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Position advertised: Professor and Head of School

Applications closed on 12th October 2014.

Postgraduate Teaching Fellowships

Up to three positions. Applications closed 10/10/2014.

Geometric and harmonic analysis meets PDE

On October 1st 2014, a joint day of seminars of the geometric analysis group at the University of Wollongong, the harmonic analysis group at Macquarie University and the nonlinear analysis group at the University of Sydney.

See the WOMASY web page for more information.

Computational & Algorithmic Topology Workshop

Held on 2–4 April 2014. See the webpage for the details.

Supervisor and student both win best talk prizes at ANZIAM 2014

PhD student and Postgraduate Teaching Fellow Matthew Chan won the T.M. Cherry prize for the best talk by a student at the ANZIAM 2014 conference held at Rotorua, New Zealand. Matthew's talk was entitled "Modelling the Spread of a Deliberate Wolbachia Introduction"; an abstract of his talk is available on-line.

At the same conference Matthew's supervisor Peter Kim won the "Cherry Ripe" prize for the best non-student talk. The title of Peter's talk was "Modelling evolution of post-menopausal human longevity: The Grandmother Hypothesis", and an abstract of Peter's talk is also available.

Sydney Random Matrix Theory Workshop

This workshop, organized by Sheehan Olver, was held on 13–16 January 2014. There is a web page with further information.

Postgraduate Teaching Fellowships

Up to four positions. Applications closed 11/10/2013.

Limits of Control: Testing the extremes of human movement in mid-air

(Sydney Science Forum, 11th September 2013.)

How do cats manage to land on all fours, regardless of the direction of their body when they fall?

How do divers, skiers and gymnasts change their shape and orientation when in similar free flight situations?

In this talk Holger Dullin described how mathematicians, engineers and sports scientists are collaborating with the NSW Institute of Sport to answer these questions.

In the "Bodies in Space" research project, researchers are using geometric mechanics to model the aerial motion of athletes and simulate their movements using computers. A greater understanding of this science will help to optimise performance and stretch the limits of human movement in mid air.

Jenny Henderson awarded OAM

The 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List includes a Medal of the Order of Australia for Jenny Henderson. The citation is as follows.

For service to education through the promotion of the study of mathematics.

  • Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney School of Mathematics and Statistics, since 2012.
  • Former Pro-Dean, Faculty of Science and Senior Lecturer, Pure Mathematics; Associate Dean of Publicity and Marketing, Faculty of Science.
  • Co-Founder and Organiser, Sydney University Tertiary Mathematics Education Group, 1992-2012.
  • Coordinator, University of Sydney Open Day, School of Mathematics and Statistics/interaction mathematics display.
  • Coordinator, Science Week/interaction mathematics display.
  • Representative, International Congress on Mathematics Education, Quebec City 1992, Seville 1996, and Tokyo 2000.
  • Administrator and Newsletter Editor, Mathematics Enrichment Groups for high school students, 1992-2004.
  • Chief Organiser, Topic Group on Mathematics Clubs, 8th International Conference on Mathematics Education, 1996.

Awards/recognition include:

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Sydney, 1997.

Maths & Science Combinations NSW HSC 2001–2011 by Gender

As an analysis of mathematics/science subject combination choices made by NSW HSC students 2001-2011, this study by John Mack and Barry Walsh examines the proportions of the corresponding Year 8 cohort sizes electing to study maths/science subject combinations for the HSC. See www.maths.usyd.edu.au/u/SMS/MWW2013.pdf.

Australian Research Council Grants for School members

The following projects have been awarded funding from 2013 under the ARC "Discovery Projects" Scheme:

  • Prof JJ Cannon and Prof DF Holt: Constructive Representation Theory.
  • A/Prof S Yan, Prof EN Dancer and Prof Y Du: Singularity, degeneracy and related problems in nonlinear partial differential equations.
  • Prof N Joshi: Critical solutions of nonlinear systems.
  • Prof JH Rubinstein, A/Prof CD Hodgson and Dr S Tillmann: Triangulations in dimensions 3 and 4: discrete and geometric structures.
  • Prof A Ward, A/Prof MR Myerscough, Prof J Kruse and Dr J Buhl: Leadership matters: the emergence of informed leaders and their influence on group movement.
  • A/Prof Q Wang, Prof W Liu and Prof C Tudor: Asymptotics in non-linear cointegrating regression: theory and applications.
  • A/Prof J Yang, Dr S Müller and Prof GJ Mann: Vertically integrated statistical modelling in multi-layered omics studies.

Additionally, two School members have been granted Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards.

  • Dr Sheehan Olver: A new class of fast and reliable spectral methods for partial differential equations,
  • Dr John Ormerod: Scalable Bayesian model selection for massive data sets.

