Governing Board 2018

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In accordance with the bylaws, the ICCC has defined the following requirements for the makeup of the GB:

— at least one member from each of the following ongoing experiments: ACT, BICEP program, Simons Array and SPT, noting that this guarantees representation for the Simons Observatory as well.

— at least one member from each of the four DOE laboratories: Argonne, Fermilab, LBNL and SLAC

— at least five members who are drawn from under-represented groups in science and engineering (including women). This requirement is an effort to ensure that the GB is at least as diverse as the physics population in the US.

Below is the candidate information for the 2018 CMB-S4 Governing Board election. There are 31 candidates for the 18 senior member seats, and 7 candidates for the 1 postdoctoral representative seat. In each case you will be able to rank as many candidates as you wish (up to the SurveyMonkey limit of 16) so please give yourself time to review the candidate statements and complete your ballot.

Candidates For Governing Board Senior Members

Name - Institution Photo Statement
Zeesh Ahmed - SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory Zeeshan Ahmed.png I’m running for a GB position to help our newly-formed CMB-S4 collaboration maximize its scientific output with the most systematics-robust and sensitive instrumentation across our Antarctic and Chilean sites. I am eager to work with the Spokespersons, Executive Team, councils, committees and working groups to make this a reality. I’ve been an active participant in the CMB-S4 workshops, having served on the ICCC and in leadership roles on the Technology Working groups. Among the Stage-3+ experiments, I’m a member of BICEP/Keck, Simons Observatory and SPT-3G, and am acquainted with the unique challenges they face.
Nicholas Battaglia - Cornell Nicholas Battaglia.jpg For CMB-S4 I have contributed to the cluster, SZ, and LSS forecasting efforts and organize parallel sessions at S4 meetings on these topics. I also helped organize and write the CMB-S4 collaboration governance document. I would like to continue to help CMB-S4 become a reality and I believe that my past experiences within CMB-S4 has prepared me to serve as a governing board member.
Amy Bender - Argonne National Laboratory Amy Bender.jpg I care deeply about the success of CMB-S4. I want to take part in enabling a functional collaboration and a successful project as a member of the governing board.
Bradford Benson - Fermilab Bradford Benson.jpg I am committed to help make CMB-S4 a successful project and collaboration. For CMB-S4, I have participated in the Snowmass process, attended every collaboration meeting, represented Fermilab in the DOE Cosmic Visions CMB group, and served on the ICCC. Since 2004, I have worked on the South Pole Telescope (SPT), working on all three SPT instruments and have spent nine austral summers at the South Pole. I hope to combine my experience on CMB experiments and my current role at a DOE lab (Fermilab), to help guide CMB-S4 towards becoming a successful project.
Colin Bischoff - University of Cincinnati Colin Bischoff.jpg I have been involved with CMB-S4 since the first workshop in Minnesota and I'm excited by the amount of work that we have done and the work that we still have to do. On the Governing Board, I will try to make this a collaboration that everyone wants to contribute to and will help to represent early career scientists.
Lindsey Bleem - Argonne National Laboratory Lindsey Bleem.png I am very excited about the scientific potential of CMB-S4 and believe one key to achieving this potential is the continued development of a strong collaboration with governance that is representative of, and responsive to, the collaboration as a whole. I have previously contributed to CMB-S4 governance as a co-chair of the Governance Structure and Bylaws working group and would be happy to continue helping us to build a successful collaboration as a member of the Governing Board.
François Bouchet - Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, CNRS Francois Bouchet.jpg CMB S4 is a great human and technical adventure which promises fantastic scientific rewards. I want to help it succeed at best. 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 also Planck science team member. While many things we did on Planck could have been improved, we did bring Planck successfully to the end, coordinating initally scattered groups all over Europe, sheperding cats scattered in wildly different systems and meeting numerous challenges in the end. So at least I should be able to help in avoiding similar mistakes or pitfalls. Last but not least, I have been rather active in recent years to promote a sizable European participation to S4, and I should be useful in further strengthening links across the Atlantic.
Tom Crawford - University of Chicago Tom Crawford.jpg I would like to help ensure the success of the CMB-S4 project and collaboration by serving as a member of the Governing Board. I have been involved with the CMB-S4 effort from the beginning, helping to craft the "Snowmass" papers and the v1 Science Book, and serving on the CDT and ICCC.
Mark Devlin - University of Pennsylvania Mark Devlin.jpg I have been involved with and led multiple large experiments including serving as the current spokesperson for the Simons Observatory. I hope to use my experience to help guide the CMB S4 collaboration to formulate the best plan to ensure support from the DOE and the NSF while returning the best science for everyone.
