A very important module for the third year students in our school is called Mathematical Sciences in Context. There are similar modules in the Mathematics with Statistics, Mathematics with Theoretical Physics, Mathematics with Finance and Mathematics with High Performance Computing degrees.
In this module, students work in teams of 4 on a structured, but open ended project in an advanced topic related to their degree. For projects with marks above 70%, there is the possibility of publishing an article in the Plymouth Student Scientist journal. For example, see this article on the Riemann hypothesis.
On Wednesday 14th March all the students on the module made 20 minute presentations on their projects, to the staff on the module and other interested students.
To give an insight into the topics covered, the list of talk titles is below.
Plymouth University will be well represented at the 60th British Applied Mathematics Colloquium, held at the University of St. Andrews from March 26th to 29th. Norjan Jumaa and Seemaa Mohammed will be giving talks, and Zainab Bu Sinnah presenting a poster, related to the lattice-Boltzmann method with applications to fluid flow, under the supervision of Dr. David Graham. Ruaa Wana will give a talk about work done on smoothed particle hydrodynamics and applications to tsunami generation, supervised by Dr. Jason Hughes and in collaboration with Dr. Alison Raby of Plymouth’s COAST Lab. Omar Al-Tameemi, also under the supervision of Dr. David Graham, will present work on the virtual source method for numerical simulations of nonlinear water waves. Dr. Raphael Stuhlmeier will present work on the nonlinear interaction of random sea-surface waves.
The Chair of the Journal of Statistical Education Best Paper Panel wrote “The Committee agreed that your paper was the clear winner”. The paper shares the authors’ experiences of teaching Data Science at the University of Plymouth.
Professor of Theoretical Physics David McMullan was interviewed on BBC Radio Devon on Wednesday following the death of Professor Stephen Hawking. David spoke about his own experiences of giving a talk as a PhD student with Professor Hawking in the audience. He also discussed the enduring impact of some of Professor Hawking’s most enduring discoveries.
Professor Brunero Liseo from the University of Rome visited our Drs Luciana Dalla Valle and Julian Stander to conduct research on a project entitled “High-Dimensional Bayesian Dependence Modelling
with Conditional Copulas” supported by a Royal Society grant.
One of the aims of the project is to use statistical models to providing a better understanding of how children’s eyes develop. Because of the bad weather caused by Storm Emma, Brunero had to delay his return to Rome, providing the team with an additional day to collaborate on the project.
As well as studying some of our students also help with running Plymouth University. A particularly important role is that of student ambassador, which involves undertaking activities on open and applicant days and other activities.
Fyona Parker, who is a student ambassador at Plymouth University and is studying Mathematics with Education, has been nominated in the 2018 Student Employee Of The Year Awards!
The use of technology can help students learn mathematics. For example a short podcast can show a mathematical topic, which can be paused or the the key parts can be reviewed multiple times as required.
Dr. Julian Stander has just published, to our youtube channel, two new podcasts on the Binomial Distribution and Maximum Likelihood Estimation.