University of Nebraska
Motivation to stand for the UEC Election
The Users Executive Committee represents the vast community of Fermilab users to the laboratory Directorate, to funding agencies and policy makers in Washington, DC, and to other stakeholders such as the local communities around the laboratory. The UEC’s 4 subcommittees – Government Relations, Users Meeting, Quality of Life, and Education and Outreach — serve different high-impact roles. Snow has experience, in particular, in the first two of these subcommittees as a former member and Chair of the UEC (see below). He has participated in several of the advocacy trips to Washington organized by Government Relations and has organized well-attended Annual Users Meetings. If elected, one of Snow’s goals will be to increase attendance at the Annual Users Meeting through the development of a compelling program, with excellent speakers, which highlights all aspects of laboratory activities, physics productivity, innovation, and future directions. Snow is an advocate for diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the user community’s involvement at Fermilab. As a university-based collaborator on the CMS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, Snow is interested in underlining the importance of university groups to Fermilab’s mission. With its LHC Physics Center and CMS Remote Operations Center, he will advocate for the continued prominence of Fermilab as the hub for U.S. activities in CMS, as part of Fermilab’s broad range of science, accelerator, and education programs.
Snow has previous experience as a member of the FNAL Users Executive Committee from September 1997 – August 2000 and served as UEC Chair September 1998 – August 1999. More recently, he was a member of the UEC September 2012 – August 2014 and was lead organizer of the Annual Users Meeting in June 2013 and June 2014. He served 6 years as a member of Fermilab’s Board of Overseers (while Fermilab was operated by URA), and another 4 years as a member of Fermilab’s Board of Directors (with Fermilab operated by FRA), all the while chairing each Board’s Environmental, Safety, and Health Committee. He currently chairs the Review Panel which critiques applications to the URA Visiting Scholar at Fermilab Program twice per year. In the summer of 2013, Snow completed a 5-year administrative position as the Associate Dean for Research in the UNL College of Arts and Sciences. He served as Deputy Chair of the U.S.-CMS Collaboration Board 2014-2016 and Chair of the U.S.-CMS Collaboration Board 2016-2018, both elected positions. In these roles, he represented the 500 CMS collaborators from 50 U.S. universities and labs to the funding agencies in Washington, DC, at Joint Oversight Group meetings and other reviews of the experiment and its detector upgrades