Robert Cousins

Robert Cousins is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA, where he was on the faculty from 1981 through 2020. He earned his A.B from Princeton in 1976, and completed his Stanford Ph.D. under Mel Schwartz in 1981 on the pi-mu atom experiment (E533) at Fermilab. He then worked with Peter Schlein on forward charmed baryon production (R608) at the CERN ISR. He was then one of the leaders (including Stan Wojcicki and Bill Molzon) of a search for rare kaon decays (E791) at BNL. After a sabbatical year at Harvard working with the CDF group, he was co-spokesman (with Alan Schwartz) of a search for the H dibaryon (E888) at BNL. Subsequently he worked on NOMAD, a search for neutrino oscillations at CERN. Since 2000, his main research activities have been devoted to the CMS experiment at the CERN Large Hadron Collider. From mid-2004 through 2006 he was the deputy to the U.S. CMS Research Program Manager, Dan Green, and Principal Investigator of the NSF umbrella awards supporting U.S. CMS Operations. From 2007 though 2009 he was a deputy to the CMS spokesperson (scientific and managerial leader), Tejinder Virdee.

Cousins has served on the BNL High Energy and Nuclear Physics Program Advisory Committee, on the Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee, and on various ad hoc advisory and review panels. Recent such service includes the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (P5) (2013-2014); the main panel of the DOE High Energy Physics Portfolio Review (2018); and CERN's Scientific Policy Committee (2018-2023).

Early in his career he received a Sloan fellowship, and also an Outstanding Junior Investigator Award from the U.S. Dept. of Energy. His research has been supported continuously since then by the DOE Office of High Energy Physics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

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