Art Champagne Announced as New Director of TUNL

Friday, July 1, 2016

On June 24, 2016, Provost Sally Kornbluth announced that Prof. Arthur (Art) Champagne of UNC-Chapel Hill, and now an Adjunct Professor of Physics, will become the new Director of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratories (TUNL) effective July 1. Provost Kornbluth's announcement is below:

I am pleased to announce that Arthur (Art) Champagne will be the next Director of TUNL.  Professor Champagne joined the physics department faculty at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel in 1990.  Prior to coming to UNC he was an Assistant Professor of Physics at Princeton University. He now holds a William C. Friday Distinguished Professorship at the UNC and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He has served as the Chair of the Physics Department at the UNC.  Since coming to UNC in 1990 he has established one of the nation’s top research programs in nuclear astrophysics and has led the development of unique research capabilities at the Laboratory for Experimental Nuclear Physics (LENA) at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL). The LENA is a world-class accelerator facility that provides researchers with the highest current proton beam in the world for nuclear astrophysics research.  Professor Champagne has served the U.S. nuclear physics research community extensively. His service includes co-organizing the town meetings in nuclear astrophysics as part of the process for developing the two most recent national strategic plans for nuclear physics, member of the Committee of Visitors that assess the performance of the Office of Nuclear Physics at the Department of Energy, member of the Board of Trustees of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, member of the Editorial Board of the Physical Review C journal, and member of various APS committees.

Professor Champagne will become the sixth Director of TUNL and the first director with a primary faculty appointment at UNC. Please join me in congratulating and thanking Professor Champagne for taking on this important leadership role. I also would like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Calvin Howell for his wonderful service as the fifth Director of TUNL. Professor Champagne inherits a strong enterprise as a result of Dr. [Calvin] Howell’s expert leadership.