The proceedings of the Jonathan M. Borwein Commemorative Conference have been published. From Analysis to Visualization: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Jonathan M. Borwein is a compilation of research papers devoted to Jon's memory, and a synopsis is available here.
Michael Coons, along with two collaborators, has won the inaugural Mahony-Neumann-Room Prize for the best paper published in the Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society during the period 2011-2016.
Their paper was:
Jason P. Bell, Michael Coons and Kevin G. Hare, "The minimal growth of a k-regular sequence", Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society 90(2) (2014), 195-203
The prize was announced during the opening session of the Australian Mathematical Society Annual Meeting at Macquarie University on Tuesday 12th December 2017.
Associate Professor Mike Meylan has just been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Clare Hall of Cambridge University. Meylan is one of 40 leading scholars chosen from many disciplines for the prestigious fellowship over the 2017-2018 academic year. In addition, Visiting Fellows become Life Members of Clare Hall and are welcomed back at any time to participate in college life. Meylan will be studying the vibration of ice shelves, working with Prof. I. David Abrahams, current director of the Isaac Newton Institute and one of the leading figures in applied mathematics in the United Kingdom.
"Most of the Visiting Fellows come from other countries, which makes the community here very culturally rich. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience the academic and cultural life of this amazing university."
Congratulations to all of the CARMA members who have received promotions!
Prof. Chris Kellett, Prof. Steve Weller, Senior Lecturer Elena Prieto and Senior Lecturer Ali Eshragh.
Laureate Professor Jon Borwein, director and founder of the CARMA Research Centre, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, 2nd August, 2017. Jon was a towering figure in mathematics, supervising numerous students and post-doctoral fellows, organising workshops and conferences, and acting as a mentor and collaborator across the globe. His academic output was staggering, publishing over 500 scientific papers and twenty-eight books. Since arriving in Australia, his impact on mathematical research both here at the University of Newcastle and across the country cannot be overstated.
The following links show the esteem Jon was held in and expand upon the story of his life.
While CARMA will continue the legacy which Jon built, we know that Jon is truly irreplaceable both as a mathematician and as a person. A memorial service celebrating his remarkable life and achievements was held on Wednesday, 21st September, 2017.
The Statistical Society of Australia (SSA), via its Statistics Education Section, is hosting a 2-day colloquium and workshop (2-3 June 2016, UTS) to develop a platform for the transformation of Statistics Education in Australia, in response to an increasingly massive demand for statisticians and an equally massive shortfall in supply. Please consider the program at STEMS2016.com; it includes speakers & representatives from: Harvard University; Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet; Commonwealth Bank of Australia; Qantas; ACARA, ACEMS, ABS, AMSI, NSW BOSTES, SSA; and will include a Panel Discussion session including Q&A floor discussion, followed by exploration of ideas and a workshop to develop and initiate a plan of action for progressing Statistics education in Australia.
FREE seminar 1 June at UTS:
Speaker: Dr Peter Howley
The Supercomputing Conference (SC15) Test of Time Award Committee has recognized “The NAS Parallel Benchmarks - Summary and Preliminary Results” written by D. Bailey, E. Barszcz, J. Barton, D. Browning, R. Carter, L. Dagum, R. Fatoohi, P. Frederickson, T. Lasinski, R. Schreiber, H. Simon, V. Venkatakrishnan, and S. Weeratunga from the SC91 conference as the SC15 Test of Time Award (ToTA) paper for this year.The ToTA recognizes an outstanding paper that has appeared at the SC conference and has deeply influenced the HPC discipline. It is a mark of historical impact and recognition that the paper has changed HPC trends.
Students from all over Australia (and one participant from Kolkata) converged on the sunny University of Newcastle for AMSI’s Summer School in the Mathematical Sciences.
Students stayed on campus for the four-week program, taking two of the eight subjects on offer, meeting employers at the careers afternoon and finding out about new research at specialist lectures.
The social side was also a big hit with students competing in a trivia night, "Murray Elder's Famous Bushwalk" and a beach party (despite the minor hiccup of a shark sighting).
See the AMS Fellows pages for: Full details.
From the University of Western Sydney:
"The Centre for Research in Mathematics at UWS (http://uws.edu.au/crm) is seeking to build its strength in Applied Mathematics. We are looking for someone who works in areas that will interact with some or all of our existing strengths in Control Theory, Mathematical Biology, and Computational Statistics, as well have the potential to collaborate with industry. We are a new Centre and hence the appointment will have the opportunity to help build the Centre’s research culture and integrate our research strengths with our undergraduate programme."
Closes: 31 August
Advertisment: Ref 868/14 at http://careers.uws.edu.au/Current-Vacancies
The FAA is the highest Australian scientific honour one can attain. There are now roughly 475 members over all scientific fields and less than 25 mathematicians of whom three are now CARMA members. See list.
This election is a fitting acknowledgement of the sustained depth of George's contributions to mathematics. George's citation reads:
Professor George Willis FAA School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle Elected for his innovation in diverse fields of mathematics, including insights into locally compact groups and fundamental concepts such as the scale function and flatness.
Jonathan Borwein, CARMA Director
A large team from the schools of Mathematics and Education have been part of a successful maths-focused bid for "Enhancing the Training of Maths and Science Teachers".
This is a joint grant with UoW, UTas, JCU, USyd and UQ (as lead). They have been awarded $2.2 million over 3 years to improve maths teaching at the school level.
Congratulations to Dr Masoud Talebian for his selection as a finalist for the INFORMS Teaching and Case Study competition, for his "Markdown Management at Sports Unlimited" case which has been used in teaching MATH3840 in the past. It was co-authored with Prof. Garrett van Ryzin of Columbia University.
The purpose of this annual competition is to encourage the creation, dissemination, and classroom use of new, unpublished cases in operations research and the management sciences. The finalists will be presented at a special open session of the annual INFORMS meeting and a panel of judges will select the winning entry based on these presentations. General information on the prize and last year's winners can be found at here.
Volume 139, Issue 1-2, June 2013. Special Issue: Computational and Analytical Mathematics. ISSN: 0025-5610 (Print) 1436-4646 (Online).
Details and papers may be seen here.
The 11th AMSI Summer School will be held from 7th January to 1st February 2013 at The University of Melbourne. The School is an exciting opportunity for students to improve their mathematical skills and meet other students. The program is packed with additional events - BBQs, guest lectures, a careers session, the annual dinner and more.
Registration for the school is now open at http://www.ms.unimelb.edu.au/~amsi2013/. Participants are advised to register and make travel arrangements early as Melbourne is a popular destination in January.
A large number of travel and accommodation scholarships are available, please indicate whether you are applying for these when you register.
All postgraduate students (as well as staff) are welcome, even if you have attended an AMSI summer school in the past.
CARMA is pleased to welcome our new member of staff, Dr Michael Coons.
Michael completed his BA in Mathematics at The University of Montana, Missoula, and his BS in Mathematics at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2005, Michael won a Fulbright Fellowship to study number theory at the Alfréd Rényi Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest. Michael obtained his PhD from Simon Fraser University in 2009, writing a thesis titled "Parity, transcendence, and multiplicative functions." Prior to becoming a Lecturer at Newcastle, he held a Fields-Ontario Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Fields Institute and the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.
Michael's research interests lie in number theory as broadly defined though he can usually be found working in arithmetic functions, transcendental number theory, or Diophantine approximation (specifically in the context of Mahler's method).
On Monday the 12th of March, 2012, the Centre for Optimal Planning and Operations (C-OPT) was officially launched in the Great Hall (Purdue Room) at the University's Callaghan Campus. The Centre is affiliated with the Priority Research Centre for Computer-Assisted Research Mathematics and its Applications (CARMA) and focuses on expanding industry-motivated and industry-linked research, primarily in the infrastructure, transport, and logistics sectors.
The event included seminars by leading academic and industry experts in the area of optimisation and business analytics and was attended by representatives of many local and national companies and academics from several of the top universities in Australia.
The programme of the launch can be found here.
Margaret Throsby from ABC Classic FM will be interviewing Professor Celia Hoyles live on air on Wednesday 15th February, 12:00-1:00pm AEDT. Margaret is one of Australia's most popular and admired broadcasters, with a career encompassing both radio and television.
Professor Hoyles is the former mathematics advisor to the UK Government. She recently spoke at the AMSI national forum, Maths for the future: Keep Australia competitive, about measures employed in the UK that have improved standards, reversed teacher shortages and increased enrolments in the mathematical sciences.
For information on how to listen in your area, visit http://www.abc.net.au/classic/program/midday/.
Congratulations again! This should be a prestige and sales boost for the book. Kitty (Research Librarian La Sierra)"
Science & Technology
Mathematics Borwein, Jonathan M. Convex functions: constructions, characterizations and counterexamples", by Jonathan M. Borwein and Jon D. Vanderwerff. Cambridge, 2010. 521p bibl index (Encyclopedia of mathematics and its applications, 109); ISBN 9780521850056, $130.00. Outstanding Title!
Reviewed in 2011jun CHOICE.