March 2015: PhD Alumna wins Mastermind 2015
Hearty congratulations are extended to Dr Marianne Fairthorne, following her spectacular, close-fought win on BBC's Mastermind 2015. She saw off five other finalists by scoring 25 points and, crucially, no passes. Her specialist subject was the life of the 15th century Italian noblewoman Caterina Sforza and she showed excellent prowess in the general knowledge round, too. In previous rounds, Marianne specialised in such topics as the Roman Empress Livia (the villainess in I Claudius) and Çatalhöyük – a fantastic large Neolithic and Chalcolithic site now in Turkey.
Marianne is one of our PhD alumni who was awarded her doctorship in June 2011. Marianne now works as a quantitative analyst in London and is a regular quizzer. Of particular note, she reached the quarter finals of University Challenge in 2008/9 as part of the LSE team – they lost to the eventual winners that year. Also, in 2013, she led the Festival Fans team to the semi-finals in Only Connect.
March 2015: MSc Students' Bletchley Park visit
On Saturday 7 March, a group of our Applicable Mathematics Masters students visited Bletchley Park, the iconic heritage site of World War 2 codebreaking. The most famous of the cipher systems to be broken at Bletchley Park was the Enigma, subject of the 2014 award-winning film, "The Imitation Game".
March 2015: Dr Paul Dütting presents “Spectrum Auction” poster in Parliament
Paul Dütting, an LSE Fellow in the Department of Mathematics, presented his poster “Spectrum auctions: Greed is good,… if you do it well!” at SET for Britain 2015 on 9 March at Westminster. The poster addressed the issue of how mathematics can help organise the optimum sale of spectrum rights. Based on Dr Dütting’s article, “The Performance of Deferred-Acceptance Auctions”, the poster was well-received and prompted a number of questions from the audience of MPs, scientists, engineers and fellow mathematicians. For more information about the event, please click here.
February 2015: The Department of Mathematics joins Twitter
We're very excited to have launched our Twitter account. Come and follow us: @LSEMaths. There'll be more social media developments coming in the next few weeks so please keep checking back.
January 2015: Dr Dütting's poster to be displayed at SET for BRITAIN 2015
We are very pleased and proud to announce that Dr Paul Dütting's poster, entitled "Spectrum Auctions: Greed is Good,… If You Do It Well!", has been selected to appear at the final of the SET for BRITAIN 2015 Mathematical Sciences Session on 9 March. The session runs from 18:15–21:00 in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House.
The overall aim of SET for BRITAIN is to encourage, support and promote Britain's early-stage and early-career research scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians who are an essential part of continuing progress in and development of UK research and R&D through a series of posters and exhibitions.
Congratulations, Paul—we look forward to seeing your poster soon!
December 2014: PhD alumna faces the Mastermind chair
Dr Marianne Fairthorne, one of our PhD alumni who was awarded her doctorship in June 2011, joined three other hopefuls in episode 18 of series 2014/15 of BBC's Mastermind.
She made it through to the semi-finals, which are due to be broadcast in mid-February on BBC Two. Well done Marianne!
December 2014: REF results released
To read the analysis of the REF results from the Department and the School overall, please click here.
December 2014: 2014 Christmas card competition
We asked our PhD students to design a Christmas e-card for the Department to send to our colleagues and the winner was... Barnaby Roberts! His winning creation can be found below and more information about the competition and our green impact efforts can be found here. Thank you Barnaby!
December 2014: Departmental Christmas party
It was wonderful to gather together so many of the Department and our close friends at our Christmas lunch. The food was excellent and the company was even better. It was a great opportunity for everyone to catch up, relax and begin their countdown to Christmas and the New Year. Happy holidays, one and all!
November 2014: PhD alumnus, Dr Lidbetter's thesis awarded OR Society prize
We are thrilled to announce that our PhD alumnus, Dr Tom Lidbetter (Senior LSE Fellow, Department of Management), has won the 2013 Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Operational Research Society for his PhD in Mathematics (awarded from our Department in June 2013). The prize, for the "most distinguished body of research leading to the award of a doctorate in the field of Operational Research", was awarded for Tom’s PhD Thesis entitled “Hide-and-Seek and Other Search Games”.
Tom will make his winner’s presentation at the Beale Lecture in Manchester in February 2015. Further details appear in the January 2014 issue of Inside OR.
November 2014: New book co-authored by Dr Amol Sasane
Amol has co-authored with Sara Maad Sasane (Lund University, Sweden), a new book entitled "A Friendly Approach to Complex Analysis" published by World Scientific. An excerpt from the review by Peter N. Ruane for the Mathematical Association of America explains: "This book is ‘friendly’ because... the narrative always conveys a sense of direction, and it makes many valuable comparisons with real and complex analysis. Overall, this is a very nice addition to the existing literature on complex analysis. It is rich in ideas and there is a very effective use of diagrams at key points in the text." The publisher's website for the book can be found here.
October 2014: Departmentally-created artwork unveiled
We're very pleased to announce that the art display of Dr Andy Lewis-Pye’s Royal Society Flowers of Segregation model is now in situ on the 3rd floor corridor of Columbia House, outside Andy’s office—and it's looking great (the accompanying picture doesn’t do it justice!). Produced alongide George Barmpalias, and Richard Elwes, it was a winner in the Royal Society's Picturing Science competition, in the Infographics category. More information is available here.
Hearty thanks go out to Kate Barker and Rebecca Lumb for coordinating the project and Tony Hough, Senior Maintenance Technician from Estates, who very kindly took this job on and generously contributed to our Green Impact statement by using Perspex offcuts to create the frames! And, of course, Andy, for letting us splice up his incredibly stunning model—thanks all! Do stop by and take a look, when you have a chance.
September 2014: Prof Bernhard von Stengel interviewed by BBC Newsnight
On Monday 1 September 2014, Prof Bernhard von Stengel appeared on BBC Newsnight. He was interviewed as an expert, in front of the Emirates Stadium (home of Arsenal FC, who made a number of summer signings), on the "economics of the football transfer window". We followed up on Bernhard's experience in a brief interview, which can be read here.
September 2014: Report from the Colloquia in Combinatorics now available
Dr Jozef Skokan has provided a brief summary of the events which took place at this year's Colloquia in Combinatorics. You can also see some photos of the LSE-hosted day, provided by Event Analysis LTD. Please read more here.
August 2014: Welcome to Dr Paul Duetting
The Department wishes to extend a very hearty welcome to Dr Paul Duetting, who joins us as an LSE Fellow. He has previously worked and studied at Standford University and Cornell University. Welcome to the team, Paul!
August 2014: Summer antics
To thank Kate Barker for her outstanding contribution to the Department over the past year (as temporary Departmental Manager) and to warmly welcome David Scott back from his sabbatical, a number of staff and PhD students congregated at a local bar. Even though we are in the midst of summer vacation time, lots of us are still busy working and studying in the department on a regular basis. Here's some of our PhD students, enjoying a well-earned break at the pub!
Past News and Events
For information on past news and events in the Department, please click here for our news archive. Please note that some links may now be out of date as this page is simply a historical record and is not updated.