7 Mar 2017: School welcomes delegation from Hunan University of Commerce

The School of Mathematical Sciences welcomed members of a delegation from Hunan University of Commerce on a visit to Dublin Institute of Technology in February. Members of the School Executive met with Professor Xiao-liang Xie (Dean) and Professor Zhi-ming Luo (Associate Dean) of the School of Mathematics & Statistics at Hunan Univeristy of Commerce and Associate Professor Yin Bibo, Associate Dean of the Graduate School to exchange ideas and information and discuss opportunities for cooperation between the two institutions.

Meeting between members of the School of Mathematical Sciences and Hunan University of Commerce.

10 Jan 2017: Researcher from School of Mathematical Sciences is lead author of study that challenges Autism brain respose theory

Dr John Butler, a lecturer and researcher in the School of Mathematical Sciences, in associatio with his collaborators have challenged the hypothesis that nerve cells in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders do not reliably and consistently respond to external stimuli in a new study in the journal Cerebral Cortex.

Working with colleagues from the University of Rochester, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, John has found that individuals with Autism do not demonstrate a measurable variation in how they respond to repeated visual and tactile stimuli. This casts doubt on the theory that the symptoms of Autism are due to unreliable brain activity in response to the senses.

As lead author, John observes that the work "...says in essence there is nothing to be found here. It is just as important to get information out there that questions a major theory in the field as it is to publish work that supports it." The full press release can be found here.

14 Nov 2016: Induction ends with pizza

New full-time undergraduate students who entered our programmes DT205 Mathematical Sciences and DT220 Industrial Mathematics in September 2016 recently enjoyed a social evening with pizza and soft drinks to mark the end of their extended induction. Student representatives from the later stages of the programme and staff of the School of Mathematical Sciences were there as well to enjoy a relaxed event, held in DIT, Kevin Street.

Extended induction events for our students have been taking place since before the start of lectures, allowing students to meet lecturers, get to know other students and to learn about the College of Sciences & Health and its support services and facilities. The induction is designed to ensure a smooth transition to third-level education, answer questions and address any difficulties. It also provides a source of valuable advice about studying at college, balancing study and social life and living away from home that will help students of the College throughout their studies.

During the induction, the students have got to know their Stage Tutor and other key sources of assistance and a fun social event was a very fitting way to bring the formal schedule of events to a close.

Students of DT205/DT220 enjoying an evening of pizza and cards in Kevin Street to mark the end of extended induction.

4 Jan 2017: School of Mathematical Sciences at DIT Open Day

DIT held two open days, Friday 2 December and Saturday 3 December, at its Aungier Street campus in the heart of Dublin. A very large number of prospective students and their families came to find out about DIT, the programmes on offer and meet staff and current students. The School of Mathematical Sciences was represented on both days and lecturers and mathematical science students were on hand to talk about our programmes, answer questions and give further information about the opportunities for study in the School and DIT itself. Prospective students were also able to attend presentations from the College of Sciences & Health and see some of the facilities available to students of DIT. In particular, the Mathematics Learning Support Centre was represented at the Open Day, explaining the support that exists for all students of DIT studying mathematics as part of their programmes.

In spring 2017, the College of Sciences & Health will hold an open day for CAO applicants that have included DIT in their list of preferred institutions. We look forward to seeing many future students there!

1 Nov 2016: Mathsweek 2017 @ the School of Mathematical Sciences

Mathsweek 2016 at DIT

The School of Mathematical Sciences, DIT, once again hosted events to mark national MathsWeek. Hundreds of school children from first-year and second-year of secondary school and fifth and sixth class of primary school came to DIT, Kevin Street to enjoy puzzles, games and challenges designed to explore and have fun learning about mathematics and its applications, guided by staff and students of the School of Mathematical Sciences. In the last two years, approximately one thousand school children have taken part in School of Mathematics, DIT, Mathsweek events.

Entertainment was also provided by two external speakers, Dr James Tanton and Dr Ken Farquhar, who captivated their audiences with a mix of magic, tricks and comedy.

Over a quarter of a million people get involved in MathsWeek each year and more information can be found at Mathsweek.

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