In 2007 my group and I became SLAC users when we joined the team that will help build the camera for LSST. We are privileged to be SLAC users.
Most of SLACís particle physics, particle astrophysics, and accelerator physics scientific programs are now off-site. The SLAC User Community is geographically more widely distributed, and visits SLAC less often than in the past. Many of the newer SLAC users are from the astronomy and astrophysics communities which have a culture and tradition of scientific collaboration that differs from particle and accelerator physics. These scientific and demographic changes in the user community present opportunities and challenges. Opportunities start with the recognition that we have much to learn from each other and can achieve great things working together. We all value a vibrant and stimulating intellectual environment and the SLAC technical and computing resources that support and enable our scientific work. Challenges include enabling efficient global collaboration and global communication including enhancing internet-based virtual communication (EVO).
SLUO must continue to identify and communicate the needs of both the SLAC user based at SLAC and the SLAC user who may rarely be at SLAC. SLUO must also continue to act as an ambassador for SLACís scientific mission and for science in general, to Washington, to the U.S. and international community, and to the general public, in particular young people from disadvantaged groups.
SLUO should continue to explore and deepen its relationship to the photon science program and its user organizations. Again we have much in common and much to learn from each other. Joining forces may lead to greater effectiveness in communication with the laboratory.
I am a faculty member at Purdue. Most of my career has been devoted to the study the weak decays of quarks in particular precision measurements of four of the nine weak quark couplings. I served as the co-Spokesperson of the CLEO experiment at Cornell from 2001-2004. During that time CLEO-c was approved and took first data. I was part of the team that built the CLEO silicon tracker and part of the forward pixel detector for CMS. I am currently the co-Coordinator of the LHC Physics Center at Fermilab which serves as a resource and physics analysis hub for the more than 800 U.S. physicists in the CMS collaboration. I have served on numerous DOE/NSF/National Lab and APS committees and speak frequently about research and about hearing, bionic hearing and perception.