For announcements of AustMS business, such as awards, vacant positions, upcoming deadlines, etc.

WIMSIG is calling for applications for the Maryam Mirzakhani Award (closing date 1st of April)

Maryam Mirzakhani (1977–2017) was an Iranian mathematician and a professor at Stanford University. In 2014 she became the first female recipient of the prestigious Fields Medal. She passed away much too soon but her achievements live on and continue to inspire many.

The Maryam Mirzakhani Award has been established to honour her work as well as her role in breaking the glass ceiling for women in mathematics.     

The Maryam Mirzakhani Award is designed to support international female students pursuing a postgraduate degree in mathematics in Australia. Each year the award will be made on a competitive basis by a selection committee of distinguished mathematicians, appointed by the executive committee of WIMSIG.

There is one round of the Maryam Mirzakhani Award per year, with the closing date each year being the 1st of April. Applications, using the form overleaf and accompanied by a CV and other supporting documentation (link bellow with more information) must be sent to the Selection Committee via the email address mirzakhaniaward@austms.org.au.

For more: https://austms.org.au/awards-grants/awards/maryam-mirzakhani-award/

WIMSIG is calling for applications for AustMS ​Cheryl E. Praeger Travel and Anne Penfold Street Awards (first round 2022 closing 1st of April)

The AustMS WIMSIG Cheryl E. Praeger Travel Awards are designed to provide full or partial support for Australian women, trans and gender-diverse mathematicians to attend conferences or to visit collaborators.  The Awards are named after Professor Cheryl E. Praeger AM FAA, in recognition of her contributions to supporting and encouraging women in mathematics.

The Awards are funded by the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) and are an initiative of the AustMS Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG), which administers them. Awards are determined on a competitive basis by a selection committee of distinguished mathematicians, appointed by the Executive Committee of WIMSIG. 

There are two rounds of the Travel Awards per year, with closing dates on April 1 and on October 1 each year. Applications, using the application form and accompanied by a CV and other supporting documentation as detailed in the rules (link bellow), should be sent to the Selection Committee via the email address praegertravelawards@austms.org.au

For more: https://austms.org.au/awards-grants/awards/praeger-travel-awards/


The AustMS WIMSIG Anne Penfold Street Awards provide additional financial support to Australian mathematicians for their caring responsibilities, while they travel for conferences or research visits to collaborators. The Awards are named after Professor Anne Penfold Street AM, in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of knowledge across the broader mathematical community where she promoted the intellectual development of secondary and tertiary students, and actively supported the advancement of her peers. 

The potential uses of these Awards include, but are not limited to, short-term childcare or professional carers for elderly relatives. These Awards are open to: individuals studying/working/living in Australia, regardless of gender, or members of organising committees for mathematics/statistics conferences to be held in Australia. 

The Awards are funded by the Australian Mathematical Society (AustMS) and are an initiative of the AustMS Women in Mathematics Special Interest Group (WIMSIG), which administers them. Awards are determined on a competitive basis by a selection committee of distinguished mathematicians, appointed by the Executive Committee of WIMSIG.
There are two rounds of the Street Awards per year, with closing dates on April 1 and on October 1 each year. Applications, using the application form and accompanied by a CV and other supporting documentation as detailed in the rules (link bellow), should be sent to the Selection Committee via the email address streetawards@austms.org.au.

For more: https://austms.org.au/awards-grants/awards/penfold-street-awards/

Social Media and News Co-ordinator, Applications due 22 February

We seek a person with a PhD in mathematics, web and social media skills, and preferably also with experience in news curation.

Firstly the role services the Society’s social media stakeholders, the new website content management group, conference, workshop and event organisers. Secondly, it curates national and international news feeds for the website, and for social media.

A brief position description is available here. Remuneration offered.

Contact person: AustMS vice-president, Aidan Sims vice-president@austms.org.au

Applications by email to Aidan closing on Wednesday 22 February 2022.

New Incoming President, and Vice-President

The AustMS welcomes its new members of Council, and is particularly pleased to announce its new Incoming President, Professor Jessica Purcell, and Vice-President, Professor Aidan Sims.


Jessica Purcell: I am a Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematics at Monash University. I am also Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Science at Monash University. I was Chair of WIMSIG from 2019 to 2020, and I’m currently finishing up my term as Immediate Past Chair of WIMSIG. My research is in geometry and topology. In research, I work on problems in the overlap of hyperbolic geometry, 3-manifolds, and knot theory. I obtained my PhD in Mathematics from Stanford University, and held positions in the US (a postdoc at University of Texas at Austin, a continuing position at Brigham Young University) and the UK (postdoc at Oxford University). A sabbatical at the University of Melbourne in 2014 helped convince me to move to Australia long term, and I joined Monash in 2015. I seek to make mathematics open and welcoming, and I want to see the support and opportunities to ensure its healthy future.


Aidan Sims: I’m Aidan Sims, currently in the School of Maths and Applied Stats at the University of Wollongong, which stands in Yuin Country. I was born on Anēwan Country (in Armidale), and completed my undergrad degree and PhD (2004) at the University of Newcastle on Awabakal Country. I came to UOW in 2007. My research is focussed on functional analysis and operator algebras, with a few forays into algebra and topology. Personally, I’m especially enthusiastic about promoting equity, diversity and inclusivity in the AustMS and in mathematics more generally.


You can read a short interview with Prof. Purcell here, and Prof. Sims here.

Algy Howe

It is with great sadness that we bring to you the news of the sudden passing of Algy Howe, at the age of 79.

Algy was the Society’s Treasurer between 1994 and 2019, and an Honorary Member of AustMS in recognition of his many years of exceptional service.

