Dr. James Stone is Professor of Physics and Director of Graduate Studies in Physics at Boston University. His research in particle physics has focused on experimental tests of grand unified theories through searches for nucleon instability and through studies of the interactions of neutrinos. His experiments utilize massive particle detectors located in deep underground caverns. In 1987, Stone and his collaborators announced the first observation of a burst of neutrinos being emitted by a supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud; and in 1998, Stone and U.S./Japanese collaborators presented data showing that neutrinos were massive particles, extending the current understanding of the constituents of matter and imposing a revision of the standard model of particle physics. Professor Stone and his collaborators shared the Bruno Rossi Prize and the Asahi-Shinbun Prize for these research accomplishments. He has authored/co-authored more than 250 journal articles and edited a book on magnetic monopoles. He has served on numerous panels and review committees for the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Over the course of his career, Professor Stone has lectured worldwide at physics conferences and schools, contributing to science literacy and to advanced technical/science education in developing nations. He directed a series of summer schools at the Abdul Salam Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. He is currently the U.S. Co-Spokesperson of the Super-Kamiokande Collaboration and senior scientist at the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo. Professor Stone is a graduate of Ohio University (B.S.) and The University of Michigan (M.S. and Ph.D.). Prior to joining Boston University he was a postdoctoral researcher at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.
State Department Profile
Dr. James Stone served as an intelligence analyst on global scientific and technical issues for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. His portfolio included projects on climate change issues, nuclear power demand and export, nuclear non-proliferation, alternative energy technologies, and global scientific cooperation and education exchanges. Dr. Stone prepared briefings for a number of audiences including the Secretary, assistant and deputy secretaries, and other intelligence agencies of the U.S. Government, among others. Throughout the year, Dr. Stone traveled to Asia; to China for an APEC ministerial meeting on science education and to Japan on a number of occasions for discussions with officials at Japanese ministries and nuclear power industries. In conjunction with his interactions with Japanese officials, Dr. Stone performed an in-depth study of Japanese nuclear power plant exports and nonproliferation, and produced an assessment report on the findings. Additionally, he was a member of the U.S. delegation to the ASEAN Regional Forum on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament. He currently is teaching a science policy course at his university.