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Mathematical Biology Special Interest Group Best Student Paper Prize

The MBSIG will offer a best student paper prize annually, for an exceptional paper in the field of mathematical biology. The winner of this prize will be awarded $300AUD and will be invited to present the paper at the annual MBSIG meeting, associated with the ANZIAM conference. 

Closing date    16th  December 2020

Eligibility    The prize is open to any student affiliated with the MBSIG. The award may be shared by multiple student authors who have contributed substantially to the same paper.

The awardee(s) must:

  • have been normally resident in Australia or New Zealand at the time the research was conducted.
  • be a fully paid-up member of ANZIAM. 

The paper nominated must have:

  • been submitted while the awardee was enrolled as a student (undergraduate or postgraduate), but acceptance may have occurred subsequent to conferral of the nominee’s degree,
  • published in final form within the 18 months preceding the closing date for the prize. This includes early online access on the journal webpage.

Decisions regarding eligibility will be made by the judging panel, whose decision will be final. 

Application material    Please submit:

  •  an electronic copy of the paper, 
  • a statement of contributions (<200 words, if the paper is multi-authored), 
  • a statement of eligibility, 
  • a (<500 word) summary, in your own words, of the significance of the paper. Consider questions such as: Why is the work important to you, and to the field? Which aspects of the work are you most proud of? Where might the research go next?

Submissions must be made to mbsig@anziam.org.au by midnight Eastern Standard Time on the closing date.

Judges     The judging panel will consist of three members of the MBSIG committee and/or nominees determined by the committee, and judging panel will rotate annually.

Criteria    We expect there to be a broad collection of papers submitted, covering a range of mathematical biology topics. Novel mathematical techniques will be weighted equally to novel applications by the judging committee. Criteria to be considered by the judging panel include:

  • Originality and impact
  • The contribution of the nominee(s)

AustMS Early Career Workshop 2020

This is a reminder that the 2020 AustMS Early-Career Workshop (ECW) will be held online on Monday December 7, preceding the 64th Annual Meeting of the Australian Mathematical Society. 

The ECW is intended for current higher-degree research students and ECRs (up to roughly five years post-PhD). 

Registration is free! Speaker info, a provisional schedule, and the registration form can be found on the AustMS Early Career Workshop 2020 website.

Nominations for plenary speakers at AustMS-2021

09 Nov 2020

From the AustMS Secretary Deborah Jackson on behalf of the 2021 Conference Director Florian Breuer Florian.Breuer@newcastle.edu.au.

Call for nominations: Plenary speakers for the AustMS 2021 Annual Conference to be held in Newcastle, December 2021.

The programme advisory board of the 2021 AustMS conference is seeking nominations for plenary speakers at the 2021 annual congress of the Australian Mathematical Society, to be held in Newcastle in early December 2021.

Ideally, plenary speakers should be eminent experts in their area of Mathematics, or in applications of Mathematics to other disciplines. They should also be good public speakers who can deliver an engaging talk to a non-specialist audience. Since we expect AustMS2021 to be held in person, the speaker should ideally be somebody who is likely to attend the conference in person in December 2021. We are seeking nominations for both domestic and international speakers.

The deadline for nominations is now Friday 27 November 2020.

All nominations must be submitted via the form at the following link: https://forms.gle/TG4AeV2hHfuno2gFA

Reminder AustMS 64th Annual meeting

With one month to go until the 64th Annual meeting we have 238 registrations and 104 talks in 20 special sessions. If you plan to attend and have not registered yet, please do so as soon as possible. You can register your session talk until the 16 November. After this you will still be able to edit title or abstract of your talk until the 30 November. Information and updates will be posted on the conference website .

If you revisit your registration and have not done so yet please tick the box confirming that you abide by the Australian Mathematical Society Code of Conduct.

We hope to see you on Zoom in December.

On behalf of the Organising committee.

Gerd Schmalz

Appointment of Social Media and News Coordinator

09 Nov 2020

The Society is pleased to announce the appointment of David Roberts as its new Social Media and News Coordinator.

David will be curating news stories for our website and managing our social media presence.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee promotes the objectives of the Society in relation to equity, diversity and inclusion practices through relevant activities, and provides strategic advice to Council on matters relevant to diversity practices.

David is a pure mathematician working at the intersection of category theory and geometry (and other topics). He is currently a postdoc in the Institute for Geometry and its Applications at the University of Adelaide, and cut his social media teeth on Google+ before moving to Twitter and now running his own blog, ‘TheHigherGeometer’.

The AustMS FaceBook page has grown in popularity in recent years under the stewardship of Sid Morris and the Society thanks him for this valuable service and many posts, both serious and entertaining.

Mathematics Education Special Session

02 Nov 2020

From the AustMS Secretary Deborah Jackson on behalf of Deborah King dmking@unimelb.edu.au.

The Mathematics Education special session of the Australian Mathematical Society Annual Meeting, hosted by the University of New England, 8-10 December 2020, is now accepting submissions.

You are invited to submit a talk (20 minutes, plus 5 minutes break between talks)

Please also circulate to colleagues who may be interested in participating in this session.  

Talks in this session may focus on pedagogy, professional development or other topics relevant to tertiary mathematics education. 

The conference website is here: https://austms.org.au/meetings/annual-conferences/2020-austms-meeting/

Conference registration is free for AustMS members and closes on 16 November 2020. (The fee for non-members is $50, and can be put towards AustMS membership.). 