Giles Gardam programming competition success

Pure mathematics honours student Giles Gardam, with fellow "Brogrammers" George Karpenkov and Bin Zhou, will compete in the next year's world finals of the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest, having won the South Pacific Regional Contest.

For more information see the University of Sydney News.

Anthony Henderson wins Australian Mathematical Society Medal

Assoc Prof Anthony Henderson has been awarded the Australian Mathematical Society Medal for 2012. In part, the citation reads as follows:

Anthony Henderson is known for his deep and highly original work in representation theory. He has successfully combined methods at the crossroads of algebraic geometry, combinatorics and representation theory to solve a number of important problems in the field. Of particular significance is his joint work with Pramod Achar, in which they introduced the enhanced nil cone. This has led to a purely geometric interpretation of Shoji's generalised Kostka polynomials for the hyperoctahedral group.

For more information see the University of Sydney News.

Georgina Sweet Fellowship awarded to Nalini Joshi

Prof Nalini Joshi has been awarded the 2012 Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellowship. Her project is entitled "Geometric construction of critical solutions of nonlinear systems".

Further information is available from the Australian Research Council website.

Future Fellowship awarded to Martin Wechselberger

Assoc Prof Martin Wechselberger has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship for a project on geometric methods in mathematical physiology.

The project will develop new geometric methods for the analysis of multiple-scales models of physiological rhythms and patterns, and will design diagnostic tools to identify key parameters that cause and control these signals.

E. J. G. Pitman Prize awarded to Garth Tarr

Garth Tarr was awarded the E. J. G. Pitman Prize at the Australian Statistical Society Conference held in Adelaide on 9–12 July.

Office for Learning and Teaching Grant

First year Mathematics Director A/Prof David Easdown will work with colleagues from the University of Melbourne, the University of Adelaide and Curtin University on a $220,000 Office of Teaching and Learning funded project entitled "Building leadership capacity in university first year learning and teaching in the mathematical sciences".

Sheehan Olver awarded Adams Prize

The Adams Prize is one of the oldest and most prestigious prizes of the University of Cambridge. It is awarded jointly each year by the Faculty of Mathematics and St John's College to a young (normally under 40 years of age), UK-based researcher doing first class international research in the Mathematical Sciences. The 2011–12 prize was awarded jointly to Sheehan Olver (Cambridge University), who has since joined us, and Dr Françoise Tisseur (University of Manchester).

Professor Arieh Iserles, Chairman of the Adams Prize Adjudicators, said:

"Dr Olver has been a driving force behind a new methodology using the Riemann–Hilbert transform in the computation of Painlevé equations and problems originating in random matrix theory. Addressing exceedingly difficult challenges, he developed and analysed algorithms of great efficacy and profound mathematical beauty. His work is setting the standard in an important new area of computational mathematics, with a wide range of applications, from number theory to theoretical physics.

"Dr Tisseur engaged with one of the outstanding computational challenges in linear algebra, the calculation of the spectra of polynomial eigenvalue problems. She has developed and investigated families of numerical methods which evaluate the eigenvalues of matrix pencils in a stable manner, robustly and at low computational cost. This work has had wide impact in many applications and will soon be incorporated into the leading software packages for numerical algebra.

"Sheehan Olver and Françoise Tisseur work in different corners of computational mathematics and scientific computing, yet they have both demonstrated their excellence in developing powerful algorithms and subjecting them to deep and effective mathematical analysis."

(Taken from University of Cambridge News.)

Fixed term lectureships

  • Two-year lectureship in Pure Mathematics (applications closed 21 November 2012).
  • Four-year lectureship in Applied Mathematics (applications closed 19 November 2012).

Postgraduate Teaching Fellowships

Applications closed 9 November 2012.

Research and Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow In Representation Theory of Quantum Groups. (Lehrer/Zhang, 5 November 2012)
  • Research Fellow and/or Postdoctoral Research Associate in Integrable Systems and Near-Integrable Systems. (Joshi, 31 October 2012)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stochastic Games. (Rutkowski, 16 October 2012)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate in Stochastic PDEs. (Goldys, 5 September 2012)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dynamical Systems. (Gottwald, 6 February 2012)

SUMS Problem Competition 2012

The SUMS Problem Competition for 2012 has been released. It is open to undergraduates at any Australian university, and there are prizes to be won!

Prizes and Scholarships for 2011–2012

The School's Prizes and Scholarships Presentation Evening was held on May 8th. In the Darlington Centre. For more details, including the list of prize and scholarship winners, see the Prizes and Scholarships page.

Research and Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dynamical Systems. (Gottwald, 6 February 2012)

New lecturer in Pure Mathematics

Dr Alexander Fish, whose main research interests are in ergodic theory and its applications to additive number theory, has accepted an offer of a Lectureship in Pure Mathematics. He is currently at the University of Wisconsin, and will be taking up his position here in July 2012.

