Valley Community College
Science Division
Paradise Valley Community College - Science Division Faculty
Casey Durandet

Office: G-109
Phone: (602) 787-6651
Fax: (602) 787-6675
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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree 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
Dr. Durandet earned all three of her degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, one of the top ten research institutions in the United States. After obtaining her PhD, she was awarded a Postdoctoral Research Physicist position with the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. She has worked at Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.
Each summer since beginning her employment with the Maricopa County Community College District, Dr. Durandet returns to the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) in Batavia, IL to continue with her particle physics research.
Dr. Durandet's current research includes working on neutron therapy for cancer treatment. She recently completed a sabbatical by spending a year at Fermilab working as a Research Physicist on neutron therapy (click here to learn more), and she also established a Research Experiences for Undergraduates partnership with Arizona State University's Department of Physics to offer community college science students opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research.
Dr. Durandet works with her colleague, Dr. Leon Lederman, Nobel Laureate in Physics and former Fermilab Director, on Science reform. Click here to learn more.
Dr. Durandet is an avid bicyclist and has been an Arizona resident for over 10 years.

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