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Larry Gladney is the Associate Dean for Natural Sciences in the School of Arts and Sciences and Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor for Faculty Excellence in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania. Gladney received his Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from Stanford University in 1985 and has been at the University of Pennsylvania ever since as a Research Investigator, Assistant, Associate, and Full Professor of Physics with a secondary appointment as Professor in the Higher Education division of Penn’s Graduate School of Education. He has been a visiting scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecturer at Wayne State University. Gladney is the former Chair of Physics and Astronomy, Chair of the Faculty Senate and Director and Principal Investigator of the Penn Science Teacher Institute. His research interests are in astro-particle physics and cosmology and in experimental particle physics for which he received the APS Edward A. Bouchet Award in 1997. He has served (twice) on the NSF-DOE High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP), the Long-Range Planning Subpanel of HEPAP, the Director's Review Board for LBNL, the U.S. Army Science Board, and the Experimental Physics Advisory Committee for the Stanford Linear Accelerator Laboratory. He currently serves on the Program Advisory Committee for the Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. Gladney is also incoming chair of the APS Forum on Outreach and Engaging the Public.
Gladney's research career has been focused on the study of weak interactions of heavy quarks and the experimental examination of dark energy. Starting with the first measurements, at colliding beam machines, of charmed meson lifetimes in 1983, Dr. Gladney moved on to the CDF experiment at the Fermilab to begin studies of the weak interactions of bottom hadrons. In the 1990's he played an important role in the first direct observation of exclusive bottom meson decays in the hadron collider environment, the start of a rich era of bottom physics studies at such machines. Dr. Gladney now focuses his research at the intersection of experimental particle physics and cosmology, attempting to understand the origins of and fundamental connections between matter, energy, space and time. His most recent work is on the mission planning and simulation of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), an observatory under construction in Chile designed to use multiple methods to measure the expansion history of the universe. For the non-profit LSST Corporation, Gladney serves on the Executive Committee and is the Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. He is also a member of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration.
Our field has always been the most ambitious in science — to understand the universe in quantitative detail from the smallest to the largest scales imaginable. Our successes in continually moving toward that goal have made it all the more imperative that we find ways to keep physicists connected to each other across vastly disparate research endeavors and to the public that makes so much of our work possible. Finding the best candidates for the positions in APS that will be needed to maintain the existing connections and foster new ones is the primary job of the Nominating Committee. I would be honored to work with the Nominating Committee on such a vital task and would bring my perspective from working across several fields (particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology and physics education and outreach) to find the best candidates possible and convince them to stand for election by the APS community.