Heidi Schellman

Since receiving her doctorate in 1984, Heidi Schellman’s research has focused on measurements of proton structure and electroweak parameters. After three years at the University of Chicago as a member of the CCFR neutrino scattering experiment, she joined the E665 muon scattering experiment as a Wilson Fellow at Fermilab. She was elected spokesperson for the E665 collaboration in 1991 and served until the collaboration disbanded in the late 1990’s.

She joined the faculty at Northwestern University in 1990 and joined the D0 proton-antiproton collider experiment at Fermilab. She served as QCD Analysis Convenor from 1996 to 1998, as the Software and Computing Coordinator in 2000-2001 and as D0 luminosity Convenor from 2002-2004. She now leads the Electroweak Physics group.

In addition to her work on QCD and Electroweak Physics Schellman has served as consultant on technical issues related to high energy physics and computing for the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, CERN in Switzerland, the Swedish National Science council and Fermilab, where she is currently the midwestern universities representative on the board.

At Northwestern, she has taught both undergraduate and graduate students and has originated a data analysis and programming course for sophomores intended to prepare students for research in their junior and senior years.

From 2004 to 2007 she served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern. Her major accomplishment in that position was the use of a statistical analysis of student funding patterns to justify a successful reallocation of existing resources to provide an additional year of financial support for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences.

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Physics is the study of extremes – the fastest, the smallest, the most energetic, the coldest and the hottest. Because physics researchers are pushing the limits of what can be measured, they often must build their own instruments from scratch to do the measuring. What physicists actually study—the fundamental particles and forces that form and govern our universe—may not be as familiar to you as the concerns of other fields, like medical research. However, the ideas behind these experiments and the tools built to accomplish them have had real, lasting impacts on daily life.