Bernice Black Durand

Honored by:L.A. Willson and M. Luban
Brick location:D:3  map

Born December 28, 1942 Clarion, Iowa; raised in Ames, Iowa,
Married 1970 to Loyal Durand
UW Physics Professor
Three stepsons born 1958, 1960 and 1963; two step granddaughters born 1985 and 1988
Spend time on piano, downhill skiing, gardening, fitness

Ames High School Ames, Iowa 1959
Radcliffe College, dropped out twice, never finished Class of 1963
Iowa State University BS 1965 Physics (Math and Modern Language minors)
Iowa State University PhD 1971 Physics (Math minor)

Professor of Physics University of Wisconsin-Madison current
At UW-Madison since 1970 as Postdoc/Lecturer Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
Visiting positions at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, California Institute of Technology Institute for Advanced Study

Professional societies in physics science education:
American Physical Society, Division of Particles and Fields, Forums on Phys and Society, Hist of Phys, Educn, Internatl Phys;
Sigma Xi
Graduate Women in Science
AAAS (Fellow),
Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Art, and Letters;
listed in American Men and Women of Science 3 Who's Whos

Theoretical Particle Physics over 20 refereed publications over 60 talks and dozens of conferences 9 Ph.D. students or shared students 7 2 M.S. students; Principal Investigator on shared Department of Energy High Energy Physics Contract since 1980 about $200000 for 3 PI's; regular grantee of UW Research Committee some other research awards

From Physics 107 "Physics for Poets" to Physics 833 "Advanced Math in Field Theory" and every level in between including Cable TV version of Physics 107; teaching recognized by high evaluations inclusion in The Best Professors at the UW as chosen by the students 1992 awards from Panhellenic and Intrafraternity Councils and a 1993 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University; ROTA (UW/Apple Computer) grant 7 grants from UW Outreach for Physics 107-TV

Aspen Center for Physics: past trustee twice active in fundraising; · Iowa State University Department of Physics and Astronomy: Advisory Council chair of fundraising committee; sponsor of research scholarship for woman or minority undergrad Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Dean's Alumni Advisory Comm

Active in faculty governance including serving on numerous department college and university committees notably chairing Student Conduct Policy Letters and Science Curriculum and University Library Comms; member L&S Dean's Academic Planning Council

Women in Science:
Active in Sigma Delta Epsilon Graduate Women in Science; participant in programs for schoolgirls and for returning adult women interested in science; lectures and radio programs on women in science issues including Lab Colloquium at Los Alamos National Laboratory 1992; coeditor of final report on recruitment and retention of women scientists at UW-Madison 1993; member of follow-up committee for Physical Sciences

Speaker in Madison and Milwaukee high schools; national consultant on ethnic studies curricula and university speech harassment rules; speaker on kidney transplantation

Professor Bernice Black Durand is an alumna who has carried into her professional life both the skills and the ideals that make us proud to claim her as one of ours. In addition to carrying out research in an area of physics where women are most rare, Bernice has been an active leader serving on critically important committees at the University of Wisconsin and for national organizations. She has also won a prestigious teaching award in recognition of her dedication to that academic role.

As a charter member of the Physics and Astronomy Council and chair of the fundraising subcommittee, Bernice has been very active in helping the department to redefine and fund As programs for students. In appreciation of the value of her own experience as an undergraduate working in Daniel Zaffarano's laboratory at ISU, Bernice Black Durand and her husband Professor Loyal Durand have endowed an undergraduate research scholarship in physics and astronomy at ISU. This award is given each year to a deserving undergraduate with preference for (but not limited to) members of under-represented groups. The first two recipients are undergraduate women majoring in physics and astronomy: Shawna Helleur (awarded 1993; graduated 1994) and Brenda Cowan (awarded 1994). The Bernice Black Award allows the recipient to work in a laboratory or with a research group for a summer or part-time during the school year; it has already become a coveted honor among our undergraduates.

For her example, her service, and her generosity we are pleased to honor Bernice Black Durand by endowing a brick in the Plaza of Heroines. Endowed 1994 by Marshall Luban, Professor of Physics and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy 1990-1994; and Lee Anne Willson, University Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy.