Highlighting the contribution of Women in the Mathematical Sciences

Panel Session & Networking Event

Sponsored by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Science & School of Mathematics and Statistics

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, 17 January 2017
Time: 6.30pm (local time)
Venue: The Grandstand
Register: Registrations closed on 9 January 2017

Please note: This event is open to AMSI Summer School 2017 students and invited guests only.

This networking event is designed to feature the involvement of Women in the Mathematical Sciences, and provide a forum for discussion of career paths at AMSI Summer School 2017. All are welcome to attend this free event (registration essential) – please join us to hear our panel speak about their experiences and provide advice.

The University of Sydney is pleased to have the following panellists join us for this event:

  • Professor Jacqui Ramagge (Panel Chair), The University of Sydney
  • Dr Michelle Dunbar, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Andrew Mathas, The University of Sydney
  • Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Queensland University of Technology
  • Professor Mary Myerscough, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Anne Thomas, The University of Sydney

Professor Jacqui Ramagge, Head, School of Mathematics and Statistics, The University of Sydney

Women in the Mathematical Sciences Event

Jacqui was born in London and graduated with a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Warwick in 1993. She has broad interests across mathematics and its applications, having published in group theory, functional analysis, and control theory. Her current major projects are on:  totally disconnected, locally compact groups; self-similar actions; and equilibrium states on operator algebras.

Jacqui is currently Head of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney. She has previously served as Head of the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics at the University of Wollongong and as Chair of the Australian Laureate Fellowship Selection Advisory Committee for the Australian Research Council.

Dr Michelle Dunbar, The University of Sydney

Women in the Mathematical Sciences Event

Michelle completed her PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of New South Wales in 2012, and from 2012-2015 was a Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong.

Michelle has experience in applying mathematical optimisation techniques to both medicine and public transport networks, to assist in key operational decisions and provide robust solutions under uncertainty. She also has experience in applying non-linear optimisation tools to a variety of medical datasets to allow for improved disease detection and diagnosis; one of these tools has subsequently been taken up by a health care company.

Michelle is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Sydney Medical School and is involved in developing optimisation tools to enhance medical imaging and treatment for cancer patients.

Professor Andrew Mathas, The University of Sydney

Women in the Mathematical Sciences Event

Andrew completed his PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1993. He is a professor of pure mathematics at the University of Sydney working in algebraic combinatorics and representation theory with a particular interest in representations of the symmetric groups and Hecke algebras. Andrew was awarded the Medal of the Australian Mathematical Society in 2006 and he is a former ARC Professorial Fellow. He has two children.

Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Queensland University of Technology

Women in the Mathematical Sciences Event

Kerrie holds a Chair in Statistics at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Her long-term research interests have been primarily in Bayesian statistical modelling, computation and analysis. More recently she has become active in big data analytics. Her applied interests are in health, the environment and industry.

Kerrie is an Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellow and a Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers for Big Data, Big Models and New Insights. At QUT, her Bayesian Research and Applications Group (BRAG, bragqut.wordpress.com) comprises around a dozen awesome postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers.

Professor Mary Myerscough, The University of Sydney

Women in the Mathematical Sciences Event

Mary received her first degrees in Applied Mathematics from the University of Sydney and then completed her D.Phil (the equivalent of a PhD) in Mathematical Biology at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.

She returned to Australia to take up a research position in the School of Chemistry at Macquarie University where she studied the mathematics of exothermic chemical reaction kinetics, of ecological models and of honeybee behaviour.

In 1990, Mary started work at Sydney University and since then, she has been working on problems in social insect behaviour in collaboration with biological scientists at the University of Sydney, Macquarie University and CSIRO. In 2015, she was a Eureka Prize finalist for work on honeybee demography and has recently diversified into modelling the formation of atherosclerotic plaque.

Dr Anne Thomas, The University of Sydney

Women in the Mathematical Sciences Event

Anne works on geometric group theory and is interested in finding connections between this field and other areas of mathematics. She is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and recently spent a semester teaching an advanced course on Coxeter Groups and Buildings at ETH Zurich.

Anne was an undergraduate at UNSW, received her PhD from the University of Chicago in 2007 and has also held positions at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Cornell, Oxford and Glasgow.

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