Jeff Filippini - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Jeff Filippini.jpg As a governing board member, I would work to ensure a transparent and productive management environment for launching the wide-ranging science and technology program envisioned for CMB-S4, as well as one supportive of contributions from a diverse group of individuals and institutions. I am a collaborator on balloon-borne (SPIDER) and ground-based (BICEP) CMB programs, a detector and readout enthusiast, and a regular participant in S4 meetings. I also bring to the table some prior experience with the workings of a successful and collegial HEP-ish collaboration (CDMS).
Raphael Flauger - University of California, San Diego Raphael Flauger.jpg I have so far contributed to CMB-S4 through the science book, as a member of the r-forecasting working group, and through my work for the CDT. I would be happy to continue my contributions to CMB-S4 as a member of the governing board.
Brenna Flaugher - Fermilab Brenna Flaugher.jpg I spent the first part of my career looking at proton-antiproton collisions as a member of the CDF Collaboration. In 2003 I switched to the dark side. I helped DES get started and then led the building the camera as project manager. After that I joined DESI and helped define and form that collaboration as co-project scientist. As a member of the CMB-S4 governing board I would bring first hand experience with DOE projects, and in forming collaborations that bring together communities of astronomers, cosmologists and high-energy physicists.
Nils Halverson - University of Colorado Boulder Nils Halverson.jpg I care deeply about shared governance. Particularly in a large collaboration like CMB-S4, we must develop mechanisms to encourage ownership, commitment, and camaraderie in the project. I believe that this can be accomplished through nurturing the growth of young people through shared responsibility, and fostering community through broad collaborative efforts. If elected, I will strive to find mutually beneficial solutions to problems that put the interests of the collaboration first.
Shaul Hanany - University of Minnesota Shaul Hanany.jpg It is important that the governing board of S4 will have diverse representation. One element of this diversity is the perspective provided by experimentalists experienced with balloon-borne, and the capabilities of future space-based instruments. I have worked on several balloon experiments and am now leading a NASA study for a possible future space mission. I have long advocated that the space and ground communities will provide a combined coherent plan to the upcoming decadal panel. As a member of the governing board I will work toward such a plan.
Kent Irwin - SLAC and Stanford University Kent Irwin.jpg Throughout my career I have contributed to the entire CMB community through the development, fabrication, deployment, and support of instrumentation. I am excited to see the investment of so many decades of our combined community into the ultimate ground-based CMB experiment. With a foot in both a DOE lab (through SLAC), and the academic community (through Stanford), and with a long history of involvement in all of the CMB experiments represented in our community, I hope to bring a perspective that will be helpful as we all try to make this huge thing happen.
William Jones - Princeton University Bill Jones.jpg The scientific potential of CMB-S4 is phenomenal. Although the proposed experiment is impressive, the talent and experience of the people in the collaboration is truly remarkable. Establishing an effective board at the outset will make it easier to address the real challenges, which will come at a later stage of the project. If my experience in ground-based, sub-orbital and orbital CMB missions can help, it would be a pleasure and an honor to contribute to the board in a way that will best enable those doing the work to efficiently realize the full potential of S4.
John Kovac - Harvard University John Kovac.jpg CMB-S4 is the future of our field, and we all need to do it together. I'd like to help the governing board guide S4's next critical steps, building on the success of our recent organizational efforts and hard work of the CDT report and workshops. S4 must take shape as an inclusive and open collaboration, structured to motivate young leaders and to leverage the collective experience of all our current successful efforts (including experience we can share from our BICEP/Keck program as well as all other ongoing Stage 3 efforts). It will take all this and more to succeed in our ambitious goals.
Steve Kuhlmann - Argonne National Laboratory Steve Kuhlmann.jpg I became the experimental CMB group manager at Argonne a year ago, replacing Karen Byrum as she moved into a new position. CMB-S4 is an exciting project, and I look forward to contributing to it technically in detector development, as well as in a management role. I have five years of nano-fabrication experience, and I look forward to working with our fabrication team on detectors suitable for CMB-S4. I have managed several DOE experimental projects in the past, including two at Level 2, and I've seen the funding/schedule/technical roller coasters these projects inevitably ride. We will need to keep pushing hard on all fronts for CMB-S4, but also maintain our determination when we have a delay. The science case is extremely compelling, and in the end that will make the difference.
Chao-Lin Kuo - Stanford / SLAC Chaolin Kuo.gif For many younger cosmologists, CMB-S4 can be the career-defining project. As a member of the Governing Board, I will help move the project in the positive direction, both in terms of scientific and social aspects. During my career, I have committed to producing better & better measurements of “r”. However, CMB-S4 is going to be much more than a one-dimensional quest for tensor. If organized coherently, it can be the next big survey program that carry much of the cosmology community, one that brings rich synergy with galaxy surveys, multi-wavelength cluster cosmology, and radio & sub-mm astronomy, and more.
