Governing Board 2020

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Candidates For Governing Board

Name - Institution Photo Statement
Dan Akerib - SLAC DanAkerib.jpg Dear colleagues, I’m new to the CMB field and have come to CMB-S4 through the “management” side as a SLAC faculty member and Deputy Associate Lab Director, Research, in the Fundamental Physics Directorate. My early research work was in accelerator-based particle physics, and over most of my career I have worked on dark matter searches. I was part of the CDMS experimental program for about 15 years, through which I became familiar with low-temperature detectors and dilution refrigerators, as well as the now-ubiquitous superconducting transition edge sensor and SQUID readout. For the past decade, I’ve worked on dark matter searches using liquid xenon as the detector medium as part of the LUX and LUX-ZEPLIN projects. Through my work on these medium to large-scale projects and the associated scientific collaborations, I hope that I can contribute a useful perspective to the CMB-S4 governing board.
Kam Arnold - University of California San Diego KamArnold.jpg I am a member of the POLARBEAR collaboration, in which I’ve worked mostly on: the design and fabrication of the focal plane; deployment, operations & analysis; and this year’s deployment of a 2nd-generation receiver from UC San Diego. I am a founding member of the Simons Observatory, in which I work mostly on readout development, site engineering, and management. As a member of the CMB-S4 governing board, I would promote an active role in execution strategy and relationships with other collaborations.
Carlo Baccigalupi - SISSA CarloBaccigalupi.jpg I would be happy to serve in three main directions. (1) To ensure an interface with the Euclid collaboration; I am coordinator of the Euclid CMBXC Working Group and I would help S4 to set the proper interface with it. (2) To stay connected to the new results on foregrounds; I am leading working groups operating on various fronts, and I'd like to secure proper access to S4 to these critical information. (3) to help S4 leading the new challenge represented by probe combination, i.e. the study of the combined capabilities of B-mode observatories from ground and space.
Nicholas Battaglia - Cornell University NicholasBattaglia.jpg I've served on the CMB-S4 governing board for 2 years and I wish to continue my service for another 2 years.
Jamie Bock - Caltech/JPL JamieBock.jpg My experience from BOOMERANG, Planck, SPIDER, and BICEP can help CMB-S4 as it moves into the considerable challenges of technology development and implementation. I also hope to apply my involvement in the SPHEREx satellite project to assist CMB-S4 through major reviews and guide its strategy with federal science agencies. I am excited to see CMB-S4 move towards a complete design, serving as a project reviewer multiple times and regularly attending consortium meetings.
François Bouchet - Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris FrancoisBouchet.jpg CMB S4 is a great human and scientific adventure which promises fantastic scientific rewards. I want to be part of it! In particular I would be happy to serve as (continuing) governing board member to help the collaboration go through successfully the crucial next two years. For that, I can rely on experience I have acquired over the last 25 years, as Planck HFI coordinating scientist, HFI Data Processing Manager, HFI Co-PI, and Planck science team member. So I should be able to at least help CMB-S4 in avoiding mistakes or pitfalls we suffered from. I should also be useful in further strengthening links across the Atlantic and promote a sizable European participation.
Jeff Filippini - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign JeffFilippini.jpg The coming two years will see CMB-S4 accelerate from a largely volunteer effort into the active core of the CMB cosmology community, and a defining factor in many careers. As a governing board member I would work to ensure transparency and inclusion across our diverse group of individuals and institutions, as we craft the instruments and structures that will carry out our ambitious scientific program. I currently serve on the CMB-S4 Membership Committee and play an active role in our ongoing readout evaluation process, as well as in CMB programs from balloons (SPIDER) and the ground (BICEP/Keck).
Raphael Flauger - UC San Diego RaphaelFlauger.jpg I have contributed to CMB-S4 from early on. I contributed to the science book, was a member of CDT, co-led the primordial gravitational waves working group, and contributed to the DSR. My main focus has been the search for primordial gravitational waves, but I have also contributed to the wide area survey, for example as a member of the wide-area fsky tiger team. I am hoping to continue my contributions to CMB-S4 as a member of the governing board.
Andrei Frolov - Simon Fraser University AndreiFrolov.jpg I am a theoretical physicist who got seduced into working with real data. I spent last six years or so working with Planck, and now Simons Observatory. As much as I am interested in B modes for pure cosmology, I end up spending most of my time poking into anomalies and writing new data processing stuff. I developed a polarized dust emission model from reconstructed galactic magnetic field which actually works, and working on synchrotron and new component separation techniques. I am from a smaller university up in Canada, so if perspective from outside of US funding scene is useful, I would be happy to serve on CMB-S4 Board.
Martina Gerbino - Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Ferrara, Italy MartinaGerbino.jpg A GB devoted to foster collaboration between and representation of all CMB-S4 members - from various backgrounds, institutions, education and career paths - is key. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with people from different backgrounds (theory, data analysis, instrumentation) in various workplaces. I have been a member of CMB collaborations (Planck, Simons Observatory, S4) since I was a PhD student. I gained experience with the challenges one could face in such environments. I have leadership, coordination, and mentoring experience. Within CMB-S4, I serve as a member of the Publication Board. I believe my experience makes me a good candidate for a GB position, which I am honoured to run for.
Nils Halverson - University of Colorado Boulder NilsHalverson.jpg I have served as Chair of the Governing Board for the past two years, and would appreciate the opportunity to continue some GB projects (though not necessarily as Chair). I care deeply about shared governance, and seek mechanisms for building a collaboration that puts the needs of the collaboration and project above individual and institutional interests. I would like to build more concrete paths for participation and career-building for junior members, and to increase diversity and inclusion within the collaboration.
Adrian Lee - University of California, Berkeley AdrianLee.jpg I believe my experience in all areas of CMB experimentation will be of great benefit to the CMB-S4 governing board. I am currently the NSF PI of the POLARBEAR/Simons Array experiment and the (rotating) spokesperson of Simons Observatory. I have collaborated on experiments at both the baseline sites for CMB-S4: South Pole (SPT) and Atacama Chile (PB/SA, SO). This experience will be valuable for developing a plan that makes best use of both the sites. I have been active in promoting CMB-S4 since the first “Snowmass” workshop in 2013, I hosted the LBNL CMB-S4 workshop, and I have been a member of the CDT and ICCC.
Laura Newburgh - Yale University LauraNewburgh.jpg I would be excited to work with the rest of the GB and collaboration to bring CMB-S4 into this next phase. The science capabilities of CMB-S4 will be unparalleled, and I believe my experience working across different experiments (and even different fields) gives me a useful perspective on the challenges (and opportunities!) we face.
Elena Pierpaoli - University of Southern California ElenaPierpaoli.jpg CMB-S4 is an exciting experiment, which will define the career of many young scientists. I am motivated to help CMB-S4 ensure good governance and ultimately succeed. I have been part of Planck from its very beginning and planning stages, and I am now a member of the Simons Observatory collaboration. For CMB-S4 I am contributing to the activities of the publication board and to the clusters’ science preparatory work.
Joaquin Vieira - U. Illinois JoaquinVieira.jpeg I am running for CMB-S4 Governing Board because I am committed to seeing CMB-S4 succeed. I work on CMB instrumentation, observation, and analysis. I also actively engage with the wider astronomical community through my observations of SPT sources with, e.g. ALMA, Herschel, Spitzer, HST, Chandra, and JWST. I will act as a forceful advocate for equity and inclusion in both our project and our field. Another priority of mine it to foster and mentor the careers of the next-generation of CMB scientists.

Candidates For Postdoc Representative to Governing Board

Name - Institution Photo Statement
Tucker Elleflot - Lawrence Berkeley National Lab TuckerElleflot.png I am a recent graduate of UC San Diego where I worked on Simons Array and LiteBIRD. I joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in January as a postdoc to lead the development of fMux readout electronics for CMB-S4. In the past seven years, I’ve had to opportunity to climb telescopes in Chile, analyze data from a CMB telescope, and deploy a CMB receiver. I’ve learned that collaborations are strongest when their youngest members are encouraged to speak and participate in decisions. As postdoc representative, I will work to make our collaboration stronger by promoting the voices of our young researchers.
Benjamin Schmidt - Harvard University BenjaminSchmidt.jpg My name is Benjamin Schmitt, and I am a postdoctoral research fellow and project development scientist in the group of Prof. John Kovac at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I have been involved in experimental cosmology and CMB science over the last decade, and did my PhD at the University of Pennsylvania with Prof. Mark Devlin, where I worked as a part of the ACT collaboration team to design, integrate, and deploy the ACTPol receiver between 2013-2015. Since beginning my current role in April 2019, I have been heavily involved in both the project design and management process of the CMB-S4 SAT program. As Postdoc Representative to the CMB-S4 governing board, I will draw on my four years of government experience at the U.S. State Department, where I focused on an array of Transatlantic energy and national security issues, while fighting for the importance of evidence-based science and technology policy in the U.S. foreign policy and national security enterprise. If elected to the governing board, I will work to ensure that junior collaboration members feel integrated and recognized for their work within the program, and also work to build pathways and advisement mechanisms for their future career opportunities - inside and outside of CMB-S4, as well as inside and outside of academia.
Zhilei Xu - University of Pennsylvania ZhileiXu.jpg I am a postdoc at the University of Pennsylvania. I am in multiple collaborations, including CLASS, ACT, SO, and S4, working mainly on instrumentation and data analysis. The development of the current early-career researchers (especially postdocs) forms a critical driving factor to the success of S4; in return, the success of S4 dramatically benefits those researchers. Clearly, a representative is needed. With my close peer connections with postdocs in several collaborations, I am excited to serve as the representative in the governing board, maintaining efficient communication between the board and the postdocs.