Marcela Carena, theoretical physicist at Fermilab and the University of Chicago, was recently elected vice chair of the Executive Committee for the American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields. She will begin as vice chair on Jan. 1, 2015, rotating to chair-elect in 2016 and chair in 2017.
A 2002 fellow of the American Physical Society, Carena is an active member of the global high-energy physics community. In addition to conducting research at Fermilab, she has worked at both the DESY laboratory in Germany and at CERN. She served on the U.S. Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel in 2007. In 2010 she was awarded the Germany-based Alexander von Humboldt Research Award. She frequently interacts with the public, spreading the excitement of high-energy physics, something she hopes to continue as DPF officer.
“Particle physics is a remarkable human endeavor, inspired by the prospect of discoveries about nature’s innermost secrets and enabled by transformational advances in accelerator, detector and data-handling technologies,” Carena said. She said that, as DPF chair, she will work to strengthen partnerships with both other science fields and outside areas such as education and the private sector.
“I am honored to have been elected to the DPF Executive Committee chair line,” she said. “I am committed to pursuing the strongest approaches to the challenges ahead, tapping into the enormous creativity and energy of our own community.”