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Physicist Fleming takes on a new role at the National Laboratory

Bonnie Fleming, a professor of physics in Yale’s Faculty of Arts and Science and a faculty member at Yale’s Wright Lab, has taken on a new leadership role as director of research and deputy director of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. of the US Department of Energy.

Fleming, whose new position at Fermilab began Sept. 6, will also join the University of Chicago faculty as a professor of physics.

A Yale faculty member since 2004, Fleming’s work focuses on neutrinos, which are charge-neutral subatomic particles that pass through nearly all matter in the universe unaffected. More specifically, she studies accelerator-based neutrino oscillation and the physics of neutrino scattering.

She is the founding spokesperson for the MicroBooNE and ArgoNeuT neutrino experiments, both based at Fermilab, where Fleming has conducted research since 1997, when she was a graduate student at Columbia University.

At Yale, as part of his work at the Wright Lab, Fleming conducted pioneering research in the development of liquid argon time projection chamber detection technology used for MicroBooNE, ArgoNeuT, and the international neutrino experiment DUNE.

Bonnie has been a leader in the development of liquid argon detectors for neutrino physics, a technology that enabled the recent success of the MicroBooNE experiment and was chosen for the international DUNE experiment,” said Karsten. Heeger, professor and chair of physics and director of the Wright Lab.

Early development work for liquid argon detectors as well as recent R&D was done at Yale and Wright Lab, in collaboration with Fermilab and Brookhaven National Laboratory,” Heeger said. “Wright Lab has also built key detector components for MicroBooNE and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory’s short-base program. DUNE will be the world’s largest neutrino experiment, and the science community is fortunate to have Bonnie in its new role at Fermilab.

Heeger said Yale will continue to collaborate with Fermilab and Brookhaven on detector development for DUNE and other neutrino experiments.

Fleming has served on several community panels in particle physics, including the 2014 P5 High Energy Physics Advisory Group (HEPAP) Advisory Subgroup. She recently served as co-chair of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Basic Instrumentation Research Needs Group and the ongoing HEPAP Subgroup on International Benchmarking, as well as a member of the current National Academies Ten-Year Survey. in particle physics.

In 2006, Fleming, using part of her National Science Foundation Career Fellowship, started the Girls Science Investigations, a weekend program that allows New Haven girls in grades 6 through 8 to participate in hands-on science experiences at Yale, guided by a team of volunteer tutors.

It was a very difficult decision to leave Yale after many wonderful years, first in the High Energy Physics group in the Physics Department and later in the Wright Lab,” Fleming said. “I cherished those early years at Yale and later the incredible facility and community of Wright Lab. I will miss my colleagues in physics and across the university, and Yale dearly.