# News and events

## Network of Mind workshop: 31 January to 3 February 2017

The Network of Mind workshop is a four day interdisciplinary workshop on recent advances in theoretical and experimental neuroscience, to be held in Sydney from 31 January to 3 February 2017. The program is built around talks on the recent advances in theoretical and experimental neuroscience, given by prominent national and international researchers from a variety of different disciplines (Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Neuroscience, ...). The workshop aims to develop collaborative mathematical, statistical and computational methodological capacity that will address the various underlying methodological, theoretical, and computational challenges, to meet a critical need in brain research. In addition, there will be discussion sessions that will allow the participants to define common challenges and facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration plans to tackle them.

If you wish to participate, see the Network of Mind website and registration page.

## Geordie Williamson awarded New Horizons in Mathematics Prize

Associate Professor Geordie Williamson has been awarded a New Horizons in Mathematics Prize for his pioneering work in geometric representation theory, including the development of Hodge theory for Soergel bimodules and the proof of the Kazhdan–Lusztig conjectures for general Coxeter groups.

## Gus Lehrer awarded Szekeres Medal

Professor Gus Lehrer is one of two winners of the George Szekeres Medal for 2016. The medal is awarded for an outstanding contribution to the mathematical sciences in the 15 years prior to the year of the award.

## ARC Future Fellowship for Zhou Zhang

Dr Zhou Zhang has been
awarded an ARC
Future Fellowship" valued at $764,960 for his project *Comprehensive Study of Kahler–Ricci Flows*.

## Geordie Williamson awarded inaugural AMS Claude Chevalley prize

The American Mathematical Society has awarded Principal Research Fellow Geordie Williamson the 2016 Claude Chevalley prize in Lie Theory, for his work on the representation theory of Lie algebras and algebraic groups. The announcement mentions Geordie's proofs and reproofs of some longstanding conjectures, as well as spectacular counterexamples to the expected bounds in others, and says that his work has provided a new framework for thinking about these conjectures.

## NHMRC grant awarded to Jean Yang

Jean Yang has been awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council grant for 2016–2019 for a project entitled "Statistical bioinformatics for network based prognostic and precision therapy in complex disease".

## ARC Grant successes for funding in 2016

The following members of the School of Mathematics and Statistics have been awarded Australian Research Council funding for projects commencing in 2016:

- Andrew Papanicolaou,
*Solving non-Markov optimistisation problems using forward-backward stochastic differential equations*(Discovery Early Career Researcher Award); - John Cannon and Derek Holt,
*Composition algorithms for large matrix groups*(Discovery Project); - Nalini Joshi and Kenji Kajiwara,
*Reflection groups and discrete dynamical systems*(Discovery Project); - Peter Kim and Kristen Hawkes,
*Human longevity: Modelling social changes that propelled its evolution*(Discovery Project); - Gus Lehrer,
Anthony Henderson and
Geordie Williamson,
*Algebraic Schubert geometry and unitary reflection groups*(Discovery Project); - Mary Myerscough,
Charlie Macaskill and Christina Bursill,
*Dynamics of atherosclerotic plaque formation, growth and regression*(Discovery Project); - Joachim Rubinstein, Craig Hodgson and
Stephan Tillmann,
*Invariants, geometric and discrete structures on manifolds*(Discovery Project); - Thanh Tran, Beniamin Goldys, Zdzisław Brzeźniak, Andreas Prohl, Ernst Stephan and Salim Meddahi,
*Novel Approaches for Problems with Uncertainties*(Discovery Project).

## Nalini Joshi a Woman of Influence

Professor Nalini Joshi has been included in Australian Financial Review/Westpac list of 100 women of influence for 2015. For further details, see the University of Sydney News story.

## Recent Trends in Nonlinear Evolution Equations

This workshop will be held at the University of Sydney on November 4th and 5th. For more information, see the web page or contact Daniel Hauer.

## BioInfoSummer 2015

This bioinformatics symposium will be hosted by the University of Sydney, from 7 December to 11 December 2015.

## Prizes and Scholarships for 2014–2015

The School's Prizes and Scholarships Presentation Evening was held on May 4th, in the Darlington Centre. For more details, including the list of prize and scholarship winners, see the Prizes and Scholarships page. There are also links to some photos taken on the evening.

## David Manescu and Uri Keich win best paper award

Recent statistics honours student David Manescu and senior lecturer Dr Uri Keich received the Best Paper award at RECOMB 2015, the 19th Annual International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology, held in Warsaw, Poland, from 12th to 15th April 2015.

Their paper was entitled "A symmetric length-aware enrichment test".

A photo of Uri receiving the award is available.

## Professor Nalini Joshi appointed to Commonwealth Science Council

The Government has announced the formation of the Commonwealth Science Council, to be the pre-eminent body for advice on science and technology in Australia. Professor Nalini Joshi is one of the members of the Science Council.

Chaired by the Prime Minister, the Science Council will advise the Government on areas of national strength, current and future capability, and on ways to improve connections between Government, research organisations, universities and business. For more details, see the Government media release.

## Australian Academy of Science awards to Gus Lehrer and Jean Yang

Prof Gus Lehrer has been awarded the Hannan Medal for 2015 (jointly with Prof Alan McIntosh) and A/Prof Jean Yang has been awarded the Moran Medal for 2015.

## Hardy Fellowship for 2015 awarded to Nalini Joshi

The Hardy Fellowship is awarded by London Mathematical Society to a distinguished overseas mathematician. Details of the Fellowship can be found at www.lms.ac.uk/events/lectures/hardy-lectureship.

## Optimising the future with mathematics

Professors John Rice and Nalini Joshi are contributors to this article, which is on "The Conversation" website. [Wikipedia information on "The Conversation".]

## Theo Vo wins Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize

Theo Vo has been awarded the 2014 Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize.

The prize is awarded to postgraduate research students in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.

## Simons Foundation deal makes Magma widely available in U.S.

An agreement has been concluded between the University of Sydney's Computational Algebra Group and the US-based Simons Foundation that will make the computer algebra system Magma much more widely available in the United States.

Specifically, the Simons Foundation will underwrite the distribution and maintenance costs associated with making Magma available to people employed by or studying at US educational or scientific research institutions (excluding certain government laboratories).

In January 2016 the initial agreement was extended for a further three years.

Magma is a computer algebra system that is designed to support computation in those areas of mathematics that are significantly underpinned by algebra. It has been developed by the Computational Algebra Group together with more than 300 international collaborators. It is now used in over 60 countries and so far it has been cited in more than 5000 papers and books. The Computational Algebra Group is part of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney.

The Simons Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation based in New York City, incorporated in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons. The mission of the foundation is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and in the basic sciences.

For further information see http://magma.maths.usyd.edu.au/magma/simons_details or contact magma@magma.maths.usyd.edu.au.