. After obtaining her PhD, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Physicist position with the University of Virginia – Charlottesville, where she was stationed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). Her research focused on high energy particle physics, deciphering the basic constituents of matter.  She worked at Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Fermilab.  She has been a full-time faculty member at PVCC since 1998.
Each summer since teaching in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), Dr. Durandet returns to Fermilab to continue her particle physics research.  Her most recent research was working on an experiment designed to measure the quark and anti-quark structure of the nucleon.  Current research interests include neutron therapy and proton therapy for cancer treatment.  She spent her sabbatical year at Fermilab working as a Research Physicist in their Neutron Therapy Facility. She 
worked on patient treatment planning software.  She is a proponent of proton therapy and is working with personnel from the Mayo Clinic Proton Beam Therapy Program (Phoenix campus) to establish a partnership between MCCCD and Mayo Clinic.  This partnership would offer a Proton Therapy Advanced Certificate for registered Radiation Therapists.
Dr. Durandet worked with her colleague, Dr. Leon Lederman, Nobel Laureate in Physics and former Fermilab Director, on Science reform. Dr. Lederman visited PVCC in 1999, 2000, and 2001.  He was instrumental in working with Pinnacle High School to establish the “Physics First” curriculum.
Dr. Durandet enjoys partaking in a myriad of activities including biking, hiking, reading, poker, NASCAR racing, and being a fan of the Badgers and the Green Bay Packers.