Susan Seestrom

Candidate for Member-at-Large

Short biography

Susan Seestrom has been Associate Laboratory Director for Experimental Physical Sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 2006, and was Associate Laboratory Director for Weapons Physics from 2004 through 2006. Prior to that she has held various management and research positions at Los Alamos. Dr. Seestrom’s research in nuclear physics ranges from studies of nuclear structure with medium energy probes to studies of the weak interaction using neutrons. Most recently, Dr. Seestrom led efforts to develop a source of ultra-cold neutrons (UCN) at Los Alamos. This work culminated in a worldleading UCN source at Los Alamos and the first measurement of the beta asymmetry in neutron decay using UCN. During her time at Los Alamos, Dr. Seestrom has also contributed to programmatic research and has developed an appreciation for the synergy between basic and applied research at a multiprogram, multi-capability national laboratory.

Dr. Seestrom is the co-author of over 137 referred publications with over 1800 career citations. She was named Fellow of the American Physical Society in 1994. She has been an active member of the American Physical Society, serving in various capacities, including: Executive Committee of the Division of Nuclear Physics (1993-1994); Nominating Committee of the DNP (1995-1996, Chair 1996); Program Committee of the DNP (1986-1987, 1997-1998, 2004 Vice Chair, 2005 Chair); Fellowship Committee of the DNP (1997-1998); General Councilor of the APS (1996-2000); Executive Board of the APS (1998-2000); Chair Committee on Meetings APS (1999) Nominating Committee of the APS (2002-2004, Chair in 2003); Chair, Chair-Elect, and Vice Chair of the Division of Nuclear Physics (2004-2007). Dr. Seestrom has served on the Physics Programs Policy Committee of the American Institute of Physics (2000-2003). She served as Chair of the Nuclear Science Advisory Committee for the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation from 2009-2011. In addition to her professional work, Dr. Seestrom is a passionate supporter of math and science education and has served on the Board of Directors of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation (2003-2013, President 2009-2011), a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the vitality of Northern New Mexico by investing in education, learning, and community development. She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of Hands in Outreach, a small non-profit dedicated to education of poor girls in Nepal, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Northern New Mexico College Foundation.

Candidate Statement

I am interested in the Forum on International Physics for two main reasons. The first is the obvious one that physics is increasingly an international enterprise, and as costs of large facilities increases success will rely on international partnership. It is important to build a foundation of understanding and partnership for future international partnerships to succeed. Even in areas not dominated by large facilities, providing our members with venues to to knowledgable about developments around the world is of great value. My second reason is because I believe education in general, and science education in particular, can play a role in improving lives of people around the globe. I would like to see the physics community play a larger role in this area, and better connections to physicists world-wide could be a starting point.