DUNE at 1000+ joins mega-collaboration club

Vitor Prestes Luzio, the 1000th collaborator to join DUNE. Credit: Renan Silva Soares

On August 15, the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) became the latest member of the exclusive club of particle physics experiments with more than a thousand collaborators. At the August collaboration meeting, co-spokesperson Ed Blucher announced the one thousandth DUNE collaborator, Vitor Prestes Luzio, from Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil… But just because the collaboration has reached the 1000 landmark, it doesn’t mean that all activities are over-subscribed — far from it…

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The São Paulo lepton connection

Last week I traveled to Brazil on behalf of DUNE, participating in a DUNE-focused workshop, giving colloquia and attending the opening ceremony of a major new science facility… The highlight of my time in Campinas was the opening of the Laboratório de Léptons…

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DUNE’s management structure moving forward

DUNE co-spokesperson Mark Thomson in Fermilab's ROC West control room

DUNE, now in its third year, has progressed incredibly rapidly since its inception… We are putting in place the management structures that will take us to the delivery of the TDR in 2019 and beyond… The updated overall organization of the collaboration is described in the DUNE Management Plan.

Welcome to Ed Blucher as co-spokesperson

Mark Thomson congratulates Ed Blucher of the University of Chicago on his new position as Co-Spokesperson of DUNE. Ed was elected from a strong list of candidates, with the election results announced on the 3rd of March…

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EOIs go live

DUNE co-spokesperson Mark Thomson in Fermilab's ROC West control room

Last week the DUNE leadership sent letters to the Institutional Board (IB) Representatives requesting “Expressions of Interest” (EoIs) in the next phase of DUNE. The call for EoIs is a major step in the evolution of the DUNE collaboration as we move towards the planned Technical Design Reports (TDRs) in 2019 and the construction of the DUNE detectors in the first part of the 2020s…

Rotating roles

Mark and André announce a number of changes to roles within the Collaboration. Several changes are part of the planned rotation of positions, whilst others are due to people wishing to stand down… “We look forward to a smooth transition and thank again everyone for their engagement and strong commitment to DUNE. Please join us in supporting our new conveners in their new roles.”