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David Bennum

Lecturer Emeritus


Professional Experience

  • 2014 Lecturer IV, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2010-2014 Chair, Department of Physics
  • 2005-2010 Physics Vice Chair, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 1993 Lecturer III, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 1988-1993 Lecturer II, Department of Physics, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 1974-1988 Various teaching assignments, Truckee Meadows Community College, & University of Nevada, Reno
  • 1973-1974 Temporary Asst. Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Professional Awards

Distinguished Outreach Faculty of the Year, University of Nevada, Reno- 2005

Research Interests

  • Astrophysics: Brown Dwarf and Extra-Solar Planets
  • Astrophysics and Physics Education and Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Science Education: K-16


  • Ph.D., Physics 1973 Univ. of Nevada, Reno
  • M.S., Physics 1968 Univ. of Nevada, Reno
  • B.S., Physics 1965 California State Univ., Chico

Publications & Presentations (2000-2004)

  • David Bennum et al., "Stars to the Classroom", 129th AAPT national meeting June 2004
  • David Bennum et al., Middle School Science Using Robotics", 129th AAPT national meeting, June 2004
  • David Bennum, Workshop presenter- "Nevada Operation Physical Science" , Summers 2000, 2001, 2002.
  • David Bennum, Workshop presenter- "Middle School Science Using Robotics" Summer 2003, 2004
  • David Bennum, Workshop organizer/presenter- "Stars to Classroom", Summers 2002, 2003
  • Schultz, A., Bennum, D. et al. 2002 "Monitoring the Planetary Transits of HD 209458b", Carnegie Institution Extra-solar Planet Conference Proceedings.
  • Brown, J., Bennum, D. et al. 2001 "Photometric Examination of Possible Sub-Stellar Companions of HD155826 and HD68456 " AAS 197th Meeting, 2001
  • Brown, J., Bennum, D. et al. 2000. " A Search for Sub-Stellar Companions of Beta-Pic- and Vega-like Stars Using HST/NICMOS." AAS 195th Meeting, Jan. 2000