CU to Hear Faculty Colloquium by Dr. Jean Oostens

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Jean Oostens, former adjunct faculty in physics at Campbellsville University, will give a faculty colloquium Thursday, April 23, at 4 p.m. in room 15 of the Administration Building.

The public is invited to the meeting which is in the main building at CU when you enter through the main entrance.

Oostens’ address is titled “From Nuclear Weapons to Fundamental and Applied Research – Opening the way for University Collaboration at Los Alamos National Laboratory.”

The historical evolution of the National Laboratory will be reviewed, including some recent work done by the author on Neutron Dosimetry.

Oostens said the Los Alamos National Laboratory saw the wartime development of nuclear weapons, culminating into VJ day in August 1945. It has stayed as a weapon lab, but since 1970 adjoined “Non Programmatic Activities” to its mission.

Oostens received a licence en physique (master) and his ingenieur electricien (electrical engineering) from the University of Louvain in 1957. He also received his Ph.D. in sciences from the University of Paris-Sud, Orsay in 1977.

He has also received credit hours in science education from the University of Akron and music history from Campbellsville University.

Oostens did postgraduate research in electro-chemistry at the University of Louvain.

He was foreign collaborator at Saclay in France, research coordinator at Brookhaven’s Cosmotron, physicist III at Brookhaven National Laboratory, foreign collaborator at Saclay’s Synchrotron, staff member of Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility, foreign collaborator at Saturne in Saclay, France, teaching and research duties at Upsalas College in New Jersey, senior lecturer at the University of California at Los Angeles, administrative associate to the chair of the physics department at Illinois Institute, laboratory supervisor at Cincinnati University, associate professor at Lindsey Wilson College as well as teaching at CU.

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.

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