New Senior Lecturer in Statistics

Dr Reiichiro (Ray) Kawai, who is currently the Deputy Director of the Institute of Finance at the University of Leicester, has accepted appointment as a Senior Lecturer in Statistics.

Ray’s research interests are Levy processes and infinitely divisible distributions and their applications in financial mathematics and mathematical biology. He will be joining our staff in July 2012.

Australian Research Council Grants for School members

Anthony Henderson has been awarded a Future Fellowship for a project entitled "Springer fibres, nilpotent cones and representation theory"

Peter Kim has received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award for a project entitled "Mathematical modelling of breast cancer immunity: guiding the development of preventative breast cancer vaccines".

The following projects have been awarded funding from 2012 under the ARC "Discovery Projects" Scheme:

  • Florica Cirstea: "Analysis of nonlinear partial differential equations describing singular phenomena".
  • Georg Gottwald and Gary Froyland: "Extracting macroscopic variables and their dynamics in multiscale systems with metastable states".
  • Gus Lehrer and Ruibin Zhang: "Quantised algebras, supersymmetry and invariant theory".
  • Marek Rutkowski "Multi-person stochastic games with idiosyncratic information flows".
  • Maria Byrne, Jean Yang and Gregory Wray: "Heads or tails – which did echinoderms lose in the evolution of radial symmetry?"

J B Douglas success for Emi Tanaka

The NSW Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia held the annual J B Douglas Postgraduate Awards Ceremony at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management on 23 November 2011. Emi Tanaka was awarded second prize for a talk entitled "Improved similarity scores of comparing motifs".

Leon Poladian receives teaching award

The Australian Learning and Teaching Council has awarded Leon Poladian a Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

New Lecturer in Pure Mathematics

Dr Leo Tzou, whose research interests lie in the connection between geometry and inverse problems in partial differential equations, has accepted a lectureship in Pure Mathematics. Leo obtained his PhD at the University of Washington in 2007.

Prizes and Scholarships for 2010–2011

The School's Prizes and Scholarships Presentation Evening was held on May 9th. For a list of the award winners see the Prizes and Scholarships 2010-2011 page.

SUMS Problem Competition 2011

The SUMS Problem Competition for 2011 has been released. It is open to undergraduates at any Australian university, and there are prizes to be won!

Research project on cell cooperation in cancer

The Human Frontier Science Program Organization has awarded US$300,000 p.a. for three years to the School's A/Prof. Mary Myerscough and her collaborators Guy Lyons (University of Sydney Central Clinical School) and Silvio Gutkind (National Institute of Health, Bethesda USA), for their project cell cooperation in cancer.

New lecturer in Pure Mathematics

Dr Stephan Tillmann, a PhD graduate of the University of Melbourne, will be joining the School in December as a lecturer in Pure Mathematics.

Stephan is a topologist with several recent papers on 3-manifolds.

"Periodic table of shapes" project uses Magma software package

The School's Computational Algebra group is collaborating with geometers at Imperial College London in a project that aims to classify higher-dimensional Fano varieties. For more information, see the article in the Science magazine Cosmos

Two new lecturers in Applied Mathematics

Dr Sheehan Olver and Dr Peter Kim have been appointed to lectureships in Applied Mathematics.

Sheehan Olver, who is currently at St John’s College Oxford, is a numerical analyst. He has recent research interests in the areas of integrable systems and random matrix theory. Sheehan will be joining the School in November 2011.

Peter Kim is currently at the University of Utah. He works in mathematical biology, including topics such as mathematical immunology, cancer and virus dynamics, as well as dynamical systems. Peter will be joining the School in July 2011.

T.M. Cherry Prize 2011

Samuel Butler was awarded the T.M. Cherry Prize for the best student talk at the ANZIAM 2011 conference held in Adelaide. The title of Samuel's talk was "Solitons and the discrete Korteweg–de Vries equation".

Frank Calegari: Special public lecture

(Frank Calegari, from Northwestern University is visiting the University of Sydney from April 30th to June 4th.)

  • Date: Tuesday 24 May 2011
  • Light refreshments at 17:00, lecture commences at 17:30
  • Venue: Old Geology Lecture Theatre (Ref D15 on campus map).
  • Title: How to solve equations in rational numbers

For more details, see the seminars page

Inaugural Heyde Medal awarded to Anthony Henderson

In its media release of 8/12/2010 the Australian Academy of Science announced that the Christopher Heyde Medal for 2011 has been awarded to Anthony Henderson.

This inaugural award was for research in pure mathematics. The citation reads as follows:

Anthony Henderson has made fundamental contributions in representation theory, an area which concerns the algebraic patterns underlying collections of geometric transformations. He has invented geometric spaces which give new information about common symmetry types, and has introduced new methods for performing calculations in existing geometric spaces which take their symmetry into account. His work combines ideas from different areas of mathematics, and provides explicit formulas for use in a wide range of problems which involve observations on spaces with symmetry.

The purpose of the award, which honours the contributions to mathematics by Professor Christopher Charles Heyde AM, DSc, Hon DSc(Syd), is to recognise distinguished research in the mathematical sciences by a researcher under the age of 40. The award carries a prize of $10,000.

J B Douglas awards to Anna Campain and Joanna Wang

The NSW Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia held the annual J B Douglas Postgraduate Awards Ceremony at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management on November 25th. Two of the three $750 prizes awarded were won by Anna Campain and Joanna Wang, PhD students in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney.

Prestigious teaching award to David Easdown

David Easdown was presented with a 2010 NSW Quality Teaching Award for the tertiary sector at a ceremony at Government House, Sydney, on 5 November 2010.

These awards, under the auspices of the Australian College of Educators, and administered through the NSW Department of Education and Training, are among the most prestigious awards for teaching in Australia. The rigorous and comprehensive assessment process involves in-class observation by ACE experts, and interviews with students and professional colleagues, as well as refereeing.

School of Mathematics and Statistics ARC success

Members of the School of Mathematics and Statistics have received funding from the Australian Research Council for the following new research projects, commencing in 2011.

Poster prize for Ellis Patrick

Ellis Patrick was awarded the student poster prize at the Australian Microarray and Associated Technologies Association Inc 2010 conference (AMATA 2010) held in Hobart from September 14th to 17th.

His poster was entitled "Optimising a Genomic Annotation for the Analysis of RNA-Seq Data".

Research project to study aerial dynamics of athletes

Associate Professor Holger Dullin, in collaboration with Dr Surya Singh from the Australian Centre of Field Robotics, Dr Peter Sinclair from the Faculty of Health Sciences and Dr Damien O'Meara from the NSW Institute of Sport, has obtained an ARC Linkage for a project entitled "Bodies in Space". The team summarize the project as follows:

By investigating how a change in shape of the human body can produce a change in spatial orientation, the project will bring a fundamental advance of knowledge in the intersection of applied mathematics, sports science and mechanical engineering. These knowledge advances will lead to a novel theory regarding the control of the aerial dynamics of athletes, specifically springboard and platform divers. When applied in collaboration with world class Australian athletes, this theory will result in innovative platform and springboard diving techniques and improved performance. The reach of new insights generated by this work extends to many other fields, including robotics, spacecraft dynamics and nano technology.

See also the University News story describing the project.

Congratulations to Leon Poladian and Libo Li

At the Faculty of Science Awards Night Leon Poladian received a Faculty of Science citation for Excellence in Teaching, and Libo Li won a Faculty Postgraduate Research Prize recognizing "outstanding postgraduate achievements, particularly during the early phases of candidature."

Prizes and Scholarships Presentation Evening

The School's annual Prizes and Scholarships Presentation Evening was held on Monday May 10th in the Darlington Centre. For a list of the award winners see the Prizes and Scholarships 2009-2010 page.

T.M. Cherry Prize 2010

Lewis Mitchell was awarded the T.M. Cherry Prize for the best student talk at the ANZIAM 2010 conference in Queenstown. Samuel Butler received honourable mention for his presentation.

Tenurable Lectureships in Pure Mathematics

The School advertised for two lecturers in Pure Mathematics, closing date 5/12/2010.

Tenurable Positions in Statistics and Applied Mathematics

The School advertised for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Statistics (closing date 16/9/2010) and a Lecturer in Applied Mathematics (closing date 1/10/2010).

School of Mathematics and Statistics ARC success

The School of Mathematics and Statistics has received funding from the Australian Research Council for the following new research projects, commencing in 2010

  • Constructive Module Theory for Algebras (Prof JJ Cannon, Prof J Carlson and Prof DF Holt),
  • Transitions and singular behaviour in nonlinear partial differential equations (Prof EN Dancer, Pro Y Du and Dr S Yan),
  • Quantitative and qualitative aspects of Asian and Australian options (Dr C Ewald),
  • Stochastic methods in mathematical geophysical fluid dynamics (Dr G Gottwald)
  • Statistical methods for analysing multi-source microarray data and building gene regulatory networks (Dr V Jayaswal),
  • The canonical stratification of jet spaces (Dr L Paunescu),

Prizes and Scholarships Presentation Evening

The School's annual Prizes and Scholarships Presentation Evening was held on Monday April 27th in the Darlington Centre. For a list of the award winners see the Prizes and Scholarships 2008-2009 page.

Invited speaker, former Sydney Grammar Mathematics Master Bill Pender, said that universities should "take back their stewardship over school syllabuses". The text of Bill's speech is available.

Norman Dancer awarded D.Sc. by University of New England

The award of an honorary degree of Doctor of Science to Professor Norman Dancer has been announced in the University of New England News.

Success in ARC Future Fellowships Scheme

School of Mathematics and Statistics members Georg Gottwald and Jean Yang have been awarded Future Fellowships by the Australian Research Council.

Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation for David Easdown

Recognizing A/Prof Easdown's excellence in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

See also the University News story.

Journal of Algebra honours John Cannon

A special issue of the Journal of Algebra is dedicated to Prof John Cannon and Prof Derek Holt.

Journal of Algebra honours Gus Lehrer

A special issue of the Journal of Algebra marks the 60th birthday of Prof Gus Lehrer.

AM for Terry Gagen

In the recently announced Queen's Birthday Honours, A/Prof Terry Gagen has been made a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. The citation reads as follows:

Associate Professor Terence Matthew Gagen, Sydney, NSW. For service to higher education in the field of mathematics and as an educator, researcher and mentor through the National Mathematics Summer School.

Science Faculty Awards to members of School

At the Faculty of Science Prizes and Scholarships Ceremony held on 14 May,

Norman Dancer honoured by Australian Academy of Science

Professor Norman Dancer has been awarded Hannan Medal for 2009. The award recognizes Professor Dancer's achievements in the areas of nonlinear analysis and nonlinear differential equations, and the affect his ideas have had on nonlinear analysis internationally.

See the AAS website for more information on the Hannan Medal.

A disturbing set of numbers

An article on the current state of mathematics education, by Professor Nalini Joshi, appeared in The Australian on Februrary 18th.

Nalini Joshi becomes president of the Australian Mathematical Society

Professor Nalini Joshi's inauguration as president of the Society took place at the Society's Annual General Meeting held on December 11th 2008. Professor Joshi, who will serve a two-year term as president, said "I would like to entice more younger mathematicians to join the Society – especially those who join banks, government organisations or companies where they continue to do mathematics and modelling that is so essential to our economy, security and well-being."

Richard Finlay wins a J.B. Douglas Postgraduate Award

These prizes are awarded by the NSW Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia, for the best presentations by postgraduate students. (Richard Finlay has subsequently been awarded a PhD: his thesis was entitled "The variance gamma module with long range dependence".)

Richard's talk was entitled "Option pricing with a long range dependent VG model".

School of Mathematics and Statistics ARC success

Congratulations to A/Profs Ruibin Zhang and Andrew Mathas who have been awarded Australian Professorial Fellowships commencing in 2009. In addition, Dr Sanjiban Santra will be returning to the School in 2009 to take up an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, and Dr Anthony Henderson, Professor Nalini Joshi, Dr Mary Myerscough and Dr Jean Yang have been awarded grants under the Discovery Projects scheme.

The titles of the projects are as follows:

  • "The geometry of exotic nilpotent cones". Chief Investigator: Dr A. Henderson.
  • "Integrable Lattice Equations", Chief Investigator: Prof N. Joshi.
  • "Pyramids and decomposition numbers for the symmetric and general linear groups". Chief Investigators: A/Prof A. Mathas and Dr A. Henderson.
  • "House hunting honey bees: speed-accuracy trade-offs in collective decision-making". Chief Investigators: A/Prof M Beekman and Dr M. R. Myerscough.
  • "Blow-up phenomena in semilinear elliptic partial differential equations". Chief Investigator: Dr S. Santra.
  • "Statistical and computational methods using a multiscale approach for protein". Chief Investigators: Dr J. Y. Yang and Dr J. W. Arthur.
  • "Noncommutative geometry in representation theory and quantum physics". Chief Investigator: Prof R. Zhang.

SUMS problem competition results released

The results of the 2008 SUMS problem competition have been released: see http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/u/SUMS/.

Neil Saunders wins prize for best student talk

Postgraduate student Neil Saunders has been awarded the GB Preston prize for the best student talk at the 2008 Algebra Conference of Victoria. His talk was entitled "Minimal permutation degrees of irreducible Coxeter groups."

This is the second time Neil has won this prize – he also won it in 2006!

Jennifer Chan receives a Chinese National Science Award

Jennifer Chan is one of the members of a team that received a National Science Award for 2008 from the Ministry of Education in the People's Republic of China. The award is for her work on Geometric Processes.

Pitman Medal to John Robinson

Congratulations to Professor John Robinson, who has been awarded the Pitman Medal for 2008. The medal is awarded by the Statistical Society of Australia, in recognition of outstanding achievement in, and contribution to, the discipline of Statistics.

See the story in the University of Sydney News.

Daniel Daners and James Kennedy receive Science Faculty awards

Congratulations to Daniel Daners who is the recipient of a Faculty of Science award for excellence in teaching, presented at the Faculty's Prizes and Scholarships evening held on 8th May. These awards recognize the contributions of staff in the Faculty to high quality teaching and enhancing the student learning environment.

