If you walk into a typical mathematics or physics department you typically see on the walls many posters explaining a research topic, or an advert for a conference in some exotic location.
There are are some very professional looking posters on the walls of 3-5 Kirby place, where some of the people in the Mathematical Sciences Centre have their offices. However, many of the posters are old, and were produced by people, who have long left the University.
Spring is here, so it is time for a poster clean up! So there has been an effort, coordinated by Stephen Huggett, to update the posters in our building. The new posters are currently being printed. So soon a visitor to our building will get an up to date overview of our current research activities.
For our virtual visitors, they can look at the example below.
Typically when business leaders are asked what skills that they would like students to have, they always mention, in addition to good mathematical skills, the ability to work in teams and to communicate well.
The Immersive Vision Theatre (IVT) on the campus of Plymouth University can be used as a planetarium. Dr Ben King today held the final taught lecture in his module: Mathematical Methods and Applications, for second year students, in the IVT.
The course ends with a derivation of Keplers’s law from Newton’s law of gravitation. Ben showed the students a short film, showing the modern use of the law of gravitation to finding the mysterious Dark Matter. After the film, there was a quiz on the material. At the end there was a quick tour of the Universe, ending with the cosmic background radiation.
Mathematics has many applications in health care. Dr Jason Hughes, from the University’s Mathematical Sciences Research Centre and Dr Miriam McMullan, Lecturer in Podiatry are collaborating on developing a new mathematical model to predict the pressure on feet. The model could help prevent foot ulcers.
They have been awarded a grant from the University’s Institute of Health and Community Pump Priming Fund.
Tim Reis and Ana Paula Palacois attended the Astonishing Science Weekend in Butlins (Bognor) 15th-17th April of this year. They presented a popular demonstration about walking on custard.
Some very good reviews are below:
And some pictures …
It is getting very close to the deadline for application, but there is a vacancy for a PhD position at the Center for Mathematical Sciences at Plymouth University. The full details are available.
Craig McNeile has been invited to present a review on the status of lattice results for the masses of glueballs at the Elba 2016 workshop on Forward Physics in Italy.
Glueballs are made out of gluons. They are in principle allowed by the QCD theory (the most important theory for nuclear physics), but there is no experimental evidence for them. There have been many experiments, which have tried to find them, but so far there has been no confirmed signal for glueballs. Better experiments and more accurate theoretical calculations of the glueball masses may help us find this new class of particle.
Dr Tim Reis has been awarded Faculty Winner for the award of Most Innovative use of Teaching Methods at last week’s SSTAR Awards.
The idea and aim behind the SSTAR Awards is to celebrate and reward some of the excellent University staff members and dedicated Student Reps at Plymouth University.
Dr Julian Sander, Dr. Luciana Dalla Valle and collaborators have written an interesting article about the life expectancy of the Pope. The current Pope, jokingly announced that he expected to live another two or three years.
In their article, the authors use Bayesian statistics with the data from the life spans of previous Popes, to show that the current Pope will probably live much longer than a few years.
The paper was discussed on a radio show on the BBC.
There is a special arts exhibition in the Peninsula Arts Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building at the University of Plymouth.
The exhibition presents the outcomes of conversations between artists and mathematician. It was created to celebrate their 150th anniversary of the London Mathematical Society.
The exhibition is installed until May 28th 2016.