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Departmental News and Events


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!


Thomas_Lidbetter_5318November 2014: PhD alumnus, Dr Lidbetter's thesis awarded OR Society prize
The Department is 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|

SasaneCoverNewsNovember 2014: New book co-authored by Dr Amol Sasane
Amol|, from our Department, 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|.

Flowers-of-segragation-revealOctober 2014: Departmentally-created artwork unveiled
We're very pleased to announce that the art display of Dr Andy Lewis-Pye’s Royal Society prize-winning 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!).

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 bvs1Bernhard 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!


May 2014: LSE Green Impact: Excellence Award received
MDGreen20140The Department was very excited to be presented with an Excellence Award at this year's Green Impact Awards.  Mathieu Dubois, one of our PhD students who has been instrumental in introducing sustainability into our degree curriculum, accepted the Award on the Department's behalf.  The Award reflects the high level of involvement and green saving we have demonstrated.

DSBeerTasting1In addition, Dave Scott, our Departmental Manager (currently on sabbatical leave), took the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate his 'green' beer which he is developing - there was no shortage of wannabe connoisseurs!


May 2014:  Congratulations to Professor Martin Anthony who has won the award in the category  “Sharing Expertise and Knowledge” in this year’s student led LSESU Teaching Excellence Awards.

Every year the LSE Students’ Union runs the LSE Teaching Awards. Students were free to individually nominate any member of staff and this year 450 members of staff were nominated. The LSESU Education Officer Rosie Coleman writes on her blog|:


“Martin has been awarded this Teaching Prize because students wanted to thank Martin for his enthusiasm, generosity and compassionate approach to teaching complex mathematical concepts. Not only is Martin incredibly knowledgeable, nominations pointed to his ability to share this expertise using clear lectures, excellent additional resources, and a patient and coherent communication technique. Students appreciate his positive attitude to teaching, creating a safe and open classroom environment where no question is too small or silly to ask. Furthermore, many students referenced Martin’s skill at making mathematics relevant to the real world, giving background motivation for topics and taking time to approach problems from multiple different angles.” You can read full details about the awards and all of  this year’s prizewinners on Rosie Coleman's blog.|

May 2014: Mathematics student is LSE Volunteer of the year
Connor Russell, a third year undergraduate studying the BSc Mathematics and Economics was named the LSE Volunteer of the Year for his excellent work with IntoUniversity|. The annual award is presented to an LSE student who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to volunteering. Jess Dunning, Volunteer Development Manager at IntoUniversity said, “We can’t praise Connor enough for his volunteering work with IntoUniversity. Connor has shown a high level of commitment to our opportunities and ethos during his three years as a Mentor, Academic Support Tutor, Ambassador and Buddy, contributing well over 100 volunteering hours. He really has gone above and beyond as an IntoUniversity volunteer. More on the LSE Careers Blog|.

May 2014: Two One-Day Colloquia in Combinatorics 2014
The event, held across two days, with six speakers presenting at Queen Mary University of London on 14 May and a further six speakers presenting on 15 May at LSE, was attended by over 90 delegates; we all agreed it was a great success and already looking forward to next year's event.  Further event details can be found here|.

April 2014: Mathematics student wins first prize for best student paper at the APMOD 2014 conference.
MSc Applicable Mathematics student Frans de Ruiter attended the Applied Mathematical Optimization and Modelling| (APMOD) conference at Warwick in April 2014 and won the first prize in the best student paper competition. Frans writes: “At this conference I presented our paper in which we introduced a new methodology to solve dynamic multistage decision problems when revealed data is inexact. As a student I was eligible for the best student paper competition. I have seen many more outstanding presentations given by other students. Therefore, I was very pleased that the jury not only shortlisted our paper, but also awarded it with the first prize in this competition. It was a great surprise to win this award as a Masters student, especially because this was my first conference presentation and I was the only MSc student among other PhD students. This paper is a result from my dissertation written at Tilburg University and is joint work with Aharon Ben-Tal (from Technion in Israel and widely regarded as one of the co-founders of the robust optimization research field) and my supervisors Dick den Hertog and Ruud Brekelmans. More on our methodology can be found in our paper, which is freely available online at: http://www.optimization-online.org/DB_HTML/2014/01/4198.html|

April 2014: Mathematics student tutoring success
Avision Ho, a third year undergraduate studying the BSc Mathematics and Economics is featured in LSE news as one of the school’s volunteer tutors, visiting his sixth form college every Wednesday afternoon to offer tutoring in the same way that LSE students helped him a few years before. He said “I volunteered on the LSE tutoring program because I wanted to give back. It also helps keep me grounded and reminds me that the opportunities I have received to study at LSE shouldn’t be taken for granted.” More on the LSE news page.|

February 2014 - Tomorrow's Mathematicians Today
The Department is pleased to report that two of its undergraduate students presented papers at the Undergraduate Mathematics Conference “Tomorrow's Mathematicians Today|” on 15 February 2014 at the University of Surrey.  The conference was held by the Department of Mathematics of the University of Surrey, in conjunction with the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).

Max Brozynski (BSc Mathematics with Economics) presented 'Isolating isomorphisms: making abstract algebra less abstract' and Karl Hallgren (BSc Mathematics and Economics) presented 'Counter-intuitive properties on infinite sets: Hilbert's investment strategies' and you can read their abstracts here|. The conference is aimed at middle and final year undergraduates, either intending to stay in academia or planning to go into the workplace and gives participants the opportunity to learn about a wide range of Mathematics and have exciting exchanges of ideas. It also exposes undergraduate mathematicians to a conference experience, gives them the opportunity to present the results of research projects they have undertaken, and to obtain feedback from and have stimulating discussions with their peers and, Max says, it was “a great forum to discuss maths over copious amounts of coffee”.Past News and Events

For information on past news and events| in the Mathematics 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.

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