Vice President for Research
James R. Gaines
As vice president for research, James R. Gaines is the chief research policy advisor to the president, responsible for developing and coordinating system-wide research policies and procedures and management of research-related administrative support services.
Gaines joined University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1987 as a professor of physics and chaired the Department of Physics and Astronomy since 1995. He spent two years as vice president and head of materials science for KMS Fusion Inc., 1989-91. He previously served on the faculty of Ohio State University, where he was director of the Materials Research Laboratory.
Gaines taught and conducted research at Centre de Recherches Nucleaires (France), Linkoping University (Sweden), MIT, Harvard and Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. He has done consulting work at Livermore and Brookhaven National Laboratory. An expert in condensed matter physics, Gaines has published more than 120 refereed articles and three editions of the study guide that accompanies a major textbook on introductory physics.
A fellow of the American Physical Society since 1990, Gaines received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Award and was the Spark Matsunaga Fellow for Research in Renewable Energy. He was one of the founders and later served on the Board of Directors for Lake Shore Cryogenics and the scientific advisory board for Super Conductive Componants, Inc.
Gaines holds a PhD degree in physics from Washington University, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society, and a BS from Berea College.
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