
 2007
 2006
 EPSRC Postgraduate Taught Course Centre (30 November 2006)
 Peter Topping awarded 2006 Philip Leverhulme Prize (1 November 2006)
 Professor Sir Christopher Zeeman, FRS awarded the David Crighton Medal (2 October 2006)
 Professor William Parry FRS 1934—2006 (21 August 2006)
 How long until a child asks “Are we there yet?” (8 August 2006)
 Twelve second year Mathematics students head for Africa (28 July 2006)
 Yuri Manin receives honorary DSc (13 July 2006)
 Warwick set to receive £4M Doctoral Training Centre in Complexity Science (7 July 2006)
 Staff and Graduate Students Football Championship 2006 (23 June 2006)
 Miles Reid awarded Senior Berwick Prize by LMS (19 June 2006)
 Systems Biology Doctoral Training Centre (10 June 2006)
 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship awarded to Volker Betz (29 May 2006)
 EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship awarded to Martin Hairer (29 May 2006)
 Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications (24 March 2006)
 2005

30 November 2006  Top 


EPSRC Postgraduate Taught Course Centre
In collaboration with
Bath,
Bristol,
Imperial College and
Oxford,
Warwick will establish (from October 2007) an
EPSRC supported
taught course centre for the mathematical sciences.
This wil provide specialist lecture courses aimed
specifically at PhD students. There will be approximately twenty
courses a year to choose from. Some of the lectures will be delivered
at Warwick, and the others will be transmitted via live links
from each of the other universities. In addition, regular event
days will be arranged so that students and staff can meet at a common
venue.
These courses will draw upon the combined expertise of the
participating universities to greatly enhance the provision of courses
for the PhD students of all five departments.
Details will appear on tcc.maths.ox.ac.uk.


1 November 2006  Top 


Peter Topping awarded 2006 Philip Leverhulme Prize
Peter Topping has won the 2006 Philip Leverhulme Prize for work
in geometry, analysis and nonlinear PDE. His main focus has been
on geometric flows, especially the harmonic map flow and the
Ricci flow.
The Prizes commemorate the contribution to the work of the Leverhulme Trust made by
Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of the founder.
The announcement of the 2006 Prizes.


2 October 2006  Top 


Professor Sir Christopher Zeeman, FRS awarded the David Crighton Medal
The Councils of the London Mathematical Society and
the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications have
announced the award of the 2006 David Crighton Medal to
Professor Sir Christopher Zeeman, FRS, founding Professor of
Mathematics at the University of Warwick and later Principal
of Hertford College, Oxford in recognition of his long and
distinguished service to mathematics and to the mathematical
community in all areas – in research, to mathematics
in higher education, to the mathematical societies, and in
outreach activities with schools and the public.
The
David Crighton Award was instituted by the IMA and LMS in
memory of Professor David George Crighton FRS, (15 November 1942
– 12 April 2000) a former President of the IMA and
PresidentDesignate of the LMS at the time of his death. David
was Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Professor of Applied
Mathematics at Cambridge University; he was a leader in the
fields of Fluid Mechanics and Applied Mathematics, influencing
their progress nationally and internationally through his
contributions both to research and administration. The Medal is
awarded triennially to an eminent mathematician for services
both to mathematics and to the mathematical community.


21 August 2006  Top 


Professor William Parry FRS 1934—2006
Bill Parry died at the age of 72, around 1am on Sunday morning
20 August of cancer, exacerbated by MRSA.
Bill was the first appointment in analysis at Warwick. He played
a key role in the department, and was Chair of the Department for
2 years. The rapid rise of the Warwick Mathematics Department's
international reputation was due to many, among whom Bill featured
prominently. His great mathematical achievements were recognized
by his early election to the Royal Society. He attracted a number
of outstanding Ph.D. students. Bill became an Emeritus Professor
of the University upon his retirement.
A memorial gathering for
Bill was held at 3.30pm, Wednesday 18 October 2006
in the Mathematics Institute Common Room.


8 August 2006  Top 


How long until a child asks “Are we there yet?”
Dwight Barkley
was asked by Rebecca Wallace representing
Skoda Auto if
he could formulate an equation for the time until a child asks
The Question “Are we there yet?”
She was interested in the dependence on the number of activities and
the number of children in the car, as well as the length of the journey.
He agreed to help as a fun exercise for people to think about as they set
off on holiday with their children. The equation and an audio version of
an interview can be found here.


