SMRI Seminar 8th April 2021

The Symmetry in Newcastle Seminar is not back just yet, but that does not mean you have to miss out on your monthly fix of Australian group theory seminars! Our friends at Sydney Mathematical Research Institute (SMRI) are hosting a seminar this Thursday and if you like combinatorial and geometric group theory, this might be just the event for you because the speakers for the day are Adam Piggott, Australian National University, and Murray Elder, University of Technology Sydney. The times, titles and abstracts of the talks, along with important links are as follows.

When: 8 April 2021, 15:00-17:00 AEST (05:00 – 07:00 UTC)

Where: Quad Oriental Room S204 (University of Sydney staff, students and affiliates only) and via Zoom (registration link below)

Talk 1: 15:00 AEST (05:00 UTC)

‘Stubborn conjectures concerning rewriting systems, geodesic normal forms and geodetic graphs’ 
Adam Piggott (ANU)

Abstract: A program of research, started in the 1980s, seeks to classify the groups that can be presented by various classes of length-reducing rewriting systems. We discuss the resolution of one part of the program (joint work with Andy Eisenberg (Temple University), and recent related work with Murray Elder (UTS).

Talk 2: 16:00 AEST (06:00 UTC)
‘Which groups have polynomial geodesic growth?’ 
Murray Elder (UTS)

Abstract: The growth function of a finitely generated group is a powerful and well-studied invariant. Gromov’s celebrated theorem states that a group has a polynomial growth function if and only if the group is {\em virtually nilpotent}. Of interest is a variant called the {\em geodesic growth function} which counts the number of minimal-length words in a group with respect to some finite generating set. I will explain progress made towards an analogue of Gromov’s theorem in this case. I will start by defining all of the terms used in this abstract (finitely generated group; growth function; virtual property of a group; nilpotent) and then give some details of the recent progress made.

The talk is based on the papers arxiv.org/abs/1009.5051arxiv.org/abs/1908.07294 and arxiv.org/abs/2007.06834 by myself, Alex Bishop, Martin Brisdon, José Burillo and Zoran Šunić.

To Register: 
https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrdeyrqTkoGNIG0BAyuvcTjuBxA7MPDTvC

WIMSIG is calling for applications for AustMS ​Cheryl E. Praeger Travel and Anne Penfold Street Awards

The AustMS WIMSIG Cheryl E. Praeger Travel Awards are designed to provide full or partial support for Australian female 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

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 carrers 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

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

WIMSIG is calling for applications for the Maryam Mirzakhani Award

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 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.

Statement on the Inequitable Impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Australian Mathematical Society and the Statistical Society of Australia have released a joint statement on the unequal impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the profession. This is to reinforce, and add Australian context to, the statement released by the European Women in Mathematics group.

The Australian mathematical sciences community reiterates that the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have not been equally experienced, and they will continue to be felt for a long time to come. Impacts including reduction of research output, loss of networking opportunities and collegiate connection, and increased stress on mental health have been devastating to many, but have been most acutely felt by those in more vulnerable positions.

The full statement can be found on this page, or in (printable, accessible) pdf format here. It is endorsed by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical & Statistical Frontiers, the Australian Academy of Science, the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering, the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute, the Mathematical Research Institute (MATRIX), the National Tertiary Education Union, the University of Sydney Mathematical Research Institute, and Science & Technology Australia.

Passing of Dr John Belward

Dear AustMS Members

It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing of  Dr John Belward on the 22nd of February 2021.  

John was a long standing member of ANZIAM and AustMS since 1965.

Our deepest condolences to his family.  

The International Day of Mathematics on March 14, 2021

Dear colleagues,
 
On March 14, 2021, we will celebrate the second International Day of Mathematics (IDM). 

The chosen theme for 2021 is Mathematics for a Better World.

In view of the pandemic, many celebrations will take place online or be limited to classrooms.

The Mathematics for a Better World Poster Challenge generated 2100 proposals, 

please visit the gallery.

The 2021 Global Online Celebration

The celebration will start as March 14 begins in Oceania and end 48 hours later at the end 

of March 14. It will consist in liveblogging pictures and videos from IDM events worldwide, 

posters, announcements and more. Posting can be done on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, 

using the hashtag #idm314.

The main event will be a series of short online talks for a general audience on mathematics 

and how it can make the world better. There will be three sessions in three different languages: 

English, French, and Spanish. The talks will be streamed live through the IDM website completely 

free and without any need to sign up. It will take place from 14:00 UTC to 18:05 UTC.

                                              Program of the main event.

It is still possible to post IDM celebrations, including classroom celebrations on the IDM website.

Many thanks for spreading the word in your community and helping to make IDM 2021 a 

big success!

Regards

Helge Holden

Prof. Helge Holden
Secretary General of the International Mathematical Union
https://www.mathunion.org

Call for submissions (including Maths Education): STEME Journal

Dear Aust MS Community 

The American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) has just launched a new journal:  STEM Education, and the editors (of which I am one) welcome submissions from the Aust MS community.

STEM Education (STEME) is the official journal for STEM Education of the American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). STEME is a forum for dissemination and debate via original research into science, technology, engineering and mathematics education by, and for, an international community of STEM education scholars, practitioners and policy-makers at all levels.

Articles in STEME will meet the definition of research and experimental development (R&D) aligned with the OECD’s Frascati Manual, which defines R&D as ‘creative and systematic work undertaken in order to increase the stock of knowledge  – including knowledge of humankind, culture and society – and to devise new applications of available knowledge’ (OECD, 2015).

STEME welcomes submissions on STEM education at all levels that involve: pure research (including oriented research); applied research; or experimental development. 

STEME is open to a wide range of research methods, designs and methodologies.  All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

Please see the journal’s webpage for more information: https://www.aimsciences.org/journal/A0000-0006/

STEM Education (STEME) is the official journal for STEM Education of the American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). STEME is a forum for dissemination and debate via original research into science, technology, engineering and mathematics education by, and for, an international community of STEM education scholars, practitioners and policy-makers at all levels. American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (aimsciences.org)

With best wishes and feel free to reach out if I can be of further service.

Chris Tisdell (on behalf of the editors)

Professor Stephen James Pride

Dear AustMS members

I regret to inform you of the death of Professor Stephen James Pride (Steve), in Glasgow on 21 October 2020.

Steve was a prominent Geometric Group Theorist with Australian roots, and a long-term member of the Australian Mathematical Society.

He was born in Melbourne in 1949, graduated BSc in Mathematics from Monash University in 1971, and PhD in Group Theory from the Australian National University in 1974, under the supervision of Mike Newman.

He spent most of his career at the University of Glasgow.

He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1992.

Jim Howie  

[Ed: you can see Professor Pride’s publications in MathSciNet here]

Academic Positions at UTas (Hobart)

There is an ongoing full-time position in the Discipline of Mathematics, University of Tasmania (Hobart)
Level B/C in applied mathematics or statistics and decision science.

Closing date 12 March 2021

Further details at: https://www.seek.com.au/job/51518470?type=standout#searchRequestToken=83f2d248-9d49-48a2-87a2-d223dc47a303

posted on behalf of Andrew Bassom andrew.bassom@utas.edu.au

Academic Positions at UNSW

There are five positions currently available in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW in Sydney:
    Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
    Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Applied Mathematics
    Lecturer in Pure Mathematics
    Lecturer in Data Science
    Senior Lecturer in Data Science

5-year terms, convertible tenure track — Closing date: Monday 8 March, 2021

Details are on the webpage: https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/news/2021-02/positions-available

Women and candidates from diverse backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.