Bonnie T. Fleming

2016 General Councilor

Biographical SummaryBonnie Fleming
Bonnie T. Fleming, a Professor of Physics at Yale University studies neutrinos to both understand their nature and learn what they can tell us about the rest of the Standard Model of particle physics and the universe.  Prior to graduate school, Prof. Fleming work as a beam operator on the AGS accelerator complex at Brookhaven National Laboratory. As a graduate student at Columbia University, Prof. Fleming studied proton structure by observing high energy neutrino-nucleon interactions at the NuTeV experiment at Fermilab. Following her Ph.D. work, she held a Lederman Fellowship at Fermilab working on the MiniBooNE experiment, searching for neutrino oscillations. While at Fermilab, Prof. Fleming started hands-on program called the "Girls Science Salon" encouraging middle school girls in science.  At Yale, Prof. Fleming built on this program founding "Girls Science Investigations" for middle school girls. GSI is a Saturday program held 4 times per year, typically drawing 150 middle school girls per session from the surrounding community engaging them in hands-on science activities in the physics labs at Yale.


In her research program at Yale, Prof. Fleming is pursuing next generation, precision neutrino detection techniques. She combines a rigorous R&D program on Liquid Noble Gas detectors with pressing questions in neutrino physics. Prof. Fleming is the founding Scientific Spokesperson and now Co-spokesperson of the MicroBooNE experiment, a Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber designed to examine low energy neutrino interaction phenomena observed by MiniBooNE, and serve as a prototype detector for future neutrino oscillation experiments. Prof. Fleming also collaborates on the short baseline neutrino experiments ArgoNeuT and SBND, and the DUNE long baseline experiment. Her work in the community has included membership on the High Energy Physics Advisory Committee, HEPAP's DMSAG (2007) and P5 (2014) sub-committees, and the DPF's CPAD committee (2014-2015). Combined with her research program and community participation, Prof. Fleming actively encourages women and girls to pursue science through mentoring and several programs including the APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, and Girls Science Investigations. Prof. Fleming was elected a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013.

Candidate's Statement
The APS has a long history of representing and responding to the physics community towards the advancement of science and society both nationally and internationally. I am honored to stand for election as a General Councilor for the APS and hope that I can, if elected, help in this endeavor.

Working within and leading a relatively large collaboration in particle physics, I have learned that a large part of what I love about what I do is working with different people and finding solutions to research puzzles within this context. I hope that I can take this appreciation and my ability to work with people to the tasks and goals that face the APS and its constituency.

I would bring to the APS as a General Councillor my experience from a number of other committees including physics advisory committees, the APS Division of Particles and Field's CPAD (Coordination Panel for Advanced Detectors) committee, and on the APS DPF Nominating Committee.

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