28 July 2006  Top 


Twelve second year Mathematics students head for Africa
Twelve second year Mathematics students have set off for Africa to teach
mathematics in Johannesburg schools. The costs of the project are
being met by generous donations by graduates of the Department and
University and the companies they now work for, incluing 3i and BA.
All the students took the
IE2A6 Introduction to Secondary School Teaching
module last year. This module is run in conjunction with the
Student Associate Scheme (SAS) organised by the
Warwick Institute of Education,
and involves academic work and a 3 week placement in a local school. Since
it's introduction 2 years ago, the module has proved hugely attractive
to Mathematics students with a potential interest in teaching as a career.
See
the University press release
for more information.


13 July 2006  Top 


Yuri Manin receives honorary DSc
Seen here with the Chair of Department, Collin Sparrow (left) and Miles Reid FRS (centre)
who also gave the oration.
See the University press release for more information.


7 July 2006  Top 


Warwick set to receive £4M Doctoral Training Centre in Complexity Science
In a bid to
EPSRC led by
Mathematics and
Physics, Warwick has
been selected for funding of a Centre dedicated to training a
new generation of complexity scientists at PhD level, teaching
knowledge and skills to understand, control and design complex
systems, and to do innovative research in complexity science via
critical thinking, interdisciplinary teamwork and enduser
interaction. The new Centre is described
here.
The award is expected to include some thirty PhD studentships
and initial funding for three lecturers, and comes on top of
Warwick's recent success in gaining six RCUK Academic
Fellowships in
Complexity Science. A wide range of
departments are involved as well as Maths and Physics, including
Computer Science,
Chemistry,
Engineering,
Psychology,
Statistics,
WBS,
WMG, and
WMS.
For more information see the Complexity Science website.
Robin Ball (for
Physics) and
Robert MacKay (for
Mathematics)


23 June 2006  Top 


Staff and Graduate Students Football Championship 2006
University of Warwick, Coventry, 20.6.2006, from our special correspondent.
Graduate Students 
“It was always going to be a tall order to match the heroics of the 2005
Staff vs Students championship final. Back then, the young pretenders
swept all before them with a grace and style befitting of such a
prestigious occasion. Ravaged by injuries and with several players lacking
match
practice, the students were not confident of a repeat success.
Staff 
The game began at a frantic pace with the students taking an early lead
thanks to O'Callaghan's close range effort. The Tarkett Sommer pitch was
rocking. As the interval drew near however, a sucker punch. Against
the run of play, and thanks in part to some controversial decisions from
the referee, Naudot fired in from the edge of the area. The floodgates
were open, and the staff scored 4 more to end a dismal half for the
students.
Zygalakis tried to rally his troups at half time as the smug faculty
looked on. However, the second period began with more of the same as three
more goals made it 8 for the staff including 4 for man of the match
Markovic.
Soon after, the goal of the season came from the magical Clifford, and the
students were again in the ascendancy. However, it was not to be. Beskos
was dismissed late on for a professional foul on Zygalakis, but it was too
little, too late.&rdquo

 Staff  vs  Graduate Students 
 8  :  4 

Goals:  30 Naudot   1 O'Callaghan 
 35 Markovic   58 Clifford 
 39 Markovic (Penalty kick)   66 O'Callaghan 
 40 Rumynin   70 Coughlan 
 43 Lemmens   
 50 Markovic   
 51 Lemmens   
 63 Markovic   

Bookings:  47 Theil   39 Brannstrom 
 60 Beskos   42 Coughlan 
Sent off:  90 Beskos (2nd booking)   

Man of the Match  'The Carling Trophy': Markovic (4 goals) 

Lineup:  Theil   Pistone 
 Jordan, Honeywill, Topping, Wood   Coughlan, Pokern, Owens, Brannstrom 
 Beskos(C), Slastikov, Lemmens, Smith   Bichard, Gin, O'Callaghan, Gray 
 Naudot, Markovic   Clifford, Zygalakis(C) 

Subs. used:  Mond, Rumynin   Zmiaikou 

Referees: BubakCuschieri, Hobson 
Photographer: Nolla 
Attendance: 27+000  More photos 


19 June 2006  Top 


Miles Reid awarded Senior Berwick Prize by LMS
From the LMS citation:
PROFESSOR MILES REID FRS, of the University of Warwick, is awarded the
Senior Berwick Prize for his paper with Alessio Corti and Alexander
Puklihkov, Fano 3fold hypersurfaces, published in Explicit birational
geometry of 3folds (LMS Lecture Notes Series 281). The paper made a big
advance in the study of 3dimensional algebraic varieties. The first deep
result on the birational geometry of 3folds was the 1971 theorem by
Iskovskikh and Manin that a smooth quartic 3fold is not rational. The
CortiPukhlikovReid paper vastly generalizes this result, by showing that
all 95 of the Fano hypersurfaces in weighted projective spaces are not
rational. In fact, much more is proved: these varieties are birationally
rigid and in that sense are far from rational. The paper combines the
methods of Mori theory with the Russian school of birational geometry, and
has formed a foundation for a lot of later work.


