Wayne State University

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Claude Pruneau

Professor, Director of Planetarium and Outreach
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Dr. Pruneau is a French Canadian native born in Quebec City. He completed his studies at Universite Laval where he earned a Ph.D. in Physics in 1987. He worked as Research Fellow successively for the Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and McGill University (Montreal, Canada). He joined the Wayne State University Faculty in 1992 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2004. He conducts an active research program in relativistic heavy ion physics and study of the Quark Gluon Plasma at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider located at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (Long Island, NY), and at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland). Dr. Pruneau is a member of the American Physical Society, the Canadian Association of Physicists, and the Union For Concerned Scientists. He enjoys teaching at both the Graduate and Undergraduate levels, as well as offering lectures for the larger public. He developed an online course in Descriptive Astronomy he now offers to nearly 400 students per semester. As recently appointed director of the Wayne State University planetarium, Dr. Pruneau wishes to promote scientific learning in a modern and fun environment.