Physics and TUNL Staff Support Menu

Physics Department Support Staff

Rita Boggs
Senior Grants & Contracts Administrator
Office Hours: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM M-F
(919) 681-2691
  • Manage sponsored projects and internal code portfolios for Drs. Warren Warren, Christoph Schmidt, and Martin Fischer for pre-award and post-award.
  • Prepare and execute re-budgets and close-outs as required
  • Reconcile expenditures for the Warren Lab, Schmidt Lab, Soft Matter Center, and Advanced Light Imaging and Microscopy Lab (ALIS)
  • Make purchases through Buy @ Duke, implement AP check requests and wire transfers, and process credit card processing and reimbursements for the above-mentioned professors and their lab personnel
  • Manage personnel and projects for the Warren, Schmidt and Fischer labs in CoreResearch @ Duke
  • Schedule and coordinate arrangements for seminars and conferences and establish appointments, meetings, and speaking engagements
  • Manage scheduling of conference room French #2219
  • Effort Certification for Drs. Warren Warren, Christoph Schmidt, and Martin Fischer, and all associated lab personnel
Connie Cox
International Exchange Studies Coordinator
Office Hours: 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM MTWF (not working Thursdays)
(919) 660-2575
  • Serve as administrator for Duke/China undergraduate visiting student and transfer programs
  • Coordination of visits by faculty in Physics to Chinese universities, and faculty from partner universities and others in China to visit Duke Physics department
  • Work with the Physics Department Chair and the China Faculty Council to develop the Duke to China side of the exchange program
  • Work with Duke Physics Faculty to develop Physics Summer School Courses targeted to international students. Coordinate with summer school about the offering of these courses as well as interests in these summer courses from students at our partner universities in China
  • Coordinate with Office for DKU and China initiatives about faculty teaching at DKU
  • Provide financial/administrative support for Gauthier and Behringer groups
Timothy Fields
Director of Undergraduate Studies' Assistant
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM M-F
(919) 660-2492
  • Support DUS: Point of contact for students and other departments' administrators (including DUS' and Deans). Help other faculty on undergraduate matters.
  • Support Associate Chair: course scheduling, changes, additions, deletions; oversee course evaluation process
  • Make room reservations in 25Live
  • Financial support for Teitsworth, Chang, and Finkelstein Groups
Kim Fogg
Grants & Contracts Manager
Office Hours: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM M-F
(919) 660-1307
  • More information forthcoming...
Angela Garner
Departmental Financial Operations
Office Hours: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM M-F
(919) 660-2503
  • Coordinate the application of procurement cards for the department
  • Clear all purchasing card transactions for the main Physics Department
  • Coordinate & participate in a variety of complex accounting tasks involved in maintaining financial records and processing related data such as invoices for the department
  • Reconcile monthly financial reports of departmental codes including reconciling them and filing
  • Print and distribute monthly financial reports and payroll on grant codes for Profs. Baranger, Plesser, Socolar and Greenside Groups and Horst Meyer
  • Prepare travel and miscellaneous reimbursements for these groups
  • Process financial transfers to correct errors on financial statements
  • Process Instrument Shop billing
  • Assist as needed with Buy @ Duke purchasing
  • SAP Security Administrator for financial systems and purchasing access
Patty Hight
Administrative Manager
Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM M-F
(919) 660-2960
  • More information forthcoming...
Todd Lewis
Payroll and HR Representative
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM MTW, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM ThF
(919) 660-2500
  • Payroll for Undergrads, Postdocs, Researchers, and Visitors
  • HR Representative: Duke Unique ID numbers, Duke ID badges, DukeCard access, Key Manager
  • Meeting room reservations (For classroom assignments, please contact the Registrar)
  • Oversee front office/supplies/office machines
  • Relay/Report building problems to Facilities Maintenance
  • FedEx shipments
Cristin Paul
Assistant to the Chair
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM M-F
(919) 660-2491
  • Provides assistance to chairperson: calendar, travel, meetings
  • Faculty searches, promotions, and reappointments. Serves as primary departmental liaison for A&S Faculty Affairs.
  • Payroll for faculty, maintains Physics faculty records in the faculty database (dFac)
  • Writes and distributes appointment letters on behalf of the chair
  • Visa Officer: Serves as primary departmental liaison for Visa Services Office
  • Main point of contact for department News & Communications team
  • Colloquium and London Lecture event coordinator
  • Notary Public
Katherine Siler
Graduate Program Coordinator
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM M-Th
(919) 660-2502
  • Provides assistance to the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and the Associate Chair for Teaching (ACT)
  • Serves as point of contact for all graduate students and prospective graduate students
  • Plans, coordinates and administers activities of the departmental Graduate Program to include but not limited to: recruitment, admissions, payroll, orientation, course registration,  travel reimbursements, prelim exams, thesis dissertations, student seminars,  graduate student organization events and  annual graduation
  • Develops, guides and informs graduate students and faculty members of policy related to the Duke Graduate School
Jennifer Solis
Support HEP and NPT groups and Professors Liu and Plesser
Office Hours: 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM M-F
(919) 660-2583
  • Maintain, review and reconcile HEP and NPT grants
  • Process check requests, wire transfer requests and travel reimbursements for HEP and NPT activities
  • Corporate card/WORKS administrator for HEP and NPT groups
  • TNT visitor arrangements and reimbursements
  • HEP conference room scheduling
Miriam Vines
Grants and Contracts Administrator
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM M-F
(919) 660-2510
  • Pre-Award Proposal Input
  • Post-Award budgeting
  • CAS items
  • Re-budgeting
  • Closeouts
  • CoreResearch @ Duke
  • Effort Certification

Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) Support Staff

Shaun Diehl
Laboratory Administrator DFELL/HIGS, TUNL, and LENA
Office Hours: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM M-F
(919) 660-2681
  • Administration Management of TUNL research facilities and labs to include: LENA, FEL/HIGS, and TUNL
  • Primary point of contact for all TUNL scientists to include: Policies and Procedures, New visitor liaison to include check in procedures, safety training, ID card validation, Issuing of Duke ID Card, parking, and building access.
  • All imports and exports to the lab in conjunction with the Export Control Office
  • International visitors and invitation letters and Management of all sponsored accounts
  • Financial management and assisting of the procurement of goods and services for TUNL and upholding Duke/Federal compliance regulations
  • Management of HIGS PAC to include: Planning and execution of yearly meetings, Coordination of agenda in conjunction with research scientists, Coordination of housing for committee members, Process honorariums and reimbursements for members, and Coordinate events to include, lunches, dinners, and or workshops
  • Reconcile DFELL/HIGS and TUNL financial statements and prepare budgetary projections for the director 
  • Maintain accurate TUNL personnel database
  • Work with radiation safety manager to disseminate and collect personnel dosimetry badges each quarter
  • Act as Duke Procurement Card administrator, clearing any procurement card purchases, to ensure the proper use of fund codes and documentation
  • Process travel reimbursement and AP Check Requests
  • Primary point of contact for meeting space and scheduling of events to include special events for TUNL
  • Management of yearly REU cohort to include managing the Annual TUNL BBQ, REU travel, check processing, reimbursements, and coordination from start to graduation
June Tirpak
TUNL Administrative Support
Office Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM M-F
(919) 660-2600
  • Assist in preparing TUNL reports and proposals and supporting on-site reviews by funding agencies
  • Act as lead for TUNL administrative systems including Buy @ Duke, on-line travel, AP Check Requests, and  credit card processing
  • Reconcile expenditures on TUNL Sponsored Research Projects
  • Track costs of activities associated with all equipment construction projects at TUNL and DFELL/HIGS
  • Schedule and coordinate arrangements for seminars and conferences and establish appointments, meetings, and speaking engagements for TUNL Director
  • Effort Certification