Congratulations also to James Kennedy, who has been awarded a Faculty of Science Postgraduate Research Prize. These prizes recognise outstanding postgraduate student achievements, particularly during the early phases of candidature. Up to 8 prizes are awarded annually.

School Prizes and Scholarships Evening

The School's annual Prizes and Scholarships Ceremony was held on April 28th, from 5.45 pm to 8 pm, in the Forum Restaurant at the Darlington Centre. See the list of prizewinners (with some photos taken on the evening).

Lecturers in Pure Mathematics appointed

Dr Florica Cirstea and Dr James Parkinson have been appointed to Lectureships in Pure Mathematics. Dr Cirstea, who currently holds an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, will take up her lectureship at the end of April 2009. Dr Parkinson, who is currently in Graz, Austria, will take up his lectureship on 1 January 2009.

Senior Lecturer in Statistics appointed

Dr Uri Keich, currently at Cornell University, has accepted the offer of a Senior Lectureship in Statistics.

Stewart Wilcox helps resolve long-standing conjecture

Former USyd honours student Stewart Wilcox – now a PhD student at Harvard – has helped prove a conjecture made in 1953 by Marshall Hall Jr and L. J. Paige. Stewart provided the key step that reduced the problem to the sporadic simple groups.

Prof Joshi elected Fellow of the AAS

Prof Nalini Joshi has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, in recognition of her work on the mathematical structure of nonlinear integrable systems. See the AAS website for the full list of new Fellows.

New appointments

The School welcomes two new appointees: Dr Samuel Müller and A/Prof Holger Dullin. Dr Müller, who joins the School's Statistics department, is from the University of Bern (via ANU and UWA); A/Prof Dullin, who joins the Applied Mathematics department, was previously at the University of Loughborough.

Level B/C/D Positions in Statistics and Financial Mathematics

The School advertised three positions, at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor level. Applications closed 24/10/2008.

Vacation Scholarships

See the Vacation Scholarships web page for more information. (Applications for the December 2008 – February 2009 vacation closed on 26/9/2008.)

University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowships

Up to 10 awards (across all disciplines) will be offerred in 2009. Full information is available at
http://www.usyd.edu.au/research/fellowships/.
Note that all applicants should contact the Head of School before August 8th.

nGAME seeks Research Associate, Technical Officer and Administrative Officer

(Applications closed 27/4/2008)

Special Public Lecture by Fields Medallist Terence Tao

Structure and Randomness in the Prime Numbers, 7 February 2008, 5:30–6:30pm, in the General Lecture Theatre. More details are available.

ANZIAM 2008 at Katoomba

The Australasian Applied Mathematics Conference, ANZIAM 2008, was held in Katoomba from 3rd to 7th February 2008. See the website http://www.maths.usyd.edu.au/ANZIAM2008/ for more information.

Tenure track positions in Pure Mathematics advertised

(Applications closed 20/1/2008)

Executive officer sought for Access Grid project

(Applications closed 20/1/2008)

Recent Advances in Asymptotic Probability and Statistics

The School of Mathematics and Statistics hosted a workshop entitled Recent Advances in Asymptotic Probability and Statistics, with Time Series Applications, on 10th to 12th December 2007.

Death of Peter Wilson

With great sadness we report that Emeritus Professor P. R. Wilson passed away on the morning of Sunday 11 November 2007.

Sydney students win prizes for best student talks

At the Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society Neil Saunders was awarded the B.H. Neumann prize, jointly with Norman Do from the University of Melbourne. Neil's talk was entitled "The Minimal Permutation Degree for a Class of Finite Complex Reflection Groups". Tegan Morrison was given an honourable mention for her talk entitled "Tronquee Solutions of Higher Order Painleve Equations".

And Shona Yu won the G.B. Preston Prize for her talk "The Cyclotomic Birman-Murakami-Wenzl Algebras" at the Algebra Conference of Victoria.

School of Mathematics and Statistics ARC success

Australian Research Council funded projects commencing in 2008 conducted by members of the School of Mathematics and Statistics:

  • Prof John Cannon, Prof RP Brent and Dr D Stehlé: "Integral lattices and their theta series".
  • Prof Norman Dancer: "Finite Morse index solutions of nonlinear partial differential equations".
  • A/Prof Andrew Mathas: "Modular representations of cyclotomic algebras".
  • Dr Alex Molev: "Quantum algebras: their symmetries, invariants and representations".
  • Dr A Argyros, Dr Leon Poladian and A/Prof F Ladouceur: "Fabrication and design of spun and chiral microstructured fibres".
  • Prof I Shparlinski, Dr C Doche and Dr David Kohel: "Mathematics of Elliptic Curve Cryptography".

