Canelli wins IUPAP Young Scientist Prize

From Fermilab Today: Florencia Canelli, a CDF physicist, was recently awarded the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Commission on Particles and Fields Young Scientist Prize.

Canelli, who holds a joint appointment at the Enrico Fermi Institute at the University of Chicago and at Fermilab, was awarded the prize for her “pioneering contribution to the identification and precision measurements of rare phenomenon through the use of advanced analysis techniques to separate very small signals from large background processes at the Tevatron collider.”

Every other year, the IUPAP Commission on Particles and Fields honors two early career scientists who have demonstrated excellence in topics in the field, including accelerators, detectors and techniques used in related scientific investigations.

CDF co-spokesperson Rob Roser commented that this early career award is appropriate for Canelli.

“Her physics analysis efforts in both searches and precision measurements have had a large impact on the success of the Tevatron program,” Roser said. “She took advanced analysis techniques and applied them to a number of different analyses. The analysis techniques take into account more information in a collision than we had previously used, so each collision is worth more.”

Canelli accepted the award at the International Conference on High Energy Physics, which took place in Paris last month. She also presented on her work at the conference.

“I am very honored to be recognized by IUPAP,” Canelli said. “I have been fortunate to work with a large group of outstanding scientists both on CDF and DZero. I would like to thank all of my students, mentors and advisors as well as the postdocs and colleagues for their scientific contributions, advice and friendship.”

— Rhianna Wisniewski