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2017 Neutrino Day Speakers

Dr. Michael Landry of LIGO is our keynote, while Dr. Bonnie Fleming of Yale, will discuss the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.
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Michael Landry

Michael Landry keynote speaker

Michael Landry is a physicist with the California Institute of Technology, and the Head of the LIGO Hanford Observatory in Richland, Washington. Michael's research in gravitational waves began in 2000 when he joined the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) as a postdoctoral scholar with Caltech. He has worked on a number of different aspects of the experiment including detector commissioning and calibration of the LIGO interferometer, lead searches for gravitational waves from spinning neutron stars, and headed up the installation of Advanced LIGO at Hanford. This collaborative work culminated in the first direct detection of gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger, announced Feb 11, 2016. Prior to joining search for gravitational waves, he completed his Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba in strange quark physics.

When not searching for gravitational waves, Michael enjoys time and travel with his wife and three children. His hobbies include both playing and coaching hockey. Michael goaltends in local adult leagues in the Tri-Cities, WA, and coaches local goalies in weekly ice sessions. He is the USA Hockey Goaltending Development Coordinator for the state of Washington.

Bonny Flemming

Fleming to kick off Neutrino Day

Bonnie T. Fleming, a Professor of Physics at Yale University, was a Lederman Fellowship at Fermilab working on the MiniBooNE experiment. She is now the co-spokesperson for MicroBooNE, a Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber designed to examine low energy neutrino interaction phenomena and search for neutrino oscillations.

In her pursuit of next-generation, precision neutrino detection techniques, she combines a rigorous R&D program on Liquid Noble Gas detectors like the short-baseline neutrino experiments ArgoNeuT and SBND, and the long-baseline project, the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.

Fleming actively encourages women and girls to pursue science through mentoring. Programs include the APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics, and Girls Science Investigations. A fellow of the American Physical Society since 2014,  Fleming started the “Girls Science Salon” to encourage middle school girls to get involved in science and Yales's “Girls Science Investigations” for middle school girls, funded through the National Science Foundation and Yale. 

She has served as a member of the High Energy Physics Advisory Committee, HEPAP’s DMSAG (2007) and P5 (2014) sub-committees, the DPF’s CPAD committee (2014-2015) and the SLAC Science Policy Committee (2015-present). Since 2016, has been the deputy chief research officer for the neutrino program at Fermilab.