BH Neumann Award to Dr Bill Palmer

Bill Palmer is a recipient of a BH Neumann Award for 2007, awarded by the Australian Mathematics Trust.

Lectureship in Statistics advertised

(Applications closed 5/11/2007)

University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowships

(Applications now closed.)

Up to 10 awards will be offerred in 2008. Full information is available at
http://www.usyd.edu.au/research/fellowships/postdoc.shtml.
Note that all applicants should contact the Head of School well in advance of the final closing date.

The timeline is as follows:

  • 27 July – final day for eligibility exemptions or clarifications to the Research Office;
  • 10 August – final day for applicants to contact Head of School;
  • 14 September – closing date for full applications and referee reports to Research Office.

Nalini Joshi to be President of Australian Mathematical Society

Professor Nalini Joshi is President-Elect of the Australian Mathematical Society.

GL07 Conference

Geometry and Lie theory: a conference marking Gus Lehrer's 60th birthday, held in July 2007. See the conference web page for more information.

Prizes and Scholarships Presentation Evening

The School's annual Prizes and Scholarships Ceremony was held on the evening of Monday 30th April 2007.

Eugene Seneta honoured by Australian Academy of Science

Emeritus Professor Eugene Seneta and was presented the Hannan Medal for 2007 at the Australian Academy of Science's annual three-day celebration of science and scientific research, Science at the Shine Dome, held on 2nd, 3rd and 4th of May 2007.

Conference marking Professor Gavin Brown's 65th birthday

On 5th and 6th of March 2007 the School of Mathematics and Statistics hosted a conference called "Expansions, inequalities and approximations", in honour of the mathematical achievements of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Professor Gavin Brown.

For more information, see the conference web page.

Hannan Medal for 2007 awarded to Eugene Seneta

The Australian Academy of Science has awarded the Hannan Medal for 2007 to Emeritus Professor Eugene Seneta, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research in statistical science.

Death of Max Kelly

With great sadness we report that Emeritus Professor G. M. (Max) Kelly passed away on January 26th, 2007. See his obituary.

Mathematics and Statistics ARC success

Several members of the School of Mathematics and Statistics have obtained funding from the Australian Research Council for research projects commencing in 2007.

(People marked * are not members of the School.)

A.A. Markov, Markov Chains, and Google

A public lecture by Emeritus Professor Eugene Seneta FAA, Thursday 24 August 2006, 6pm in the Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney. More details are available here.

Vacation Scholarships 2006 - 2007

Talented undergraduates are invited to apply for vacation scholarships in mathematics or statistics. See the vacation scholarships web page for more information. (Applications now closed.)

Andrew Mathas awarded Australian Mathematical Society Medal for 2006

Congratulations to Andrew Mathas on the award of the Australian Mathematical Society Medal for 2006. The medal is awarded each year for distinguished research in the mathematical sciences, and is presented at the opening session of the Annual Meeting of the Society. Here is the citation from the medal presentation ceremony.

Ben Wilson gives best talk by a student

Ben Wilson has been awarded the BH Neumann prize for the best talk by a student at the Annual Meeting of Australian Mathematical Society. There were 36 student talks altogether, and the judges praised their quality. Ben's talk was entitled "Highest-weight theory for Lie algebras of truncated currents".

Emeritus Professor Seneta awarded 2006 Moyal Medal

Eugene Seneta, Emeritus Professor of Statistics, has been awarded the Moyal Medal for 2006. The Moyal Medal recognizes distinguished contributions to research in mathematics, physics or statistics.

More information abut the Moyal Medal can be found at http://www.maths.mq.edu.au/medal/overview.html.

Prof Cannon awarded 2006 Jenks Prize for Excellence in Software Engineering

Prof John J. Cannon has been awarded the 2006 Richard Dimick Jenks Prize for Excellence in Software Engineering applied to Computer Algebra, for the creation of Magma.

More information about the prize can be found on the prize web site at http://www.cis.udel.edu/~caviness/jenks/.

PDE conference in Prof Dancer's honour

The University of New England is hosting a conference entitled "Recent Advances in Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations" marking the 60th birthday of Professor Norman Dancer. For further information, see the conference web page.

John Mack recognized in Queen's Birthday Honours

Congratulations to John Mack who has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

The citation reads "For service to mathematics education, particularly in the area of curriculum development, to the arts, and to a range of academic professional organisations."

Prizes and Scholarships

The list of students awarded prizes or scholarships for Mathematics and Statistics based on work completed in 2005 is now available here.

Public Lecture: Ramanujan's Life and Notebooks

Srinivasa Ramanujan was born in Southern India in 1887 and died there in 1920, aged 32. He had only one year of college, but his mathematical discoveries, made mostly in isolation, have made him one of the last century's most influential mathematicians.

