Ray Cowan


The SLAC Users Organization has been an effective and helpful resource for many years for both SLAC users and SLAC itself. SLUO has excelled in promoting improved communication between SLAC and the user community (in both directions) and has achieved, or contributed to, numerous useful improvements at SLAC ranging from scientific resources (e.g., the SLUO lecture series on statistics and the continued presence of a world-class scientific library at SLAC) to living conditions (e.g., the SLAC Guest House) to administrative issues (e.g., identifying health insurance needs and options for long-term visitors).

Having served as a member of the SLUO Executive Board before (2003-2005), I am willing to serve again in order to help SLUO continue its efforts on behalf of both users and SLAC management and staff to maintain our laboratory's world-class status for all research done at SLAC, whether in particle physics, astrophysics, or photon science.

Bio: I am a research scientist employed by M.I.T. I've worked on a series of particle physics experiments at SLAC and elsewhere since the 1980s. My Ph.D. thesis was done on the Crystal Ball experiment at SLAC. Most recently my research has been on charm physics at BaBar and advanced detector R&D for hadron calorimetry. Other research interests include dark matter searches and foundational issues in quantum mechanics.