Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation

Newsletter, September 2016

September 2016 newsletter of the Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation

The Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation is located within the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Western Australia. We provide a focus for mathematical research and research training in the areas of group theory, combinatorics and computation, to give mathematics the increased visibility it deserves. 


  • Michael Giudici and Daniel Hawtin ran maths activity sessions for year 9 and 10 students at Girls in Engineering day on 8 June 2016.
  • Tomasz Popiel was awarded a CMSC Ambassador small grant to visit Michel Lavrauw at The University of Padova, Italy, in June 2016.
  • Stephen Glasby visited Alice Niemeyer and Frank Lubeck in RWTH Aachen University, Germany, 26 June-9 July 2016.
  • Melissa Lee tutored on the Curious Minds outreach program in Canberra, 7-11 July 2016.
  • Cheryl Praeger reviewed the film "The man who knew infinity" on the Science Show on 18 July.
  • Cheryl Praeger attended the General Assembly of the International Commission for Mathematical Instruction in Hamburg (23 July 2016), and Executive Committee meetings in Berlin (20-23 July 2016). She completes her term as ICMI Vice President in December.
  • The annual CMSC ECR paper prize was awarded to Joanna Fawcett's paper "Regular orbits of symmetric and alternating groups" in Journal of Algebra that is joint with Eamonn O'Brien and Jan Saxl.
  • Melissa Lee had a profile appear on the Women in STEMM Australia website.
  • Melissa Lee has completed her MPhil. Her thesis was titled "The m-covers and m-ovoids of generalised quadrangles and related structures" under supervision of John Bamberg and Michael Giudici. Congratulations, Melissa!
  • Binzhou Xia joined the centre on a two year Research Associate position funded by the ARC Discovery project of Michael Giudici, Cai Heng Li and Gabriel Verret. He was previously at Peking University. Welcome Binzhou!
  • Luke Morgan was awarded funds from the CMSC ambassador program. He will visit Jicheng Ma (Chongching University of Arts and Science) and Cai Heng Li (South University of Science and Technology China) in September.
  • Luke Morgan recieved UWA's 2016 Vice-Chancellor's Early Career Investigators Award.
  • We are thrilled to announce the birth of Martin Christian, the son of Irene Pivotto and her husband Robin Christian. We wish them all the very best. 



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