29 May 2006  Top 


EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship awarded to Volker Betz
Volker Betz has been awarded an Advanced Research
Fellowship by the Chemistry Panel of the EPSRC to study Nonadiabatic Transitions in Quantum Dynamics.
The quantum dynamical behaviour of molecules is usually governed by the BornOppenheimer
approximation: the nuclei move in an effective potential generated by one energy level of the
electronic configuration. The aim of my project is to study situations where this adiabatic approximation breaks down. This happens
 when two different energy levels come very close to each other, or
 when they cross.
In both cases there will be transitions of the nuclear wave function between the corresponding electronic energy subspaces, and the challenge is do understand the precise quantum dynamics of these transitions.
In the first case, the transitions are exponentially small, and the problem is one of asymptotics beyond all orders. I will try to make progress on the special problem as well as on the general theory.
In the second case, the transitions are of order one. They have been found to be the key mechanism in many important (photo)chemical reactions such as the photodissociation of ozone or the reception of light in the retina. Consequently, they are a topic of great current interest in quantum chemistry, but in particular the important highdimensional situations are still not very well understood. In a joint effort with theoretical chemists we will study those and related situations, employing recent mathematical techniques such as spaceadiabatic perturbation theory or microlocal analysis.


29 May 2006  Top 


EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship awarded to Martin Hairer
Martin Hairer has been awarded an Advanced Research
Fellowship by the Mathematics Panel of the EPSRC to study Ergodic properties of stochastic
processes.
The main objective is to develop an understanding of the ergodic
properties for a range of stochastic systems that are out of reach of
currently available techniques. The question of ergodicity arises
naturally in a number of areas of physics and mathematics. Broadly
speaking, it asks whether time averages of an observable over very long
times can be computed by integrating the value of the observable over
all possible states with respect to a suitable probability measure. The
proposed research will study this and related questions; we will
concentrate on systems with one or more of the following features:
 The driving noise may not act on all degrees of freedom of the system directly but spread to them indirectly
through the action of the dynamics.
 The system may have infinitely many degrees of freedom.
 The values of the noise process driving the system at two different times may have nontrivial correlations
(extrinsic memory).
 The evolution of the system may depend explicitly on all or part of its past (intrinsic memory).


24 March 2006  Top 


Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications
The University of Warwick has won an
EPSRC Science and Innovation Award
of £3.8 million to set up a Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its
Applications led by
Mike Paterson
of the Department of Computer Science. The Warwick project will be
rooted in three internationally recognised departments at the University
of Warwick:
Computer Science,
Mathematics and the
Business School.
The CDMA will be a strong multidisciplinary research centre, colocated in the adjacent new Computer Science
and Mathematics buildings, directed by an Executive Team comprising
Mike Paterson,
Andrew Stuart,
Bo Chen and
Leslie Goldberg
supporting an internationally competitive programme of research in
discrete modelling, algorithmic analysis and operational research. The
programme will involve
 the recruitment of three new lecturers, one in each department;
 the recruitment of a new professor in "Discrete Mathematics and its Applications in Algorithms"
within the Department of Computer Science;
 an ongoing stream of postdoctoral RA's, building from an initial group of four to be recruited
under the EPSRC/HEFCE grant;
 a training strategy comprising:
 a doctoral training centre offering 4year PhD's. Two new students would be recruited each
year for five years under the EPSRC/HEFCE grant, with others funded through CASE
awards and the DTA programme;
 a new stream within the 4year Computer Science MEng degree including modules from
mathematics and OR and focussing on discrete mathematics in computer science;
 a thriving Industrial Affiliates Programme, for industrial and other users to communicate their
needs within the discrete mathematics area, and to collaborate with the Centre in developing
solutions and transferring knowledge;
 the development of collaborative research, rooted in discrete maths, and involving researchers
at other UK universities.
See the University press release for more details.

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