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Robert Duncan

Robert Duncan received his bachelor's degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982 and his doctorate in physics from the University of California-Santa Barbara in 1988. He has served as a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of New Mexico (UNM), as a visiting associate on the physics faculty of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), as a joint associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UNM, and as the associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNM.

An expert in low temperature physics, Dr. Duncan has served as principal investigator on a fundamental physics research program for NASA. As director of the New Mexico Consortium's Institute for Advanced Studies at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, he has worked to fund major conferences and summer schools in quantitative biology, information science and technology, energy and environment, and astrophysics and cosmology. To date Dr. Duncan has received more than $8 million in funding for research efforts he has led as principle investigator. He joined the University of Missouri faculty as Vice Chancellor for Research in August 2008. As vice chancellor, Dr. Duncan heads the University's research enterprise and its more than $250 million per year in contracts and grants. His responsibilities include management of MU's major research facilities (among them the nation's largest university-based research reactor), its multiple interdisciplinary research centers, and its economic development and technology incubation efforts.

Dr. Duncan is a fellow and life member of the American Physical Society (APS). He was named the Gordon and Betty Moore Distinguished Scholar in the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at Caltech in 2004, and has recently served as chair for both the APS's Topical Group on Instrumentation and Measurement and the International Symposium on Quantum Fluids and Solids. He has consulted extensively to industry, co-inventing and assisting in the formation of three companies working in alternative energy and in minimally invasive cancer surgery and diagnostics. Dr. Duncan's full curriculum vitae is available here.