Marcelle Soares-Santos

Fermilab

CV 

Candidate Statement

Fermilab is at a pivotal moment, marked by a directorate transition and reshaping of its multi-frontier scientific agenda. By enabling Fermilab users to influence its path, the Users' Executive Committee plays an important role in this process and I am in a prime position to contribute.

I have been at Fermilab since I was a graduate student. I am currently a postdoc working on the cosmic frontier at the Dark Energy Survey (DES) experiment. A large fraction of cosmic frontier researchers have worked as well on energy and intensity frontier projects and this fact promotes a vibrant exchange of knowledge. In the construction of the Dark Energy Camera for DES, our Collaboration has built upon skills and infrastructure used for the silicon vertex detectors for CDF, D0, CMS and others. In analyses involving clusters of galaxies, we use methods analogous to jet clustering algorithms. At Fermilab I have developed a galaxy cluster finder algorithm, worked on commissioning of DECam and pursued DES data analyses. As a convener for the Snowmass Young Physicists group, I have helped organize the participation of young scientists from all frontiers in the 2013 Community Summer Study. These experiences have taught me to appreciate the different views expressed by our rich and diverse research community. Being a foreign national myself, I can also understand the specific needs of other non-US users.

Government relations and outreach is an area I am also looking forward to contribute to in the UEC. We need to promote, to the government and the general public, the exciting work we do here at Fermilab, highlighting achievements at the LHC and at experiments that are currently taking data, such as DES, along with upcoming projects such as g-2, Mu2e, MicroBooNE, SuperCDMS and COUPP. We also need to promote developments in accelerator technologies and detector R&D efforts which are important to the future of our field and affect all frontiers. Dark matter projects are using liquid argon detectors similar to MicroBooNE and other intensity frontier experiments. CCDs used in DES are being used for dark matter searches in DAMIC and their application in a coherent neutrino scattering experiment is under study. Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) are being investigated as a post-CCD generation of silicon detectors with many possible applications. These are a few examples of Fermilab R&D efforts that continue to build upon the legacy of the Tevatron and experiments across all frontiers of our field. They need to be strengthened and highlighted as unique to Fermilab and vital to our scientific accomplishments.