Dr. Ohana Benevides Rodrigues successfully defended her thesis “Search for muDAR Electron Neutrinos in MicroBooNE” on Friday, September 2. It was great to have her back in Syracuse for a little while, and to hear about her work on MicroBooNE. It was also special because she brought along several colleagues from MicroBooNE and SBND to partake in the festivities, including group alum Monica Nunes! Congratulations Ohana!
Dr. Kyle Spurgeon successfully defended his PhD dissertation “Characterization of Scintillation Light in Large Liquid Argon Detectors and the Implications on Proton Decay Searches” on Thursday, June 16! He gave a great presentation and shared some of his interesting work on xenon doping in LArTPCs and how things worked out for ProtoDUNE. Congratulations to Kyle, and his advisor Denver!
Dr. Abhilash Yallappa Dombara successfully defended his PhD dissertation about “Constraining Beam Backgrounds and Analyzing the Detector Response in a Test Beam with the NOvA Experiment” on May 26! He did a great job, and it was good to see him back in person in Syracuse for the occasion! Congrats to Abhilash (and his advisor Denver!)!
The first coupled SBND APAs are now vertical in the D0 Assembly building! Ohana and Monica have been involved in this work happening at Fermilab.
A Fermilab article goes into more detail, including a quote from Monica:
Scientists assemble final detector of Fermilab’s Short-Baseline Neutrino Program
Speaking of Monica, as of October she has moved to a Guest Scientist position at Fermilab. Congratulations! We’ll miss her being a Syracuse postdoc, but are super excited that she’ll continue her work on SBND as a Fermilab scientist!