Akito Kusaka - Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory / University of Tokyo Akito Kusaka.png I have been actively participating the discussion and planning for CMB-S4, and served as a member of CDT. I hope to continue my contribution to the process as a member of the governing board. I will also contribute to the diversity of the board by bringing in an international perspective as a PI in a Japanese institute, and by using my experience of going through institutions in Midwest, East Coast, and West Coast.
Charles Lawrence - JPL Charles Lawrence.jpg CMB-S4 will be an important experiment, and a large one. My experience on Planck, the largest CMB experiment to date, as US Project Scientist, member of the Planck Science Team, and chair of the Editorial Board, will be useful to CMB-S4, particularly as it is transitioning from concept to project. My service as chair of the Concept Definition Task Force demonstrates my commitment to the scientific and technical success of CMB-S4, as well as to its success in fostering the careers of an extremely talented group of young scientists.
Adrian Lee - University of California, Berkeley and LBNL Adrian Lee.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 one of three rotating spokespeople 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.
Jeff McMahon - University of Michigan Jeff McMahon.jpg I am an experimentalist working primarily on ACT and Simons Observatory. If elected, I will use this position promote the interests of our entire community and ensure the success of CMB-S4. I would be honored to serve on the CMB-S4 Governing Board.
Michael Niemack - Cornell University Michael Niemack.jpg I am excited by the possibility of helping CMB-S4 grow from concept to reality as a governing board member. CMB-S4 was part of the inspiration for the 6-meter aperture telescope design that we are now building for CCAT-prime and Simons Observatory and that was presented as a candidate CMB-S4 large aperture telescope design in the CDT report. I plan to continue working on these projects, including assessing with the community whether these telescopes will meet the requirements of CMB-S4. I think having representation from both projects on the governing board will be important for exploring different possible configurations for CMB-S4.
Clem Pryke - University of Minnesota Clem Pryke.jpg I have been dreaming of something like CMB-S4 for more than a decade. If elected to the governing board I will continue to advocate for a fully integrated endeavor dedicated to doing the best possible science across the full diversity of topics from r to SZ clusters.
Douglas Scott - University of British Columbia Douglas Scott.jpg I have been involved in CMB-related research for about 25 years, including both small and large teams. I tend to have strong opinions, but I think I'm also a good listener, who believes that building consensus is better than having conflict. I confess that I don't have a great desire to sit on another body that requires more telecons! On the other hand, CMB-S4 is clearly going to be a big deal. And although it's obviously a US thing, maybe it makes sense to have a slightly outside perspective?
Neelima Sehgal - Stony Brook University Neelima Sehgal.jpg I have been involved in getting CMB-S4 off the ground by leading the lensing chapter of the CMB-S4 Science Book, and co-leading the Membership Working Group to generate membership bylaws, which were recently approved by the collaboration. I am currently also involved with the ACTPol/AdvACT and Simons Observatory experiments, where I co-lead the lensing science working groups. I am excited about the science potential of CMB-S4, and would like to help make the experiment a reality.
Suzanne Staggs - Princeton University Suzanne Staggs.jpg I would like to continue working to make CMB-S4 come to pass by serving on the GB. I served as a co-chair of the ICCC, and am the current PI of ACT and on the Planning Committee for SO. While SO will be in its intense building phase for the next couple of years, I would very much like to participate in planning for CMB-S4 and help the Spokespersons and the Executive Team in strategizing for the best ways of combining the strengths of the two sites, including new and existing instrumentation.
Aritoki Suzuki - LBNL Aritoki Suzuki.png I would like to contribute to form strong collaboration that is science driven. I served as co-editor of the Technology Book and co-organizer for the Technology Prioritization Study. I will continue to contribute as instrumentalist expert to the collaboration. I also would like to bring point of view and opinion of junior member to the collaboration for career developments.
Joaquin Vieira - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Joaquin Vieira.jpg I work on instrumentation, observation, and analysis. I have been a member of SPT my entire career. Lately I've been working on optics for SPT-3G. I also actively engage with the wider astronomical community through my observations of strongly lensed SPT sources with, e.g. ALMA, Herschel, Spitzer, HST, Chandra, and JWST. I don't particularly want to be on the governing board, but I feel we all have a duty to serve, if elected.
Abby Vieregg - University of Chicago Abigail Vieregg.jpg The next few years are going be exciting for CMB-S4. We will build the case for our experiment in the decadal survey and continue the process of focusing in on designs for the experiment. We have just established a formal collaboration, and over the next few years we will continue to work together, pushing forward to converge on a concrete vision for the experiment. I was involved in writing the technology book, recently led the technology development subgroup on optics and cryogenics, and would like to serve on the governing board during this critical time.


