Link to the last newsletter
- Welcome to Craig Stark, who has joined the Solar Group on
2nd June. He will be working as a postdoc with Andy Wright on
magnetospheric physics. Craig joins us after just completing his
Ph.D. in Glasgow supervised by Declan Diver on the topic of pulsar
magnetospheres. He is sharing room 307 with Rhona.
- Welcome to all our summer students in all research groups!
The summer vacation programme, for undergraduates about to start
their final year, has been very successful with particularly
enthusiastic students taking part this year. There are 20 students
in total, spread across all divisions: we wish them an enjoyable
and productive summer.
SEMINARS, LECTURES, RESEARCH VISITS
- Congratulations to Joanne Potts (and Martin) on the birth of
their daughter, Annabelle Marie. She was born on 25th June;
weight 8.4lb, length 56cm.
- Congratulations to Ineke De Moortel (and Mark) on the birth
of their son Thomas. He was born on 26th June; weight 6lbs 11oz,
length 20 inches.
- Alex Craik was the sole St Andrews representative at the
British Applied Mathematics Colloquium held in Manchester during
31st March - 3rd April. There, he chaired one of the sessions on
waves. As this was the fiftieth in the annual series of BTMC/BAMC
Colloquia, a special effort was made to attract some of the "old
guard", who participated in an interesting retrospective session
that examined the development of applied mathematics in Britain
over this time.
- Len Thomas organized a research workshop in May on Recent
developments and future directions in spatial and habitat
modelling from cetacean line transect and related data. It was
attended by a dozen visiting statisticians from the UK, Norway,
Italy, France and the USA, as well as another dozen locals.
Funding was provided by the US Navy and NATO, both of whom are
keen to find better ways to predict where whales might be so they
can minimize the impact of navy operations.
- Len Thomas hosted a visiting scientist, Mike Hammill, from
the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans for a week in May.
- Danielle Bewsher visited Ineke De Moortel from 6th - 8th May
and give a seminar for the Solar Group. Many people will still
remember Danielle: she completed her PhD with Clare Parnell a few
years ago and is now a staff member at RAL.
- Magda was invited to spend two days (May 13th-14th) at the
University of Bergen to discuss future collaboration and
strengthen existing relations. Highlights included eating steak on
top of a snow covered mountain, lowlights included carrying the
steak up the mountain!
- Rhona Maclean attended the UK Magnetohydrodynamics
conference, which was this year held at the University of Salford
in Manchester on the 5th and 6th of June. She presented a poster
entitled Magnetic Null Points in Solar Emerging Flux.
- The Mathematical Challenge Award Day, held in St Andrews on
11th June, was attended by over 60 prizewinners from schools
across Central and Eastern Scotland. Colin Campbell presented the
awards and Kenneth Falconer gave a talk entitled Throw a Six and
Win with Mathematics. Kenneth would be very pleased to hear from
anyone else who would be willing to help with marking for next
years Mathematical Challenge. Marking a batch of scripts takes
about 1 hour on 2 or 3 occasions during the year and is a good
way to inspire budding mathematicians in our local community.
- Colin Campbell and Edmund Robertson attended the 5th
Conference on the History of Mathematics and Teaching of
Mathematics held at Tg Mures in Romania, 3-8 June. Colin gave an
invited lecture on The Edinburgh Mathematical Society Education
and Edmund, as President of the Conference, gave the
opening address on The Edinburgh Mathematical Society 1883-1933
and the closing address on History and Mathematics. During the
closing ceremony, Edmund was presented with the Signum Pro
Scientia Absoluta Vera award of the Erdélyi Magyar Muszaki
Tudományos Társaság (Hungarian Technical Sciences Society of
Transylvania) for his Contribution to the History of
Mathematics. The conference outing visited Sighisoara, the town
where Vlad Dracula lived. He was the ruler of Wallachia
(1456-1462), and the inspiration for the Dracula legend. During
the conference dinner in Sighisoara the rector of Petru Maior
University in Tg Mures presented Edmund with a gift from the
- Len Thomas and PhD student Danielle Harris paid a short
visit in June to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology in New York
- St Andrews University successfully hosted a one day meeting
on Comparative Genomics on June 13, 2008. This was jointly funded
by the Scottish Bioinformatics Forum and University of St Andrews.
The event was attended by around 70 people and received very
positive feedback from the participants. Dr. Madhu Bhattacharjee
from the School co-organised the meeting and presented a talk. Dr.
Bhattacharjee also acted as local organiser for the Joint St
Andrews/Highlands RSS Group Meeting held in St. Andrews on May 14,
2008. See THIS LINK for some photos
from both events.
- Steve Buckland, Danielle Harris, Catriona Harris, Tiago
Marques and Len Thomas spent a few days in Paris in June at the
annual progress meeting of a multi-national project coordinated by
Len to develop methods for estimating whale density by listening
for the sounds they make (see
THIS LINK). The meeting took place in
the lovely Jardain des Plantes, although unfortunately there
wasn't time to explore the whale exhibition in the newly
refurbished museum buildings there.
- James Mitchell visited the Centre for Algebra at the
University of Lisbon from 16th June - 5th July. While there, he
worked with U.Darji from the University of Loiusville.
Subsequently, V.H.Fernandez and M.M.Rocha de Jesus, from Lisbon,
visited St Andrews from 13th-19th July.
- Jean Reinaud gave an invited talk at the National Centre for
Atmospheric Science (NCAS) research forum: Next generation
NCAS. The meeting was held in Oakham and Jean talked about The
Contour-Advective Semi-Lagrangian algorithm: essentials and recent
- Jean Reinaud is visiting again Prof. Xavier Carton in Brest,
France, during 17-31 July. Jean and Xavier will finish the
writting of a paper on hetons and continue research on vortices
called Meddies (short for Mediterranean Eddies).
- Duncan Mackay attended a workshop at the International Space
Sciences Institute, (ISSI) Bern. At the workshop he presented a
talk titled Theoretical Models of Solar Prominences.
- Several members of the School attended the Summer School on
Dynamical Systems in Göttingen. Bernt Stratmann gave a course on
Fractal Geometry, Jun Miao and Tony Samuel contributed talks and
Sara Munday also attended.
- Magda will be attending the SIAM Conference on Nonlinear
Waves and Coherent Structures (NW08) in Rome from 21st July - 24th
July where she will be presenting work on the Breaking
characteristics of highly nonlinear internal waves.
- Ruth King has been awarded a sizeable research grant by
EPSRC to work on The Way They Move: Towards a General Framework
for Understanding Animal Movement in Changing Environments. Len
Thomas is a Co-I, as is Jason Matthiopoulos (CREEM and SMRU) and
several other folks from Scotland and Canada.
- The Algebra and Combinatorics group is currently hosting
several visitors. Michael Morayne (Technical University of
Wroclaw) is visiting from 21st - 30th July, and John Truss
(University of Leeds) is visiting from 21st - 25th July. Michael
Albert (Dunedin) is visiting from 22nd July - 17th September.
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