An account of Ramanujan's life will be presented in a public lecture by Professor Bruce Berndt of the University of Illinois, at 5:00 pm on Thursday October 27 2006, in the Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre (grid reference K19 on the campus map).

Professor Berndt is the Australian Mathematical Society's Mahler Lecturer for 2005.

Recent appointments

  • Dr Jennifer Chan, formerly of the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science of The University of Hong Kong, has recently commenced as a lecturer in Statistics.
  • Dr Rafał Kulik, formerly of the University of Wrocław, has recently commenced as a lecturer in Statistics.
  • Dr Emma Carberry, formerly a C.L.E. Moore Instructor at MIT, has recently commenced as a lecturer in Pure Mathematics.
  • Dr Clio Cresswell has joined the School as a Senior Lecturer, on a one year appointment shared by the College of Sciences and Technology, the Faculty of Science and the School. Clio will be involved with the development of the new BST degree, and with high school outreach.
  • Dr Anthony Henderson will commence as a lecturer in Pure Mathematics at the completion of his current postdoctoral fellowship,
  • Dr Leon Poladian will become a senior lecturer in Applied Mathematics at the completion of his current ARC Professorial Fellowship,
  • Dr Martin Wechselberger, formerly of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at Ohio State University, has recently commenced as a lecturer in Applied Mathematics,
  • Dr Jean Yang, formerly of the Lung Biology Center of the University of California, San Francisco, has taken up a Lectureship in Statistics (Bioinformatics).

SUTMEG Seminar

The Sydney University Tertiary Mathematics Education Group held a seminar on the morning of Tuesday 6 December 2005, in Carslaw Lecture Theatre 173. The speakers were Deborah Hughes Hallett (University of Arizona & Harvard) and David Easdown (University of Sydney). See also the SUTMEG Web Page.

Prof Dancer listed as "highly cited"

The ISI Web of Knowledge lists Professor Norman Dancer as a highly cited researcher. One of Professor Dancer's papers, with co-author Shusen Yan, heads the list of most viewed articles in the journal Calculus of Variations and Partial Differential Equations.

Two new appointments in Statistics

Dr Jennifer Chan, currently a lecturer in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science of The University of Hong Kong, has accepted appointment as a lecturer in Statistics. Dr Chan obtained her M. Phil. at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and her PhD at the University of New South Wales.

Dr Rafał Kulik has also accepted appointment as a lecturer in Statistics. Dr Kulik, who obtained his PhD at the University of Wrocław in 2002, currently holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Ottawa as well as an academic position at Wrocław.

Public lecture

From Babylon to Silicon Valley, an illustrated history of mathematics. Professor Bill Casselman, Eastern Avenue Lecture Theatre, 27th July 2005.

College award to David Easdown

Senior Lecturer Dr David Easdown has been awarded the 2005 College of Sciences and Technology Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Supervision.

Simon Singh talk a smash hit

It is a long time since an audience in the Stephen Roberts Lecture Theatre has enjoyed a lecture so much. Simon Singh, author of the best sellers Fermat's Last Theorem and The Code Book, as well as the recently published Big Bang, entertained, amused and informed a packed house for 50 minutes, conclusively demonstrating that good science is not dull.

In thanking Simon on behalf of the University, Senate member and Sydney media identity Adam Spencer urged academics to do more to publicize their work. Sadly, most of us are not as good at it as Simon Singh!

Sydney Applied Mathematics graduate promoted to Professor at Kent

Dr Elizabeth Mansfield, who took her PhD at the University of Sydney in 1991, has recently been promoted to Professor in the Institute of Mathematics, Statistics & Actuarial Science at University of Kent, UK. Her supervisor at Sydney was A/Prof Ted Fackerell (now retired).

BIG BANG – the history of the universe in 60 minutes

A public lecture by Simon Singh, 24th May 2005, Stephen Roberts Lecture Theatre.

Prizes and Scholarships Evening

The School's annual Prizes and Scholarships presentation ceremony was held on 26th April 2005. The full list of winners of the various awards, with photos taken on the evening, is available. And there are some extra photos as well.

Article by Professor Seneta is one of the "most downloaded"

The journal Historia Mathematica reports that Professor Eugene Seneta's paper "Mathematics, religion and Marxism in the Soviet Union in the 1930s" is one of their most frequently downloaded papers.

Web Quizzes using LaTeX

Senior Lecturer Andrew Mathas has won a Faculty of Science Teaching Award for a system he has developed for producing interactive web based quizzes. This system is now being used within the School of Mathematics and Statistics and also by the Faculty of Business and Economics.

More information is available on the manual page.

4000 Years of Mathematics in Images

A public lecture by Professor Bill Casselman, Stephen Roberts Lecture Theatre, 3 August 2004.

ARC Fellowship for Gus Lehrer

Congratulations to Professor Gus Lehrer, who has been awarded an ARC Professorial Fellowship.
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