I’m sure that there will be lots to talk about this year! Please come and share the experiences with our community. 

With very best wishes

Deb King

A/Prof. Deborah King
Director, Bachelor of Science
University of Melbourne
+61 3 8344-8052
http://fyimaths.org.au/
mathsassess.org

vale Vaughan Jones

AustMS is saddened by the passing of Sir Vaughan Jones, one of the world’s outstanding mathematicians. He passed away suddenly on 6 September 2020, at the age of 67.

Vaughan Jones
Sir Vaughan Jones was the only New Zealander to receive the Fields Medal. Photo: Akram Aldroubi/Vanderbilt University

An obituary written by Arnaud Brothier, Pinhas Grossman, Scott Morrison, and James Tener, is attached here.

Our sincere sympathy to his family.

Links:

NZ’s most celebrated mathematician dies; Univ. Auckland, 9 September 2020.
Celebrated NZ mathematician Sir Vaughan Jones dies; NZ Herald, 9 Sept. 2020.
Vaughan Jones, preeminent Vanderbilt mathematician, has died; Vanderbilt University News.
Vaughan Jones, preeminent Vanderbilt mathematician, has died;Vanderbilt News, 9 Sept. 2020.
Vaughan Jones (1952–2020); Nature. OBITUARY  29 SEPTEMBER 2020.
Vaughan Jones, preeminent mathematician, has died; IMPA, Brazil. 30/09/2020.
Vaughan Jones, eminent mathematician close to IHES, passed away; IHES news, 11 SEPTEMBER 2020.

Call for EOIs for the AustMS EDI Committee

05 Oct 2020

The AustMS is calling for Expressions of Interest from AustMS members willing to serve on the AustMS Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the three-year term 2021–2023.

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee promotes the objectives of the Society in relation to equity, diversity and inclusion practices through relevant activities, and provides strategic advice to Council on matters relevant to diversity practices.

Expressions of interest are particularly encouraged from people in under-represented and under-included groups, at all stages of career.

Members of the AustMS interested in serving on this committee are asked to send a short CV and statement as to what they can bring to the Committee.

Please email this to the AustMS Secretary, D.Jackson@latrobe.edu.au, by Friday 16 October 2020.

ANZIAM: The 2021 ANZIAM Medal — Call for nominations

30 Sept 2020

ANZIAM logoNominations are now sought for the ANZIAM Medal, which is the premier award of ANZIAM, a Division of the Australian Mathematical Society.

At most one award will be made annually, but only to a candidate of sufficient merit. The selection criteria for the award are:

1. Research achievements.

2. Activities enhancing applied or industrial mathematics, or both, AND

3. Contributions to ANZIAM.

Nominations:

Nominations for the award can be made by any member of ANZIAM other than the nominee. A nomination should consist of a brief CV of the nominee together with the nominee’s list of publications, a one page resumé of the significance of the nominee’s work, and no more than a one page resumé of the significance of the nominee’s work. Nominations should be forwarded in confidence, electronically in PDF format, to the Chair of the Selection Panel, Professor Peter Taylor (taylorpg@unimelb.edu.au) by 1 November 2020.

Further details of the application process and the award criteria are on the ANZIAM website: www.anziam.org.au/he+ANZIAM+medal.

ANZIAM: The 2021 EO Tuck Medal — Call for nominations

30 Sept 2020

ANZIAM logoIn honour of late Ernest Oliver Tuck, FAustMS, FTSE and FAA, ANZIAM has instituted a mid-career award for outstanding research and distinguished service to the field of Applied Mathematics.

At most one award will be made annually, but only to a candidate of sufficient merit. No person can receive more than one such award and previous winners of the ANZIAM medal are ineligible. The selection criteria for the award are:

1. Outstanding research, relative to opportunity, in Applied and/or Industrial Mathematics, where a significant proportion of the research work has been carried out in Australia and/or New Zealand.

2. Distinguished service in the field of Applied Mathematics. Service in ANZIAM related activities will be highly regarded.

3. On 1 January in the year in which the award is made, the recipient will have normally had their PhD conferred more than ten and less than twenty years ago (see note 3. below).

4. Membership of ANZIAM for at least the five calendar years preceding the year in which the award is made. Backdating of membership is not acceptable.

Notes:

1. In criterion 1 the research portfolio will be assessed relative to opportunity. Any significant teaching and administrative responsibilities will be considered when assessing the volume of a candidate’s research output and contribution.

2. ANZIAM considers it highly desirable that its members advance the profession into the future. The selection panel can consider the potential of the candidate to the discipline (for example, via their ability to be awarded prestigious research fellowships).

3. Any exceptional circumstances should be forwarded to the Executive Committee to assess eligibility; they will normally consider the types of career interruptions allowed by the ARC in their research fellowship guidelines.

Nominations:

Nominations for the award can be made by any member of ANZIAM other than the nominee. A nomination should consist of a brief CV of the nominee together with the nominee’s list of publications, a one page resumé of the significance of the nominee’s work, and a one page resumé of the nominee’s service contribution. Nominations should be forwarded in confidence, electronically in PDF format, to the Chair of the Selection Panel, Professor Yvonne Stokes (yvonne.stokes@adelaide.edu.au) by 1 November 2020.

Further details of the application process and the award criteria are on the ANZIAM website: www.anziam.org.au/The+EO+Tuck+Medal.