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Newsletter, September, 2018


  • In June, John Bamberg was presented with the 2017 Hall Medal of the ICA.

  • Kyle Rosa's Masters thesis was passed in March with distinction, and will be included on the Dean's List. Kyle was supervised by Luke Morgan and Cheryl Praeger.

  • Cheryl was a guest speaker at the Girls do the Math! event at UNSW on 16 May. She also gave a public lecture on May 17 and spoke at a Women in Mathematics and Statistics Lunch on May 17: “Professor Cheryl Praeger is the 2018 UNSW Sydney Women in Mathematics and Statistics Ambassador. While she is in Sydney she will be participating in the UNSW Sydney School of Mathematics and Statistics annual "Girls Do The Maths" day for high school girls and other events.”

  • Cheryl was a member of the Australian Delegation at the General Assembly of the International Mathematical Union at Sao Paolo, Brazil, July 29-31. She was also a member of the IMU Nominations Committee and the IMU Elections Committee. The Australian delegation published a report on the GA and ICM in the Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society.

  • Cheryl was the Australian delegate at the Founding General assembly of the new International Science Council July 2-5, in Paris. The ISC is the new body formed after the merger of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and International Council for Science (ICSU).

  • Cheryl attended the International Congress of Mathematicians. She chaired the three invited lectures in Mathematics Education. She was MC and spoke at the Australian Reception: “A celebration of Australian Mathematics”. She was interviewed for Plus Magazine here: She contributed to, and approved, a video made by the Australian Academy of Science to celebrate Akshay Venkatesh’s Fields Medal: it was released after the Opening Ceremony and can be seen here. The facebook version has been viewed 158K times, and on twitter it has been retweeted more than 100 times.

  • Daniel Harvey joined the CMSC working with Gordon Royle on his ARC DP.

  • Emilio Pierro arrived and began a 12 month Research Associate position with Cheryl Praeger and Stephen Glasby.

  • Cheryl spoke at the a memorial event: “The Life, Work and Legacy of Maryam Mirzakhani” at the State Library of Queensland, organised on 20 August by the University of Queensland.

  • Saul Freedman's Masters thesis was passed, congratulations Saul! Saul will begin a PhD in St Andrews in January 2019. Saul was supervised by John Bamberg and Luke Morgan.

  • In August John Bamberg gave an on-stage presentation at the Perth Science Festival.

  • Yian Xu submitted her thesis entitled `Normal and non-normal Cayley graphs’.

  • Carlisle King arrived to start a postdoc position with Michael Giudici on his ARC DP. Welcome Carlisle!

  • Cheryl will attend the AASSA-IAP workshop “Promoting role of scientists and media in science and health communication: From Policy to Practice”, Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) Executive Board Meeting and she will be the Australian voting delegate at AASSA General Assembly, October 28-31, Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Sabina Pannek (co-tutelle with RWTH Aachen) submitted her PhD thesis. The viva is on December 10.

  • Jacob Morhall has completed honours under supervision of John Bamberg and Gordon Royle. His thesis is titled “Eigenvalue bounds on cliques and cocliques”.

  • In October, Cheryl Praeger's 70th Birthday was celebrated at the 3rd International Conference on Group Actions and Transitive Graphs in Shenzhen in China. Many of Cheryl's collaborators, friends and students were present and enjoyed a short conference with incredible hospitality at the Southern University of Science and Tecnology China, thanks to CaiHeng Li, Jiyong Chen, Zheng Guo, Hui Zhou, Binzhou Xia, and all the other organisers!

Cheryl Praeger Visiting Research Fellow

The 2019 fellow will be Natalia Maslova (Ural Federal University). Natalia will visit in the first half of 2019, we look forward to welcoming her!

CMSC Paper Prize

The 2018 paper prize was awarded to Binzhou Xia for his paper 'An infinite family of vertex-primitive 2-arc-transitive digraphs’ (with Michael Giudici and Cai Heng Li). Congratulations Binzhou!

Annual Research Retreat

The 2019 CMSC research retreat will be held in the first week of February 2019.


Groups and Combinatorics Seminars

Stephen Glasby maintains the website for our seminar series, please click here.


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


For an up to date list of visitors to the CMSC, see here.

  • Gordon Royle visited Fengming Dong at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, September 9 - 28.

  • Stephen Glasby visited Frank Luebeck, Alice Niemeyer and Marvin Krings at RWTH Aachen, 15-30 October.

  • Alice Devillers visited Philippe Cara at VUB (Brussels), 22-26 October.

  • Michael Giudici, Luke Morgan and Emilio Pierro will visit Gabriel Verret at The University of Auckland in late November/December.

  • Alexander Bors will visit Aner Shalev at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in March 2019.


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