Candidates For Governing Board Postdoctoral Representative

Name - Institution Photo Statement
Adam Anderson - Fermilab Adam Anderson.jpg Postdocs are frequently the ones “in the trenches” carrying out the day-to-day experimental and analysis work. Having collaboration policies that reflect the interests of postdocs is therefore crucial to the long-term success of CMB-S4. I would work to ensure that the policies and groups overseen by the governing board provide visibility and recognition to postdocs and encourage postdoc career advancement. In addition, I would work to encourage maximal transparency in the governing board and the entities it oversees. Doing this well is particularly important in this formative period of S4, and I would be excited to contribute as a member of the governing board.
Abby Crites - California Institute of Technology Abigail Crites.jpg As a member of the Governing Board I will be dedicated to representing postdoctoral scholars’ interests within the CMB-S4 Collaboration. I will seek out feedback from postdocs in the CMB-S4 Collaboration so that my participation in decision-making can be informed by the needs and views of the postdoc community. I participated in the CMB-S4 Membership Committee and was the President of the Caltech Postdoc Association (2016-17) so I have experience with CMB-S4 as well as leadership experience representing postdoc interests within larger entities. I am also a member of the SPTpol collaboration and played a large role in instrumentation and data analysis for that project. I am excited about the science we will do with CMB-S4 and want to ensure postdoctoral scholars have the support and opportunities they need to excel through their participation in CMB-S4 and as they move forward in their careers.
Amy Lowitz - University of Chicago Amy Lowitz.jpg I am excited to see our science advance into the next decade with CMB-S4. In the course of over a decade working in the CMB community, I have been a member of or worked with with many of the different experimental groups that form the S4 collaboration, including SPT, Polarbear, ACT, and BICEP/Keck. I look forward to encouraging fruitful collaboration among all of these different groups as we make the transition from individual projects to one cohesive collaboration. As the postdoctoral representative on the Governing Board, I would prioritize acting as strong advocate for early-career collaboration members, as I did during the discussion of authorship policy at the S4 collaboration meeting in March.
Maria Salatino - AstroParticle and Cosmology (APC) lab, Paris Maria Salatino.png "I am a part of all that I have met" (Tennyson, Ulysses): my enthusiasm for CMB-S4 is driven by the wish of developing a challenging experiment in a diverse collaboration. I have been coauthor of the technology book, lead of the bibliography section (when I was post doc at Princeton working on AdvACT), co-leader of the cryogenics-cryostat-optics working group. I am leading the HWP systematics working group in Simons Observatory. I don't write 'I', I write 'we'. We will work together to transform a challenge into a success, strengthening our role and 'triggering' the contributions from passionate post docs!
Christopher Sheehy - Brookhaven National Lab Christopher Sheehy.jpg I would be happy to contribute to CMB-S4 as a postdoctoral member of the governing board. I have been a member of the BICEP and Keck Array collaborations for 11 years. Most recently, I have contributed to CMB-S4 with a reanalysis of Planck data that was used in the CDT report to rule out the most troublesome dust model. In the future, I hope to use my position at a DOE lab (BNL) to further the goals of the collaboration and make it a success.
Sara Simon - University of Michigan Sara Simon.jpg I’m a postdoc and instrumentalist with experience working on both large and small aperture telescopes through my work on ABS, ACT, and SO. I also developed and lead a mentorship program within SO for postdocs and graduate students. I have a deep understanding of the technologies and challenges for S4 and want to leverage my experience to help move S4 forward. I would be thrilled to be the postdoc representative on the governing board, and I will prioritize ensuring that postdocs and other junior members are represented within S4 and have the resources they need to progress in their careers.
Kimmy Wu - University of Chicago Kimmy Wu.jpg I am invested in the success of CMB-S4. I have been engaged with its development and definition from the beginning, having contributed to the Snowmass CMB-S4 report and the CMB-S4 Science Book. As a member of the CMB-S4 Governing Board, my goal would be to facilitate the continued health and effectiveness of the Executive Team and the Collaboration as a whole. As a postdoc, I also look forward to advocating for postdoc career growth and leadership opportunities and ensuring that the voices of stakeholders at all career levels are heard.