DISCOVER Mini-Symposium

Join us for the DISCOVER (Diversity and Innovation in Scientific Computing: Opportunities for Valuing Exploration and Representation) mini-symposium series, where we celebrate the power of diversity and innovation in computational science and engineering. In this mini-symposium series, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the groundbreaking research of scientists from underrepresented groups. Moreover, you’ll be able to ask questions and discover more about the experiences and challenges of researchers from underrepresented groups in various stages of their research careers.
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to learn, connect, and be inspired!

Women in Computational Science

Date: November 27, 2023

Time: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Venue: 340 West Hall – Map it

The Women in Computational Science Symposium is the inaugural event for MICDE’s DISCOVER (Diversity and Innovation in Scientific Computing: Opportunities for Valuing Exploration and Representation) mini-symposium series. This mini-symposium provides a unique opportunity to delve into the pioneering research conducted by women in computational science while also gaining insight into their personal experiences and the challenges they face as researchers.

Keynote speaker

Katrin Heitmann, Deputy Division Director Argonne National Laboratory

Katrin Heitmann

Bio: Katrin Heitmann is the deputy director of Argonne’s High Energy Physics division, and a physicist and computational scientist. She is also a Senior Associate for the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago and a member of NAISE at Northwestern. Before joining Argonne, Katrin was a staff member at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her research currently focuses on computational cosmology, in particular on trying to understand the causes for the accelerated expansion of the Universe. She is responsible for large simulation campaigns with HACC and for the tools in the associated analysis library, CosmoTools. Katrin is a member of several major astrophysical surveys that aim to shed light on this question and is the currently the Spokesperson for the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration.

Exploring the Dark Universe 


Cosmology — the study of the origin, evolution, and constituents of the Universe — is now entering one of its most scientifically exciting phases. Three decades of surveying the sky have culminated in the celebrated “Cosmological Standard Model”. Yet, two of its key pillars, dark matter and dark energy — together accounting for 95% of the mass-energy of the Universe — remain mysterious. Next-generation observatories will open new routes to understand the true nature of the “Dark Universe”. These observations will pose tremendous challenges on many fronts — from the sheer size of the data that will be collected to its modeling and interpretation. The interpretation of the data requires sophisticated simulations on the world’s largest supercomputers. The cost of these simulations, the uncertainties in our modeling abilities, and the fact that we have only one Universe that we can observe opposed to carrying out controlled experiments, all come together to create a major test for statistical methods of data analysis. In this talk I will give a brief introduction to the Dark Universe and outline the challenges ahead. I will describe how complex, large-scale simulations will be used to extract the cosmological information from ongoing and next-generation surveys.

Panel Discussion

The panel discussion on navigating scientific careers featers:

  • Katrin Heitmann
  • Clare Boothe Luce Fellows: Liz Livingston
  • WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) University of Michigan
Elizabeth Livingston

Liz Livingston, Mechanical Engineering

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