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This Friday, 11 August, we have a School Colloquium with Dr Robyn Araujo from Queensland University of Technology. The talk is in Ingkarni Wardli B17 at 15:10.

Mathematics is Biology’s Next Microscope (Only Better!)

Abstract: While mathematics has long been considered “an essential tool for physics”, the foundations of biology and the life sciences have received significantly less influence from mathematical ideas and theory. In this talk, I will give a brief discussion of my recent research on robustness in molecular signalling networks, as an example of a complex biological question that calls for a mathematical answer. In particular, it has been a long-standing mystery how the extraordinarily complex communication networks inside living cells, comprising thousands of different interacting molecules, are able to function robustly since complexity is generally associated with fragility. Mathematics has now suggested a resolution to this paradox through the discovery that robust adaptive signalling networks must be constructed from a just small number of well-defined universal modules (or “motifs”), connected together. The existence of these newly-discovered modules has important implications for evolutionary biology, embryology and development, cancer research, and drug development.

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The School of Mathematical Sciences has a long history of achievement in research and postgraduate education, and a reputation for providing a stimulating and supportive environment. The School is highly respected internationally for its research strengths in geometry, statistics, stochastic modelling and operations research, and dynamics, modelling and computation. Please see our Research pages, for more information.

If you would like to attend, could you please email by Friday 18th August, providing the following:

i) an up-to-date copy of your academic transcript;
ii) an up-to-date copy of your CV;
iii) an indication of the areas of research within our School that you are interested in pursuing in your PhD and a brief paragraph explaining why, and ideally the name(s) of at least one staff member you have identified as potentially a suitable supervisor; and,
iv) indication of whether you wish to be considered for a travel support package (please see below), and whether your attendance is conditional on receipt of such support.

A limited number of travel support packages are available on a competitive basis for Australian and New Zealand Citizens and Permanent Residents of Australia. The support consists of return economy airfares, airport transfers in Adelaide, 2 nights accommodation, and meals whilst in Adelaide. Preference will be given to those students that are likely to attain a PhD scholarship and whose interests align closely with staff in the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide, along with consideration to representation of the School’s research interests.

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This Friday, 28 July, we have a School Colloquium with Prof Philip Hall from Monash University. The talk is in Ingkarni Wardli B17 at 15:10.

Abstract: In recent years, there has been much interest in the relevance of nonlinear solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations to fully turbulent flows. The solutions must be calculated numerically at moderate Reynolds numbers but in the limit of high Reynolds numbers asymptotic methods can be used to greatly simplify the computational task and to uncover the key physical processes sustaining the nonlinear states. In particular, in confined flows exact coherent structures defining the boundary between the laminar and turbulent attractors can be constructed. In addition, structures which capture the essential physical properties of fully turbulent flows can be found. The extension of the ideas to boundary layer flows and current work attempting to explain the law of the wall will be discussed.

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Elder Professor of Mathematics in the School of Mathematical Sciences, has been awarded an Australian Laureate Fellowship worth $1.64 million to advance Index Theory and its applications. The project is expected to enhance Australia’s position at the forefront of international research in geometric analysis. To find out more visit:

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Offering a range of engaging talks, informative displays and tours of world-class teaching and research facilities, the Faculty of ECMS presents an overview of study areas and career prospects in these dynamic disciplines. All schools within the faculty will be showcasing their programs in the Ingkarni Wardli atrium, with academics and current university students available […]

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Speakers: Tony Roberts 2nd May Barry Cox 22nd May

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 Napier 209 :: Jesse Gell-Redman :: University of Melbourne Abstract… The Hodge theorem on a closed Riemannian manifold identifies the deRham cohomology with the space of harmonic differential forms. Although there are various extensions of the Hodge theorem to singular or complete but non-compact spaces, when there is an identification of L^2 Harmonic forms with […]

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Engineering South S111 :: Dr Amy Perfors :: University of Adelaide

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Engineering South S111 :: Prof Aidan Sims :: University of Wollongong

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Engineering South S111 :: A/Prof Jessica Purcell :: Monash University Abstract: It has been known since the early 1980s that the complement of a knot or link decomposes into geometric pieces, and the most common geometry is hyperbolic. However, the connections between hyperbolic geometry and other knot and link invariants are not well-understood. Conjectured connections […]

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