Celebrating the work of women mathematicians at the University of Leicester

Posted by pt91 at Mar 07, 2017 12:00 PM |
Everyone welcome to attend mathematics presentations on Wednesday 8 March as part of International Women’s Day

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 7 March 2017

Photograph of academics in the Department of Mathematics, left to right: Tatiana Tyukina, Leena Sodha, Katrin Leschke, Simona Paoli, Sibylle Schroll, Aihua Zhang: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/57jz858w1uq885j/AABrqAKXFH_1dx0cZTyayRjOa?dl=0

The rise in female actuaries, soap films, Brexit voting patterns and stick man drawings are the very diverse subjects under scrutiny in a series of talks by women mathematicians at the University of Leicester.

As part of International Women’s Day events at the University of Leicester, the Department of Mathematics has organised the talks to celebrate the wide range of mathematical work done by women at the University.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event on Wednesday 8 March in the Belvoir Park Lounge in the Charles Wilson Building.

The presentations will showcase the wide range of mathematical work being carried out by women spanning topics from pure mathematics to mathematical modelling and actuarial science.

Dr Katrin Leschke from the Department of Mathematics, who is speaking at the event, said:  “In our talks we want to show how interesting and fun maths can be - and this way provide role models for female students in a field in which women are still heavily underrepresented.

“Being part of the various events around IWD is one of our departmental activities to overcome gender issues in mathematics.

“If you are interested in fun maths talks - stick men, soap film, Brexit and risks - you can learn about the research interests of mathematicians in our university.”

In her talk, ‘Soap films, quaternions and geometry’ Dr Leschke will explore the link between physical objects and mathematical tools to get a glimpse of modern questions and results in surface theory.

Dr Aihua Zhang will present an ‘Analysis on Brexit voting pattern’ and consider the connection between voting patterns and access to higher education.

Mrs Leena Sodha will be discussing the increase in female actuaries and the wide range of work that they are involved in.

Dr Sibylle Schroll will illustrate one aspect of her research by showing how simple drawings such as stick man pictures, encode many different and complicated mathematical structures.

Women in Mathematics takes place from 3pm to 5pm on Wednesday 8 March in the Belvoir Park Lounge in the Charles Wilson Building at the University of Leicester. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

The talks are being held in conjunction with an exhibition ‘Women of Mathematics Throughout Europe: A Gallery of Portraits’ also being organised by the Department of Mathematics.

This exhibition will showcase portraits offering an unusual insight into mathematics and will be on show from Wednesday 8 March to Wednesday 15 March in the David Wilson Library Reading Room.

A launch event lunch will take place between 12pm to 1pm in the Library Reading Room.

For enquiries, please contact Katrin Leschke, kl96@le.ac.uk. The exhibition is open to all and is free.

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