Laura Slivinski participates in AWM Workshop at SIAM Annual Meeting
MCRN member Laura Slivinski recently attended the SIAM Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, where she also presented a poster of her work on Lagrangian data assimilation and participated in the AWM (Association for Women in Mathematics) Workshop. The workshop consisted of two career panels, two sessions of research talks by recent PhDs, a networking reception, and participation in the poster session. Since the theme of the Annual Meeting was Math of Planet Earth, one of the research talk sessions shared this theme and included talks on mathematical biology as well as uncertainty quantification with applications to ice sheet models. As a graduate student who will soon be on the job market, Laura found the career panels especially useful and informative.
The conference itself also had several interesting plenary talks within the theme of Math of Planet Earth, including a talk by Hugh Possingham from University of Queensland, Australia, entitled "The Mathematics of Conservation Decision Making." Professor Possingham, whose position is in the School of Biological Sciences at UQ, spoke on methods of optimization in order to make decisions regarding, for example, how conservation efforts should be allocated among vulnerable and endangered species of plants and animals.
Laura will be spending the remainder of her summer working with Chris Snyder at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) on a project involving particle filters for nonlinear systems, before returning to her home institution, Brown University.