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Newsletter, May 2016


  • Cheryl Praeger was formally inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame in a ceremony at SciTech on 9 March.

  • Gabriel Verret has taken up a lectureship at The University of Auckland. We wish Gabriel all the very best and look forward to many future collaborations with him.

  • Cai-Heng Li will join the South University of Science and Technology of China, Shen Zhen, in July, as Chair Professor in the Department of Mathematics, which was established in 2015. We wish him all the very best and look forward to forming new links with SUSTC.

  • Binzhou Xia will begin a two-year Research Associate position in July, working on an Australian Research Council Discovery Project held by Michael Giudici, Cai-Heng Li and Gabriel Verret.

  • Michael Giudici's book, Classical groups, derangements and primes, with Tim Burness, is now available.

  • Cheryl Praeger represented the Australian Academy of Science at the launch of the Indonesian Science Fund in Jakarta on 31 March, taking part in a talk show, "Promoting Scientific Culture of Excellence". The ISF will provide funding for the first Indonesian competitive scientific research grants program, and was launched by the Indonesian Minister of Finance, Professor Bambang Permadi Soemantri Brodjonegoro.

  • Cheryl Praeger featured in a special program on The Science Show devoted to Ada Lovelace on 26 March.

  • Cheryl Praeger was a judge at the FameLab Western Australian semi-final on 14 April. This a competition for scientific communication initiated by the British Council. The Australian winner will compete at the Cheltenham Science Festival against 25 national winners.

  • Mark Ioppolo talked about his research to students from Peter Moyes Anglican Community School when they visited UWA on 21 March 2016.

  • Melissa Lee participated in UWA's Rising Stars marketing campaign.

  • Melissa Lee is a member of the UWA Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics' Equity and Diversity Committee, 2016.

  • Adrian Petersen participated in Unearthed Perth 2016.

  • Several CMSC staff and postgraduate students participated in the biannual Staff vs Students Soccer match on 1 April. The match was organised jointly with the UWA Mathematics Union, and played out as an exciting and competitive 1-1 draw.


SymOmega is a mathematical blog run by CMSC members John Bamberg, Michael Giudici and Gordon Royle.

CMSC Retreat

Our largest yet annual retreat was held in February. With seven international visitors, eight students and twelve post-docs/permanent staff, we departed to the Avon Valley, north of Perth. We were warmly hosted at the Moondyne Country Convention Centre, and enjoyed greatly the surroundings, excellent food and pleasant atmosphere. The schedule was packed with problem sessions in a variety of research areas, on which we made some great progress. Joy Morris, this year's Cheryl E. Praeger Visiting Fellow, gave an interesting series of lectures on the CI problem. Dan Hawtin led the student version of our paper reading group, and our students also participated in 'student problem' sessions. There was also some relaxing and social downtime: our fearless bushranger Stephen Glasby led a bush walk in stifling 40 degree heat, while others chose to spend some time in the pool. On our last night we took in the spectacular view of the milky way and had some fun playing an entertaining game of charades.


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