Algy was born on the third of August 1942, and grew up in Guyra, NSW. He attended Armidale High School, before commencing his undergraduate studies at the University of New England in 1960. Algy completed his BSc Honours degree at UNE in 1963 and moved to the ANU in 1964 to undertake his doctoral degree in mathematics under the supervision of Andrew Coppel.

Following the successful completion of his PhD, specialising in differential equations, he took up a temporary lectureship at the University of Queensland in early 1967. Later in the year he commenced a two-year postdoctoral position at Brown University in the United States. In August 1969, Algy commenced his appointment as Lecturer in the Department of Pure Mathematics, in the Faculty of Arts at ANU, under the Headship of Hanna Neumann. He subsequently remained at ANU throughout the rest of his career.

Algy unexpectedly passed away on 21 December, and will be deeply missed by all of those in our community who have had the pleasure of knowing him.

The Society wishes to expresses its condolences to his wife Maisie and children Marc and Melissa.

The family will hold a private farewell with just the immediate family prior to the New Year.

They will be holding a memorial event at the ANU mid to late January. Details will be confirmed in the coming weeks.

Please note, the family are also gathering personal messages for Algy that they will place with him on the day of his cremation before the New Year.  

If you would like to convey a personal message to Algy, please email it to melissahowe10@gmail.com prior to 30 December.

In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to https://www.marineconservation.org.au/actions/donate-sustainable-fisheries/ .

Deborah Jackson

Neil Trudinger

Ole Warnaar

Australian mathematicians recognised for contributions to research, teaching and the discipline

This week the Australian Mathematical Society recognises the work of leading Australian mathematicians at its 65th Annual Meeting.

The hybrid event, hosted by the University of Newcastle, started today and saw the award of the AustMS Medal, the George Szekeres Medal, the Society’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Gavin Brown Prize. These prizes cover the breadth of contributions of mathematicians—from distinguished research of a mid-career researcher to sustained outstanding contributions; from teaching to specific outstanding publications in the last decade.


Read more

Honorary memberships for trio of leading mathematicians

AustMS is pleased to announce that, at the hundred and thirty-first Council meeting, Council has unanimously decided to award Professor Graeme HockingProfessor Nalini Joshi and Associate Professor Peter Stacey Honorary Membership of AustMS for their exceptional services to the Society and to the discipline of mathematics.

A person distinguished for the promotion, extension or application of mathematical knowledge may be elected by the Council as an Honorary Member of the Society.

https://austms.org.au/membership/

2021 NSW ANZIAM branch meeting

The New South Wales branch of ANZIAM will hold a one-day mixed virtual and in person meeting (depending on circumstances, may end up purely online) on Friday the 26th of November at NUspace in Newcastle. The meeting will include our AGM.

The meeting will run from approximately 10am to 5.30pm (depending upon the number of speakers).

We are delighted to have Dr Christopher Lustri from Macquarie University, as our keynote speaker

There will be no registration fee.

If you wish to attend, please fill out the following form https://forms.gle/zSUdzaWJ4HkoimeD8 ASAP. 

If attending in person you must fill out the following form as well and present proof of double vaccination on the day.https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=nyxUhafqdE6JtaresYH-YMPY_b2B0jtCu0vbPBhEVSxUNU1VODFXRVhJRElVOVdTVlBIVkM5OTZCQS4u

Currently, the deadline for submission of abstracts is 5pm on Monday the 22nd of November.

Conference Dinner

There will be a conference dinner for those attending in person, please note whether you will be attending and any dietary requirements in the form.

Selection of Speakers

In the fortunate event that we are over-subscribed with speakers priority will first be given to students and ECR, with preference given to NSW ANZIAM members. If there are slots remaining for established researchers, preference will again be given to NSW ANZIAM members.

Student Prize

There will be a prize for the best student speaker.

Organisers

Fillipe Georgiou and Kyle Stevens,
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle

Supported by

AMSI BioInfoSummer 2021 hybrid conference

29 November – 2 December

Adelaide | Melbourne | Perth | Sydney | Townsville

www.bis.amsi.org.au

Join with other advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, researchers and professionals from the mathematics, statistics, data science, and medical sciences to develop your bioinformatics skills, nationals networks and employability! Learn about the latest research and developments in High Performance Computing for bioinformatics, Computational Methods in Human Genomic Health, Metagenomics and Long reads from an exciting line up of speakers including:

  • Ana Conesa, Institute for Integrative Systems Biology and Politechnical University of Valencia
  • Chen Ying, Genome Institute of Singapore
  • Greg Caporaso, Pathogen and Microbiome Institute, North Arizona University
  • Lorena Pantano, NextRNA Therapeutics, USA
  • John Quackenbush, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Melanie Bahlo, WEHI
  • Aaron Jex, WEHI
  • James Ferguson, Garvan Institute of Medical Research
  • Nadia Davidson, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Participate online or from one of our event hubs:

  • Adelaide | The University of Adelaide
  • Melbourne | Melbourne Bioinformatics, The University of Melbourne
  • Perth | Curtin University
  • Sydney | UNSW
  • Townsville | James Cook University

Full conference registration

Students: $90 AMSI members / $140 non-members

Standard $140 AMSI members / $210 non-members

Register now: bis.amsi.org.au/register

AMSI member students can attend for FREE for a Registration Scholarship courtesy of Australian BioCommons.  

Apply by 27 October: bis.amsi.org.au/registration-scholarships

Join the program! Share your research by entering the ePoster and Fast Forward Talks competition

Submit your abstract by 8 November: bis.amsi.org.au/submit-abstract