Plymouth University has recently reviewed its governance and decided
to enhance the role of the ‘academic voice.’ As part of this process a
body called the Academic Board was updated to form a Senate for the
University. Elections were recently held and we are pleased to announce
that Dr Colin Christopher , from the Centre of Mathematical Sciences,
was elected to serve in the newly formed Senate to represent the
Faculty of Science and Engineering.
The center of the world for particle physics is CERN between Geneva and France, because that is where the beams of the highest man-made particles are collided together to look for a new fundamental theory of physics, known as Beyond the Standard Model.
Dr. Antonio Rago is visiting CERN this week to work with his long term collaborator Agostino Patella.
Nuffield Research Placements provide the opportunity for students, in the first year of a post-16 STEM course, to work alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
This year staff from our centre are supervising three students from a local school to work for 4 weeks on computational physics problems and statistical analysis.
Daniel Robertz has been awarded an LMS Undergraduate Research Bursary to fund an eight week long research project pursued by Edward Kitcher (a student who has just completed his second year) over the summer. Edward will study symmetries of differential equations and will perform computational experiments using the computer algebra system Maple to find exact solutions of certain systems of partial differential equations.
A referendum will be held on 23 June to decide whether
the United Kingdom should remain a member of the European
Union or whether the UK should leave the EU. This decision will have important implications for the future of the UK, so there is a lot of interest in the state of public opinion about the matter.
Julian Stander, Luciana Dalla Valle, and John Eales, from CMS, and their
collaborators, have published an article about their analysis
of the Facebook pages of the various sides in the debate.
You can follow their article on Facebook or Twitter.
Next week Dr. Antonio Rago of the CMS is attending a meeting on Conformal Field Theories and Renormalization Group Flows in Dimensions d>2 at the Galileo Galilei Institute for Theoretical Physics in Florence. See here for an example of his work in this field. More details about the meeting can be found here.
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.