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Professor Mardia receives Samuel S Wilks Award

12 August 2013

Professor Kanti Mardia has been awarded the prestigious Samuel S Wilks Award by the American Statistical Association, the first person in the UK to receive the award in its 50 year history.

The Samuel S. Wilks Award, one of the ASA's most prestigious, was established in 1964 to honor the memory and distinguished career of Samuel S. Wilks.

The Wilks Memorial Award is bestowed upon a distinguished individual who has made statistical contributions to the advancement of scientific or technical knowledge, ingenious application of existing knowledge, or successful activity in the fostering of cooperative scientific efforts that have been directly involved in matters of national defense or public interest.

The citation reads: "For extensive work covering a wide span of applied and theoretical research, including  seminal results in shape analysis, spatial statistics, multivariate analysis, directional data analysis and bioinformatics with special applications to  geostatistics, image analysis and protein structure; for the international dissemination of statistical thought and  innovative ideas through research publications, presentations, books, monographs, the establishment and running  of annual research workshops and interdisciplinary centers; and for his insightful guidance of  future generations of statisticians."

Silver Award for the Maths Green Impact Team

10 July 2013

The Mathematics Green Impact Team won a Silver Award at the Sustainability Awards Dinner held last month. This follows on from last year when the Team were awarded Bronze.

The Team, made up of staff and students, has been involved in making positive steps in reducing the School’s environmental impact.  The criteria for the Silver Award included increasing recycling, encouraging sustainability and biodiversity, and reducing energy consumption.


Royal Society "Picturing Science" award

9 July 2013

Congratulations to Leeds researchers Andy Lewis-Pye, Richard Elwes, and ex-Leeds researcher George Barmpalias, who have won a Royal Society "Picturing Science" award.

Their winning entry was on display as part of The Royal Society's Summer Science Exhibition 2013 and appears on the Royal Society Inside Science Blog.

Researchers Reveal Model of Sun's Magnetic Field

5 June 2013

Professor Steve Tobias is co-author of an article in Nature which uncovers an important mechanism behind the generation of astrophysical magnetic fields such as that of the Sun.

The research, published in the journal Nature, explains how the cyclical nature of  large-scale magnetic fields emerges, providing a solution to the mathematical equations governing fluids and electromagnetism for a large astrophysical body.

Shear-driven dynamo waves at high magnetic Reynolds number by Professors Steve Tobias (Leeds University) and Fausto Cattaneo (University of Chicago) appears in Nature Volume 497, Number 7450 and is featured in a University of Leeds press release: Researchers Reveal Model of Sun's Magnetic Field

Image credit: NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory

How does innovation spread in a community?

24 April 2013

Mathematical models can be used to study the spread of technological innovations among individuals connected to each other by a network of peer-to-peer influences, such as in a physical community or neighbourhood.

One such model was introduced in a paper published  in the SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems.

Authors N. J. McCullen, A. M. Rucklidge, C. S. E. Bale, T. J. Foxon, and W. F. Gale focus on one main application: The adoption of energy-efficient technologies in a population, and consequently, a means to control energy consumption. By using a network model for adoption of energy technologies and behaviors, the model helps evaluate the potential for using networks in a physical community to shape energy policy.

See also: SIAM Connect

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