UH Board of Regents approves permanent appointment of James Gaines as UH system vice president for research

University of Hawaiʻi
Carolyn Tanaka, (808) 956-9803
External Affairs & University Relations
Posted: Jul 27, 2007

PEARL CITY, Oʻahu — At its monthly meeting held this week at Leeward Community College, the University of Hawaiʻi Board of Regents (BOR) approved the permanent appointment of Dr. James Gaines as vice president for research for the UH system, effective August 1, 2007. Gaines has been serving as interim vice president for research since 2003.

As vice president for research, Gaines is responsible for developing and coordinating systemwide research policies and procedures and management of research-related administrative support services.

Gaines joined UH Mānoa in 1987 as a professor of physics and chaired the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 1995. He spent two years as vice president and head of materials science for KMS Fusion Inc., and 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 also 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.

Gaines holds a PhD degree in physics from Washington University, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Berea College.