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Calvin Howell

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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Mexican Food, Spicy Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Success is measured by how many people you help.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1955
Birth Location:
Warrenton, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Physicist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Mexican Food, Spicy Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Home
Favorite Quote:
Success is measured by how many people you help.

Birthplace

Born:
12/7/1955
Birth Location:
Warrenton
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Biography

Professor Calvin Howell was born on December 7, 1955 in Warrenton, North Carolina. After graduating from high school, Howell earned his B.S. degree in physics from Davidson College in 1978. He then attended Duke University where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1984 with a specialty in experimental nuclear physics. Then, Howell conducted postdoctoral research at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) for one year, serving as an instructor and research associate.

In 1985, he joined the faculty at Duke University as an assistant professor of physics. Howell was promoted to associate professor in 1992 and full professor in 2001. Also in 2001, Howell was hired as deputy director of the TUNL, a position he held until 2006 when he was promoted to director of TUNL. In addition to his positions at Duke University and TUNL, Howell held many visiting positions including visiting scientist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC), the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has served as a nuclear physics program director at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and a member Department of Energy (DOE)/ NSF Nuclear Science Advisory Committee. Howell's research interests in experimental nuclear physics include the study of the strong interaction in few-nucleon systems, nuclear astrophysics, plant physiology using radioisotopes and national security. In 2011, he and his colleagues from Duke were involved in a measurements important for developing technologies for scanning cargo ships for harmful materials using nuclear 'fingerprints'. Howell has co-authored more than 110 scientific articles.

Howell has worked extensively with the American Physical Society including serving as a chair of the executive committee of the southeastern section, chair of the committee on minorities in physics and member of the executive committee on the Division of Nuclear Physics. Howell became an American Physical Society Fellow in 2006. He also participates in activities to promote academic opportunities for minority students including serving as academic coordinator for the Minority Medical Education Program at Duke University and a member of the Duke’s Presidential Council on Black Affairs. In 2008, Howell received the Samuel DuBois Cook Award for Service at Duke University. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Calvin Howell was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 21, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Calvin Howell lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Calvin Howell describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Calvin Howell talks about his grandfather's emphasis on educating his daughters
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Calvin Howell talks about his mother's educational background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Calvin Howell describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Calvin Howell talks about his father's mechanical abilities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Calvin Howell describes the old field school he attended
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Calvin Howell describes his parents' secret marriage
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Calvin Howell describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Calvin Howell talks about his siblings and describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Calvin Howell describes the sights, smells, and sounds of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Calvin Howell talks about civil rights in Palmer Springs, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Calvin Howell describes Palmer Springs, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Calvin Howell talks about his experience at Roanoke Elementary School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Calvin Howell talks about his aptitude for math
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Calvin Howell talks about his childhood interests
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Calvin Howell talks about his experience at Park View High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Calvin Howell talks about his mechanical talents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Calvin Howell talks about his high school science education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Calvin Howell talks about his siblings and their various career paths
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Calvin Howell explains his decision to attend Davidson College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Calvin Howell talks about his experience at Davidson College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Calvin Howell talks about his year at Howard University, part 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Calvin Howell talks about his year at Howard University, part 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Calvin Howell describes his senior project on temperature physics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Calvin Howell talks about his interest in experimental nuclear physics
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Calvin Howell describes his teaching experience at Duke University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Calvin Howell describes his doctoral research
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Calvin Howell talks about Triangle University Nuclear Laboratory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Calvin Howell describes his teaching experience at Duke University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Calvin Howell describes his experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Calvin Howell talks about Jefferson Labroatory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Calvin Howell talks about his experience at North Carolina Central University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Calvin Howell talks about his return to Jefferson Laboratory
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Calvin Howell talks about Jefferson National Laboratory and the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Calvin Howell discusses his role as the Nuclear Physics Program Director
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Calvin Howell talks about private and government funded research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Calvin Howell describes his research in Jefferson Laboratory in 1999
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Calvin Howell describes his role in preparing students to enter the medical profession
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Calvin Howell talks about his role as Director of the Triangle University's Nuclear Laboratory
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Calvin Howell talks about the high intensity gamma ray source
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Calvin Howell describes uses for gamma ray technology
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Calvin Howell describes his work as Physics Department chair and medical physics professor
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Calvin Howell talks about the American Physical Society
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Calvin Howell describes his current research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Calvin Howell talks about the number of minorities entering careers in physics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Calvin Howell shares his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Calvin Howell talks about his legacy and career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Calvin Howell talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Calvin Howell talks about how he would like to be remembered